Hemp Hearts by Manitoba Harvest AND Giveaway!!!

logoToday I’m sharing Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! When I think hemp I cannot help but go back to my Jr. high years {if you were in junior high or high school in the early 90s you probably know exactly what I’m about to say :)} remember the hemp necklaces and bracelets? It was the cool “new” friendship bracelets. I had so many cool hemp choker necklaces and bracelets…my mom probably still has a few in my old bedroom! It was just so cool to rock some hemp necklaces or bracelets! OK OK I digress, let’s get back on track!

This was my very first product by Manitoba Harvest. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I heard that I would be getting Hemp Hearts. I didn’t know much about Manitoba Harvest or Hemp Hearts, so I set out to find out more! After a little research I discovered that Manitoba is the largest hemp foods manufacturer…did you know that? Do you know they even have their very own line of hemp foods.

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Let’s talk Hemp:

What is hemp you ask? Simply put, hemp is a super plant! 

Food, clothing, rope, paper, building materials, animal bedding/herd, plastic, paint, fuel – the list of hemp applications goes go on and on. We like to call hemp the “green buffalo” as every part of the plant can be used. Hemp that is grown in Western Canada is primarily used for hemp foods. At the top part of the hemp plant you will find the hard hemp seed. This small seed “seeds” nutritiously delicious products like Hemp Hearts, hemp protein powder, and hemp oil.

Hemp has been around for centuries and has played an instrumental role in shaping our continent. Settlers were given free land if they grew hemp. The Declaration of Independence draft was written on hemp paper. Hemp materials were used in numerous war efforts. Hemp was integrating into modern life until it was ‘temporarily’ banned due to misconceptions. Yes, hemp is a species of Cannabis sativa. No, hemp is not the same as marijuana.

At first glance hemp hearts look a lot like uncooked quinoa or maybe couscous, but they are definitely something all their own!

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The taste:
Hemp Hearts taste great! I actually find the slightly nutty taste very similar to red quinoa. They have a very unique (in a good way) taste that compliments other tastes and flavors. I have yet to find something they don’t got good with.

How to use Hemp Hearts:
Hemp Hearts are very easy to use! I like to sprinkle Hemp Hearts on salads and cereal and the kids love them sprinkled on fruit and yogurt! I also love adding hemp hearts to smoothies and you the added bonus protein and omegas that these awesome little things are packed full of!
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Fun Fact: Hemp Hearts have more protein and Omega’s and less carbs and then favorite other seeds such as Chia or flax.

A Favorite Recipe:

First of all I want to apologize I did not get pictures of this delicious turkey burger that I’m going to tell you about and I’m so sorry for that, usually I’m so good about getting pictures but I have just been off my game without a lot of stuff going on in her family so again I apologize guys! Now, onto the turkey burger!

For years I have made this delicious turkey burger:

I mix together

Extra Lean Ground Turkey

Dijon Mustard

Mango Chutney

Greek Yogurt

Then form patties and grill {be sure you use non stick or foil because these burgers tend to fall apart somewhat easy}

With just these few ingredients these burgers are SO good, but a few weeks ago I decided to toss in a couple of tablespoons of Hemp Hearts and it added such a delicious dynamic to taste of these burgers, I just can’t even explain it other than it gave a delicious nutty taste! Other meals Hemp Hearts have been delicious in or on: Sprinkled on our favorite Steak and Veggie stew {awesome for fall!}, oatmeal with fruit,  mashed sweet potatoes oh and sprinkled on top of peanut butter banana toast…DELICIOUS! Hemp Hearts add so much to the taste but more than that they add so much nutrition!

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Final thoughts!
If you have not tried Hemp Hearts or the other Manitoba Harvest hemp products I highly recommend! If you have use them I would love to know how you use Hemp Hearts or other hemp products!

THE GIVEAWAY!

Want to try some Hemp Hearts? This giveaway is opened to US and Canada Residents! Good Luck 🙂

ENTER HERE!!

One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from Manitoba Harvest through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner. 

 I received this product from Manitoba harvest via my affiliation with that approach.

*Although I am affiliated with Fit Approach I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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Review – GIANI Granite



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 Since we moved in to our home in 2006 we have made many changes and upgrades to make our house a home for our family. However, one thing has remained the same…the hideous pepto pink counter tops in our kitchen, thank you 1987 for that special gift!

We have always talked about changing them, but a “counter top” budget is just not a priority when you have little kids. My sister got new granite counter tops a few years ago and she got a killer deal…$450 for her huge kitchen, but still $450? No way! We looked around the Home Depot at all there different options, but to be honest we didn’t want to deal with the hassle of removing are set in sink and the glue. They also offer counter top paint…but it is flat, and comes in a number of very light muted colors, which is just not us!

A few months back I was visiting a wonderful friends blog Homemade Mom! She was doing a review on something I had never heard of “Giani Granite“. I went to their website, for first look I was so excited! Giani Granite is EXCATLY what I had been searching for and the price was right!!!

For $49.50 you can buy Giani Granite Paint for Counter tops! One kit will cover approximately 35 square feet of countertop space. For our Kitchen we need 2 kits. When I first opened the package, I was a little uncertain that the small cans would be enough to cover my counter tops, but the directions assured me that it would be more than enough. There are and number of different kits/colors that you can purchase. I decided on the Chocolate Brown. That kit came with:

-12 Oz. of IronCoreTM Primer-Base Coat

– 6 Oz. of Brown Feldspar Mineral
– 6 Oz. of Inca Gold Mineral
– 6 Oz. of Chocolate Brown Mineral
– 16 Oz. of Automotive Polyurethane Topcoat
– 6″ GIANITM roller arm and two roller pads
– 4″ GIANITM granite paint sponge
– 2″ Foam Brush
– Black Practice Poster Board
– ‘Paint-by-Number’ DVD for beginners
– Illustrated Instructions

BEFORE and AFTER…I just couldn’t wait until the end of the review!!!

BEFORE…
and

AFTER…

Do you see the AMAZING difference??? I was totally shocked when I looked at the before and after photos!!!

Tile Removal!
The Giani Granite Package arrived via UPS on a Wednesday. We started our “Kitchen Revamp” that night. I decided if I was going to have a beautiful new counter top, I need and new back splash…not the matching pink. Wednesday night we knocked out all the pink tile.
 This ended up taking a longer that expected so we didn’t primer (Step One) until Thursday. The next morning Friday I sponged on the Brown Feldspar Mineral, Inca Gold Mineral and Chocolate Brown Mineral.
Black Primer!
I was very surprised at how truly easy it was, and how beautiful it looked. Late Friday night I finished up the counter top with the Clear Top Coat! Saturday night I placed all the tile and grouted Sunday Morning. The kitchen was COMPLETELY different! I was concerned about how easy or hard for that matter it would be with the kids under toe. I was able to do everything while the kids were in bed or napping! Giani Granite is perfect if you have a busy family!

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two colors!

Now with the brown! Beautiful!

How About a few more photos…I love my “NEW” kitchen!!!!

You might be thinking “It’s paint, not actual rock or granite, so how strong could it really be?” Well I have the answer!

How Durable is GIANI?
The GIANI polymers are automotive grade resins that are used in the manufacture of car bumpers, so your countertop is extremely durable. Like most new water-based resin technologies, the cure time for GIANI is approximately two weeks to achieve its full hardness. So even though you may use your counters in forty-eight hours, don’t aggressively scrub on them for two weeks.

1) Can it be scratched?

Yes, just like granite and Formica -its not recommended for cutting or chopping. The difference – is – if ever necessary – you can renew GIANI quickly and easily.

2) Will it stain?

It can if strong contaminates are allowed to set for a long period.

3) How long will it last?

As long as any conventional countertop.

4) Will it show fingerprints?

No, unlike mined granite, GIANI will not fingerprint because the clear resin surrounds the minerals.

5) Is it heat resistant?

Yes, GIANI is heat resistant up to 250F. As with Formica – it is not designed for pots or pans directly from ovens or ranges.


6) Can it be used outside?
Yes, GIANI is an automotive grade resin so it performs well outside. Note, GIANI is not designed for surfaces that will be submerged in water.

 If you need a counter top change, weather it be in you kitchen, laundry room, or a bathroom, and you don’t want to break the bank…You NEED Giani Granite! You will LOVE it, I Guarantee it!

You can head over to the GIANI Granite website to buy a kit of your own!

This Giveaway is now Closed! I hope you enjoyed the Review!

Wanna win a kit? GIANI Granite is offering one kit to a ALSNS reader!


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**The Giani Granite Giveaway will run from May 13, 2011 until May 17, 2011 at 6pm pst! It is open to US residents only. The winner will be announced May 17th by 9pm pst. Winner will be selected using Random.org**

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