Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Review & Giveaway

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Manitoba Harvest – We heart hemp foods SO much we see no reason to love any other, and that’s why we ONLY manufacture and sell hemp foods. Sharing the hemp love is just what we do best.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

I’ll be honest, hemp hearts are not something you will find in our kitchen, or at least not until now. While I heard of hemp hearts, I never really researched it enough to go ahead and say, “We need this as part of our everyday life”. So when the opportunity came along to do a review of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts trough Fit Approach I was excited not only to try this super plant, but also to learn more about it.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

We received Manitoba Harvest Natural Hemp Hearts and I have to admit I fell in love with the look and taste of it from the first moment. This nutritious little plant is ready to eat straight from the bag, they are delicious when added to recipes like salads, cereal, power bars, smoothies, pasta, cookies… just to name a few.

Some delicious facts about Hemp Hearts:

  • Great tasting – Hemp Hearts have a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut.
  • Hemp Hearts may look little, but they contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas (3 and 6) per 30 gram serving – more than a comparable serving of Flax or Chia.
  • Easy to use – Simply sprinkle Hemp Hearts on salad, cereal & yogurt, add to smoothies and recipes, or eat them straight from the package!
  • Hemp Hearts, as with all Manitoba Harvest products, are Non-GMO Project Verified.

I must say for me the convenience of adding hemp hearts to just about any recipe won. I love how easy we can add extra protein and omegas to our morning smoothies, cereals and other delicious recipes. With so many food allergies and sensitivities we are dealing with lately in our house, it’s nice to have an extra beneficial food we can enjoy and know that is good for us. I also love the nutty taste it gives (especially since we are avoiding nuts because of the allergies) making it perfect in so many baked recipes, as well as pasta dishes and of course snacks.

We loved browsing the Manitoba Harvest Recipes on their website and of course coming up with our own ways to incorporate hemp hearts in our daily diet. Some of our favorite ways to use hemp hearts is on fresh fruit, smoothies, morning cereals, pasta, pancakes and in baked goods like muffins and breads.

One of our favorite recipes from Manitoba Harvest is this yummy Azalicious Hemp Shake (image below) which made us come up with a similar recipe of our own… Hope you’ll like it!

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

Here is a simple protein packed smoothie I make for my husband on busy mornings, or for a quick snack before or after workouts! The version I make for myself uses water instead of milk and I don’t use protein powder (nursing a baby with allergies)!

Protein Packed Smoothie with Hemp Hearts

Ingredients:

1 small banana (for a thicker smoothie use frozen banana)

1 cup mixed berries (we use blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)

1/2 cup milk of choice (we use coconut milk)

1 teaspoon raw cocoa powder

2 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

1 scoop protein powder of choice (vanilla or chocolate flavor)

Optional toppings: hemp hearts, cinnamon, raw cocoa powder, carob chips… (we use carob chips, cinnamon and Hemp Hearts)

Directions:

Add everything in a blender and blend for about 1 to 2 minutes, or until well blended and creamy. This makes one smoothie. Serve right away with desired toppings…

Note: The nutrition calculated is with 1/2 cup coconut milk and without any toppings. Different milk will give you different amounts of calories and other nutrition as well as adding the toppings!

Nutrition Facts - Protein Packed Smoothie with Hemp Hearts

For more delicious recipes, good for you hemp products or just to check out what’s new, don’t forget to visit Manitoba Harvest.

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Did You Know: Broccoli

Broccoli Has Been Called a Miracle Food!

Did You Know: A cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice with half the calories!

Broccoli is a plant in the cabbage family, whose large flower head is used as a vegetable. The word broccoli, from the Italian plural of broccolo, refers to “the flowering top of a cabbage”.

Broccoli

Broccoli has many health benefits and is good for your nervous system, blood pressure, bone health, immune system, eye health, heart health and is great for cancer prevention. It also has ton of the vitamin C and potassium. Broccoli is also known to help with sun damage and is helpful in repairing skin damage thanks to the glucoraphanin it contains which helps the skin to detoxify and repair itself.

Broccoli is also great for diet. Broccoli is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.

So next time you need a healthy side dish, a quick snack or just a great veggie go for the green stuff!!!

Share with us What is your favorite way to eat broccoli?

GoGo squeeZ Fruit & VeggieZ Review

Wherever You Go, Go Playfully

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received this product for free.

Having an on-the-go lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to compromise on health. It just means you want your goodness to go. That’s why GoGo squeeZ makes it their mission to help families lead healthier, happier, more playful lives – so you can take dance breaks, scour the backyard for buried treasure and embrace more special moments together.

GoGo squeeZ Great'Full Grape

Their Fruit & VeggieZ pouches squeeze in the yummy fruit taste kids love with the added benefit of real veggies!

Plus:

  • They’re made with 100% all-natural fruits and veggies and NO high-fructose corn syrup, GMOs or added colors, flavors or preservatives.
  • They’re Kosher certified, never watered down and always gluten, nut and dairy free.

All GoGo squeeZ Fruit & VeggieZ pouches are resealable and BPA-free, making them a no-mess, spoon-free way to enjoy fruits and veggies wherever life takes you! Enjoy all four healthy flavors anytime, anywhere, including:

  • Pedal Pedal Peach – Apple, Peach and Sweet Potato
  • Zippin’ Zingin’ Pear – Apple, Pear and Carrot
  • Boulder Berry – Apple, Carrot, Raspberry, Strawberry and Blueberry
  • Great’Full Grape – Apple, Grape and Sweet Potato

We recently got a chance to try the yummy Great’Full Grape and both kids adored it. They loved it so much that we had to get more and another flavors as well!

My 9 year old is very picky when it comes to sweet potato, but in this she loved it. She loves GoGo squeeZ becase it’s an easy snack on the go, around the house or in school. And I love that she is getting extra fruits and now veggies too doing her busy day.

On the other hand my 10 month old has food allergies (wheat, egg, tree nuts and peanuts) and also food sensitivities (MSPI milk/soy protein intolerance), for a while now GoGo squeeZ has been our safe snack on the go or in the house. I love that he can safely have this delicious treat that is gluten, nut and dairy free. He loved the new fruit and veggie combos and we are definitely keeping some with us at all times!

On the search for more GoGo squeeZ? Look for Fruit & VeggieZ pouches in the applesauce aisle at your local grocery store. To find a specific product and see a list of online retailers, use this handy-dandy search feature. You can pick up 4-packs for a suggested price of $2.79, as well as 12-packs and 48-packs.

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received the above mentioned product for free. SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips Review

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Featuring Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation. However, all opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Throughout their history, Vaseline has been at the forefront of innovation in skincare and is excited to share its latest product with you. Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips is a sheer rose-tinted lip moisturizer that deeply moisturizes dry lips to instantly leave them soft and beautiful.

We are so close to Valentine’s Day that we can almost taste the candy, chocolate covered strawberries, yummy heart shaped food and bubbly drinks in pale colors! This all sounds delicious, but this is also the time to panic and let’s face it, time to think a little bit outside of the box… You know, skip the usual card, candy and roses… Instead check out our list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas under $50!

  1. You can’t go wrong with jewelry and Kate Spade New York updated colorful bangles that come in red, pink, yellow and blue have that edge that will add charm to any outfit your sweetheart wears. They are available for $48.00 at larger department stores and online.
  2. If she is a coffee or tea lover you can’t go wrong with a personalized mug. Think you and your partners initials on a festive red large mug that is one of a kind and available for $43.00 at CraftUnikat on Etsy.
  3. Another way you can surprise your significant other is with a unique limited time Bejeweled Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lip Jar available at Kitson and ShopKitson.com for $45.00 Girls love jewels and they love when their lips look the best. This little gem is a all in one, a perfect gift she will love!

What girl doesn’t like receiving chocolates or better yet fancy Petit Fours early in the morning right before Valentine’s Day? I know, I know she doesn’t exist. But when you open your fancy box of Rose Petal Petits Fours by Valerie Confections and realize that the true gift is inside the little cakes all of a sudden tasted even better.

I’ve been a fan of Vaseline products for a long time. I even introduced my 9 year old daughter to them as one of the best skin products something that has always helped me. We both were excited to try their new Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips and sure enough we both got one.

Every time I try a new product by Vaseline I’m not surprised that I like it, because they have been original skin care experts sine 1870. After all they have been safely helping skin heal for over 140 years. With all that said I knew right from the start when we opened the new Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips that it will be just as described.

  • Protects and relieves dry and dull chapped lips, while locking in moisture to help them heal.
  • Instantly softens and soothes dry lips and leaves a sheer pink tint.
  • Locks in moisture to help lips recover from discomfort.
  • Made with triple-purified Vaseline petroleum jelly.
  • Has a light rose fragrance.

My daughter and I love that the little tub is the same as the original Vaseline cream just mini making it cute, convenient and perfect to trow in your bag. Not to mention how amazing the little tub looks with all the jewels on it. It definitely makes all the girls want it! The jelly inside has this beautiful pinkish tint that smells just like roses. It’s smooth and easy to take out and it leaves this glossy, pink tint on your lips making them super soft and moist.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips is available for $2.29 at food, drug, and mass retailers, nationwide. For more info visit Vaseline website and don’t forget to get the special limited time Bejeweled Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lip Jar at Kitson and ShopKitson.com for $45!

Vaseline sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) wrote this sponsored post on behalf of the above mentioned company or their PR Representative. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way. SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Quaker Steel Cut Quick 3-Minute Oatmeal Review

Quaker Steel Cut Oatmeal Makes Delicious Meal for Kids of All Ages

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received this product for free.

Is breakfast starting to feel like “been there, done that” meal? Bagels? Blah. Strudel? So-so. Stale cupcakes? Hey, we’ve all been there. If you’re ready for a breakfast makeover, allow us to introduce NEW Quaker Steel Cut Quick 3-Minute Oatmeal.

Quaker Steel Cut Quick 3-Minute Oatmeal

Each convenient pouch provides a hearty texture and nutty taste in just 3 minutes. Pour the oats into a bowl, add water and microwave. That’s it! It’s stick-to-your-ribs goodness your whole family can enjoy even on the busiest mornings.

Because they’re cut instead of rolled, steel-cut oats have more of a thick, satisfying whole-grain texture, plus a delicious flavor! Blueberries & Cranberries create the perfect combo with real pieces of fruit, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a dash of sugar and spice in Brown Sugar & Cinnamon, which is made with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Quaker Steel Cut Quick 3-Minute Oatmeal

Recently we got a chance to work with Quaker and try their new Steel Cut Quick 3-Minute Oatmeal in Brown Sugar & Cinnamon. In our house we are big fans of Quaker oatmeal and as usual they didn’t disappoint us with their new product. We all loved how yummy the oats were, super quick to make and how delicious the brown sugar and cinnamon made these steel cut oats taste. Our 9 year old daughter loved the convenience of being able to make the oatmeal herself in just 3 minutes before or after school. She loves it so much that she asks for it for breakfast, lunch and snacks.

As a busy mom I’m always looking for ways to have quick and easy meals available for my kids that are also delicious and nutritious at the same time, and as always Quaker has proven that their yummy oats are a must in every house. Definitely a product to try!

The Quaker Steel Cut Quick 3-Minute Oatmeal is available at your local grocery stores for a suggested price of $2.99 (Walmart price, it could be more in other stores or different areas). For more info visit Quaker website.

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received the above mentioned product for free. SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Book of the Month: I Was Here

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Cody and Meg were inseparable… Until they weren’t.

I Was Here

When her best friend, Meg, drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, and some secrets of his own. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

“I Was Here is a pitch-perfect blend of mystery, tragedy, and romance. Gayle Forman has given us an unflinchingly honest portrait of the bravery that it takes to live after devastating loss.”

—Stephen Chbosky, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Viking Juvenile – January 27, 2015 – 288 pages – $11.39