Friday, March 25, 2016

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bars: Review, Discount, and Giveaway

A few months back Manitoba Harvest sent me a bag of their Hemp Hearts (raw hemp seeds) to try. I loved them. I put them on salads and in yogurt. Yogurt was my favorite to add them too, along with some fruit, they gave it a nice, nutty taste.

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Today, I'm writing about one of Manitoba Harvest's other hemp products, Hemp Heart Bars. The bars contain some dried fruits, flavors, and sugars (sigh), along with the hemp seeds. They supply 10 grams of protein, 10 grams of Omega 3 & 6, and 4 grams of fiber, at a calorie count of 230 with 10 grams of sugar.

The flavors I received for this review were chocolate and apple cinnamon. Since I'm being completely honest here, I have to say it was a struggle to try the apple cinnamon after trying the chocolate. I hated the chocolate and I love chocolate. I couldn't finish it, my kids didn't even like it, I threw it away. It was just the flavor, it was more like the outside of an Oreo than like a Hersey's bar. I don't like Oreos, my kids do though and they still didn't like the chocolate Hemp Hearts Bar. The apple cinnamon was much, much better. I didn't get as much cinnamon flavor as I would like, but I could definitely taste the apple and even see little pieces of it in the bar. The texture is not gritty, even though by looking at the bar it seems like it would be. It's soft and chewy, much like a granola bar. Actually, the texture falls somewhere between that of a granola bar and a Lara Bar.

I can see using the Hemp Hearts Bar as an emergency food to keep in the car or in my purse for those times when I'm out and about and find myself hungry without time to get something nutritious to eat. I also see it as a quick and easy post-workout snack, that will provide me with the protein and carbs that I need. I do have to say though that I wish the sugars in the Hemp Hearts Bar came from fruit instead of being added sugars like organic coconut palm sugar and organic brown rice syrup. I also don't like that it has added flavors. I don't care that they're organic, I don't want them there at all. It's not Whole30 compliant. Can't they use dates like other bars do?

Anyway, I know most people wouldn't mind the added sugars and flavors and you have a chance to try them yourself by simply sharing a photo on instagram:

Tag @manitobaharvest #hempheartbar #fuelledbyhemp #sweatpink @fitapproach for a chance to win a box of your favorite flavor of Hemp Heart Bars!
A winner will be chosen each month!
Eligibility: open to US and Canada residents
(more info here)

If you don't win, you still have the opportunity to get Hemp Heart Bars at a discount by using the code hhbarlaunch1015 for 15% off at the Manitoba Harvest online store.

Manitoba Harvest provided me with this product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

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