Product Review: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 Protein Powder

Manitoba Harvest Review

The folks at Sweat Pink and Manitoba Harvest got together to offer free samples of the Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70 chocolate and vanilla protein powders. I’m always looking for new products to try out and because I have never tried a 100% hemp protein powder I was excited to test their product.

Product Specs:  Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70 proteins powders are pretty slim on the ingredient list which is a bonus for people looking for less junk and more real food. Hemp protein concentrate, organic coconut sugar and minimal ingredients that make up the flavoring are all that that make up these powders. In addition, the hemp protein is non GMO.

Taste/Experience/Thoughts:  Because I wanted to get the full flavor of the product I mixed each sample with 6 oz. of cold water to test them out. The instructions on the package were a bit fizzy, so I hoped 6 oz. was about right. According to the serving size printed on the package a full serving was 4 tbsp of powder. The sample was 2 tbsp. The instructions stated 4 tbsp of powder to 1 1/2 cups of liquid. It also states that this is a serving for 2-3 people (which is pretty odd).

Vanilla –  The powder was green and did not smell particularly enticing. It smelled a bit green and I did not detect any hint of vanilla. Once mixed with water the powder transformed into a greenish/greyish, dirty water looking substance. This did not look very appealing. The smell, once mixed, was still green, but a slight hint of vanilla came through.

The taste was very green. I would liken it to chlorophyll. There was possibly a trace of vanilla, but it was very hard to detect. There was no sweetness to speak of. The powder did mix into the water very smoothly and it was not gritty like some protein powders can be. It left a bit of a coating in my mouth, but nothing too unpleasant.

Honestly, at first I thought this was totally gross, but the strange thing was that the more I drank it, the more I got used to and actually kind of started to like it. Once I got over the fact that it wasn’t sweet or strong flavored it became kind of enjoyable. Since there was not a strong flavor I can see how this would mix into anything from your morning smoothie to a bowl of oatmeal.

Chocolate –   The chocolate powder hid the green a little better. It smelled like chocolate, but still had a green smell too.

Much like the vanilla, the chocolate tasted green, but the cocoa covered it up a little better. There was not much sweetness in this flavor at all. The chocolate powder mixed into water just as well as the vanilla.

This flavor was okay, but I think it would be harder to use than the vanilla, as I don’t think the chocolate flavor is great on it’s own, but I also don’t think it would be as easy to use in smoothies or other applications.

Overall:
The Good
With 14 grams of protein per 4 tablespoons in the chocolate and 15 grams in the vanilla, I would say that a serving of the Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70 protein powder packs a pretty good amount of protein.

The ingredient list is short and I think it’s great that Manitoba Harvest hasn’t included a lot of junk, fillers or extra ingredients that you may not need or want in your diet.

The Bad
If you aren’t a fan of green-tasting things you may not be able to tolerate this protein powder.

I would definitely consider using the Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70 protein powders if I was looking for an alternative to more common offerings like whey or soy powders, but I think it would take a little bit of adjustment for my taste buds to get used to them.

Full disclosure: I was provided with free samples in exchange for my review. The opinions and reviews presented here are solely my own. I have received no payment or compensation for this review other than the product.

 

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training sessions 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Friday Finds 8-29-14

Friday Finds from Former Fitness Flunky
Happy Friday!  Today’s post features a round up of excellent articles from around the web that I have found interesting this week:

Fitness

Fox News guest tells female co-hosts they could all stand to drop a few
You know that saying “don’t ever judge a book by it’s cover”? Well, that applies to people too and it looks like this dude didn’t get the message.
Apparently Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and author, yet I can’t figure out which of his credentials makes him think he is qualified to judge people’s weights without knowing their individual situation as it applies to eating and exercise habits, as well as their medical history. Uninvited comments like his hurt women’s self-esteem. Don’t be like Dr. Ablow.

3 Moves for Your Best #SummerSelfie from Pop Physique’s Jennifer Williams
While the title of this piece is silly, two out of three of these little exercises were new finds for me. I like that they work for pretty much any fitness level and don’t require equipment. They are also something you can work on by increasing your time or reps to keep it challenging and beneficial.

Food

Do gut bacteria rule our minds? In an ecosystem within us, microbes evolved to sway food choices
I’m not sure we can blame all our food cravings and woes on our gut microbiome, this article highlights some most interesting findings on how what’s living inside us may exert more control over us than we realize.

More

SafeTrek App
I’ve posted before about the need for vigilance while exercising outdoors so when I ran across this app I was really excited. While I definitely couldn’t foresee holding down the safety button the entire time I was exercising, this particular app would work well for more isolated stretches on jogging paths or areas where things looked a bit shady. I didn’t even realize apps like this existed so I’ll definitely be looking into installing this or something like it on my phone.
 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
 

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training sessions 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Friday Finds 8-22-14

Friday Finds from Former Fitness Flunky
Happy Friday!  Today’s post features a round up of excellent articles from around the web that I have found interesting this week:

Fitness

Back to School Workout
A shameless plug for my own routine :) I love this workout because it gets your heart pumping and takes only minutes.

Food

Stock Your Pantry for Healthy Work Lunches (Gluten Free!) #WIAW
Some excellent ides and tips for packing healthy lunches to take with you on the go.

‘Salt Sugar Fat,’ and Why Michael Moss is Right
Some interesting and scary facts on sugar, salt and fat.

More

Health as a Positive Experience, not a Relentless Burden
A good reminder that the journey of trying to be healthy shouldn’t cause you strife.

My Weekly Workouts and Trying New Things
A post from Ashley Pitt that highlights how important it can be to try new things in the gym.
 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training sessions 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Back to School Workout Routine

It’s been a while since I posted a workout so today I present to you the Back to School Workout Routine. This fun and easy routine requires no equipment and just a few minutes of your time. It’s the perfect little routine to do before you get ready for the day, during some down time or as a warm up to more intense activity.

This workout routine is done in a repeated round consisting of 15 jumping jacks, 15 push ups, 15 squats, 15 180° jumps and up to 30 seconds of rest. After the rest period you will complete the round again, for a total of five times.

Back to School Routine_mini

 

Want more quick exercise plans? Check out:
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Super Quick in a Rush 10 Minute Workout II
Super Quick in a Rush 10 Minute Workout III
Super Quick in a Rush 10 Minute Workout IV
Super Quick in a Rush 10 Minute Workout V

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Friday Finds 8-15-14

Friday Finds from Former Fitness Flunky
Happy Friday!  Today’s post features a round up of excellent articles from around the web that I have found interesting this week:

Fitness

New Research Reveals Why High Intensity Training Is So Beneficial for Health—It May Even Help Prevent Cancer
More good news about high intensity training this week. If you aren’t incorporating this kind of exercise into your routine I highly suggest you check it out. Since high intensity exercise can be taxing, especially if done incorrectly, you may want to consult with a pro to get some guidance on how high intensity workouts can work for you.

Food

13 Foods That Prove The Word “Natural” Has Lost All Meaning
An excellent reminder that it’s up to YOU to read food labels and make good choices. You can’t always trust that what a food label says is totally true.

Frozen Friday: Icy, Fruity, Fresh
A round-up of delicious frozen treat recipes perfect for hot summer days.

More

NCAA will appeal O’Bannon ruling
College athletics and the rights of student-athletes was a hot topic that came up at many points during my education. The potential of money being owed to these athletes is a topic that I can see both sides of so I am very interested to see that the battle is heating up in the courts.

Elizabeth Banks Thanks Genetics For Her Body, Exposes The Fraud That Is Celebrity Fitness
Yes, yes, yes!!! We need to stop idolizing celebrities with bodies that are often unattainable. We must realize that everyone has a unique situation that is determined by genetics, physical ability and a host of other attributes. Just because Jenn trains 7 days a week, Gwyneth drinks fancy juices and Miley eats a specific diet, doesn’t ever mean that copying them will yield the same results for you. This may be a surprise for some, but it’s the truth.

 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training sessions 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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