If you know me, you know I love my healthy fats.
I love them because they help with my hormones (and I need all the help I can get in that department!). I love them because they keep my hair shiny. And I love them because they taste effin’ delicious.
While I love bacon and butter just as much as the next chick, I’ve got a real soft spot in my heart for the healthy fats. The plant-based sources that are rich in omega-3s, antioxidants, fiber, and protein.
Especially hemp hearts.
I put them in my smoothies. I put them in my soup. I put them on my salad. Just last week I shared a recipe for Plant-Based Sun Butter Energy Balls that contain hemp hearts. And last year I even made Hemp Milk with them!
So imagine how stoked I was when I came home one afternoon to a box with a big Manitoba Harvest label on the front sitting outside my apartment! Before I became a blogger I NEVER used to get things in the mail except bills. And now with online billing, the only things I ever really get are delicious things to eat and the occasional pair of pants. I like to think my Mail Lady is rather envious 😉
While hemp hearts have been part of my daily diet for years, I had yet to try out Manitoba Harvest’s new Hemp Heart Bars. Since I’m always on the go and occasionally spend the entire day living out of my car, it’s incredibly important for me to have portable, healthy snacks on hand at all times.
These bars are packaged with protein – 10 grams to be exact – and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining proper brain function, keeping our hearts healthy, and even keeping our cholesterol levels in check. The standard Western diet tends to be higher on the omega-6 scale and lower on the omega-3, so chowing down on one of these bars will give you a substantial boost in your omega-3 intake.
I had the opportunity to try the Chocolate, Vanilla, and Apple Cinnamon, and while it was a tough call, I’d have to say Vanilla won the flavour contest for me! In fact, it was SO good, and I was SO hungry when I ate it, that I forgot to take a picture of it. #BloggerFail
I enjoyed one bar with a cup of coffee as a mid-day pick-me-up while I planned out my promotions and events for the year, and the other two saved the day when I found myself starving in between clients. As much as I love hemp hearts on their own, the beauty of these bars is that they’re so portable and easy to keep in your bag or car.
If you’d like to try one of these bars out, you’re in luck! My friends at Manitoba Harvest have given me a code to share with my Canadian and US friends to receive 15% off your purchase. All you have to do is use the code hhbarlaunch1015 when checking out at ManitobaHarvest.com and you’re set! This code is valid until March 31, 2016.
And if you REALLY want to get in on the fun, share a picture of yourself on social media, tag @manitobaharvest and use the hashtag #fuelledbyhemp for a chance to win one of favourite hemp heart products. A new winner is chosen each month! And while you don’t have to include any hemp heart products in the pictures, I have a feeling you’ll get brownie points if you do 😉
Have you ever tried hemp hearts? What about the new Hemp Heart Bars? What’s your favourite portable healthy snack?
I was sent these bars as part of my affiliation with Fit Approach, but as always, all reviews and opinions are 100% my own.