Vegan snacks with mass appeal
While we could never commit in full to the raw food movement--what can we say, we like eating things heated over 118 degrees--we're definitely into incorporating uncooked and enzyme-rich foods into our diets. Particularly when they're also tasty. Case in point: Two Moms in the Raw's organic, vegan snacks.
Mom number one is Shari Leidich, a busy mother of three who, after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis back in 2004, began to rethink her career and lifestyle. She became a raw foodist, but was disappointed by the dearth of yummy treats on the market. So she teamed up with her own mother (Mom number two) to make and sell unbaked granola bars and sea crackers.
The bars--which are sold online by the bag ($10 for 12 bars), and individually at nationwide Starbucks ($4)--are made in small batches from fresh seeds, nuts, fruits and nectars, for a taste that's less sweet (but crunchier and heartier) than the energy bars you're probably used to. We particularly like them crumbled over fresh fruit and yogurt.
Our favorite stand-alone snacks, however, are the gluten-free Tomato Basil Sea Crackers ($7), which are made with flaxseeds and kombu, a nutrient-rich seaweed. We love the way they crunch just like a chip, but are low on calories and loaded with Omegas. In short, they're all-around nosh-worthy.