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Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro70 - Review and Contest

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro70 – Review and Contest

I’m really not a big fan of protein powder of any kind. I believe in eating clean (salad, vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruit, a little starch, no sugar, lots of water) and training dirty. Yes I sweat a lot and when I’m in the gym ; I’m in the zone! I don’t eat meat so when I work out with my trainer I try to consume three boiled eggs at least an hour and a half before my work out. I find that it gives me enough energy to handle a tough workout and I very rarely get light headed. The thought of a plant based protein powder was very appealing to me. So when I was asked to take part in this Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro70  review (nod to Fit Approach,  I’m a Sweat Pink Ambassador) I was a little hesitant yet somewhat excited to give it a try.  So here goes!!

According to the sample packages received the ingredients are as follows:

  • Hemp protein concentrate
  • Organic coconut sugar
  • Organic fair trade cocoa powder
  • Natural plant extracts

It’s NON GMO and proudly Canadian! All great things wouldn’t you agree? Now to create a memorable smoothie!


My Hemp Pro70 Plant Based Protein – Spinach Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon homemade nut butter
  • 15 g chocolate (or vanilla) Hemp Pro70 plant based protein powder
  • 4 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy the heavenly goodness! You’ll find that it’s creamy, light, easy to digest and full of flavor. I felt full for a longer period of time and think that it’s safe to say that this may be my new go to for protein on my heavy workout days!

If you’d like to give HempPro 70 a try for yourself, you can buy it here. Plus, if you use the code “sweatpinkpro70” you can get 20% off the vanilla and chocolate flavors! For a chance to win a whole case of your favorite flavor for FREE, make sure to share the hemp love by snapping a pic and tagging @manitobaharvest on Instagram or Twitter with #pro70.

Entry deadline for the contest is September 30th! #GetYouSome

One of the hardest things to find when traveling is quality lean protein sources that will fill your body during your travels. Most fast food places serve manufactured junk that they call meat, sandwiches at the airport only have a small amount of meat in them. So what do you do to get quality protein portions throughout your travels? The hardest thing is during air travel because of the restricted areas forcing you to eat whatever is in the terminal. Plus the limitations on what you can bring with you is  slim with no liquids or gels. You can however bring food for personal consumption! This is great because you can pack chicken breast, mountain high sandwiches, and other convenient forms of protein, but of course you can only carry so much food.

The best option is honestly protein powder because it can be made instantly and carried easily. Most people aren’t going to haul a 2 LB container of protein with them, so your next best bet is to call the manufacture and ask to purchase sample packs. This is very easy to do by simply telling them what you are doing (Traveling) and they will often ship you sample packs. The price might be slightly higher because of the individual packaging but it’s so worth it. They are sealed and labeled so you don’t have to worry about customs of security wondering what the powders are in individual zip-lock bags.

Another great way to get quality protein is to look towards meal replacement protein bars. Once again these are very easy to carry and come in a wide range of products. With 100’s of different bars on the market, look for one that is higher in protein and lower in carbs for traveling. You wont be doing a large amount of exercise, so you really don’t need the extra carbs in the bars. Some that I really like are Promax Bars.. They come in both full flavor and light and have a great nutritional makeup. They can be found in almost any nutritional store in Canada or the USA.

 Hint: Chocolate Mint is amazing! You honestly can’t go wrong with any flavors of the Promax line.    

Corey Swiergosz

Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

WARNING: Proceed with caution, they smell and taste amazing!!

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself  looking for a treat other than the usual piece of fresh fruit, greek yogurt, or handful of nuts. I wanted something freshly baked. I  absolutely love peanut butter, so I looked at great lengths for a peanut butter cookie recipe that excluded both flour and sugar. Sad to say but, I could not find one!

Frustrated, I went into the kitchen determined to bake something. I pulled out my mixing bowl, and started grabbing random ingredients that I thought would go well together. I preheated the oven at 350.

Then combined the following:

One cup peanut butter, 1 egg, half a cup each of shredded coconut, walnuts, dried cranberries, and steel-cut oats, PLUS one scoop of protein powder, and that’s it!! Once I mixed all of the ingredients together, I created 32 little balls. I then placed them on a cookie sheet, flattened them with a fork, and baked them for eight minutes.

You’ll find them to be moist in the middle, slightly brown on the bottom and taste FANTASTIC! Give them a try.

Socially Fit – Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

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8 Simple Steps

How you look is largely influenced by what you eat. Lack of muscle mass, high body fat, lack of energy at work or at the gym, bad skin, and digestive problems.  All of that can be caused by unhealthy nutrition. Since there’s a lot of confusion about what to eat and why, here are 8 simple nutrition rules that will help you build muscle, lose fat, and get stronger, when combined with a consistent workout routine. Remember that commitment is the key!

Eat breakfast everyday.

1. Eat Breakfast. You get energy from the first hour and you’ll be less hungry the rest of the day. It also sets the trend: you’ll tend to eat healthier if your day starts with a strong and healthy breakfast.

Your best bet: omelette, smoothie or cottage cheese. 

2. Eat Every Two Hours. Let’s assume that you have  breakfast at 8am, your day should look like this; breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, snack, dinner, snack.


  • Less Hunger. Eating more smaller meals vs. few big meals will decrease your stomach size. You’ll feel full faster and your waist will trim.
  • Less Cravings. Not eating for long periods usually causes overeating at the next meal or ending at the candy machine.

Eat at fixed times every day and your body will get hungry at those fixed times.  

Eat protein with each meal.

3. Eat Protein with Each Meal. You need protein to build and maintain muscle. Proteins also satiate: proteins keep you full longer than carbs.

How much protein should you eat daily? At least 1g per pound of body-weight. That’s 200g/day if you weigh 200lbs. The easiest way to get this amount is to eat a whole protein source with each meal. Some include:

  • Red Meat. Beef, pork, lamb, deer, buffalo, etc.
  • Poultry. Chicken, turkey, duck, etc.
  • Fish. Tuna, salmon, sardines, mackerel, etc.
  • Eggs. Don’t believe the cholesterol myths. Eat the yolk.
  • Dairy. Milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, etc.
  • Whey. Not necessary but great for post workout shakes.

4. Eat Fruits and Veggies with Each Meal. Most of them are low-calorie: you can eat your stomach full without gaining fat or weight. Fruits and veggies are also full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber which helps digestion. Some of my favorite fruits and veggies are: apples, berries, pineapple, oranges, bananas, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, pumpkin, beans, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, bok choy, romaine lettuce, and peas.

5. Eat Carbs Post Workout Only.
While you need carbs for energy, most people eat more than they need. Limit your carb intake to post workout only.

  • Eat Fruits and Veggies with all Meals. These contain little carbs compared to whole grains. Exception: corn, carrots, raisins.
  • Other Carbs Post Workout Only. This is rice, pasta, bread, potatoes, quinoa, oats, etc. Avoid white carbs and eat whole grain. Exception: If you’re skinny and you’re trying to gain weight: eat carbs pre and post workout.

6. Eat Healthy Fats. Healthy fats improve fat loss and health. They also satiate, digest slowly and are cheap. Eat healthy fats with every meal and avoid artificial trans -fats and margarine. Balance your fat intake.

  • Saturated Fats. Increase testosterone levels. Real butter, whole eggs, red meat.
  • Monounsaturated Fats. Protect against heart diseases and cancers. Extra virgin olive oil, olives, mixed nuts.
  • Polyunsaturated Fats. Increase testosterone levels, promote fat loss, decrease inflammation. Fish oil, ground flax seeds, mixed nuts.

    Drink lots of water.

7. Drink Water.  Strength training causes water loss through sweating which can impair muscle recovery. Drinking water prevents dehydration but also hunger since an empty stomach can make you think you’re hungry.

  • 1  Gallon Water/Day. Drink 1 cup of water first thing on waking up, 2 cups with each meal and sip water during your workout. Try also green tea, and water with squeezed lemon.
  • Ignore Water Intoxication. Eating healthy as explained in this post will make sure you replenish your electrolytes.

  8. Eat Whole Foods 90% of The Time.  To really get the results you want, 90% of your food intake should consist of whole foods.

  • Whole Foods. Unprocessed and unrefined (or little refined) foods that come as close as possible to their natural state. Examples: fresh meat, fish, poultry, eggs, veggies, legumes, fruits, rice, oats, quinoa.
  • Processed Foods. Usually contain added sugars, trans-fats, nitrates, corn syrup, sodium and chemicals. Examples: bagels, fruit bars, cereals, pizza, cookies, sausages, frozen meals, supplements.

Example Diet. Forget about portion size and calories. Just eat your stomach full. You won’t get fat eating healthy foods. Especially not if you exercise and with all the veggies. Example diet using the above 8 nutrition rules:

  • Breakfast: eggs with veggies, orange, green tea
  • Snack: mixed nuts, pear
  • Lunch: tuna, romaine lettuce, olives, olive oil
  • Snack: cottage cheese with apple
  • Post workout: ground round, quinoa, spinach, banana
  • Dinner: chicken, spinach, baby carrots, blue berries
  • Pre-bed snack: cottage cheese, strawberries, ground flax seeds, fish oil

Food prep is very important, nobody has time to cook six times per day. Prepare your meals and snacks, ahead of time. Plan your meals for the day/week and shop accordingly. It makes this lifestyle change a whole lot easier.

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