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What’s the Hype about Hemp?

I’m sure if you’ve looked on any healthy food blog, or perused through healthy food photos on Instagram – chances are you’ve seen some sort of hemp based product.

Maybe you saw hemp hearts being used as the finishing touch on a smoothie bowl… or hemp protein being blended up for a post workout treat.

Regardless, there’s a lot of hype about hemp, and rightfully so.

Hemp has a great nutritional profile. 30% of the seeds are composed entirely from healthy fats. It has various essential fatty acids like linoleic and alpha linoleic acid – both of which are important to maintain a healthy diet.

Hemp is loaded with fiber. Hemp seeds have soluble and insoluble fiber – which can both support your digestive health. (Yay for a happy gut!)

Hemp also can help your skin. Fatty acids have been known to help repair damaged skin. Whether you suffer from eczema, cracked hands/feet, or overall dry skin – studies have shown that hemp oil can be an effective way to treat these issues.

Hemp is a plant based protein. This means that vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, and those who follow dairy/lactose free, or paleo diets can all enjoy it!


So clearly… hemp is pretty darn awesome. Enter: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bars


Hemp Hearts Bar Review |

Manitoba Harvest is one of the leading producers in high quality hemp products. From hemp hearts, to hemp bites (that I reviewed back in September) and hemp protein – they make some of my favorite products! When I was offered the opportunity to try their new Hemp Heart Bars through my affiliation with Sweat Pink – I was SO excited!

Hemp Hearts Review | The Clean Eating CoupleManitoba Harvest Hemp Heart bars are made primarily from hemp hearts and a few other natural ingredients (all of which you can read – yay! No nasty artificial stuff here 🙂 ) They have three different flavors : vanilla, chocolate and apple cinnamon. Each 45 gram bar contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas. The apple cinnamon was definitely my favorite. I put it in a plate and popped it into the microwave for a few seconds and it was delicious! I ate the chocolate and vanilla as pre workout snacks and they both helped me stay fueled through a tough workout. I’m a big fan of hemp protein, and these bars. Whey protein tends to bother my stomach, so it’s nice to know that there are tasty plant based options like this to rely on!

Hemp Hearts Review | The Clean Eating CoupleManitoba Harvest is giving away a box of these tasty new bars. All you need to do is tag @manitobaharvest and @fitapproach and use #hempheartbar #fuelledbyhemp and #sweatpink 🙂 The contest is open to US and Canada residents, and full contest details can be found here.

If you’d like to purchase these bars, you can save 15% off  with discount code: hhbarlaunch1015 (Expires 3/31/16)




What's the Hype About HEMP|
What’s the Hype About HEMP|

Have you ever tried hemp products? Let me know in the comments!


DISCLAIMER: In order for us to support our blog, we may receive monetary compensation for our endorsements, recommendations, and/or link to any products or services from this blog. I am a member of Sweat Pink and received these bars and compensation in exchange for blogging about them. All opinions are my own. 




  1. Once in a while I like to top things with a little bit of hemp seeds! Adds a nice crunch, flavor and some extra nutrients as well!
    Cassie recently posted…Perfect Protein Pancake RecipeMy Profile


      Totally agree with you Cassie! I put hemp hearts on my oats and in/on my smoothies 🙂


      Happy to share them!!

  2. I’ve never eaten anything with Hemp in it but I should probably at least give it a try.

    xoxo, Jenny
    Jenny recently posted…Workout JamsMy Profile


      Yes you should!! These bars are really good!

  3. Hi! Yes! I did get to try Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, and I put them on everything! I love how they can punch up the nutritional value of any meal. I also like that you can taste them a little more than chia seeds. I’d love to try the bars!
    Ashley @ A Lady Goes West recently posted…When it doubt, eat the rainbowMy Profile


      Totally agree, Ashley.. I feel like adding a little sprinkle of the hemp hearts makes any meal more nutritious 🙂 You should try the bars – they’re great for on the go!


      They’re a great alternative to granola bars! Most granola bars don’t have much protein.. These hemp heart bars are packed with protein and healthy fats 🙂

  4. Help your skin?! I’m sold! I need to look more into these and grab some 🙂


      Yes you do, Alex!! They’re awesome 🙂

  5. I love reading your blog because it always gets me motivated towards a healthy lifestyle 🙂 I’ll definitely have to try out these bars!


      This makes me so happy, Rachel! Happy to spread a little motivation 🙂

  6. I have heard about these bars but was never too sure about what they were exactly! thanks for clarifying things haha x


      Happy to clarify, LOL! 🙂

  7. This is so interesting. Also, I love the concept of your blog! Planning to spend some time digging around and learning more – I’m just looking into clean eating myself!


      Thank you so much, Sara! We have lots of healthy recipes and some workouts too.. hope you find it helpful 🙂

  8. Ashley Ashley

    I’ve always wanted to try one of these! Thanks for the breakdown and review!

    xo Ashley


      You should definitely give them a try, Ashley!

  9. Ri Ri

    I have just started putting Hemp in my smoothies and i love it


      I love putting hemp in smoothies! Such a perfect boost of nutrition.

  10. I’ve heard of hemp protein before but didn’t know all of these benefits were associated with hemp. These bars look delicious as well. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias


      Yes!! It is a nutritional power house 🙂


      Right?! Better skin.. protein… omegas… All sounds good to me 🙂


      They’re really delicious, Caroline! You should definitely give them a try!

  11. I have never seen these…maybe they aren’t sold in Canada? Thanks for the review.


      I’m pretty sure they are sold in Canada… check out their website!


      Me too!! It makes me so happy, because I recently found out I can’t have whey protein 🙁 I’m always so happy when I can find new options like these!


      I love them too!! They’re the perfect topping in/on smoothies 🙂

  12. i ADORE hemp hearts. i once got a massive bag from Costco and sat with it in my lap just eating spoonfuls until i couldn’t feel my mouth anymore. I haven’t done that in a while…
    Those bars look delicious!! i gotta try them out soon


      LOL!! I like them.. but I definitely don’t like them THAT much! But these bars are super delish!! If you love hemp hearts you’ll love these!


      Never heard of hemp shower curtains! Going to look them up 🙂

  13. Wow! This is awesome! Thanks for the info! I def need to try hemp seeds. I didn’t know they were good for your skin?! That’s amazing! I’m gonna look for these bars! I’m dairy and gluten and soy free so I always try to make sure that I get enough protein! These bars seem like a great way to grab it on-the-go! Thanks for the info!


      These are perfect for you, Cailee!! They’re such a good snack when you’re on the go.

  14. I’ve never tried hemp before but you’ve made me very intrigued! I may just have to pick some of these up this weekend!


      Definitely give it a try, Diana!! Whether you try the bars or hemp hearts.. they’re delicious!

  15. Oh, I haven’t heard of these before. In fact, I didn’t know much about hemp until after I read this post. Thanks for the info! I will have to try these sometime!


      Yes- definitely!! Hemp is awesome 🙂

  16. I’m so picky so I probably wouldn’t like this and be scared to try it lol but it sounds like a great product!


      You should just go for it and give them a try 🙂 They’re really tasty!

  17. Very cool!! Thanks for all of the info! I’ve never heard of these before, but I am all about different bars. I’ll have to try these out!

    Sara Kate Styling


      Be on the lookout for them!They’re a new staple in my bar collection!

  18. Hemp is my protein powder of choice. Much healthier than other protein powders. I put it in smoothies.


      It’s my new favorite! I love that it’s plant based 🙂

  19. Thanks for all the info! These bars sound so good! We typically sprinkle hemp hearts on top of salads.


      They’re really great! I love putting hemp hearts in my salads – such a nice little crunch 🙂

  20. I have heard such good things about hemp! I definitely need to get some.


      It’s great! I love these bars.. and hemp hearts are great too!

  21. I need to try these! I tried making my own hemp protein bars with hemp protein powder once and they were terrrrrrrible. I think I should have just left it to the hemp people! hahaha!


      Hahaha, so funny that you say that because I had a very similar experience… I’m leaving it to the hemp people too! Or just having hemp protein shakes. Much better 🙂

  22. i love love LOVE hemp seeds! discovered them a few years ago and used to lightly toast them with oats & top yogurt bowls with them. still love them on yogurt or oat bowls, and use their protein in smoothies 🙂


      They’re so great in oats/yogurt!! MY favorite topping to add in 🙂

  23. Elana Elana

    This is so interesting. I didn’t know the benefits of hemp. I’ll have to give it a try 🙂


      Yes, Elana! You definitely need to try it 🙂


      They have the best products! Love their protein and their hemp hearts. These bars were just as good as all their other products! 🙂

  24. There are so many benefits to hemp – hemp seeds, hemp oil, etc. I haven’t tried these bars yet, thanks for the tip!


      Totally agree, Laurie! These bars are really tasty 🙂

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