Last updated on November 3rd, 2015 at 11:20 am
Disclosure: I was given Hemp Hearts in exchange for writing a review, the opinions are my own.
Have you heard of Hemp Hearts yet? They are actually a staple in our house. When I had the opportunity, through Fit Approach to review Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, I though, this is the perfect fit for my blog and I love that it’s a Canadian company too! I’m also excited to be able to giveaway a bag of Hemp Hearts to one of my lucky readers as well (you can find the giveaway at the bottom of my post)!
These little hearts are raw shelled hemp seeds and are quite nutritious. They are an excellent source of plant based protein (30 g per serving) as well as Omega 3’s. Unlike some of my husband’s other health foods, I actually like this one! They are tiny and a little nutty on their own, but really, when they are mixed with food, you hardly notice them!
How to use Hemp Hearts?
Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts are simple to use. You can:
- Add them over oatmeal
- Sprinkle over your salad
- Spoon some into your smoothies
- Combine with your granola and yogurt
- Or, you can incorporate them in your homemade energy bars like I did (recipe to follow).
I’ve mentioned it before that Oatmeal is my go to Race Day breakfast. I sprinkle some nuts, a bit of brown sugar or maple syrup for a touch of sweetness and top it up with some hemp hearts. Voila! The perfect meal to fuel a run or any other physical activity of your choice!
I don’t usually develop my own recipes, but hey, there is first time for everything. I thought it would be fun to have an original, made-by-me recipe to include in this post, so I spend some time on the weekend creating granola bars packed with nuts, raisins, hemp seeds an anything else that was yummy that I had on hand.
- Dry Ingredients
- ½ pecans (or nuts of your choice)
- 1 cup of golden raisins
- 1.2 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1 cup of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
- 2 cups of toasted oats (toasted in the oven)
- The Glue
- ⅓ cup of honey
- ½ cup of all natural peanut butter
- ⅓ cup of chocolate chips (optional)
- Toast the oats in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 C
- Combine all the dry ingredients into a bowl
- Melt the honey, peanut butter and chocolate chips in sauce pan
- Line a baking dish with plastic wrap or parchment paper
- Pour the "glue" into the dry ingredients and stir till combined
- Pour the mixture in the baking dish and allow to cool in the refrigerator until set.
My recipe turned out very well. Perhaps I added too much chocolate chips (I used a whole bag), so I reduced the amount in the recipe. I’ve been eating them in my lunches for a post workout snack all week! These energy bars have everything you need, protein from the hemp hearts, healthy fats from the nuts, and even a little (or a lot of in my case) sweetness for some energy.
So, if you want the opportunity to try Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts for yourself, enter my giveaway! Good luck to all those that enter!
This giveaway is open to Canadian and U.S. residents only. One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from Manitoba Harvest through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner.