Manitoba Harvest Hemp Food Range Interview

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Food Range Interview

Winter Salad

For the Salad:
½ head radicchio
1 head green leaf lettuce
1 bulb fennel
1 carrot
1 parsnip
1 apple
3 radishes
½ cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Toppers – Onion, Garlic & Rosemary

For the Dressing:
½ cup avocado oil
¼ cup Champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
½ teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Prepare dressing by whisking together all ingredients except avocado oil.
In a slow stream, vigorously whisk in the avocado oil until fully incorporated then refrigerate dressing.
Rip or chop lettuces and mix them together in a large serving bowl.
Using a peeler, shave the carrot and parsnip into thin ribbons and pile onto lettuce.
Using a mandolin or knife, thinly slice the remaining produce and pile onto lettuce.
Sprinkle with Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Toppers – Onion, Garlic & Rosemary.
Serve salad and drizzle with dressing!

Manitoba Harvest

Hemp products are a hot commodity in the health world and interest continues to rise for this on-trend ingredient.

The entire Manitoba Harvest range is gluten-free, made from 100% pure Canadian hemp seeds, and created with all natural ingredients. Think moreish snack bites, wholesome smoothie mixes, and spiced hemp seed toppers that take your salads and breakfasts to a whole other level!

Review: Hemp seeds contain amazing nutritional properties which is why I was so excited to try the Chocolate Hemp Heart Bites. These bite sized goodies are delicious and make healthy snacking very easy! I've kept my third bag of these delightful goodies in my gym bag so that I can eat one or two before and after a training session instead of my traditional protein shake. I've been nibbling on the Cinnamon flavour Hemp Heart Bites before bed too as they make the perfect dessert.

- Brooke Hunter

Review: The Hemp Heart Toppers are SO YUM! I've been sprinkling it on top of my yoghurt to combine the nutrition of hemp and to give my morning yoghurt another element of texture and taste especially as the Hemp Heart Toppers are a healthier version of most mueslis.

- Madeleine Coleman


Coconut & Cocoa Hemp Macaroons

3 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
¾ cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Toppers – Coconut & Cocoa
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 egg whites
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup dark chocolate
¼ teaspoon coconut oil

Preheat oven to 325°F and lightly grease a baking sheet.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together coconut, ½ cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Toppers – Coconut & Cocoa, maple syrup and vanilla. Let rest 20 minutes to absorb liquid.
In a separate mixing bowl, whisk with electric mixer egg whites and sea salt until hard peaks form.
Gently fold egg whites into the coconut mixture.
Drop 1 ½ tablespoon sized scoops onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until edges are golden brown then set aside to cool.
Melt chocolate and coconut oil together.
Dip your macaroons in chocolate mixture then in remaining ¼ cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Toppers – Coconut & Cocoa.
Place on parchment paper until chocolate is set.

Interview with Manitoba Harvest

Question: What are the main nutritional benefits of hemp products?

Manitoba Harvest: It's simple: protein and omegas! Hemp has proven to be one of the most nutritiously dense foods on the planet. Hemp's protein profile is comparable to many types of meat, dairy, fish, and poultry, making it an excellent dietary protein source for vegetarians and vegans. What's really unique to hemp is its closest to the ideal ratio of omega six to omega three essential fatty acids. Omega-6 Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) has been shown to help with cholesterol, inflammation, skin and hair health, balancing hormones, and general heart health. Hemp foods also contain magnesium, fibre, iron, zinc, and phosphorous.

Question: Why has the interest in the health properties of hemp products recently spiked?

Manitoba Harvest: The benefits of hemp have been a little-known secret for hundreds of years, but 239 years later, this ultra-versatile super seed is finally gaining traction as a food ingredient. Shoppers are beginning to become educated on hemp, understand that food can be your medicine, look for a more complete plant-based protein source and discover new delicious applications to add some nutrition to meals. We've seen a spike in incorporating and adding hemp to simple meals and using it as plant-based protein options.

Question: What is hemp?

Manitoba Harvest: Hemp is a species of Cannabis sativa but hemp is not the same as marijuana and hemp foods will not cause psychoactive effects. Hemp is a super plant! There are hundreds, if not thousands, of uses for hemp but we at Manitoba Harvest are focused exclusively on the seed, which we use to make delicious and nutritionally rich hemp foods.

Question: How can we add hemp seeds in our typical meals?

Manitoba Harvest:  Our Hemp Hearts and Toppers are perfect for adding to any of your favorite sweet or savory dishes – they are great toppers for soups, salads, oatmeal and yogurt. Our Proteins are great for smoothies and smoothie bowls. We have collection of delicious recipes and inspiration on our website –

Question: What inspired the creation of Manitoba Harvest?

Manitoba Harvest: Our Founder Mike Fata, used to weigh over 300 pounds and was sick and tired of being sick and tired. When he decided it was time for a change, he overhauled his diet, focusing on protein, good fats, and fibre – all nutrients found in hemp foods! Since hemp foods played such an essential role in Mike's health transformation, he wanted everyone to be able to enjoy them.

Question: Can you tell us about Manitoba Harvest products?

Manitoba Harvest: If you've never tried hemp hearts, they are similar to a chia or flax seed but with twice the amount of protein and omegas and are lower in carbohydrates. With a deliciously nutty taste and satisfying texture, they offer a nutritional punch to any of your favorite snacks and recipes.

At Manitoba Harvest we know how to unlock the power of the hemp seed better than anyone because we take a seed to shelf approach, controlling everything from what hemp seed gets planted, to how products are manufactured, packaged, and distributed.

Our products include:

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts: Hemp Hearts (a.k.a shelled hemp seeds) are at the heart of all our hemp foods. These versatile seeds will add two times more protein, 70% more iron and 25% more omegas-3 and 6 than flax seeds and adds a rich nutty taste to any meal! Sprinkle Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts on salad, cereal, or yogurt, blend them into smoothies or even try baking with them for added texture and flavor.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Toppers: New! Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Toppers combine the nutrition of Hemp Hearts and HempPro Fibre with delicious sweet and savory organic ingredients packing in 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omegas-3 and 6 per 35-gram serving. Try our Hemp Heart Toppers on salads, soups, or eggs, and sprinkle sweet Hemp Heart Toppers on yogurt, fruit, or oatmeal.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bites: Your favorite little Hemp Hearts are now available in a convenient, bite-size crunchy hemp snack – providing all the nutrition of hemp in the convenience of a portable, tasty snack. These are on-the-go goodness in three delicious flavours.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Smoothie: With 15 grams of protein, 2.6 grams omega-3 and omega-6 per 30-gram serving, Hemp Protein Smoothie PLUS greens is the perfect smoothie companion.

Question: What's next for Manitoba Harvest?

Manitoba Harvest:  We launched in Australia in April this year, so the focus is on reaching as many people as we can in Australia. We're also proud to announce that recently we became Canada's first certified carbon neutral manufacturer and we'll continue to take steps towards growing, manufacturing and selling products that are great for people and the environment.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette

1 pound Brussels sprouts
½ small red onion
1 medium green apple
1 cup pecans, chopped

Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette:
¼ cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tbsp. filtered water
1 tbsp. whole grain or dijon mustard
1 tsp. maple syrup
¼ tsp. sea salt
Pinch black pepper, freshly cracked
½ cup avocado oil

Optional Toppings:
More Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
Vegan Coconut Bacon
Pomegranate seeds

Use a food processor, mandolin or sharp knife to shave Brussels sprouts into thin slices.
Slice the onion and apple thinly as well.
Toast pecans in a dry pan over medium high heat for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden.
In a blender, blend vinaigrette ingredients except oil, until smooth.
While blender is on low-medium, slowly add oil in a steady stream until completely incorporated. Blend 30 more seconds.
Add all ingredients to a large bowl or zip seal bag and gently toss to combine.
Refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving to let the flavours mingle. Can be made up to 1 day in advance.
Top with toppings if you desire!

Interview by Brooke Hunter