I’ve got a little secret.
Yup, it’s true! I heart hemp hearts. More specifically Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts!
For anyone who has never tried hemp hearts, I find they taste a lot like a chopped walnut, others compare them more to a sesame seed or pine nut. Any way you look at it, you can easily add these little hearts into lots of recipes without even realizing they are there (which also makes them kid friendly!).
Last year I reviewed a few pieces of Tommie Copper apparel here on the blog, and ever since it continues to be in the top 10 viewed posts nearly every day, which tells me that there are a lot of people out there interested in compression clothing, and the power of copper for pain relief.
Since then, I’ve had the chance to use my gear more, and recently received a few more pieces to try out.
January is one of the busiest times of year for gyms, fitness centres, and the at-home fitness market. But when you’ve made the decision to focus on your health, how do you decide which option is going to work best for you?
Obviously as a fitness instructor I am partial to fitness classes, and training with a trainer, but I know and understand that isn’t an option for everyone. Sometimes it’s a lack of availability in your area, or lack of time, or financial issues that hold us back from making those decisions. That’s why workouts you can do at home are such a great option. There are affordable, can be very portable, and above all else – can be done on your own time in your own home. No driving anywhere, or getting a babysitter or worrying about snowstorms. You just carve out a few minutes and get it done.
While I’m not in the position to *need* an at-home workout program per say, I do prefer following someone else’s workout plan, especially when it comes to strength training. While I am perfectly capable of creating my own plan, I always work harder and are better challenged when using a plan someone else has created for me. That is what really excited me about working with Fitness Matters to complete their TRANSFORM by moveBALL™ 30-Day Fitness Challenge!
I’m so darn close to being on vacation I can taste it! And that means that I am getting ready to snuggle in and watch all of my favourite Christmas movies while sitting next to our stove, looking at Christmas decorations, and eating snacks. And what pairs better with a movie than popcorn?
For the past 6-months or so I’ve completely avoided popcorn because the last time I had it was when my IBS was acting up and it made me feel ill. I can never have theatre popcorn because the added chemicals and additives makes me crazy sick, and honestly I do miss it. When the folks from Popcorn, Indiana offered to send me a couple bags of their Movie Theatre Popcorn in the new Warm-up bag I decided that it was time to see if I could eat popcorn again!
Popcorn, Indiana isn’t your typical store bought popcorn. Their popcorns are made with no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, are made with non-GMO corn and are certified gluten-free. I opted for the Original Movie Theatre Popcorn, but they have a number of flavours and styles available (including Popcorn, Indiana FIT which is 40 calories or less/cup).
I was really impressed when the popcorn arrived and I checked out the ingredient list: popcorn, vegetable oil, clarified butter, salt. Yay for real ingredients!!
To warm you corn you tear a hole in the top of the bag and microwave it. Our microwave is pretty powerful so I had to be careful not to burn it, but overall I was happy with how the popcorn reheated. I typically don’t care for re-heated popcorn, but this didn’t have that “re-heated” taste or texture. It wasn’t s hot as microwave popcorn but I think that is to be expected since the kernels are already popped.
And in case you’re wondering, not only did the popcorn pass the taste test, it also didn’t upset my stomach or leave me feeling like I’d eaten an entire box of table salt, three cheers for Popcorn, Indiana!!
The real problem is I have already scarfed down the two bags they sent and my vacation hasn’t even started yet….oops. At least I know I can pick some more up at the grocery store because I scoped it out on Friday #priorities
If you’re not into popping your own popcorn, and want an easy theatre-style popcorn without the extra chemicals and nastiness found in those microwave brands check out Popcorn, Indiana.
Disclosure: I received complimentary product in order to execute this review, all opinions are 100% my own.
The Holidays are fast approaching, and all of the get togethers and parties make it a really difficult time to stay on track with your healthy eating. While I’m a huge advocate of enjoying those treats you love and indulging a bit over the holidays, I’m also all for treats that trick you into thinking you are having something more indulgent than you really are.
One of my go-to brands for breakfast cereals and granola bars is Nature’s Path. Their products are organic, made with real ingredients I can pronounce and understand, and are down right tasty. A favourite “treat” cereal here in the Fevens household is Nature’s Path Leapin’ Lemurs. Okay, so it was made for kids as it’s part of their Envirokidz line, but who doesn’t like chocolate and peanut butter swimming together in a pool of milk!? Exactly.
Anyway, when Nature’s Path reached out to me about their #FeelGoodHoliday campaign I knew I wanted to get involved. Not only is this brand I already use and really love, but after seeing the recipes they’ve developed to add healthier elements to some traditionally indulgent holiday treats I had to get involved and try some of them out! They were so kind as to send me this awesome package of Nature’s Path goodies so that I could get started:
and they even put a box of Leapin’ Lemurs in it knowing how much I love them!
For that past couple weeks I’ve been thoroughly enjoying all of the products they sent, and have been working my way through my list of “must make” recipes from their site. One of the things I really like is they have organized their recipes so you can search based on which of their products you want to use so you don’t have to go through all of the recipes finding one you can make!
If you follow me on Facebook/Instagram you already know that I made their Dark Chocolate Cranberry Qi’a Bark yesterday and it is crazy delicious!
When I was putting it together I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy the Qi’a cereal in the chocolate bark but it’s fantastic. It adds another layer of crunchiness and the cranberries add a really nice sweet element. The only problem now is trying not to eat the whole batch in one sitting…
I’ve also made Crunchy Apple Pie Parfaits using the Flax Plus Pumpkin Granola Flax.
This too was delicious. If you love the flavour of apple pie but don’t want to mess around with pastry, or want a fast (healthy) alternative this is a recipe you must try! I let my yogurt sit out for a while so it was warm and I think it would be amazing if the granola was a little warm as well. But I’m one of those “warm” apple crisp people
There are so many recipes right on the Nature’s Path recipe that I still want to try – I know I’ll be busy when I’m on vacation over the holidays! Some of the recipes I’m still hoping to make are Love Crunch Almond Bon-Bons, Gingerbread Love Crunch Brittle and Coconut Cranberry Macaroons.
The good news is that Nature’s Path wants to send one of you a box of goodies so you can try some of their recipes too!
This prize is valued at $50 (please note, winner may not receive the exact products shown above).
Giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US and will end at 11:59pm EST on Thursday, December 18th, 2014.
Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!!
Disclosure: Nature’s Path provided me with a selection of products free of charge in order to facilitate this post and giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.