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. 

 

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Kale Smoothie & National Kale Day!

That’s right folks, its National Kale Day!

I wasn’t always a lover of Kale but in the last few years my husband has opened my eyes to the green super food. We’ve made kale chips, included it in our salads and smoothies too. Best of all the smoothie our 3-year-old loves!

Since its National Kale Day, I thought I would share some benefits of Kale:

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And now for the smoothie recipe I came across months ago from All Things G & D:

A Month’s worth of Green Smoothies (only one day of preparation):

Ingredients
1 c. Kale (stems removed, coarsely chopped, firmly packed)
1/2 c. Parsley (loosely packed)
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 Banana
2 1/4 c. water

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Changes I’ve made to this recipe:

  • I add a little greek coconut yogurt
  • And a little orange juice.

I also like the fact you can pre-package the smoothie in bags and take them out of the freezer as needed. Bonus for busy people!  And my toddler loves this smoothie.

Kale smoothie for 2!

Kale smoothie for 2!

For other smoothie ideas, check out my Pinterest Smoothie Board!

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What’s your favourite smoothie?

Do you eat Kale?

Share a link to your favourite Kale recipe in the comments below.

AND…….I may have a (review) and GIVEAWAY later this week! Stay tuned.

What I Ate Wednesday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a “What I Ate Wednesday” and recently managed to pull it together.

Now, the meals below aren’t what I would eat in one day alone – they are from various days over the last little while.

Wanna know more about WIAW, check out Jenn Blog @ Pea’s and Crayon’s 

So this is what I’ve been eating lately, while pregnant 🙂

1 – Snacks to last me through the day: red grapes, apple, banana, pear and nuts.

2 – Amazing egg sandwich my husband made me for lunch one day.  (Egg, bacon, cheese, mushrooms and spinach on Rosemary Bread).

3 – Berry/Mango Smoothie (yum).

4 – Lemon Chicken, Rice, Asparagus and local Corn on the Cob.

5 – Veggie burger from Oh She Glows, you gotta try these.

6 – Reuben Sandwich (Rosemary bread, mustard, corned beef, sauerkraut, cheese) – I think I am addicted to these.

(This picture doesn’t do it justice – it looks loaded in cheese but there’s sauerkraut under there).

7 –  Mega salad (spinach, carrots, blueberries, cucumber, broccoli, sunflower and pumpkin seeds) and Pizza Rolls.

Just writing all of this is making me hungry.

Most of these Lilly will eat or will at least eat some of what’s on her plate. And these are all easy to make vegan – easy meals for the fam.

What have you been eating lately?

Local foods?

In season?

Your fall favourites ?

Smoothie and Workouts for Sept 2 – Sept 9th

I set my goals last Sunday after have a great week working out…we’ll….let’s say “being active” at 25/26 weeks pregnant. And I failed pretty darn good at them this week!

That’s life. I’ll get to my workouts in a minute.

I’ve been making a lot of smoothies this summer, much to Lilly’s delight. She loves them too. Recently, I got tired of making them individually and decided to “package” them and freeze them to take out when I want one.

Yummy Smoothie:

What I did:

  • Cut all the fruit I wanted in the smoothie
  • Put a little bit of all the fruit in a zip lock bag – had 3 smoothies ready to go!
  • Made 1 smoothie to drink right away
  • Froze the rest in the freezer
  • Take out 1 bag when I want a smoothie

Ingredients:

  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Orange (I used a grapefruit as I didn’t have any oranges and didn’t love it until I made it again with an orange)
  • Pineapple
  • Coconut Yogurt
  • Other: You can add a protein powder, chia seeds, other tropical fruit.

Last week’s workouts: September 2nd – September 9th: You can read last week’s goals here.

Sunday September 2nd

  • Walked around the Zoo with Lilly for 1 hour
  • 30 minute walk at night 

Monday September 3rd

  • Went to bed at 8pm – so tired

Tuesday September 4th

  • Went to bed at 8pm – tired again – no workout 😦

Wednesday Sept 5th

  • No workout – was on the road all day and on my own with Lilly for 3 days (while working)

Thursday Sept 6th

  • Walked for 30 minutes at night

Friday Sept 7th

  • Decided not to work out but watch TV and read baby books with hubby

Saturday Sept 8th

  • Spend the day running … okay walking around doing errands (very successful day when you don’t have a toddler around)
  • Walked for 30 minutes at night – amazing temperature to be outside walking

Sunday September 9th (during Lilly’s nap)

  • Fit MOM DVD 25 minutes roughly
  • 10 minutes Prenatal Yoga via Fit Sugar

Goals for this week:

Monday: Fit Mom DVD or rest

Tuesday: Walk

Wednesday: was planning on going to Prenatal Yoga Class but it’s cancelled this week 😦  I will rest as I have 4 meetings at work on Wednesday – yikes!

Thursday: Walk

Friday – rest

Saturday – unknown at this point, something with the family and maybe a walk.

Sunday – walk or Fit Mom DVD

Let’s see how well I make out this week!

What workouts did you do this week?

Do you plan your workouts?

What’s your favourite smoothie?

Upcoming posts:

Motivation Monday (getting close to wrapping this up)

What I Ate Wednesday (haven’t done in a while)

Second Hand Shopping (for those who know me, I suck at it)