Hemp Protein Smoothie Review

Through Fit Approach, I’ve been given the opportunity to test out lots of Manitoba Hemp products: hemp hearts, hemp bars and more recently hemp protein smoothie powder.

I’ll be completely honest, I’m normally not a protein power person so I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to review something that I generally don’t use on a regular basis. I was hesitant. Once selected for the review I figured I’d give it a go and give my honest opinion. Please note these opinions are my own.

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Flavours: Mixed Berry, Vanilla Chai and Chocolate. I’m not a Vanilla Chai person so I wasn’t sure if I’d like that to begin with. We’ve been having LOTS of smoothies for breakfast each morning and I’ve been adding the Hemp Protein Smoothie Powder in.

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The first morning I put the suggested amount of 4 tablespoons in and gave the smoothie to Lilly and she disliked it. I wasn’t bothered by it like she was but wasn’t sure that was the right amount of powder vs smoothie stuff. Over the next few days I played with the ratio and like 2-3 tablespoons vs 4.

I made a smoothie for my husband with the Vanilla Chai and he loved it. I tried it and wasn’t in love with it so lucky for him, he get’s to have that one to himself. I think one of the things I like about this product is that it’s vegan but that’s not their focus. With Saï being a vegan it can be a challenge to find products for him. All three flavours are vegan.

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After my hard IronStrength workout on Monday, I decided to test out the chocolate hemp protein power with some chocolate milk/almond milk. I really loved it. This one is my favourite and I can see myself using it over and over. It wasn’t grainy, mixed really well; especially when you put the cap on right…ha ha yeah, I made a little mess.

Product Information:

Manitoba Harvest is launching a new smoothie product that combines HempPro 70 protein powder, organic harvest greens (spinach, kale and broccoli). Proteins and Greens!!! Each 30 gram serving has 15 grams of plant-based protein and is slightly sweetened with organic coconut sugar. You mix it with 12 oz of fruits/veggies for a smoothie or dairy/non-dairy like drink.

What I liked/disliked about it:

Pros:

  • Vegan
  • Chocolate flavour
  • Not grainy (at all!)
  • Easy to store in reusable bags
  • It has kale, spinach and broccoli in it, gotta get those greens in some how.
  • There website has recipes for baking with it…ummm, hello, yes please!

Cons:

  • Really didn’t like the Vanilla Chai flavour (though my husband did).
  • Would love to be able to buy it in my local grocery store where their other products are for sale.

Would I buy it on my own?

I would buy the chocolate hemp protein smoothie again for sure. The other two, I’d leave the Vanilla Chai for my husband and the Mixed Berry as a back up. If you are looking for something new to try out, I recommend giving the Manitoba Hemp Protein Smoothie a try.

Wanna try it? Here’s a code for you to get 15% off: hempsmoothielaunch16 until April 30th, 2016. You can also enter their contest social media platforms using the #hempproteinsmoothie hashtag! You can check our their website here. (300 gram bag for $24.99 Canadian). 

What’s your favourite flavour for protein powder?

Ever try Manitoba Hemp Protein?

What’s the most important “pro” when finding the right protein powder?

All opinions are my own. 

 

Johnny Miles Half Marathon Training Plan

Whoop Whoop! It’s time to start training for Johnny Miles Half Marathon!!!!!!!!! I’m a wee bit excited!

I’ve been trying to build my base for the last 10 week (yes, 10) and now ready to get into training mode. My first race is May 22nd (10 k) and first half marathon is in June (19), then mid September (5 and half) and possibly one in October.

Johnny Miles Half Marathon Training

Race: Johnny Miles Race Weekend

Number of Runners: 3,000 (2 day event)

Distance: 21.1 km (me)

Date: June 19th 2016 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Who is Johnny Miles?

He was a Canadian (Nova Scotia) Marathon who won Boston in 1926 & 1929 and an Olympian. He supported his family while working as a kid in the coal mines and started running competitively throughout the Maritimes and beyond. I read a book about him two years ago and wanted to run this race after I read it.

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Details:

  • This is my first time running this event.
  • It’s 2 loops.
  • It’s 2.5 hours away. I’m staying over night with my running buddy Krystol. This is our first girls weekend away without kids and completed focus on the run.
  • Yes, it’s Father’s Day weekend 🙂
  • I’m planning to run, continue my weekly yoga class, increase my strength training (IronStrength), core and hopefully add in some cycling when weather/schedules permit. I’ll more then likely hit up GoodLife Fitness in the city when I can and hope to get in my long runs with my running buddy, Krystol.

Goals:

  1. To train for, run 21.1 km and successfully recover post race without any hamstring troubles.

Half Marathon Personal Best:

Currently is 2:05:10 in 2014. I’m not aiming for a PB but that’s what it is. My last half marathon was October 2015; PEI Marathon and finished in 2:13:28.

Training Plan: Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Training Plan.

I’m going back to the intermediate training plan as I really enjoyed it before and not feeling like I’m starting from scratch with my hamstring. I also don’t want to push it with training this time around and move on to Intermediate 1/2 just yet. I really want to build some more strength in my hamstring, glutes and core before focusing a lot on speed.

Note: I’ve taken the Intermediate in miles and changed it over to kilometres since that’s what I run in. Feel free to use this however, you may want to decide on how many km vs miles you want to run. Sometimes I rounded up, sometimes down.JohnnyMilesHalfTrainingWork Hard & Trust Your Training!

What are you currently training for?

Ever run Johnny Miles? 

What’s your BEST tip for training for a half marathon? 

 

 

DONE Building My Base Week 10!!!

Woohoo! 10 weeks of trying to building my base – stay active – keep my fitness going – You name it…it’s done!

Really, it was just something to help keep me focused through the winter and NOT training for a race.

Week #10

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday March 21st: Yoga | Rest Day & Plank (90 seconds). Snow storm day. I went to work in the morning and then worked from home in the afternoon.

Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga & 30 Push UpsI loved yoga class. I tried a new post (can’t remember the name) but instantly had a bruise forming on my left triceps from it. It looks like someone poked me hard.

Wednesday or Thursday: Run | 5 k Treadmill Run(I can’t remember which day I ran). It wasn’t a fantastic run but it wasn’t terrible either so…it was a completed run for the books.

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Friday: Run | NothingI had planned to run first thing in the morning which turned into going in the afternoon….to an evening run. Once the evening hit and the girls were in bed, I just decided not to run. No excuses, no injuries, no complaints…I just flat out decided not to run. I wasn’t too happy that I gave up so easy.

Saturday: Run/Gym | Nothing (50 squats)I traveled into the city for my Dad’s 70th…yes 70th birthday party and was hoping to either run or get to the gym in the evening. That didn’t happen. Another day, another missed run/workout 😦 This isn’t good. I did fit in my 50 squats for Team Spark.

Sunday: Run | 7 k OutsideThis was by far the worst run I’ve had in a LONG time. (Still at my parents place) I got up a 7:15 and missed the girls Easter egg hunt as they were up at 6:15 with Grandad. I took me until 9:30 or so to get out the door and that was with some encouragement from my mother.

THE RUN:

I wasn’t going into the run with a good attitude (problem #1). I started off slow and left had two hills up and one large one down to get out of the subdivision. I decided to run on the BLT Trails which were frozen gravel. I got rather annoyed for some reason with the condition of the trail: frozen footprints from other people and bike tracks. For some reason I was struggling running in the frozen footprints…weird eh!

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I came across a Boston runner…he passed me from behind and said “good morning”… I chimed in with “good morning” as the past by me and a much faster pace.

I hit another subdivision where my sister lives and ran near by her house. I did far more walking then I wanted to. I still wasn’t loving my run and was about 4k from away from my parents place.

“Just keep running, just keep running” (like “just keep swimming” from Dory – Finding Nemo). Anyway. I was hating this run. I thought some fartleks would help but that didn’t. I thought some extra hills would help but that didn’t either. The only thing that I liked was hitting my “save” button once I hit 7k.

Am I glad I did the run – heck ya. Did I love it…nope, not one second. That’s just life!

KM this week: 12

Week 9 is here.

Why did I do “Building My Base”? To be honest, I needed something to keep me focused and keep me going. Though this winter was by far extremely easy weather wise, I still struggled a lot with running but managed better with my hamstring this year than last.

Also, we went skiing a lot more this year which was a nice change and I went to yoga almost once a week for the last six months. I’m absolutely loving yoga and feel like it’s making me stronger as I’m able to do different poses and hold others longer.

What’s next? It’s time to start training for my 4th Half Marathon!!!!!!!!!!! Yup, this week is #1 for the Johnny Miles Half Marathon (June 19th). More about this soon!

How was your weekend?

Did you eat all the Easter candy?

Anyone else training for a half marathon right now?

261 Fearless: Inspirational Women

With March being Women’s History Month, I was asked to write a post about an inspiring female in my life (as part of the 261 Fearless Ambassadorship). I sometimes find this one hard as I feel like I have many inspiring females in my life not just one. Can I narrow it down?

So I thought about it a little more. Who really inspires me and why? Who motivates me? Who do I look to when struggling or facing a challenge? Who is that person? Or Who are those women?

Who is an inspirational female in my life?

Growing Up.

As a child, I grew up playing soccer. Soccer in the back yard, summer team, indoor soccer, competitive soccer and recreational soccer when competitive soccer wasn’t available. Mia Hamm was inspiring to me as I saw her as a strong, talented and successful female when I was this little kid. I LOVED soccer growing up. If I wasn’t at the soccer field, there was a good chance I was playing soccer at home or training (fartleks, speed work and long runs).

She was a role model for me. To be completely honest back then I didn’t even know any Canadian female soccer players, so she stood out for me.

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Canadian Athletes.

As years have gone on, I’ve come to seek out Canadian athletes mainly through the Olympics as I want to know who they are. I want to know who our future leaders are going to be. I want to be able to list off female athletes as easily as I can male athletes. Over the years Clara Hughes (Cycling & Speed Skating), Heather Moyse (Bobsledder) and of course Christine Sinclair (Soccer) have been inspiring. All Olympic athletes, all with a story to tell and all with determination and dedication to their respective sports.

They are inspiring because of their success in sport but also in their success off the field/ice etc. They have become motivational speakers, mental health promoters and visible in the communities/country making an impact on the younger generations of females in sport.

Work Related

Over the last few years, I’ve had the luxury of working with success women in the sport, recreation and physical activity fields. I’ve learned from their leadership roles, their confidence and their passion. It’s made me think about how I want to be seen in a leadership role, how I want to be more confident and live my passion through my work. PS – I love what I do.

I’ve also been really lucky to work alongside many of my University classmates and friends who are doing amazing things within their work/positions. As they succeed, they inspire me. For those locally who read my blog, I’m talking about Dawn S, Kerry C, Gabby G, Rachel B., you gals inspire me.

Currently.

Who inspires me currently: Friends & Other Moms. My mom, my friends who are mom’s, bloggers I’ve gotten to “know” online. Seeing them balance work, single parenting, children, passions, training for races, challenges and obstacles is pretty inspiring. It’s also inspiring to know I’m not alone in this parenting world and other Mom’s have suggestions to share.

Running bloggers who share amazing tips, things to try, food recipes to eat and support when you are down and injured. A few inspiring female running bloggers: Suz, Kyla, Heather, Helly, and Michelle.

Local female runners also inspire me. When they share their run social media or in a twitter chat, it’s inspiring, it’s motivating and exciting to see how they are succeeding. It’s also inspiring when someone asks to run with you because they know you like to run.

My runny buddy (mother runner), Krystol.

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So, no I can’t say that I have one female that is inspiring to me. I simply cannot narrow my list down. I’m lucky to have so many inspiring females cross my path and motivate me along the way.

Who inspires you? (Male or Female)

Why do they inspire you?

Do you have a female blogger that inspires you? Share their blog below 🙂

 

 

 

Butterflies and Laughter

Technically March Break hasn’t ended for my daughter yet! It was only supposed to be a week (5 days) but ended up having two extra days due to snow storms! One the day before March break and then yesterday. Hopefully they will be back to school today as she really misses her teacher!

As mentioned yesterday, we went skiing. Here’s a few more fun times that we had at Ski Wentworth.

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I’m learning a lot being a parent of two younger children. Things are getting easier but it’s also an eye opener. I always think “how did our parents do it?” How do other people do it? Parenting is exhausting and rewarding at the same time!

When you have a baby, you prep for all baby things; nursing/bottles, food, teething, crawling, walking etc. You know at some point those things are going to happen, they learn them and you all get through it.

Last week I wasn’t prepared for a few things….

  1. The smile on Hilary’s face as she blasted down the bunny hill with Saï. Then her bursting out in laughter.
  2. The butterflies in my stomach watching Lilly ski down the hill by her self, climb up a little incline to the “magic carpet” and say “common mom, let’s go again”.
  3. We practiced reading with Lilly a lot this past week and can’t believe how well she has done.
  4. Also, I wasn’t prepared to leave my husband in my dust as I cruised down the hill. Just kiddin’….it was fun to ski in front of him…I mean with him 🙂

It’s little things but in reality being a parent and doing the hard work makes it easy to see, experience and have those butterfly moments. Don’t get me wrong, there were times when Saï and I questioned taking two kids on a ski trip but on the drive home we realised it was ALL worth it. (Also, we had Grammy and Grandad with us…so that helped a lot).

Parents – do you ever get butterflies when your kids accomplish something they worked hard for?

What’s the one thing you enjoy watching your kids do?

Any big accomplishments happening with your kids?

 

 

 

 

Building My Base Week #9 & Skiing

Last week was March Break in Nova Scotia, therefore Lilly had no school. We decided to take Hilary out of day care and I would take a week’s vacation. With Saï starting his new job as a casual Paramedic, he picked up shifts as they came in which kept him really busy.

Even with it being March Break, I managed a great week of workouts. I’m still kinda baffled how I got it all in. Some days didn’t go as planned, which meant other days had to be shifted around but I had a solid week.

Week #9

What was Planned v.s. What Really Happened:

Monday March 14th: Yoga | 5km Treadmill Run. I did some skipping to warm up before my run and whipped myself in the butt (literally). It really hurt and for a while that night. My run wasn’t good but I got it done.

Lilly was in a 1/2 day soccer camp Monday to Wednesday so Hilary and I got to hang out, run errands, go to the library, played at home and spent time with Saï.

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Tuesday: Yoga | Yoga. I managed to get to yoga class since my husband was home that day, however I had to rush home as he got called into work that night and needed to get a few hours sleep. (I’ll take that over him being away in PEI). Then we drove to Clay Café so the girls could paint a ceramic statue thing. THEN…we had four families (Mom’s and kids) over for a pizza party.

Busy and crazy day …. but I got my yoga in 🙂

Wednesday: Run | Nothing. I ran out of time to run as we had to pack that evening for our ski trip AND I watched Finding Nemo in the afternoon with Hilary. Around 9:20 PM I said to my husband that I still wanted to run but that would require me to shower and stretch. It would have taken me another hour or so to do all that and I was exhausted from the day before.

He suggested I run early in the morning before we had to leave….so I went to bed.

Thursday: Ski | Ran 3k at 6:15am & Skiing. We took off at 8:30 AM and drove 2 hours to Ski Wentworth. I spent the afternoon skiing on the bunny hill with Hilary (3) and Lilly (5) got her first proper ski lesson. Within minutes she was skiing on her own!! Saï and I got in 4-5 runs thanks to my parents hanging out with the girls.

Green for St. Patrick’s Day

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The conditions for skiing were not great but not terrible either. I had to work really hard at the bottom of the hill, slowing my speed down and carving more on icy spots. My thighs were burning on every run – felt great 🙂

Friday: Ski | Skied. We skied most of the morning on the bunny hill with Hilary. She just wanted to bomb the hill with us skiing backwards down the hill in front of her. It worked. She was loving it.

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Lilly had another lesson and went to the top of the hill with the instructor. We spent the majority of our day on the bunny hill with the girls. It was FANTASTIC! Sai and I got handful of runs in.

Saturday: Nothing | Ran 5k. This was a last minute planned run as we traveled back from our ski trip to my parents house. I had an hour to squeeze in a run and managed to do that, plank, PT exercises and 10 minutes of core workouts! My lungs hated the cold weather but I sure felt great afterwards.

Sunday: Run | Ran 8k. I wanted to run between 5-7km, really hoping to get the 7k in and managed 8. I ran out of my parents subdivision which is ALL hills and I was done after that, ha ha!

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Seriously, this was a HARD run. I struggled a lot and walked a number of times. As I got closer to their home and realised that I’d have to walk about .70 of a km to their house after hitting the 7k mark, I decided to keep running and get in 8k. Otherwise, I would have had to walk .70km to their house in the cold wind + being sweaty wasn’t going to be fun.

Times I ate out during March Break: Way to many to count. So sick of eating out. Or maybe I’m just sick with the portion sizes. I’m ready to get back to meal planning as well, especially now that Saï is home.

KM this week: 21 km

KM this month: 44 km

Though I struggled during all my runs this week, I’m happy with what I was able to accomplish and to be honest, that’s half the battle. I have one more week before I start my half marathon training plan but I’m moving into the same format this coming week of running vs cross training days vs rest days.

Oh – Happy Spring! We are expected to get a big storm today: 15-20 cm of snow and some freezing rain 😦 Fingers crossed it’s not too bad of a storm.

Week #8 if you missed it is here.

How was your weekend?

Anyone else on March Break? What did you get up to?

Anyone race? How’s training going?

 

Forget Me Not

March sure has been a weird month of great ups and a few downs. My husband started his new job here (yeah!) and has been busy. We had a successful work event and I’m currently on March Break with our girls. It’s been YEARS since I’ve taken a “March Break” vacation and it just feels weird! I’ve been running a little and spending time with OLF friends.

Old childhood friends are the best. They know the child in YOU and you get to laugh at all the crazy things you did growing up. Last weekend I got to spend time with an old friend who lost his mother recently. Our visit was brief but made me really happy to see him. The other was with my best friend, someone who I rarely get to see because of busy lives. Though we are busy and doing our own things, we can never forget each other. Plus we have Facebook so we’re always sending each other silly things that only we get 🙂

That’s kinda how I felt yesterday at yoga class. I missed it last week because of work and that’s okay. I managed to go today as my husband was home (another win for the job close to home). The room was full, though not at capacity. I was at the front of the class, eeek! My body was sore from two days of running in a row…well, really, it was sore from the squats and lunges I did during Sunday night’s workout. Would I forget what to do? Would my body remember? Would I even enjoy it?

As I got going in class, I couldn’t get focused. I couldn’t stop thinking about another old friend who’s life has been turned upside down. I’m not going to comment on what it is or who it is as I don’t feel it’s my place to share but she’s been on my mind due to a major life event. A childhood friend. Someone whom I played soccer with, learned to ride the public transit with, hours of bike riding together – those ties don’t go away even if the friendship isn’t as tight as it was as a child.

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I slowly moved into the flow of the class and my body was achy from running -a good achy feeling. I was challenged. I stretched a little more. And I forgot life for about 45 minutes. I forgot what was going on outside those walls. I forgot about my friend, I even forgot about my family and what I was doing after the class (clay cafe painting with the girls). I just was so focused in the moment. THAT was nice.

All of a sudden it was time to slow down and move into shavasana as the class ending. I was brought back to the reality of life outside the yoga studio and though my body felt fantastic I was reminded of the crappy shit going in other’s lives. I just moved along with my day with our girls which turned into a stressful afternoon but they had fun. I ended my day with a pizza party for a mommy group and kids. Our oldest have been together since day 1…we’ll prenatal to be exact. We got together every Monday during that first year and sometimes even more. Our times together are further and further apart but all four mom’s and 9 kids have a blast. It was the perfect way to end the day.

So forget not why we go to yoga, run a marathon, swim in the ocean or play on the soccer field. Forget not that feeling of accomplishment, achievement, of pride. Forget not that reason we make plans with friends, we pick up the phone or we message someone online just to say “hi”. As sometimes they are the escape we need to feel better, to feel good and to not worry so much.

Do something for yourself today. 

When was the last time you lost yourself in a class or run (insert activity)?

When was the last time you saw a childhood friend?

What’s your go to activity for not thinking about life stuff?