Nature’s Nutritional All-in-One
The Product: Manitoba Harvest hemp products
Review by Chantal Clément
Preamble/Overall Feeling: It’s for an obvious reason that I came back to Washington from Christmas in Ontario last year with a case of Manitoba Harvest's Hemp Protein Powder, 3 jars of their hemp butter, and 4 bags of their hemp seeds. Out of all the hemp products currently out there, Manitoba Harvest is definitely the hemp market leader! A nutritional and culinary blessing to all those on vegan, raw, or just healthy diets, hemp products are a must in every pantry. Now if only we could lower the price of hemp products in the US by legalizing hemp!
Best Bits: A ten year old company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Manitoba Harvest is one of (if not the) yummiest source of hemp ever! Unlike other hemp products, the taste of Manitoba Harvest Hemp is richer, nuttier and simply has a more ‘natural’ and less processed taste. I love when you can read an ingredient label and it just has one ingredient listed: hemp in whatever format you choose. No additives or preservatives. Considering I use their powder in my breakfast smoothie every single morning, I think I’ve become something of the American poster child for the company. Hemp seeds are a great addition to your favourite baked good recipe, on top of yogurt, cereal, salads, and more! Also, nothing beats a nice slice of toast with hemp butter and jam!
Less-Wonderful Bits: A lot of people say that hemp products are still something of a luxury since they aren’t that cheap, especially if you’re in the States, though the nutritional value is definitely worth it to me. Another thing for first-time hemp users: hemp protein powder has a much thicker consistency than other protein powders so smoothies or juices may not turn out as silky or smooth as you might be use to.
Whole foods focus?: Definitely! Hemp is packed with essential fatty acids (that’s your omega 6s, 3s and 9s, linolenic and stearidonic acids), antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibre, chlorophyll, and it's a complete protein!
Vegan-friendly?: Yes... and beyond! (a lot of their products are raw and gluten-free)
Eco-conscious?: Extremely! Not only committed to organic agriculture, Manitoba Harvest products use recyclable or reusable packaging. Their promotional materials all use recycled paper and vegetable-based inks. And their office is a fully-fledged green facility!
Web presence?: Yep! And do check out their extensive recipe section.