Manitoba Harvest #HempLove #HempHearts Review and Giveaway!

Hello!  How’s it going?  We are FINALLY getting some milder temps and sunshine up here in the Northeast, and it feels good!  Hello again, outdoor runs!  Today I have an awesome review AND giveaway for you guys, sponsored by Manitoba Harvest.  They were nice enough to send me a bag of their Hemp Hearts to test out.


I know some of you may be asking, “What the heck are hemp hearts?” so here is your answer…

Some consider hemp seeds a superfood.  They offer a healthy dose of protein and healthy fats, similar to flax and chia seeds, except hemp seeds are lower in carbs than flax and chia seeds.  They have a subtle nutty flavor, and there are multiple uses for them!

You can sprinkle them on top of pretty much anything from oatmeal or yogurt to salads!  You can use them in baking, too!  Manitoba Harvest has a ton of recipes using these hemp hearts on their website.  On their website I found this recipe for Banana Hemp Seed Muffins.


IMG_1439Any kind of bakery item with banana in it has my heart.

 Enter the giveaway for your own bag of Hemp Hearts in the Rafflecopter below! :)

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Metabolic Training Bootcamp Workout

Hey friends!  How are you?  Surviving the cold?  I had a nice unexpected day off yesterday due to the snow.  Of course it was filled with working on a never-ending pile of schoolwork. It never ends!!!!

On top of it all, I have taken up teaching a bootcamp every Thursday now at a local business on the employee’s lunch break. Most of the participants are beginners, and I write up the workouts with that in mind.  After last week’s workout I received really positive feedback after the workouts.  You could tell the participants felt proud of themselves, good about working out and doing something good for their bodies, which makes adding one more crazy thing to my schedule all worth the while.bootcampboardWhile making this workout, I tried to keep it quick and fast-paced to avoid boredom by the participants.  It’s easy to get bored during stationary workouts (we only have a hallway as our space for the bootcamp), especially for beginners.  Being in a hallway doing exercises within your very small little bubble for 30-45 minutes can be less than motivating.  I knew I needed to give them something to focus on – so, an interval type workout it is.d

This workout utilizes metabolic training – meaning, it keeps your burning more calories even after you are done working out.  It trains you to push harder and get out of your comfort zone in the work periods, with the idea in mind that you’ll soon get a little rest.

The workout takes a little less than 30 minutes!  Here it is…



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Hey friends!

Todays What I Ate Wednesday post is going to be short and sweet, and not a full day of eats, but instead a mishmash of recent eats.  My life is getting crazy again :(  Why!!

Alright..Let’s start out with breaki!


I am loving this new coffee mug I got from Marshalls!

image9These blueberry muffins have turned into a daily thing. I enjoyed one along side some scrambled egg whites.


This is the TOTAL healthy and super simple comfort food.  It’s way too good for how simple it is to make.  In a crock pot went chicken breasts, carrots, onions, diced sweet potatoes, and chicken broth. The sweet potato kind of disintegrates into the mix in a way, giving it this sweet and savory flavor, if that makes sense.  SO good….Thank god…because I cut my finger making it.

Paleo Fried RiceSay hello to Paleo Fried Rice.  I used this recipe from NomNomPaleo, and added chicken on top.  Everyone asks me, does the cauliflower really taste like fried rice?  My answer…you don’t really get the taste of cauliflower or rice.  You do get the consistency of rice though, and all the flavors of fried rice. I loved it and will definitely be making it again soon!

That’s all I have for today!  Thank you Jenn for hosting! I’ll be back tomorrow with a bootcamp-style workout!

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