Being an entrepreneur in the United States is not an easy task. Ideas, ideas, and ideas. If they were easy to put down on a piece of paper and make them successful with a snap of your fingers, the world would be a far different place. Today on my blog, my friend and creator of delicious, allergen free, healthy bars: OMMIE SNACKS.
I tried the coconut and apricot chai flavors and they are delicious! OMMIE snacks have a new fan!!
Claudia Fierro Poppen is the creator of these fantastic bars. She is a gorgeous Colombian with an inherent ability to grow her own fruits and vegetables, eats clean, and practices Yoga regularly.
On to the interview…
1) HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?
When I moved to the US I started working at a global food manufacturer. They mostly sell processed food. Although I was raised with a very traditional food philosophy and had really never eaten processed foods before, I became accustomed to eating food in a box. For some time food in a box worked for me until I became a mom. I wanted my kids to have the same eating habits and values I had. The opportunity presented itself to leave General Mills and I was inspired to create this company.
Our mission is simple basic: help people to be mindful about their eating and go back to the basics by eating real food and treating their bodies in a thoughtful way.
2) WHEN DID YOU START DOING YOGA?
Since I was 8 years old but it was more about the breathing and the simplest poses. During the summer breaks vacations, I would go to different yoga camps but the practice was not as deep as I do it now. When I went to college I decided to incorporate yoga into my dance practice. Six years ago I went back to yoga exclusively and became an addict. I have begun to learn the concept of mindfulness and it was at that time when the concept of OMMIE SNACKS was created.
3) HOW DO YOU DIFFERENTIATE OMMIE SNACKS FROM OTHER BRANDS?
We are the only bars that I know of that don’t have any nuts and tree nuts. Also the bars are: soy free, gluten free, wheat free, eggs free, dairy free and they are vegan & vegetarian. All the bar brands in the market contain nuts and or tree nuts. If you are allergic to these or have food sensitivities it really becomes an issue to find an energy bar that’s safe for you. My oldest son is OFF-THE-CHARTS allergic to nuts and tree nuts. That was a major motivation for us to create something that he could take to school without having to worry.
4)WHAT ARE THE MAIN INGREDIENTS ?
Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and dried fruits. Each bar has 150 calories.
5) HOW MANY FLAVORS?
9 flavors :
1) Apricot Chai
2) Lemon Poppy
3) Coconut Pineapple
5) Cherry Chocolate
7) Apple Cinnamon
8) Coconut Carob
6) HOW DO YOU SWEETEN THE BARS?
With the natural fruits and a tiny bit of organic brown syrup that represents only 3% of the bar.
7) WHY DO YOU USE PUMPKIN SEEDS AND SUNFLOWER SEEDS?
Chlorophyl in pumpkin seeds has a lot of antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties. Plus, they are a great source of protein, iron, magnesium. While they both have the crunch of a nut without having allergens like most nuts do.
8) WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE REGARDING HEALTHIER EATING?
I eat very consciously, I don’t focus in the calories but in the quality of the foods I’m eating. Rather I prefer to eat an energy bar that has sugar from fruit and do my best to not consume processed sugars or artificial sweeteners. I pay attention to where my food comes from. I avoid processed food and foods with additives and chemicals. I don’t eat in front of the TV. I sit down and enjoy what I am eating. Of course if I have days where I feel I need to eat something not so healthy, I still try to be conscious about it and the following days I do my best to be more conscientious about what I eat.
9) WHERE CAN PEOPLE BUY THEM?
(as well at farmer’s markets in Minnesota throughout the summer)