Product Review: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70

Disclaimer:  This is an unbiased review.  As an SPA, I am often provided with opportunities to review certain fitness/health related products.  I was not paid for my review, but did receive a free product for testing.

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“HempPro 70 – It’s water soluble and has a smooth texture! It’s also our higher protein option (the Original flavour has 20 grams of protein per 30 gram serving). We love this protein in a post run smoothie or yoga shake (yes, you can literally shake it with your favourite beverage and you’re good to go). Comes in three delicious flavours; Chocolate, Vanilla and Original.”

When offered to review this product I was eager to try it out because I’m always look for vegan protein options. I was a little bit nervous though because when one hears the word vegan one assumes that taste will be lacking.  Though these powders had a mild taste they weren’t on the bad side, in fact it was refreshing to try something that wasn’t overly flavored.

I first tried out the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 in chocolate as a run recovery drink and was pleasantly surprised by the malty chocolate taste.  It reminded me of a less sweet version of Ovaltine.  AND I LOVE OVALTINE!  My blender was dirty so I didn’t bother with testing out a smoothie, rather I just shook it up with some plain unsweetened almond milk and gulped it down.

It mixed really well and was smoother than most shakes I’ve tried.  It didn’t do that weird hydrophobic powder clumping thing that many protein shakes do.  It was also easy on the stomach!  I didn’t feel like it was difficult to process and it didn’t sit heavy.

A couple of days later I gave the vanilla a try.  I liked the vanilla too, but in my opinion it was little too bland.  That’s not a bad thing though.  If you’re a smoothie junkie, the last thing you want to do is add something that has too powerful a taste.  I think the light flavor would be greatly suited for a daily smoothie because it provides more versatility than other shakes I’ve tried.

For those of you that would like to give it a try visit http://manitobaharvest.com/ and for 20% off the #pro70 vanilla and chocolate flavors use the code: sweatpinkpro70

 

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Guess What?! I’m A Beachbody Challenge Daily $500 Winner

I won the daily $500 prize for 9/21/14!

Visit: TeamBeachbody.com for my transformation story or read below.

“I Didn’t Need a Gym or a Babysitter”

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 Meet Sarah G.! She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for September 21st!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before Beachbody, I felt stuck in my body, and had little-to-no energy. I couldn’t figure out why. I was finally at a point where I absolutely hated the way I looked and felt. I would avoid full body mirrors, and spent everyday wearing a spanx cami to try and hide the extra weight that I had gained from my pregnancy and unhealthy habits. I was always careful to choose photos that showed my best angle, an angle that was becoming very limited. My face began to fill out, and my maternity clothes were no longer hiding the fact that I wasn’t losing the baby weight. I was becoming very unhappy, and had to force a smile on my face for photos.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I initially started this journey because I was fed up with the excuses. I knew I was stuck and that something needed to change, but I dragged my feet. I didn’t realize I was in that bad of shape or that I had gotten so big. I thought that I hid my weight well and that the excuse of being a new mom was enough to keep others from noticing. However, after seeing photos from a friend’s wedding, it was obvious that I wasn’t hiding anything. Those candid shots were a rude awakening. I was looking at an unhealthy person. I was also inspired by my son. I worried that one day I wouldn’t be able to keep up with him. I needed to be a fit mom so that I could keep him safe if needed. For so long, I was avoiding photos or deleting the “fat” pics. My son deserved to have every memory captured, and I was taking that away.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenge I faced was getting off of the excuse train. As a working mom, it was all too easy to make excuses for my lifestyle. I didn’t have time for the gym. I didn’t have energy to workout. I didn’t have time to prepare healthy meals. P90X/P90X3/21 Day Fix helped me because I could do it on my time. I didn’t need a gym or a babysitter. I could pop the DVD in while my son was napping and get to work, or he could even join me! I also started drinking Shakeology, and it helped me get rid of the, “I don’t have time for a meal,” excuse. The meal planning for the 21 Day Fix was simple. Prepping my food in advance really helped me save time in the kitchen.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Throughout the Beachbody Challenge, I’ve been able to lose 40 lbs and drop 6 pants sizes. These programs gave me the strength and confidence to get back into running (something I’ve always struggled with) and gave me the courage to sign up for and complete my first marathon. The 21 Day Fix helped me get over my post marathon slump and helped push me through my weight loss plateau.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Since completing the program, I have a new sense of self worth, and my confidence has skyrocketed. I still have my rough days, but I use those days to look back and see how far I’ve come. I’ve also taken this opportunity to become a Coach and help inspire others to get up and change their lives. I actually feel like I’ve found my passion in health and fitness, and am now working hard to make this a potential career.

You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.

Product Review (and Giveaway!) : AMRAP Bars

Winner Alert

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Disclaimer:  This is an unbiased review.  As an SPA, I am often provided with opportunities to review certain fitness/health related products.  I was not paid for my review, but did receive a free product for testing.

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A couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity to review AMRAP Nutrition’s newest flavors.  Have you heard of AMRAP nutrtion?  It’s a great company that boasts about their Paleo friendly bars. If you’re anything like me, finding dense and clean nutrition is important.

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I was pretty excited when these arrived because they were huge!  I love myself a bar that can act as a meal, especially when in a bind.

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I tried my first bar while we were on the road.  It was the Fig Cacao and it was the perfect fuel for a long road trip.  I didn’t feel the need to stop and indulge in fast food and it kept me satiated until we arrived to our destination.  The bar was chewy and the fig flavor was slightly outweighed by the dates, but I love dates so this wasn’t a deal breaker.

I asked my husband to take a bite, but he wasn’t a fan of its chewy nature. I, however sort of love the chewy texture of bars like this.  It makes it feel like more of a treat and lets me daydream about chewing on caramel.

The following morning I ate my second bar as post run recovery fuel.  It was the Almond Honey and it was a perfect texture of chewy with the occasional crunch of nuts all cloaked in a mild honey taste.

Lastly, a few days later I used my last bar, the Cashew Vanilla.  It was bittersweet as I nibbled on each remaining bite.  I kept wondering what I could do to make that final bar last, but before I knew it my sticky fingers were empty.  My stomach was satisfied and my body was fueled for another lunch run.

Much like my Clif Bar addiction, these bars could easily find their way as a staple in my home.  All three of them were delish, but I think my favorite was the Almond Honey!  If it weren’t for the steep price of $30/8pk, I would be ordering these bad boys in a heartbeat.

Lucky for you, you have a chance to win your very own pack!!  I will be giving away three of these 8pks!!!  To enter the giveaway please visit the link below and comment on this post.  Feel free to share with your friends!!

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  • There will be (3) winners
  • Each winner wins an 8-pack of AMRAP bars in a flavor of their choice
  • That means each winner can choose Fig Cacao, Almond Honey, OR Cashew Vanilla. 
  • Winners can be in US or Canada