Disclosure: I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador and was sent two samples for review. The below is my honest opinion.
Those of you who know me know I’ve been on a never-ending search for a healthy protein powder NOT sweetened with high fructose corn syrup or stevia. It’s been a hard search. Imagine my delight when I received two samples of Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70 Protein Powder and saw that they’re sweetened with organic coconut sugar!
Harvest HempPro 70 Protein Powder
What It Is
- The only water soluble hemp protein powder on the market – it doesn’t need a blender (read: Vitamix, Ninja, Nutribullet) but you can if you want to. (I did.)
- Plant-based protein that’s 95% digestible – there are only four (4!) ingredients.
- Sweetened with organic coconut sugar – yes! Anything that’s not stevia or corn syrup is an automatic win!
- 15g of protein (Vanilla) and 14g of protein (Chocolate) – this is great as a supplement or snack (depending on what you do with it!)
In theory, you could throw the powder into any liquid and shake it up to drink. In practice, I like my Vitamix and Nutribullet and use them often. However, if you wanted to drink up in a pinch, this powder could be your go-to!
What I Did
While I’m not lifting weights or getting back into running yet, I am breastfeeding. I am burning a ton of calories, and I eat like a truck driver. I took an early lunch one day (as in “elevensies“) and needed a snack to hold me over until dinner time. I pulled open the chocolate protein powder and made myself a shake:
- HempPro 70 chocolate protein powder
- 1.5 cups of unsweetened almond milk
- 3 ice cubes
- 1/4 cup of cashews
- 2 tbsp milk chocolate nibs (optional)
With the vanilla protein powder, I made vanilla pumpkin spice cold oats for breakfast:
- HempPro 70 vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup – steel cut oatmeal
- 1-1/2 cup – unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice (I used TJ’s)
- Squeeze of agave (optional)
Note: I blended the almond milk, pumpkin spice and vanilla powder first in my Nutribullet. Then I added the oats and let it sit overnight.
What’s It Tastes Like
My chocolate protein shake tasted a little chalky. I think that is something that plant protein powders all have in common. It blended well with almond milk, and I’d love to try this with coconut milk as well. I didn’t taste much sweetness from the coconut sugar, so that’s a pro and a con in my book. A pro if you’re watching your sugar intake. A con if you like things a little sweeter. I ended up adding a couple tablespoons of milk chocolate nibs and re-blending my smoothie for a sweeter shake. #NOMS
My vanilla pumpkin spice cold oats was just OK. I think I need to futz with the recipe because it tasted chalky to me. But now I can be one of the cool kids who eat “proats!” I love cold oats because it’s so easy to make and it’s been so dang hot to cook up oats. Adding the protein powder is new to me, and I can see myself continuing this when I begin training again.
Buy or Chuck: You’re in Luck – Buy!
I say BUY. Here are my reasons:
- Not sweetened by stevia.
- Plant-based protein – important if you’re not into whey or soy protein powders.
- Four ingredients. That’s it!
- Did I mention that it’s NOT sweetened by stevia?
But wait there’s more! You’ve got until the end of the month (September 30, 2014) to particpate in a contest! Take a pic and tag @manitobaharvest on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #pro70. You’ll be entered for a chance to win a case of your favorite flavor! Come on! It’s a chance for FREE product! Good luck!
If you’ve tried these protein powders, how about telling me your favorite recipes in the comments? Or if you have a recommendation for other Manitoba Harvest products, let me know!
Disclosure: I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador and was sent two samples for review. The above is my honest opinion and review. Post contains affiliate links.