Time is flying and we arrived to that time of the month where we invite our readers and subscribers of the VEGAN PACKAGE SWAP to JOIN it for another month of delicious and funny vegan adventure! If you want to take part on JUNE edition, please go to the page, login and click “JOIN THE SWAP” between today (June 3rd) and the 5th.
Once again we’re working to make this project – which is being so rewarding! – more interesting and attractive to vegans around the world and the best way we’ve found is to make exclusive GIVEAWAYS to those who are taking part in the VPS.
This month, our subscribers from the UK will have the chance to win an extra package, from Natural Balance Foods. I fell in love with their bars – Nākd and TREK – when I was living in Dublin and I really miss them. Good thing I can get them in the packages from VPS now! Considering how popular their products are in the UK I’d say they don’t need any extra information, but they have been featuring many packages being shipped around the world, so we’ve decided to interview the company to bring you all a little bit more about the brad and its delicious products!
For a chance to win all you need is to be an UK resident and JOIN June’s edition of VPS. The luck winner will be announced on June 6th!
Tell us a little bit about Natural Balance Foods story. When and how the brand was born? Who are the people behind the brand?
Natural Balance Foods first started making healthy, wholefood alternatives to processed foods back in 2006 when brothers Jamie and Greg Combs introduced Nākd to the world.
Since then, Nākd bars and raisins have revolutionised snacking by being genuinely healthy and actually tasting great. And, it wasn’t long before protein packed TREK bars came along, specifically designed to keep those who love climbing mountains, swimming lakes and running marathons going for longer.
Your Nākd bars were invented to be a real health snack. How do you provide the consumers this “real health snack”? How do you see all these “supposed” health snacks in the market that have a list of ingredients longer than our grocery-shopping list?
Nākd bars are ‘real’ because they contain no hidden sugars or chemical nasties; they are simply raw fruits and nuts smooshed together. Or, in the case of our brand new Nākd Protein Crunch bars, just raw fruits, nuts and soya protein crunchies, which gives the bars a wonderfully crunchy texture and allows them to slowly release energy for a lasting boost.
When you pick up a Nākd bar, you’ll find just three or four ingredients listed on the back, which is quite remarkable when you compare it to other ‘healthy’ snack bars that contain more than double the components.
Nākd bars enable you to eat food the way nature intended – they aren’t processed, they keep you happy and healthy in mind, body and spirit.
What makes your TREK bars unique?
There are two types of TREK bars available – TREK Protein Bars and our brand new, TREK Protein Flapjacks.
TREK Protein Bars are made from a delicious combination of fruits, oats, nuts and 11-12g of protein, making them an ideal choice for breakfast, or a refuelling snack after a session at the gym.
Available in six awesome flavours, including two that are vegan chocolate coated, our new recipe TREK Protein Flapjacks now contain gluten free oats, and less fat and sugar than ever before. It also has a whopping 20% more protein – between 9-10g per bar – to banish those niggling hunger pangs and help you feel fuller for longer.
Just like Nākd, the TREK Protein Bars are made using a wholefood approach – we literally take a handful of fruits, nuts, protein crunchies and a hint of natural flavours, smoosh them together and out comes a delicious and nutritious snack. Our TREK Flapjacks are the healthiest and tastiest flapjacks you’ll find and are designed for lasting energy. All of this, along with the fact TREK is vegan friendly, makes our bars very unique.
You have an amazing presence in the UK – and I really miss being able to buy your bars in any healthy shop around. Do you have plans to expand your presence to Europe?
Although the UK market remains a massive focus for Natural Balance Foods, we have exciting plans to expand further into Europe, US and Canada over the next year. We are also planning to offer international shipping on our own website, delivering to homes across Europe and the US this summer. Make sure you continue to check our website, follow us on Twitter (@nakd_wholefoods) and ‘like’ us on Facebook for updates!
How do you see the big connection today between healthy food and vegan diet?
Whatever diet you follow, whether it’s vegan, vegetarian or gluten free, it’s important to ensure it’s healthy and well balanced. At Natural Balance Foods, we believe the key to a healthy mind, body and spirit is to eat unprocessed foods that are not only good for you, but actually taste great too.
In addition to this, we place a big emphasis on ‘wholefoods’, which is why the ingredients in our Nākd bars stay as close to nature as possible. This makes them perfect for vegans looking for a tasty, healthy snack as part of their diet.