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The best part of watching the Super Bowl is all of the delicious snacks that go along with it. Instead of filling up on greasy or fried foods, try sticking to some healthier alternatives. To help you out, we’ve rounded up our five favourite healthy Super Bowl snacks that taste delicious and are easy to make!
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  1. Spinach Quinoa Hemp Bites

These Spinach Quinoa Hemp Bites may be small but they’re packed with flavour! Try them on their own or dip them into some homemade tzatziki.

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  1. Hemp Oil Tortilla Chips

Chips are a must at any Super Bowl party, but instead of eating a bag of greasy store-bought ones, whip up a batch of these Hemp Oil Tortilla Chips! They’re great dipped into salsa or hummus!

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  1. Spicy Hemp Hummus

Speaking of hummus, our Spicy Hemp Hummus is the perfect game-day snack. Besides being great with chips, it’s also delicious with sliced veggies!

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  1. Apple Hemp Nachos

Who’s up for dessert? These Apple Hemp Nachos are drizzled with chocolate and peanut butter and topped with Hemp Hearts and coconut flakes. They’re the perfect way to end the game on a sweet note.

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  1. Choco PB Hemp Bars

If you’re going to indulge in one treat on game-day it should be these Choco PB Hemp Bars! They taste amazing plus they’re dairy-free and sweetened with honey so you don’t have to feel bad about eating more than one!

We hope you whip up some of these snacks for your Super Bowl party this weekend! What’s your favourite game-day snack?

Back in December, our hemp fuelled athlete Ben Churchill competed in the National Team qualification races in Canmore, Alberta, racing for a spot on the Youth Canadian Biathlon Team.

After having great races during the competition, Ben secured a spot on the team and will be heading to the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, which start on February 12, 2016!

We are so proud that Ben is a hemp fuelled athlete and we wish him all of the best at the Youth Olympic Games!

To read Ben’s full bio, visit his hemp fuelled athletes page on our website. Are you an elite athlete in your sport? Apply to be a hemp fuelled athlete today!

MH_Nachos_AppleHemp_Pin_2016-01-29With the Super Bowl right around the corner, I thought I’d whip up a tasty game-day treat for #FoodieFriday today! These Apple Hemp Nachos are super easy to make and they are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.

Since Super Bowl snacks aren’t usually the healthiest, these Apple Hemp Nachos are great to make to give your guests a lighter option. I drizzled ours with melted dairy-free chocolate chips and peanut butter and sprinkled on some Hemp Hearts and coconut flakes.

Kids will love helping you make these! You can get them to arrange the apple slices on the plate and do the drizzling and sprinkling too. You can also get creative and add more toppings to these nachos like chocolate chips, crushed nuts or even granola.

If you’re not a fan of football and won’t be watching the Super Bowl, these Apple Hemp Nachos would also be great for your next girls’ night in!

Hemp Apple Nachos
Ingredients:

  • 4 apples, sliced thinly (we used green apples and red delicious)
  • ¼ cup all-natural peanut butter, melted (or your favourite nut or seed butter)
  • ¼ cup dairy-free chocolate chips, melted
  • 4 tbsp. Hemp Hearts
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

  1. Arrange the sliced apples on a plate in a circular design.
  2. Drizzle the apples with the chocolate and peanut butter.
  3. Sprinkle the Hemp Hearts and coconut flakes on top and serve immediately.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and whip it up for your Super Bowl party! Which team are you rooting for, the Panthers or the Broncos?

From Our Kitchen To Yours…

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Even though you don’t need the most expensive kitchen tools to cook delicious meals, you do need to make sure you have some essentials on hand. The right tools can make cooking easier and more efficient plus they can help ensure that your meals turn out great. To get you started on stocking your kitchen, we’ve made a list of 10 Kitchen Tools Every Home Cook Should Own.

  1. Knives

It’s important to make sure you have a good set of knives and a variety of different types. That way you’ll have the perfect knife for any job whether it’s carving a turkey, chopping veggies or slicing bread. Getting a high quality set of knives and taking care of them (sharpening them often and storing them in a knife block) can help ensure that they will last for many years of happy cooking!

  1. Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are a lifesaver for busy people that still want to put delicious and healthy meals on the table for their family. You can buy lots of different sizes that start out pretty inexpensive and last a long time. Another great thing about slow cookers is that you can make a huge variety of recipes in them, tons of which are available for free online.

  1. Salad Spinner

A salad spinner is an awesome tool that a lot of people don’t actually own. It makes drying lettuce and other greens quick and easy and saves you from using a ton of paper towels. They’re really cheap so pick one up today and start making some homemade salads!

  1. Iron Skillet

Iron skillets are really affordable and they last a lifetime. You can cook anything from meat to desserts to breakfast in them since they are so versatile. Our favourite iron skillet recipes are our Veggie Hemp Frittata and our Hempy Campfire S’mores.

  1. Food Processor

Having a food processor allows you to slice, shred, chop and grate anything from cheese to carrots really quickly. It also lets you make things like homemade hemp butter and tasty treats like our Superseed Energy Balls.

  1. Meat Thermometer

A meat thermometer lets you take the guesswork out of knowing when to take your meat out of the oven. It’s great for making sure your dishes are cooked just the way you like them and that you aren’t serving things raw!

  1. Garlic Press

Quickly add some tasty flavour to your recipes by using a garlic press! It will save so much time since you won’t have to hand mince the garlic and it allows you to add fresh garlic to your recipes instead of using the powdered version.

  1. Wooden or Bamboo Cutting Board

A large wooden or bampoo cutting board can help make chopping veggies a breeze. It’s especially nice if you don’t have a huge space in your kitchen since it will turn any counter top or table into a cutting board. It’s also great for rolling out dough and cookies on. They are really affordable and as long as you take care of them they will last a long time.

  1. Mortar and Pestle

This handy tool lets you grind your own spices and nuts and make homemade pesto! Using a mortar and pestle helps bring out the natural oils and flavours in your spices and it’s really easy to use.

  1. Blender

A blender is an essential kitchen tool because it’s so versatile. You can make everything from smoothies, to soups and sauces with it. It’s a good idea to invest in a high-powered one that can blend things very smoothly and that will last you a long time.

We hope this list helps you know which tools to get to cook like a pro! What kitchen tool can you not live without?

MH_Soup-HeartyVegetableQuinoa_Pin_2016-01-18Since January is National Soup Month, we decided to whip up a big batch of Hearty Vegetable Quinoa Soup for Meatless Monday today. It’s full of seasonal veggies like sweet potato and butternut squash and it has lots of quinoa and chickpeas to fill you up.

This soup is really thick and almost has the consistency of a stew. It’s the perfect warm meal to make on a cold winter night. Plus it has no meat or dairy so vegans and vegetarians can enjoy it too!

This recipe makes a big pot of soup so it’s a great dish to make on the weekend so you’ll have easy suppers or lunches for the whole week. You can even store portions of the soup in mason jars or you can freeze leftovers and save it for those nights when you don’t feel like making dinner.

Hearty Vegetable Quinoa Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cartons (1 Litre each) vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (500 ml) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (500 ml) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp. rosemary, minced
  • 2 tsp. thyme, minced
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Hemp Hearts
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Put a large pot over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Put the onion, carrot and celery in the pot and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the garlic, sweet potato, butternut squash and bay leaves and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the veggies are cooked.
  3. Pour the vegetable broth, tomatoes, chickpeas, quinoa, rosemary and thyme into the pot and cook covered for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is done.
  4. Add in the kale and Hemp Hearts and season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes and then serve.

We hope you enjoy this Hearty Vegetable Quinoa Soup and that it helps warm you up during this freezing winter!

Happy National Oatmeal Month! TMH_Bake_BananaPBOatmeal_Pin_2016-01-15o celebrate this delicious holiday I whipped up some oatmeal for #FoodieFriday today. This isn’t your typical plain oatmeal though, it’s a Banana PB Oatmeal that’s baked in a casserole dish so you can slice it up and serve it.

Oatmeal is one of my favourite breakfast items but it’s time consuming to cook the oats and add in all of your fixings so this baked version is a great alternative. It’s the perfect dish for a Sunday morning brunch or you can make it one evening so you’ll have quick and easy breakfasts for the entire workweek.

The best part of this recipe (besides it’s scrumptious taste) is that it’s so easy to make! You only need one bowl to get the oatmeal ready and then you just put it in a baking dish, throw it in the oven and it’s ready to go!

This Baked Banana PB Oatmeal is also a great breakfast on the go since you can pack it up and take it to work or school. It has a texture that’s similar to a muffin and it’s great topped with extra bananas, Hemp Hearts and a drizzle of maple syrup or dollop of Greek yogurt.

Baked Banana PB Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup Hemp Hearts
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Add all of the dry ingredients to a large bowl and stir until combined.
  3. Mix in the milk, egg, mashed banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla until the ingredients are all combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish (you can use whichever size you like just keep in mind that the bigger your dish is, the thinner the oatmeal will be) and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Let it cool for a few minutes and then slice and serve. You can also keep the oatmeal in the fridge and serve it when you’re ready.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and make it for breakfast this weekend! What’s your favourite thing to add to your oatmeal?

From Our Kitchen To Yours…

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MH_Salad-Detox_Pin_2016-01-08Although it’s always sad when the excitement and fun of the holidays are over, it’s nice to get a fresh start in the New Year and take a break from all of the decadent treats and big dinners we ate during December.

To get back on track with healthy eating in 2016, I whipped up a delicious Detox Salad with a homemade Tahini Honey Dressing for #FoodieFriday today. It’s packed with Hemp Hearts, sweet potato, kale and cabbage, and drizzled with a creamy dressing that perfectly complements the flavours of this salad. We named this recipe Detox Salad since it’s full of good-for-you ingredients and doesn’t contain any refined sugar, dairy or processed foods.

It’s a great recipe to make for your work lunches (you can even layer the ingredients in a mason jar) or you can make a big batch to serve as a side dish with your weeknight suppers. I’d suggest getting your ingredients all cut up and prepped on a Sunday afternoon and then you’ll be ready for your busy week ahead.

The dressing is made with tahini, which gives it a creamy taste without using any dairy. It also has some lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to add a tartness and honey to balance the flavours. Plus fresh ginger and cilantro spice up the dressing and give it some brightness. It’s a really simple and tasty homemade dressing that you can easily serve with any other of your favourite salads.

Detox Salad With Tahini Honey Dressing
Ingredients:
For the Salad:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, baked, diced and cooled
  • 6 cups kale, chopped
  • 2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hemp Hearts

For the Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. cilantro, chopped

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl and sprinkle with the Hemp Hearts.
  2. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, toss and serve. If you are not serving the salad immediately, do not put the dressing on the salad. Instead, store both in separate containers in the fridge.

I hope you enjoy this salad and that it helps you get back to eating clean in 2016! What’s your favourite healthy recipe to make after the holidays?

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New Year's ResolutionsNow that it’s officially 2016, you may have already started making your list of resolutions like staying fit, waking up early or keeping your house tidy.

While you’re thinking of the things you want to accomplish in the New Year it’s good to add some big and ambitious ideas to that list. That way you’ll be motivated to reach your goals and cross something off your bucket list at the same time.

Here’s a few ideas that we think would be excellent ways to make 2016 your best year yet!

  1. Run a Half Marathon

Even if you’re not a runner, this is an achievable goal! Start training now and you’ll be ready to run a half marathon in the summer or fall.

  1. Plan a Trip

Whether your desired destination is Paris, Mexico, Ireland or Minneapolis, plan that trip you’ve been wanting to take and go!

  1. Swim in the Ocean

Although we love going for a dip in our local lake, there is nothing quite like swimming in the ocean!

  1. Learn a New Language

You don’t have to become fluent in Spanish by the end of the year but make an effort to learn a new language. You never now, it might come in handy when you take that big trip!

  1. Make One Healthy Eating Swap

Do you reach for cream with your morning coffee? Or can’t seem to break that 3pm bad snack craving? We encourage you to swap out one ‘not so good’ eating habit with a healthier one. For example, add unsweetened almond milk to your coffee instead of cream (or kick the coffee habit all together). Put down the cookie in the afternoon and reach for veggies and homemade hummus instead! One small change can be a trickle effect and before you know it, you’ll be a clean eating rock star! 

  1. Go Hiking

First start by reading the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed to get inspired, then get packed up and hit the trails!

We hope this post helps inspire you to set some big goals for 2016! What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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Since January is the time to make new goals and resolutions and get back to feeling great, we’ve launched our annual New Year, New You Contest! Everyday from now until the end of January, we will be giving away an amazing prize pack that will help you feel revitalized and ready to take on 2016.

All you have to do to enter is visit our Facebook page and comment on the New Year, New You contest image for that day. All of the prizes feature products from brands we love (and know you’ll love too). Some of the amazing prizes include magazine subscriptions, an iPod, yoga gear from PrAna, a food processor, a VitaMix and much more!

For more details about this contest including the full list of prizes, click here.

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Eating greasy fried foods and sweet decadent desserts can seem like a good idea at the time but have you ever stopped to think about how much exercise you’d have to do to burn those extra calories off? To give you an idea, we’ve made a list of different foods and drinks and how long you’d have to work out for if you consumed them. Now we’re not saying you should never indulge in these foods again, but seeing these numbers may make you think twice about going for that second cupcake or slice of pizza.

Drinks

  • 5 oz. glass of red wine – 12 minutes of jumping rope
  • 20 oz. bottle of soda – 55 minutes of walking
  • 16 oz. Frappuccino – 170 minutes of Pilates

Breakfast

  • Oat bran muffin – 30 minutes on the elliptical
  • Two pancakes with maple syrup – 40 minutes of swimming laps
  • Bagel with cream cheese – 2 hours and 15 minutes of yoga 

Lunch & Dinner

  • Slice of pepperoni pizza – 30 minutes of burpees
  • Chicken burrito – 122 minutes of running
  • Cheeseburger and fries – 141 minutes on an elliptical

Dessert

  • Half a cup of vanilla ice cream – 23 minutes of burpees
  • Chocolate cupcake – 27 minutes of beach volleyball
  • Slice of pumpkin pie – 60 minutes of yoga

Snacks

  • 45g chocolate bar – 25 minutes of cardio
  • Mozzarella sticks – 84 minutes of single tennis
  • Small movie theatre popcorn with butter – 135 minutes on an elliptical

Thanks to Women’s Health Magazine, YouBeauty, TakePart, Daily Burn, Skinny Mom, and Elite Daily for inspiring this post with your awesome facts!