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Kristina (left) and her partner Jamie celebrating winning gold!

At Manitoba Harvest we love sponsoring elite athletes who incorporate hemp foods into their training and active lifestyle. One of our hemp fuelled athletes, Team Canada Beach Volleyball member Kristina Valjas has been having an excellent season so far, which is significant since it’s the beginning of the Olympic qualification process.

Earlier this year, Kristina and her partner Jamie Broder won the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Fuzhou Open 2015 in China, and earned the first women’s beach volleyball medal in Canadian history!! After that, they won bronze at an event in Switzerland, and now they are currently ranked first in the world for women’s beach volleyball!

Kristina contributes a big part of her success to maintaining her body while on the road and competing. When she’s busy travelling all over the word, she makes sure to bring along a mixture of seeds, grains and Hemp Hearts to have for breakfast. She also brings our new Hemp Heart Bites on the road with her to have as a quick and healthy snack on the go.

Here’s what Kristina had to say:
“As an athlete, I am constantly on the road, travelling for tournaments all over the world. Just this year we have been to Fuzhou (China), Lucerne (Switzerland), Prague (Czech Republic), Moscow (Russia), Porec (Croatia), Stavanger (Norway) and St. Petersburg (USA). Our environment can change week to week as we live out of our suitcases in hotels. One essential thing that I pack no matter where I go is a homemade mixture of breakfast seeds and grains that always includes Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts. Having a familiar breakfast that I know is packed with healthy nutrients is key to helping my body be in peak condition for competition day.” 

Congratulations Kristina! We’re so proud of you and happy that you’re #fuelledbyhemp! To learn more about Kristina, visit her hemp fuelled athlete profile on our website. Are you an elite athlete in your sport? Apply to be a hemp fuelled athlete today!

At Manitoba Harvest, we think our tasty little Hemp Hearts are pretty amazing and we want to share the Hemp Hearts love with everyone. That’s why we created our 90-Seconds on Hemp Hearts video with the help of Marni Wasserman, Culinary Nutritionist and Health Strategist.

Marni is the author of two books, Plant-Based Diet for Dummies and Fermenting for Dummies, she co-hosts The Ultimate Health Podcast, and she owns Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio and Lifestyle Shop. She’s amazing and we’re so happy that she’s a big fan of Manitoba Harvest. Marni is featured in lots of our videos, so stay tuned for more!

In this video, Marni talks about why Hemp Hearts are so great and she shares her favourite ways to add them to every meal. We hope you enjoy this video! From our hearts to yours, The Manitoba Harvest Team!

What’s your favourite way to use Hemp Hearts? Leave a comment below* and we’ll send you a free bag!

*Offer expires June 30, 2015.

By Sarah Pelland, Social Media Guru at @manitobaharvest

cheesecake1And what did we decide to make this week? A vegetarian (almost vegan) cheesecake! Substitute the honey for maple syrup and you’ve got yourself a great vegan dessert option.

There is only eight ingredients in this recipe (well seven if you don’t count the hot water) so it wasn’t  too hard to find all the ingredients. Arrow root was probably the hardest to come by – check your local natural food store for this.

So What’s in this recipe???

I totally hit the jackpot on the honey! It’s locally made and it was blended with pure ground cinnamon from Sri Lanka. Wow! Delicious. The cinnamon, I thought would be a perfect addition to this dessert.

  • 16 oz firm tofu
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tbs arrow root
  • Organic blueberries (as garnish)

photo 2The recipe called for a graham cracker pie shell but instead, we bought an old-fashioned crumble crust that was gluten-free (made with rice and corn flour instead). I know my tummy doesn’t like a lot of gluten so it might be a great substitute for you as well. It was already in the pie tray so it was literally just pour the mixture in and bake. Awesome! I like easy recipes and this definitely was just that.

IMG_5768This recipe is SO simple I think I could have done it with my eyes closed. Throw the Hemp Hearts and warm water in a blender. Blend them up until smooth and then throw the rest of the ingredient in there and blend for about 2-3 minutes. Then pour the mixture into the crust and you are ready to bake.

We baked it at 350F for 40 minutes and it came out perfect! That’s me (to the right) holding the organic blueberries (I also bought organic raspberries and threw some on my piece as well). Delicious! For a final look of what the dish looked like be sure to check out our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram @manitobaharvest.  Thanks for reading!

From our kitchen to yours…