Fueled By Hemp | Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bars

#fueledbyhemp3You know that episode of The Office at Pam and Jim’s wedding when Michael turns to Pam’s mom and asks if she has a snack and well she does? That’s me except this has been the case for many years before having children. I have always been that person that has to have a snack in their bag where ever they go. These snacks aren’t just for myself but for anyone I’m with who might be hungry especially my husband. To keep up with supply and demand I am always keep a variety of bars in my bag. 

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The newest addition to my snack bar supply is Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Heart Bar. There are three different flavours- chocolate, apple cinnamon and vanilla and these bars contain 10 grams of plant based protein and 10 grams of omegas. Basically these bars pack a nutritional punch. 

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Now I’ll say this about these bars they taste like you’re eating a flavored, lightly sweetened handful of hemp seeds. Their taste is nutty and they are sweet without being sugary. If you love hemp seeds you’ll be all over these bars. My favorite of the three flavors is the vanilla. What flavor do you like/would you like to try?

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Manitoba Harvest in partnership with Fit Approach. All opinions are my own.

Healthy Snack Ideas for the New Year | Featuring Blue Diamond Almonds

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This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you but these past few weeks I have been eating out more, indulging in a few extra sweets and I surely haven’t had enough water. I know it might be a bit cliche but I’m ready to get back on track for the new year. We have so many exciting plans this year from a potential bigger trip, hopefully a new addition to the family (TTC #3) and living a more minimalist and conscious life. For me a big part of living a more conscious life is being more aware of the food I put in my body and eating as healthy as possible but also leaving room for some more indulgent treats and meals along the way. 

I have spent the past few weeks evaluating what I eat and how it makes me feel as well as things I could improve upon. I have noticed that I have been doing a lot less snacking which might work for some people but I just end up ravenous come meal time and end up eating a lot larger meals which in the end makes me feel full and a bit tired. To keep my energy levels up so I can chase two little ones I am working on incorporating more snacks and smaller meals into my day.

When it comes to snacking you won’t find me eating a rice cake and three carrot sticks. My requirements for snacks are that they must be satisfying, quick, easy and taste good. One snack I have been really into these days are apple rounds with a spread of nut butter and toppings such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut flakes and chocolate chips.  My favorite combo right now is Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds, tart dried cherries and maple vanilla almond butter.

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When I am on the go I need quick and easy snacks that I can just toss in a bag and eat while out at a playdate, running errands or on a hike. For me this is often an apple, banana or orange and some nuts. Because I like to have a little chocolate everyday I enjoy incorporating it into a daily snack. Since mandarins are in season right now I have been enjoying a few of those, a handful of lightly salted Blue Diamond Almonds and a square of chocolate. There is something about orange and chocolate that I just absolutely love; reminds me of the chocolate oranges I used to get as a child. I also love a big bowl of berries and almonds during berry season, add a piece of dark chocolate and you’ve got the perfect snack. This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.-4

Having easy to go to snacks like these have been great lately. I know we are only a few days into the new year but I am already feeling like I am on a healthier path and that 2016 is going to be an amazing year. I am still working on my goals for the new year but plan to share them with you soon. Until then share some of your goals and/or your favorite healthy snacks in the comments below. Would love some additional inspiration!

Two Healthy Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Two Healthy Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Leftovers | Running With Tongs
I don’t know about you but when it comes to Thanksgiving I’m all about the mashed potatoes and gravy, Field Roast, rolls and the pie, oh the pie! While I go ahead and make a batch of roasted veggies or a salad and I have the best intentions to eat them I often find they end up in food storage containers in my fridge.

Two Healthy Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Leftovers | Running With Tongs

This year that might happen again but I will be prepared for the day after Thanksgiving with these delicious and healthy recipes. These recipes are honestly perfect for any time not just post Thanksgiving and the salad would actually make a great holiday side dish.

Now I used leftover roasted cauliflower and butternut squash but sweet potato, brussels sprouts, parsnips, rutabaga, basically any roasted veggie would be a perfect substitution.

Two Healthy Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Leftovers | Running With Tongs

Roasted Veggies and Dried Cherry Salad

This is a super simple salad that features roasted squash and cauliflower. Feel free to sub your favorite roasted veggies such as parsnips, brussels sprouts and/or sweet potato.

You’ll Need:

Roasted Butternut Squash (delicata would be great as well)
Roasted Cauliflower
Dried Cherries
Hemp seeds, crushed hazelnuts or almond flakes
organicgirl PEPPERGREENS
Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar or Lemon

This is a super easy salad to assemble especially with leftover roasted veggies. Simply toss your roasted veggies, dried cherries and hemp seeds together and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar or lemon; alternatively one of the organicgirl Salad Love dressings would be a great addition.  

Two Healthy Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Leftovers | Running With Tongs

Roasted Butternut Squash, Cream Cheese & organicgirl PEPPERGREENS Tartine

Give me most anything on toast and I am a happy girl. This is a super easy breakfast, lunch or snack and can easily use up your leftover roasted squash from Thanksgiving. Feeling a bit more ambitious? You can stick the roasted squash and cream cheese in a food processor to make a creamy spread and then top with your greens, a drizzle of lemon or lemon agave dressing and a pinch of chili flakes. 

You’ll Need:

A Slice of Your Favorite Bread, toasted
Roasted Butternut Squash
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Cream Cheese of your choice – I went with a non-dairy spread
Chili Flakes
Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice or organicgirl Salad Love lemon agave
Two Healthy Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Leftovers | Running With TongsSimply spread the cream cheese on your toast, top it with as much or as little roasted squash as you’d like and then add a handful of greens, a sprinkle of chili flakes and drizzle of lemon or dressing. Easy and so delicious. 

Two Healthy Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Leftovers | Running With Tongs

What are your favorite ways to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers? 

Disclosure: This post was created in collaboration with organicgirl. I am thrilled to be working on a three part series with organicgirl because frankly I have been obsessed with organicgirl for years.