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ALOHA Vegan Protein & More

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Aloha Protein & More

So I am still running. Not away! Not from anything! {READ: 4 kids}…so maybe I am running away sometimes. Not forever. Just an hour or two! Sometimes running is a respite from the noise and chaos that is my life. Seriously. My house is super loud, people. But I digress.

Because, I am running a bit more lately, I am back to wanting a post-workout smoothie to replenish myself with protein and energy. Do you do that? Well, I got the chance to try ALOHA protein, and I have to say with 100% honesty, that it is YUM. My go-to protein is always pea-protein or another vegan protein, but I usually buy the cheapest that I can still enjoy the taste of. Not that I am a vegan- just that I seem to like the “clean” nature of a vegan protein, and whey just doesn’t appeal to me- I just think of dehydrated clear liquid at the top of the yogurt…nah.

What I like about ALOHA specifically:

Non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, manufactured in the USA. I can pronounce and know every single ingredient- which is a short list. Check out this pic from the back of a Vanilla pouch of protein:

Aloha Protein & More

Do you see that?! It is SO good! I left that little “best-by” date sticker, since I think that is cool too- not all proteins do that, which is kind of gross. The Aloha best seller, the Vanilla Bean Protein is made with organic vanilla bean, Madagascar cinnamon, and protein from plants. It’s a powerful punch of 18 grams of clean, whole food protein that I am looking for after a workout.

So they sell this at Target (great news)!! BUT. And here’s the thing, buying online with them is even more great since they offer sales all the time on all of their products: protein, greens blend (to mix into your smoothies!), teas, vitamins, and they offer bundles like a 14-Day Detox Plan if you are needing a dedicated health-redux! They offer one time purchases or a shipment schedule to save you some money- like 30% OFF until Dec. 31st!! For me, I love a one-time purchase for things like tea or specialty items, so that I can see if I like it. But for protein powder if I love it…then I want to get the best deal that I can find, and I hate running out, so regular shipments are a good deal, and buying through their site directly is even better…

And guess what my friends? Right now until December 31st, I can offer 30% off your ENTIRE order at ALOHA! That includes their teas, protein, detoxes, and all their products! No kidding!
30% Off your ENTIRE ALOHA purchase using code 30ALOHA

I hope you will take a look around their site and try some of their products. Have you tried ALOHA brand products already? Tell me in the comments what you love and I will add it to my list!

I can’t wait to offer products like these that I know you will love! This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation. It does not affect your price at all. For more information, see my full disclosure page.

Manitoba Hemp Heart Bars: Contest & Discount*

hemp heart reviewSo, I am not really an energy bar-gal. That is to say, I typically don’t love sacrificing a meal for a bar. I like chewing, and food, and the bars that I have had before make me feel like I am dieting. This bar that I am reviewing here…is not that guy. This isn’t intended to be a meal-replacement. These are pre-workout fuel. Or if you must, an on-the-go snack.

I was given two new flavors of the Manitoba Hemp Heart Bars to try out on the blog in exchange for my honest opinion. And honestly, I liked them. They aren’t super sweet, or super delicious, but they are really hearty, and filling.


They offer three different flavors to choose from: vanilla, chocolate and apple cinnamon. Each 45 gram bar contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas, so whether you grab one for a pre-workout snack or nutrition on the go, these bars offer the convenience (especially for a mom!) of grabbing something quickly to keep you going.

The Real Deal: The Taste Test

The Apple-Cinnamon bar that I tried has 230 calories…I split it between 2 different times. I just didn’t need it as anything but a quick energy snack. I liked this one the best, probably because I didn’t expect it to be very good- but it was. Not like dessert-good, but good!

The Chocolate flavor, wasn’t at all like chocolate, but it too filled the need of a quick energy snack- I would still pick the apple-cinnamon first. Hands down.

hemp heart review


  • Low in sugar: The bars are sweetened with organic brown rice syrup or organic coconut palm sugar, so they aren’t super sweet, but they do have that touch of natural sugar in them.
  • Non-GMO Certified- Check√
  • Organic Certified- Check√
  • Vegan- all vegan protein, which I like
  • I can recognize ALL the ingredients, down to the rosemary extract (!)
  • 10g of Protein. 10g of Omegas. In each bar. Nice. Not a super amount, but kind of good as a snack sized or pre-workout serving.

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Disclosure: I received free samples of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Bars in exchange for writing a review on the blog.  As always, my opinions are my own and are always 100% honest regardless of any compensation received. 

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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Protein Granola


I love this new granola. I have posted granola before and I lovelovelove that recipe! This one is new though. Inspired by my new favorite workout blogger (tabata!) I made a few changes to her recipe because I can only make what I have on-hand in ingredients already- my children sometimes just won’t let me leave the house- I am sure you get this.  And change is sometimes good-  Keeps things interesting.  Full of protein, good for you ingredients, and plenty of crunch (and a bit of sweet) this little number kind of rings my bell in the morning.  If I have a smoothie for breakfast, a handful of this is just a little crunch on the side… so my mouth doesn’t forget how to chew.  A real thing.  Just saying.

Just mix the dry:

protein granola

Mix the dry in a HUGE bowl to make this really easy. I use my salad bowl!

With the wet:

protein granola

Press the wet into flattened huge granola bar.

And Bake.

protein granola

Voila! Done in under 30 minutes!

Here’s the recipe.  Pin it to save!:

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Protein Granola

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Protein Granola


  • Dry Mix:
  • 2 cups rolled oats (old fashioned kind)
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 scoop (3 Tbsp) of a vanilla flavored protein powder (I use a vegan brand)
  • Wet Mix:
  • 1/4 cup smooth, natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup overflowing of pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a separate smaller bowl, mix the wet until combined.

Add the wet to the dry, making sure to totally cover and incorporate all the wet with the dry. I think pressing with a rubber spatula does the job nicely.

Line a rimmed sheet pan, or cookie sheet with parchment.

Press the mixture into the pan, so it looks like one big, flat granola bar - should be 1/2 inch thick or so.

Next, bake for 20 minutes at 350*.

Using a flat spatula, flip the granola over (it will break up a bit) and bake for another 15-20 until it is lightly browned and hardened up. Don't overcook, as the cranberries will be too hard.

Remove from the oven, and let cool. Break it into large pieces and store covered.


Let me know in the comments below:

What do you think? Try? Pass? Sick of pumpkin?

I have to have crunch in the morning or I feel deprived of my eating.  What do you NEED in the morning to get you going- coffee aside!