Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Manitoba Hemp Hearts Review and Giveaway

What are Hemp Hearts? 

Hemp hearts are the edible insides of hemp seeds. They have many health benefits because of their high and diverse nutritional content. They are packed with protein, contain omega 6 and omega 3 and fibre.  A 30 gram serving has 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of Omega 3 and 6.

Hemp hearts are lower in carbs than flax and chia; they are raw, vegan friendly and Non-GMO.  Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts are only grown in Canada and manufactured in their own hemp dedicated facility in Manitoba Manitoba Hemp Hearts which means there will be no cross contamination with any other products. 

They are super easy to eat as they do not need to ground up. You can sprinkle them on salads, yogurt, cereal,  savoury dishes like salmon and steaks, add them into smoothies, bake with them or just eat them as is. The options are endless. 

I found them to have a nutty flavour. The texture is soft and delicate with a slight crunch. I like to add them to my smoothies and when I'm in a rush I just sprinkle them onto my yogurt to give if a bit of crunch. My kids love them too. I put the hemp hearts into a shaker and they love to sprinkle them on their meals. It's a great way for them to get all the health benefits and they have fun. 

Coupon Code

Would you like to try some Hemp Hearts?  Until March 31, 2015, you can receive 20% off your order at www.manitobaharvest.com using coupon code HHSweatPink215

Giveaway Time 

Manitoba Harvest has offered up one bag of their Hemp Hearts to one of my readers to win. Open to Canadian/US residents (No P.O Boxes)

To enter contest please.....

1. Follow @ManitobaHarvest on Instagram

2. Follow @ManitobaHarvest on Twitter

Bonus entries:

1. Follow @ainrunningland on Twitter

2. Follow @ainrunningland on Instagram 

And leave me a comment below telling me where you are following them, your Twitter or Instagram handle AND what's the first way you would try your Hemp Hearts.

Disclosure :  I was provided with this free product in exchange for my review and giveaway.  All opinions are my own. 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Coldest February Ever

February went by in a flash, but at the same time it seemed never ending. It was the coldest month of 2015 where cold alerts were plenty and not a single day of temperatures above freezing. This is what living in the Great White North really is like. Toronto has not seen weather this cold since 1978.

With weather like this, all you want to do is crawl up under a blanket and curl up by the fire. But, if you've registered for a marathon in the spring, it means that training must go on.

As much as LOVE running outside,  I have spent a lot of February on the treadmill. I have learned to love my treadmill. I used to joke about how much I hated it, but I'm very lucky to have one in my home. It is always there when I need it, I don't have to worry about browsicles or slipping on ice. With a little one at home it's always tough to squeeze all the training runs in. It would be crazy to attempt to push my toddler in the running stroller in below freezing temperatures and snow covered sidewalks. So, the treadmill has been my saving grace.  I admire all my fellow runners who run outside through all the adverse weather. I always catch myself planning my week according to the weather and seeing if and where I can run outside. 

I have been keeping up with the Insanity Max 30 workout which is quite fun and very challenging. I've gotten the whole family to do it with me. Check out my updates on Instagram. I am hoping that it will help build my core and make me a stronger runner. I am now into month 2 of the challenge and it's definitely INSANE!

My training has been all over the place because of the weather but I have tried to stick with mileage required. I am praying for some warmer weather in March and with Daylights saving coming up, there will be more daylight and hopefully some stroller runs instead on treadmill runs. 

How was your February? 

How do you deal with extreme weather and training ?

What upcoming races or events do you have in the horizon?

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