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We pride ourselves in making our Ommie™ fruit & seed energy bars with nutrient-dense ingredients that are wholesome, delicious and all-natural. Just look at our ingredient label: simple ingredients you can pronounce, no fillers, no fruit purees or concentrates, no chalky tasting whey powders or binders. At the top of our very short list of ingredients is what we're all about: high quality all-natural dried fruits (cherries, apricots, pineapple, apples, bananas, cranberries, raisins) and high quality raw sunflower and pumpkin seeds. That's it.
Our seeds are wholesome and provide a crunch & nutritious base with healthy plant-based protein and healthy fats. Our dried fruits provide delicious flavor variety and a burst of energy. On average, our bars are 90% dried fruits & seeds with some natural spices like ground cinnamon, cardamom and coffee, soy-free carob powder, soy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips, natural extracts, and poppy seeds. We do add a tiny bit of organic coconut butter, organic brown rice syrup and organic sea salt to enhance the flavor profile of our bars, and to maintain an appropriate ph level that naturally extends the shelf life of our bars.
Why fruits & seeds?
When it comes to figuring out how to get more protein in a plant-based diet most people think of nuts and tree-nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios. However, if you are one of the 15 million Americans who suffer from food allergies there’s another arsenal of other tasty, nutrient-dense foods you might want to tap into – seeds. They may be tiny but they are nutritional powerhouses loaded with healthy fats, protein, fiber, minerals, mono-unsaturated fats, zinc and other life-enhancing nutrients like Omega 3s. Plus, they’re a great alternative for people with food allergies and sensitivities to nuts and tree-nuts.Whether you’re looking for a burst of energy, building strength, brain focus, bone maintenance or just general health, protein is definitely an important nutrient you need in your diet.
• Non-Allergenic: If you have a nut allergy, seeds are a great alternative. They provide beneficial fatty acids that one might miss out on when they can’t enjoy the healthy fat from nuts. Even if you don’t have an allergy to nuts, these seeds will provide other nutrients that you won’t get in such a small serving from other foods. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of soy-free protein for those that have a soy allergy or just want to avoid it.
• Protein: Pumpkin seeds have a good amount of protein in a small serving, containing 5 grams in just one ounce. They’re a rich source of amino acids and contain an especially high amount of tryptophan, the amino acid that enhances serotonin production in the body. They’re true mood-boosters and make a great addition to any meal to up the protein content. So, if you want to feel like you’re in nirvana think about adding to smoothies, oatmeal, salads, soups, stir-fries, or just have an Ommie™ Snack Bar.
• Alkalizing and Anti-Inflammatory: Raw pumpkin seeds are green because they have a high amount of natural chlorophyll in them. Even sunflower seeds, while not green, contain chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is found in all green foods, which alkalizes and naturally cleanses the body reducing inflammation that can occur from a high acid diet or other lifestyle factors. It also calms the nervous system, and revitalizes tissues.
• Fiber: Sunflower and pumpkin seeds also have more fiber than many nuts. This can help regulate your blood sugar, enhance regularity, and the fiber in pumpkin seeds is easier to digest than other sources like beans or hard-to-digest grains and nuts. Pumpkin seeds have also been linked to improving insulin regulation, which can help those with blood sugar issues or even diabetes.
• Healthy Fats: Pumpkin seeds might be high in fat, but it’s the fat your body loves. They’re an especially good source of omega 6 fatty acids and a rich source of mono-unsaturated fats that protect your heart, prevent inflammation, and help manage your weight. Like all healthy fats, they’re not meant to be consumed in massive amounts, but eaten in single serving portions at each of your meals or as a healthy snack. Healthy fats ensure good heart health, help balance your blood sugar, and are an important factor in your mood, digestion, and overall health.
• Iron: This is an important mineral used to transport oxygen to all parts of the body. A slight deficiency in iron causes anemia which makes you weak and sluggish. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds as well as dried apricots and raisins are rich in iron and are one of the best sources in such a small amount.
• Zinc: These seeds are also a fantastic source of zinc, which helps carbohydrate metabolism in the body, hormone production, and even improves immune health and even your skin, hair, and nails.
• Anti-microbial: Just 1/4 cup a day has been shown to be beneficial at improving immune health and also eliminating (not just preventing) various unhealthy microbes from harming the body. Keep in mind an overall healthy diet, rich in whole, plant-based foods is a key primer for keeping unhealthy microbes away.
• Magnesium: Commonly called the ‘forgotten mineral’ because many people suffer health issues, all because of magnesium deficiency (headaches, low blood sugar, constipation, insomnia, lack of energy, and a foul mood, just to name a handful). Animal foods, sugar, refined grains and processed foods don’t contain the true magnesium that whole plant-based foods do. Pumpkin seeds are some of the richest source of magnesium in such a small serving, while greens, grains, beans, legumes, almonds, and cacao are other especially dense sources.