Updated: Giveaway begins March 24th at 12am and ends March 31st at 11:59pm. Enter Below.
Disclaimer: I received a complementary package of Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.
Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
The first official day of Spring was last Friday and I celebrated by sleeping for most of the day. I had grand plans to ring in the new season with some kind of outdoor activity, but – shocker – it was still pretty cold. Thankfully, this weekend was a bit warmer, so I celebrated with this Pina Colada Hemp Smoothie.
I used to be a huge fan of smoothies for breakfast. I even developed a smoothie making routine: bananas, spinach, frozen fruit, milk, protein powder. Blend. Pour. Devour. Despite my raging sweet tooth, I wasn’t a huge fan of how sweet my protein powder made my smoothies taste. So, over time, I got rid of the protein powder step, and started adding things like chia and flax seeda for a little protein boost.
These days I have smoothies a lot less. I blame that on a combination of the cold and my recent caffeine addiction. As much as I love smoothies, I like being warm more, smoothies took a backseat to warmer breakfasts for the last few months. But, when I was given the opportunity to review Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Harts, I knew I wanted to use it in a smoothie. Luckily, that coincided with ‘warmer’ weather, so I wasn’t left shivering for days.
If you didn’t know, Hemp Hearts is Manitoba Harvest’s brand of hemp seeds. I don’t have a lot of experience with using hemp seeds so I poked around the web to see what I could find out.
Hemp seeds come from the hemp plant and contain all of the essential amino acids. So, they’re an ideal source of protein for vegans, vegetarians and – you guessed it – people who don’t like protein powder in their smoothies but still want a protein boost. According to Manitoba Harvest, each 30g serving of Hemp Hearts contain 10g of protein and 10g of omegas. And when compared to the same serving of chia and flax seeds, Hemp Hearts has more protein and omegas and less carbs. Not bad right?
This smooth and creamy pina colada hemp smoothie doesn’t have alcohol like it’s namesake, but other than that, the taste is pretty much spot on. Plus, it’s got avocados and hemp seeds for some added healthy fats and protein. Basically, if you’re in the market for a healthy mocktail, I’ve got ya covered. Plus, I’m Manitoba Harvest was nice enough to offer a bag of Hemp Hearts to one lucky reader, so be sure to enter the contest at the bottom of this post!
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 cup pineapple chunks; fresh, frozen or canned
- ¼ small avocado
- ½ cup coconut milk, I used So Delicious
- ¼-1/4 cup water, depending on desired thickness
- 3 tbsp Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
- Optional: Ice
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Hemp Hearts Giveaway
Are you a fan of hemp seeds? Have you used Hemp Hearts before? What are your favourite recipes to use hemp seeds in?
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