“As the parent of a toddler,” says Sharif Rasheed, a Pittsburgh entrepreneur, “I was constantly seeking a healthy snack my son would like.” The accidental creation of PowerBites! was the culmination of this search. Sharif tried his hand at creating a soft granola bar that Malcolm could enjoy while teething (ambitious!). He wanted to break the mold with healthy ingredients that would actually taste good. Flavor is the cornerstone of PowerBites!’ popularity, balancing the blending of Fair Trade dark chocolate, dates, maple syrup, cacao, oats, almonds, sea salt and almond butter. Reasonable sized batches with high-quality ingredients keep every bite as good as the last. And, a percentage of all sales are donated to good causes, beginning with public school teachers. “We call it #snacktivism,” says Sharif. Look for PowerBites! in popular Almond Butter Crunch and Salted Peanut Butter Crunch varieties.
In 2014, Inca Tea “TeaEO” and founder Ryan Florio hiked a Peruvian mountain trail with the help of a Sherpa, who introduced him to an ancient tea recipe combining freshly cut apples and purple corn. After drinking the tea, he felt rejuvenated. Upon returning to Cleveland, he quit his job and started Inca Tea, the first U.S. company to use Peruvian Purple Corn. Today, Inca Tea offers all-natural, gluten-free, on-GMO and hand-blended products with no preservatives. We carry a full range of their varieties including, but not limited to Machu Picchu Mango, Cusco Chamomile, Black Tawantin, Pachamama Green Tea and Peruvian Spiced Berry!
The Toasted Oat Bakehouse
Founder Erika Boll’s love of baking started when she was a little girl and it’s her grandmother’s granola recipe that is her signature today — updated to be certified gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher. In fact, every batch of Erika’s amazing soft granola is handcrafted with simple ingredients like Purity Protocol oats baked with organic coconut oil and organically sweetened with True Source Certified honey. Some people eat it for breakfast or make it their afternoon snack, while others get creative in the kitchen with and add it to recipes. And, the whole family is involved in their Columbus, OH, gluten-free granola goodness, including husband John Boll and daughter Taylor Boll. ! It’s a Boll lot of fun. We carry her Blueberry Cobbler, Apricot Shortbread, Cherry Streusel and Macadamia Chunk varieties!
Vigilant Eats Super Cereal
After studying nutrition for years and having an interest in raw foods, Bloomington, IN resident Doug Siegel was determined to make the perfect cereal. His passion to purchase as many ingredients as he can straight from the source makes Vigilant Eats, a high-protein, low glycemic, nutrient-dense cereal, taste delicious. Certified Organic, gluten free, non-GMO, vegan and kosher, Vigilant Eats takes their ingredients, recipes and certifications seriously. They choose the highest quality superfoods to accompany their family-farm grown oats and are conscious of the fact that you are what you eat; that living the highest quality life requires the highest quality fuel. Choose your favorite from Banana Chia, Coconut Maple Vanilla, Espresso Maca Mulberry, Goji Cacao & Rosemary Thyme Sweet Potato.