Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hemp Heart Bar - Review

I was chosen by @fitapproach to review Manitboa Harvest's new hemp heart bars. For this review I received an apple cinnamon one and a chocolate one. I already use hemp hearts in some of my own baking, on oatmeal or in smoothies/smoothie bowls. As a Saskatchewan girl, I also love to see a Canadian product become so popular.

As a dietitian, I like the bars' short ingredient list and recognizable ingredients. I don't advocate for bars on a regular basis, but every once in awhile as part of our go-go-go lifestyle, they can help fill a gap (and they're convenient). You do get 2.5g of omega-3s (10g of polyunsaturated fat) and 4g of fibre in the 45g bar - which you don't see in a lot of snack bars these days.

The apple cinnamon variety provides 30% of your daily iron and the chocolate one 35%. The product is also certified vegan, so the 10g of plant-based protein in each bar may help some people meet their daily needs. You are still getting 8-10g of sugar (mostly from organic brown rice syrup and organic coconut pal sugar), but I liked that the bars were't overly sweet tasting. Compared to some bars I have tried, they were also a nice texture, not too chewy or hard. *I also asked my husband for his opinion on the chocolate one and he seemed to think it was pretty good. I am a chocolate fan, but I actually liked the apple cinnamon one a little bit more.

As part of this review, I was also asked to tell you that Manitoba Harvest is running a photo contestTag @manitobaharvest #hempheartbar #fuelledbyhemp #sweatpink @fitapproach for a chance to win a box of your favourite flavour of Hemp Heart Bars!

A winner will be chosen each month and it's open to US and Canadian residents!

You can also order from their website and receive 15% off all flavours of the Hemp Heart bars until March 31, 2016 with the discount code hhbarlaunch1015 

Are you a 'bar' person? Do you have a favourite flavour or brand?

Cheers and happy snacking,
Steph Langdon, RD