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.
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.
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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