Awaken Raw Superfood Bars are made in Nelson, New Zealand.

 

Our bars are made from organic dried fruits, seeds, and nuts, combined with selected superfoods. All our ingredients are organically certified by BioGro NZ and are described below. These are all blended without added binders, preservatives or heat – hence the amazing fresh taste.Our current selection of four bars are Cacao Date and Cashew, Banana Goji and Cacao, Acai, Blueberry and Blackcurrant and Maca, Chia and Cashew.

Acai blueberry

Our acai, blueberry and blackcurrant superfood bar will delight your senses and feed your body and brain.

Maca Chia Cashew

Nom nom! Our maca, chia and cashew nut bars are insanely yummy.

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Goji cacao

Do you love chocolate? What better way to treat yourself than our decadent banana, goji and cacao bar.

CAcao, date, cashew

Dessert for breakfast, anyone? And it's anti inflammatory, and good for you? Yes please. 

These are able to be purchased from our NZ stockists or go to buy from our online shop..

Delicious Feel Good Nutrition

 

  • Our organic raw food bars taste amazing. Full of real flavour – plus they leave you feeling great afterwards.
  • Freshly prepared from raw organic whole foods, our bars are sealed immediately to preserve their nutritional ‘vitality’.
  • A long lasting energy pickup combined with nutritional benefits for those in the fast lane.
  • Easy, portable, and ready to eat for the cool kid, busy mum, fast professional and the endurance athlete.

 

Organic Quality Ingredients

  • Certified organic ingredients sourced from trusted suppliers. GE free.
  • Made from raw whole foods without heat to preserve enzymes, vitamins and phytonutrients.
  • No chemicals or pesticide residues.
  • No synthetic or heavily processed ingredients.
  • Wheat and gluten free.
  • No added sugar – no additives, colourings or preservatives.
  • Vegetarian & vegan (no animal products used).

 

Sustainability Choices

  • Raw organic whole foods will assist you in sustaining your health and wellbeing.
  • Organic farming enhances and sustains the environment.
  • You have the choice on what you eat and how this affects the long term health and wellbeing of you, your family and the planet.

 

Organic and Bio-Dynamic Food

For food to reach its potential it needs to come from an ecologically balanced environment where the biological and dynamic aspects are understood and enhanced.

This includes:

  • Sustainability of the soil, flora, fauna and the environment versus degradation, loss of species and productive land
  • Enhancement of soil organisms and soil structure versus degradation through cultivation practices and highly acidic fertilizers.
  • Use of slow release organic and natural rock fertilizers versus quick release, processed fertilizers.
  • Cultural practices and biological agents to control pests and diseases versus toxic pesticides and insecticides.
  • Enhancement of soil organisms and soil structure versus degradation through cultivation practices and highly acidic fertilizers.
  • Highly efficient recycling of organic residues versus burning, nutrient run off and eutrophication.
  • Working with the rhythms and processes of nature versus genetic engineering and forced cultural practices.
  • Diversity of species versus monoculture and food chain shortening.

 

Awaken – your Choice

Whether you are a large hungry family on the go, a high performance athlete or a busy professional, our organic raw food bars give you a fantastic choice the next time you need delicious feel good nutrition.

 

Vitality

There is a vital force present in all life. Being around someone with a magnetic, vibrant personality lifts our spirits.We experience this life force as a feeling of wellbeing while sitting

by the sea or that great ‘mmm’ taste as we bite into a home grown tomato or avocado. This taste, feeling and glow is electromagnetic radiation which is made visible in Kirlian photography. Raw organic whole foods have intense, vibrant , electromagnetic and luminescent patterns – high vitality.

 

Organic Raw Whole foods

How do we ensure we maximize our nutrition and vitality from organic food ?

  • Buy Organic. Look for the organic section at your local supermarket, whole food outlet and weekend farmers market. It should also look, feel and taste great. Buying organic ensures vitality and avoids chemical and pesticide residues as well as genetically engineered food.
  • Buy whole foods. Buy local and in season organic whole foods, just as nature has intended them.
  • Eat raw. Raw maximizes enzymes , vitamins and phytonutrients. Heating over 46 degrees Celsius destroys enzymes and vitamins. A high proportion of your daily diet should include raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.

Acai Berry: Grown in Central and South America, the acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) berry is the fruit of the Amazon palm tree.

The acai berry is a good source of fibre, antioxidants, and heart-healthy fats. Antioxidants strengthen our immune system and protect against cancers. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit. Research has shown that this antioxidant-rich berry may be able to fight the health problems associated with oxidative damage, not to mention many other health benefits.

Blackcurrants: We source our blackcurrants from a South Canterbury Organic berry farm here in NZ. One of the beneficial effects of eating blackcurrants is their antioxidant activity against conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and the degenerative diseases of ageing. The main antioxidant compounds present in blackcurrants are phenolics (including flavonoids and anthocyanins) and vitamin C.

The purple/black colour of blackcurrants indicates the presence of the anthocyanins, which have exceptionally strong antioxidant activity as well as other health-promoting qualities in the areas of reducing asthmatic lung inflammation, lessening muscle damage and assisting immune responses during exercise.

Bananas: When creating our flavours we just couldn’t go past the classic combination of choc banana. We weren’t able to source any constant supply of sundried bananas in NZ, so our bananas are only one of 2 of our ingredients that are not considered raw. However our bananas still contain lots of fibre, potassium, and manganese.

 

Blueberries: Blueberries contain antioxidants, which work to neutralize free radicals linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other age-related conditions. These little powerhouses provide tasty ways of staying healthy.

Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C for collagen formation, maintaining heathy gums as well as a healthy immune system. They also containmanganese, which plays an important part in bone development and converting carbohydrates and fats into energy.

If you want to maximize your antioxidant benefits from blueberries, go organic! A recent study has directly compared the total antioxidant capacity of organically grown versus non-organically grown highbush blueberries (Vacciniumcorymbosum L., var. Bluecrop) and found some very impressive results for the organically grown berries. Organically grown blueberries turned out to have significantly higher concentrations of total phenol antioxidants and total anthocyanin antioxidants than conventionally grown blueberries, as well as significantly higher total antioxidant capacity. Numerous specific antioxidant anthocyanins were measured in the study, including delphinidins, malvidins, and petunidins. The antioxidant flavonoid quercetin was also measured.

A beautiful story that we came across was that the elite class of the Mayan civilisations were buried with bowls of cacao drink to give them the strength and energy they needed to make their way into the next life. The botanical name for the cacao tree Theobroma Cacao literally means “food of the gods”, and we agree!

Chia Seeds: These tiny amazing seeds are high in protein, fibre, omega -3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorous. When you soak the chia seed, it releases a thick gel coating, making it great for binding in raw desserts! This thick gel is also behind why chia seeds are such a great slow release energy, chia often referred to as “the running food”. Grown in South America these seeds have been prized for hundreds of years, they were once used as a currency, and were believed to be such a staple food of the Aztec’s that it was as widely used as maize.

Goji Berries: The Chinese have long known the incredible benefits of these powerful little red berries. Used for over 3000 years in traditional Chinese medicine, to increase the ‘chi’ or life force in the body as well as fortify the immune system, goji berries are perhaps one of the most nutrient rich foods on the planet. They contain 18 different amino – acids including all 8 essential ones. They are a complete source of protein and contain up to 21 trace minerals (rich in zinc, iron, copper, calcium, and phosphorus). They are the worlds richest source of caratonoids and contain 500 times the vitamin C by weight than oranges.How about reaching for one of our Banana, Goji & Cacao bars instead of a toxic ‘anti ageing’ cream? Our goji berries we use are sourced from the remote certified organic Jinsixia national forest reserve in China. The berries grow wild and cover almost 10,000 hectares of land. There is a small facility at the base of a mountain, where the berries are processed and dried. This provides a sustainable source of income to the local indigenous population. The goji berry is considered sacred to the people of this region, and they hold festivities annually to honour and celebrate the life giving qualities of this incredible little berry.

 

Sultanas: Sultanas are a variety of dried white seedless grape, and are a great source of energy, fibre, b vitamins and antioxidants. The sundried sultanas we use provide a tasty base to all of our bars. Sultanas are rich in the trace mineral Boron. Boron is very important for bone health and studies have shown that boron helps provide protection against osteoporosis.

Cacao: First cultivated by the Olmecs at least 1500 BC in Central America, Cacao has been proven to be one of the most nutritionally complex foods on the planet. Raw cacao is loaded with antioxidants. Cacao’s ORAC rating is 621 compared to the highly marketed antioxidant rich Blueberries which rate at 32, (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, which basically is a term for how much a food protects you against free radical damage). Try one of our cacao bars and you are bound to experience the “Feel Good” factor. Phenylethylamine (PEA) is found in abundance in raw cacao and is an adrenal related chemical which is also created within the brain and released when we are in love. It also helps to increase our focus and alertness. Cacao is the best known source of magnesium. Magnesium helps balance brain chemistry, builds strong bones and is associated with happiness! We use Loving Earth cacao products which are sourced from a group of indigenous farming co-operatives in Satipo, Peru. They are members of the Fair Trade Federation. The cacao itself is from an old heirloom variety called Criollo Amazonico Cacao. Cacao was considered sacred by Mayan civilisations and was the major offering in most of their ceremonies.

 

Cashew Nuts: Delicious creamy cashews are an excellent source of protein which helps you body build lean muscle. They are rich in vitamin K, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and are a good source of manganese, zinc and iron. Many other “Raw” cashews available are either steamed or plunged into hot oil to break through their incredible tough shell. However we use actually raw cashews sourced from family growers on the Indonesian island of Flores, who individually hand shell each one. We pay considerably more for these delicacies which mean that these artisan producers get paid well and can continue their craft.

Coconut: Known as the ‘tree of life’ in the Philippines, coconut is a high energy super food that has a huge array of health benefits. It helps improve calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth. Rich in Lauric acid, which is anti fungal and anti microbial, it is great for promoting long term internal health. It is rich in protein and dietary fibre, not to mention delicious..

Deglet Dates: Not only do they taste amazing but they are a great source of fibre, potassium, copper, manganese, calcium and iron.t.

Maca: Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form. Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng” and has a smell similar to butterscotch. Maca’s benefits have been long valued, and it has recently been popularized as a supplement and food ingredient.

Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.

It is widely used to promote the sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility.

Maca relieves menstrual issues and menopause. It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca.

More recent studies have shown that Maca improves stamina in distance racing and helps to build muscle.

Many athletes take Maca for peak performance.

Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds originated in Central America where they were cultivated as early as 2600 BC. They were regarded so highly that Aztec priestesses wore crowns made into the shapes of them. They are a vibrant summer flower, and they are easy to grow for yourself. You can even harvest your own nutritious seeds from them. These seeds are high in vitamin B6 and vitamin E, folate, fibre and protein. However they take ages to hull the seeds, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!