Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Review

You guys all know that I love snacks and toppings. I’m forever putting fun things on top of my yogurt and smoothies which is why I was so excited to participate in the Fit Approach campaign with Manitoba Harvest. I received a package of their delicious hemp hearts to try and I’m so glad I got these babies in my kitchen. They’re delicious! Because I’m a vegetarian, I look for ways to get my omegas and good proteins. I LOVE LOVE LOVE plant protein, so trying something new was exciting. 

Love this colorful packaging.

Love this colorful packaging.

 The first thing I notice about a product is the packaging. I’m a packaging nut. I love bright colors and I like seeing what the actual product looks like. This package looks fun and happy, no? I love the name of the product (I’m all about love and food), and I liked reading about the product on the packaging. I automatically knew the facts. Here’s what you can read on their website and on their packaging: 

 

Great tasting – Hemp Hearts have a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut.

Easy to use – Simply sprinkle Hemp Hearts on salad, cereal & yogurt, add to smoothies and recipes, or eat them straight from the package!

Nutritious – per 30 gram serving, Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas.

Hemp Hearts have more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax.

All of that makes me a happy girl! I tried some of them “straight-up” and they tasted like a milder sunflower seed. Keith even gave them a go! Then I decided how I’d prepare them. 

 

I did a lot of the “run of the mill” dishes with my hemp hearts. I sprinkled them on my cereal. I added them to oatmeal. I mixed them up with Coconut Yogurt and fruit and granola. All were delicious and satisfying! However, my personal piece de resistance was the avo-toast. 

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NOMZ!

Avo-toast makes me happy. It’s simple, it’s darn good, and it keeps me satisfied until 4th period when my kids leave me alone to eat lunch. 

With the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, I kicked my avo-toast up a few notches and boy am I glad I did. I took sprouted grain bread (if you’re not eating this…wait until you finish reading and then run to your nearest grocery store and buy in bulk), and toasted it. I mashed my avo and topped with nutritional yeast AND hemp hearts. 

Let your tastebuds rejoice in the magic! The flavor of the hemp hearts and the nooch compliment one another. It’s a creamy, cheesy, nutty blast of flavor. I was full and felt amazing. I loved using the hemp hearts to add a bit of crunch to the toast and avo-mix. So delicious!

The best part of all of this is you guys get a deal, too! Manitoba Harvest is offering 20% off of your purchase when you use the code HHSweatPink14. Happy shopping! What hemp hearts recipes might you try? 

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. I was not in any other way compensated for this post. All reviews are 100% honest and of my own opinion.

I’m All Wifed Up Now!

Two weeks ago, Keith and I finally made it official and we tied the knot after 11 years of being together. Here’s an action shot: 

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I have to say, we had a blast! We’re taking a honeymoon later in the winter so we took a few days off before and after the wedding to stay up at the casino and to relax. It was like a pre-honeymoon of sorts. The venue and church were perfect, my dress was perfect (I might be biased), and my dinner was perfect. We made sure to eat, we made sure to get to every table and say thank you, and we made sure to dance and have fun. 

I was strong going down the aisle, but when it came time to do our father and daughter dance, I got a little emo. We danced to “Daddy’s Little Girl” by The Mills Brothers. It’s a great oldie. Keith and I danced to “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine show, grinning and singing the whole time. The whole night was P-E-R-F-E-C-T. I wouldn’t have changed a thing except to make the whole event longer. :) 

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Later on, we took a bathroom selfie at the casino because…why not? That bathroom was probably one of the fanciest bathrooms ever. It even had a phone in the toilet room. :P 

And if you were wondering, yes, my bridal makeup was done by yours truly and is all cruelty free and/or vegan. :) Happy two weeks to Keith and I! 

 

 

Strawberry Hedgehog Vegan Soap Review

Back in the summer, I received the most amazing care package from Ms.Tracy Perkins, the genius lady (and fellow educator) behind Strawberry Hedgehog. I was trying to expand my collection of daily soaps that were cruelty free and chemical free and this brand jumped out at me. After some amazing e-mail exchanges and chatting about vegan soaps and teaching, this beautiful care package (with a note…you know I love notes) landed on my doorstep. 

And might I compliment Tracy on her beautiful penmanship?

And might I compliment Tracy on her beautiful penmanship?

I really enjoyed trying these products, especially the deodorant! I’ll be honest. I’ve always been a bit more on the “potent” side due to my diet and my heritage, so finding a deodorant that is CF and WORKS means a lot. So, let’s dive in!

Strawberry Hedgehog soaps are all natural and handmade. I love the artisanal quality in these soaps. It’s evident that everyone at SH really takes the time to perfect their scents, ingredients, and procedures. You can see all of the soaps above, so I’m not going to break down every single scent, but I will say that these soaps hold up in the shower. Even the small sample size soaps were high quality and all came packaged in a wax-paper like wrapping. I love the attention to detail in the packaging. Sometimes samples aren’t packaged with the same amount of care. But, that’s not the case here. 

What ingredients will you be slathering on your sexy bod when you use these? Their vegan soaps are made with high quality amazing ingredients! I think the first is love, but in addition you’ll be bathing in coconut oil, palm oil, and a touch of veggie glycerin. My favorite soaps of this bunch were the Patchouli-Orange which gives a spicy scent that lasts all day and the Venus (Witch’s Brew) which also boasts a warm, spicy scent. The lavenders were nice for bedtime, but I’m more of a spice girl. :) Keith, on the other hand, loved the Coconut Almond vegan soap.

In addition to the soaps and deodorant, I also got to try their whipped body creme packed with almond, coconut, and shea butters. This lotion is THICK! I had no idea it would be so rich, so a little goes a long way. 

Overall, I loved the samples and soaps and I loved the safe, ethical ingredients that SH and Tracy choose to use. With the holidays coming up (and the cold weather), I’m sure I’ll be stocking up again soon!

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. I was not in any other way compensated for this post. All reviews are 100% honest and of my own opinion.

Petit Vour September Beauty Box & My Fall 2014 Fashion Must-Haves

Sweet Lord, it’s Fall on the East Coast! Of course, that means for me less time browsing Pinterest and painting my toenails (back to work I go), but I’m okay with that. Fall is my jam, and I’m having an amazing time decorating our home, burning candles, and buying as much Bath and Body Works pumpkin scented EVERYTHING I can find. I’ve also been making some BOMB home-made sugar free, dairy free pumpkin oatmeal for brekkie with the Keithster. We’re Mr. and Mrs. Fall and there are always new things I want for the season. Here’s what I’m hoping to score!

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Let’s face it. I can NEVER have enough chunky cardigans. I found one just like this at Hollister and am in love. It works great for the week when I’m in the classroom or paired with some cute leggings for the weekend. I’m aware that Fall, too, is a time to replace some of the old pieces in my closet. I bought a pair of cheapo booties and I’m looking for a higher quality replacement. We’ll see how that goes! I’m also in the market for some cute printed tights (to wear with sweater dresses), and a new black infinity scarf…because really…who has TOO many black scarves? Not this lady!

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My Fall kicked off right with my Petit Vour September beauty box, too! I’m stoked to 1) See my girl Tashina as a collaborator once again! and 2) To try some amazing new products! I already love Ellovi, but the other brands are all new to me! PS – I actually pay for this box just in case that matters to anyone. I always have disclosures when I’m reviewing, but I think it’s important to mention that THIS BOX IS WORTH THE MONEY! And it ships free to the US. :) So, if you’re in the market for vegan beauty products…look no further! 

Have you started to overhaul your fall cosmetics and clothes? 

Vegan Sausage & Peppers with Upton’s Naturals

There is a lot of cooking that goes on in the Keith and Christine compound. Seriously, we’re always cooking SOMETHING. We love to entertain and we really like spending time in the kitchen together…even though our food ideals don’t match up completely. We rarely go out to eat, and to be honest, why would we when when we’ve got some much deliciousness going on right here at home? Because we are a “multivore” household, a lot of our recipes have to work with an interchangeable protein. I am becoming a seitan worshiper (hah!), and Upton’s Naturals sent me coupons so I could experiment with their AMAZING product at home. So far, I’ve been working with the Italian Style Seitan and Keith and I developed this Vegan Sausage and Peppers sandwich that will make your Nonnie’s proud!

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When it looks pretty when it’s cooking, you know you have a winner!

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Topped with delicious, Daiya Mozzarella Shreds!

Vegan Sausage & Peppers
Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
91 calories
11 g
11 g
3 g
5 g
2 g
183 g
101 g
7 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
183g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 11mg
4%
Sodium 101mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 11g
4%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 7g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
31%
Vitamin C
116%
Calcium
9%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 pckg. Upton's Naturals Italian Seitan
  2. 1 green bell pepper (medium)
  3. 1 red bell pepper (medium)
  4. 1 small white onion
  5. 1 1/2 c. tomato sauce (we used our homemade marinara!)
  6. 1/2 c. Daiya Mozzarella Shreds
Instructions
  1. Roughly chop your peppers and onions. Saute them in some EVOO until tender.
  2. Add Upton's Naturals Italian Seitan and gently break up.
  3. Cook until lightly browned with a bit of crisp to the seitan.
  4. Add tomato sauce (make your own or use the canned stuff), and cook down until consistency is thick enough to hold up on a sandwich.
  5. Pour on your favorite whole grain bun, top with Daiya Mozzarella shreds and Mangia!
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91
fat
3g
protein
5g
carbs
11g
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The first thing that happened when I went vegetarian was researching how to keep our multivore household simple. I researched all of my favorite recipes (Dad’s meatballs, Mom’s broccoli rabe, etc…) and found simple ways to make them suitable for me and anyone else who happens to be eating at our home. This recipe is a true favorite for all types of eaters and Upton’s Naturals makes a great product that is versatile and tasty. Keep an eye out for more of my Upton’s inspired recipes and let me know if you want to see my transform your favorite Italian dishes!

Upton’s Naturals provided coupons for complimentary products. No other compensation has been provided and all opinions are honest and my own.

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