I received the opportunity to review Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts through my ambassadorship with Fit Approach. I received a complimentary bag of Hemp Hearts to review. Nevertheless, the thoughts and opinions expressed are genuine and all my own.
Recently, I was sent a bag of bag of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts to try out, and I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first. I’m pretty sure I said something like… “Hemp? As in marijuana?!” when I first opened the package. But, after doing some research about the product (i.e. making sure it would be something healthy to put into my body), and Manitoba Harvest in particular, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious and nutty these little seeds were, and how easy it was to incorporate them into what I was already eating on a regular basis.
I’m a fan of Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Hearts product in particular, because it is non-GMO verified and organic (which is super important to me), and it contains 10 grams of protein per 30 gram serving! I am always looking at ways to sneak in more protein to my diet, so I can feel doubly good adding in a sprinkle of Hemp Hearts to my yogurts, salads, and even desserts. (Seriously, try it mixed in with some almonds on top of a baked apple. Hello, delicious!)
My initial research also allayed one of my biggest concerns, and a common misconception, about whether the hemp I would be ingesting would have the same effect in my body as marijuana. According to the Manitoba Harvest website, hemp contains 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will NOT cause a psychoactive effect, nor will their products cause a false positive drug test; it is safe for both pregnant women and children. So, feel free to “indulge” in some hemp!
Manitoba Harvest has a number of delicious looking recipes on their website, but I of course couldn’t help experimenting on my own. I found that the Hemp Hearts were a perfect addition to my Grilled Pineapple and Blackberry Yogurt Parfait, with their nutty taste complimenting the naturally sweet pineapple. Here’s how you make it…
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Pineapple
- 9 Blackberries
- 1 Container (5.3 oz) Plain Greek Yogurt with Honey
- 3 Tablespoons Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
- Mint for Garnish (if you’re feeling fancy)
Start by grilling your pineapple in a hot dry pan. (You can do this in a grill pan or even just a regular skillet on the stove top.) Grilling/cooking the pineapple brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit, caramelizing the outside! Cut up the pineapple into small pieces.
First place a layer of 6 blackberries on the bottom of your cup. Place half of the yogurt over the blackberries. (You can either be fancy and mix your own plain Greek yogurt with honey, or be lazy – like me – and buy the pre-mixed flavor in the grocery store.) Sprinkle half of the Hemp Hearts on top.
Next, layer your pieces of grilled pineapple, then the rest of your yogurt. Top with the rest of your Hemp Hearts and the three remaining blackberries. Garnish with mint, if you are so inclined.
And now the best part! Leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a free bag of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts to try for yourself. Just tell me how you are looking forward to using the product. (Winner will be picked Monday, March 16th!) Plus, even if you don’t win a free bag, you can still try Manitoba Harvest products with this coupon for $1.00 off their products in stores. (The coupon link is for stores in the USA; however, if you go to the website you can also find a coupon for Canada.)
xoxo – SavvySleever