Make Your Skin Glow with Hempz Sugar Body Scrubs

Hempz Sugar Scrubs are a luxurious and effective way to exfoliate the skin. Just a small amount will help to remove old, dead cells from the surface of the skin. Use Hempz Sugar Body Scrub as it exfoliates and polishes the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. It contains high levels of antioxidants that will help to renew the skin and restore its healthy glow.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

The task of providing cloth for an entire community was an integral part of daily work at Pleasant Hill. Coats, bed sheets, socks, blankets, feed sacks, dresses, towels, rope — all of these were a necessary part of everyday life. Until it became practical to purchase textile goods, they were produced within the community. In addition to providing for their own needs, Shaker textile items were manufactured for sale.

How To Use Hemp Foods

Hemp foods are made from hemp seeds and are incredibly nutritious. They offer a wide variety of important health attributes. They boosts the immune system, provides fiber to care for the digestive tract, are a great source of protein, and contain healthy omega-3 fats. Regular intake of hemp foods can help to improve overall health and may even stave off some diseases.

Recipe of the Week ~ Gingerbread Cookie Dough Protein Bars

It’s never too early to start thinking about your creative and absolutely delicious holiday baking for this coming season. Why not try these ‘Gingerbread Cookie Dough Protein Bars’. This vegan-friendly, all-natural, no-bake dessert idea will leave your guests very satisfied (without any guilt).

Yields: 16

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Ingredients:

  • Heaping half cup (70gm) raw almonds
  • Heaping half cup (70gm) raw walnuts
  • 3/4 cup (125gm) prunes
  • 3/4 cup (125gm) dates
  • Heaping half cup (90gm) Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cup (175) naturally-sweetened vegan vanilla protein powder (or vanilla hemp protein powder)
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses

Directions:

  1. Place the almonds and walnuts in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process until a soft butter begins to form, about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. Add the prunes, dates, and hemp seeds and continue processing until the mixture forms a soft paste. Add water and process to combine.
  3. Add the ginger, cinnamon and protein powder, and process again for one minute. Finally add coconut oil and molasses and process to combine. The mixture may appear crumbly but will hold together when pinched.
  4. Line an 8×8″ baking dish with aluminum foil and spread the mixture evenly into the pan, flattening with a spatula.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours, then slice into 16 squares. These are best kept individually wrapped in the refrigerator or freezer, but will be good for several hours at room temperature if you choose to take them on the go.

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Nutrition Facts:
Calories 191.8
Total Fat 9.8 g
Saturated Fat 2.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 57.8 mg
Potassium 198.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.6 g
Dietary Fiber 3.2 g
Sugars 9.6 g
Protein 12.7 g

Thanks to Cara Lyons for being SO awesome and creating this delicious recipe! Check her blog post out at: www.carascravings.com

Moisturize Your Skin with Hempz Hydrating Bath & Body Oil

Millions of people suffer from dry skin. While the winter months are the harshest on skin, any time of year can dry skin. Hempz Bath and Body Oil is gentle and non-greasy, yet it gives the skin a smooth, soft feel. It can be applied directly onto the skin, or used in a bathtub.

Celebrate Non-GMO month with Manitoba Harvest. By Julie Daniluk RHN

Screen-Shot-2013-09-28-at-9.57.13-PMIt’s October and that means it’s Non-GMO month! It’s the time of year we all take a moment and raise awareness about GMOs.

Manitoba Harvest is making an effort to protect and preserve non-GMO food and products. Manitoba Harvest products are proudly all Non-GMO Project verified. To become ‘Non-project GMO Verified,’ companies like Manitoba Harvest must undergo ongoing testing for all ingredients. Ingredients are tested throughout the whole growing and manufacturing process. Rigorous traceability and segregation practices help makes sure that the tested ingredients remain pure ensuring the integrity of the finished product.

The Non-GMO Project Verified seal is the embodiment of this basic idea that consumers have the right to know what we are putting into our bodies. We have the right to know how to avoid foods that are engineered with foreign viruses, bacteria, as wells as plant, insect and animal genes. The Non-GMO project’s mission to allow consumers to be able to identify independently – verified non-GMO foods. They have succeeded. The Non-GMO Project Verified Seal is an independent verification for products made by companies doing everything in their power to avoid using GMOs.

So, what can you do?
Visit http://www.nongmoproject.org to find out which products are GMO-free, and form your shopping list around those. Learn more about genetic modification and what it means for you. Sign up for their newsletter to get continuous updated information, and donate to the cause.

Visit www.cban.ca and start helping on the political side of things by signing protests on GMOs. Right now, there’s the possibility that the Canadian government will let farmers start growing GMO alfalfa. Alfalfa is a major cover crop, and also a crop we feed our animals. If it’s genetically modified, those GMOs are going straight to your plate. You can help stop this by visiting www.cban.ca and becoming involved. Donate money. Sign a petition. Whatever it means for you to get involved, take a few minutes today to commit yourself to do it. Together we can ensure our food is secure and safe for generations to come.

AIQSP-Sponsorship-banners-300-px-OrangeWBNutritionist Julie Daniluk RHN hosts The Healthy Gourmet on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Her first bestselling book, Meals That Heal Inflammation, advises on allergy-free foods that both taste great and assist the body in the healing process. Julie has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, and is a resident expert for The Marilyn Denis Show and Readers Digest. Check out more amazing recipes, nutrition tips, and her Anti-Inflammatory Quick Start Program at www.juliedaniluk.com and follow her on Facebook at Julie Daniluk Nutrition and on Twitter @juliedaniluk.

Top 10 Uses for Hemp Cord

Hemp twine and hemp cord are often used in craft projects and in gardening. Hemp has been used for millennia and is known for its strength and durability. Hemp cord is available in a number of different colors and sizes. Durable and strong, hemp cord is also quite affordable. Here are the top 10 uses for hemp cord — and in no particular order.

Who comes to a Qualitarian party? Manitoba Harvest Hemp Food Does! By Ashley Koff, RD

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Here’s Why…

Beautiful Sun Valley! What a great place to learn why being a Qualitarian improves your overall health – and learn via experience. Any given week in Sun Valley would deliver such an education, but once a year, the town turns over to immerse itself in education – talks, fitness activities, chef demos, and interactive food and beverage experiences during The Sun Valley Harvest Festival (recently ranked in the Top Ten of fall food festivals nationwide by Fodor’s) also known as FoodieHeaven.

When I first met the Harvest Fest founders and heard their take on the festival “we are Sun Valley (not Aspen, not NYC) – we play hard physically, and we love great quality food, wine, and spirits,” I knew I’d met my fellow Qualitarians. I happily agreed to be this year’s emcee and to help bring my world of Qualitarian to The Harvest Festival.

Grand TastingA Qualitarian party / education isn’t happening without better quality food choices and educators who’ve chosen the quality path. As I helped select this year’s chefs and speakers I knew that hemp and specifically, Mike Fata and Manitoba Harvest story deserved a seat at the Harvest Fest table (and not just because both have Harvest in their names but happy coincidence hey?).

At Harvest Fest, attendees learned about what fuels the body better, how the body can perform better, what delivers sensory gratification better, what nutrition trends are better, and how to build and run a food business better. And hemp played a role in all of these – CEO Mike Fata was a featured panelist to discuss how his personal story lead to hemp actually being able to be sold as a food in North America as well as today a profitable business AND enabling a healthier him (and family). Hemp foods was a noted trend (or merit) as the media and dietitians disused which trends are worth their nutrients. Hemp Hearts and hemp oil were consumed in crackers, juices, and made into “crab” cakes and desserts. Hemp foods were hailed by celeb chefs from chef/dietitian Tina Ruggiero RD (as a great addition to her breakfast raw porridge), Martini and Caviar Partychefs Tal and Scott (of several famed plant-based restaurants and celebs from LA’s Crossroads restaurant to Ellen and Oprah to LYFE kitchens in CA) noting how hemp meets their standard for a non-processed, quality (their word choice not what I spoon fed them, I swear!) plant food option. Chef Akasha Richmond (who got her start cooking for Michael Jackson for years and now has her own restaurant Akasha in Culver City, CA) noted that “I love hemp, I use it in so many recipes from apps to desserts.”

Cooking Demonstrations and PresentationsSo what did I learn at this year’s Harvest Fest? Among other lessons, hemp foods belong in Foodie Heaven – and in kitchens across the world as it delivers quality nutrition in so many ways.

Another lesson? Sun Valley is THE place to learn and experience the Qualitarian difference so I hope you will join us for another delicious dose of education next year Sept 18-21 2014.

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, Celebrity Dietitian, Author, Health and Lifestyle Contributor.

 Ashley Koff, RD (www.AshleyKoffRD.com) educates on the importance of better quality choices to achieve optimal health. A Qualitarian, Koff created the “Ashley Koff Approved” (AKA) list as a tool to help consumers, media, and healthcare practitioners choose better quality food,supplements and accessories. Koff maintains an international private practice.

Koff shares her message with millions, regularly appearing on national television (i.e., The Dr. Oz Show, The Today Show), and through social media, The Huffington Post, as a contributing editor for Prevention magazine, and as a keynote speaker, emcee, and moderator.

Hemp Fuelled Athlete Update ~ Jason Kruk

MH_tantalus_04On a clear day, vehicles passing on the highway between Squamish and Whistler are treated to views of the worldclass skyline of the Tantalus Mountain Range. The dark pointy summits of the Tantalus rise dramatically above a vast grey and blue ocean of chaotic, broken glacier ice. Despite the close proximity of the peaks to Squamish, the ‘Outdoor recreation capital of Canada’, the Tantalus sees very little traffic. It’s easy to see why – the incredible alpine terrain is guarded by the mighty Squamish River and large amount of steep elevation gain.

Near the end of August I invited my friend Elise Aspa along on an adventure in the Tantalus. Elise is a gourmet vegan chef and health advocate who exercises regularly. I knew that the trip would be a good challenge for her. Our 3-day itinerary would involve 55km of travel and over 4000m of both elevation gain and descent. Most of the journey would be spent in technical climbing terrain in the high alpine. A terrific walk through the sky!

MH_tantalus_02Elise lacked any mountaineering experience and this would even be her first time wearing crampons! But I had alternative motives for inviting her along, despite her good company. She would be tasked with helping to create the perfect meal plan for the trip. We would be carrying all of our climbing and camping equipment on our backs. Vegan nutrition is super easy at home where you can always open up the fridge and make a salad. It’s not as easy when you are carrying all your food in your backpacks. There is a high demand for food that is efficient, nutritious, and easy to prepare. In the mountains you cannot put a price on morale, so it needs to also be delicious and nourishing when you are tired and cold.

MH_tantalus_03Our dinners were based on nutritious, fast-cooking grains like couscous and amaranth. We made sure to cook enough to add to wraps for the next day’s lunch on the go. Supplement with raw energy bars and raw crackers and homemade spreads like hummus and sun-dried tomato tapenade.

Every recipe counted on lots of hemp seed or powder to satisfy our protein requirements. We also carried along a small plastic vessel of hemp oil to add nutrition to every meal – a shot before settling into an open bivouac for the night will keep you warmer than whiskey will! One of the many advantages to a diet high in hemp seed is the anti-inflammatory properties of this superfood. It is amazing for athletic recovery. In fact, the following day after our ambitious mission, when most folks would be reclining on the couch unable to walk, Elise was back at it, her legs and body feeling recovered.

Here are a few of my favourite recipes from the trip:
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IMG_9962 copyThe Alpine Superfood Breakfast

  • 2 tbsp Hemp Hearts
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut flakes
  • 4 tbsp Vanilla Hemp Protein Powder
  • 1/4 cup of seed/nut/fruit mix
  • 2 tsp stevia or to taste
 (optional)
  • 1 tsp sea salt

seed/nut/fruit mix can include:

  • raw almonds
  • raw sunflower seeds
  • raw pumpkin seeds
  • goji berries
  • dried apricots
  • raisins

Use the above ratio as a guide for one day’s breakfast, then portion out amounts for each day and carry pre-mixed in plastic baggies. We used a lot of ingredients, which may seem intimidating, but it is super fast and easy to prepare a batch for a trip once you have all the ingredients together. This portion should feed two hungry outdoorsfolk no problem. The standard hot-breakfast ratio of 1 to 2, oatmeal to boiling water, will produce a soupy mixture, I found adding the dry mix to about 400mL of boiling water to be about perfect. Mix furiously.
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Raw Alpine Yam Crackers

Yam-CrackerThese have become an instant mountain-food fav to have with home-made hummus or tapenade in the hills. They couldn’t be quicker to prepare. If you take them out of the dehydrator a little early they have a softer consistency, like a super-yummy vegan jerky.

  • 2 yams – chopped
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 1 veggie bouillon cube
  • 1/2 cup Hemp Hearts

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds soaked overnight
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
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1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup crimini mushrooms
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3/4 cup flax

Puree all ingredients in food processor. Spread onto dehydrator trays and score into desired cracker shape. Dehydrate for 12-20 hours depending on consistency preference.
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Chocolate Banana Hemp Protein Bars

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  • 1 cup Manitoba Harvest hemp protein
  • 1/2 cup Hemp Hearts
  • 
3 cups cashew meal
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup cacao
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs

WET

  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil (softened)
  • 
1 tbsp Manitoba Harvest hemp oil
  • 3/4 cup raw almond butter
  • 4 bananas
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup liquid sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup)

Mix together dry ingredients and set aside.
Process wet ingredients in a vitamix or high powered food processor.
Combine dry and wet ingredients in a big mixing bowl. It should be thick and hard to mix. Spread on dehydrator sheets and score to desired portion size. Dehydrate for 12-24 hrs depending on your consistency preference and shelf life needs.

Read more about our Hemp Fuelled Athletes Here.

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