Years after my mom passed, when I had daughters of my own, I began taking a closer look at the food choices I was making for my family. I researched the types and combinations of food that make up a healthy diet, as well as food production and the drastic changes it has undergone over the last 60-70 years. As a result, I made the important connection between the quality of our food, and the quality of our lives. I learned about the negative impact of factory farming, the importance of buying organic and non-gmo, and the profound & far-reaching benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. Incorporating this new understanding and approach to food into my life not only improved my health, but it also significantly changed my values.
Shortly thereafter, I started creating treats from whole foods and chocolate for family and friends to enjoy... quality snacks I could feel good about! Nelly's Bars were the hands-down favorites!
ABOUT OUR INGREDIENTS...
One of my refrigerator magnets reads: “Try Organic Food… or as your grandparents called it, ‘Food.’” The topic of diet & nutrition is a hotbed of conflicting theories, opinions & debate... and I've dug into a lot of them. Emerging from this rabbit hole, I decided to follow a simple, old-fashioned approach: prepare and eat a balanced mix of real foods (i.e. whole or minimally processed). After all, good nutrition should be about delivering energy, vitality and sound health... not constant calorie counting, and chasing (or avoiding) grams of this or that, as recommended by the hot nutritional marketing trend du jour!
Consequently, Nelly's Bars are made with organic, nutrient-dense whole foods, enrobed with fair-trade Italian dark chocolate! We carefully choose only the highest quality ingredients available - often sourced from smaller farms that are more concerned with the flavor and purity of their products than their margin of profit.
The whole fruits, nuts, legumes, and chocolate in our bars are abundant in vitamins and minerals. These ingredients compliment each other, helping deliver healthy nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber to your body in the way nature intended!
WHAT'S NOT IN OUR PRODUCTS...
Just as important as what's in our bars... is what's not in them. We do not use any Additives, Preservatives, Soy, Gluten, GMOs, Palm Oil, Animal-Based or Difficult-to-Pronounce Ingredients! Additionally, we don't use highly-processed, powdered ingredients (such as milk, egg & whey powders), which are in so many bars on the market today!
Our use of 100% Organic ingredients greatly reduces the risk of the presence of the toxic metals and pesticide residues found on non-organic ingredients.
Furthermore, Nelly's Bars DO NOT contain the harmful Oxysterols (oxidized cholesterol), Casein and Lactose found in dried milk and egg powders. Unfortunately, Oxysterols may "contribute to the onset and especially to the development of major chronic diseases." Similarly, Casein protein side effects can include excess mucus production, respiratory & digestive problems, wheezing, itchy skin, acne, rashes, hives, swelling of the face and throat, and more. Some scientists and doctors have suggested that, in fact, Casein may be a "powerful, cancer promoting carcinogen." I realize study findings are often debatable, but for me personally... these ingredients are not worth the risk!
No Lactose - it has been estimated that approximately 65% of people cannot properly digest lactose. Symptoms of lactose intolerance or malabsorption include nausea, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, etc.
Nelly's Bars were born out of a desire to help make a difference in the way people eat. Our plant-based bars are delicious chocolate-covered snacks that I stand behind 100% - products that are better for people, animals and our planet!" - Carla