Local Bites: healthy snack companies that rule!

There’s nothing better than biting into a granola bar, knowing that it was created a mere mile away. Locally produced snacks are all the rage right now! Here are some examples of Vancouver (and area) food companies that are making a splash in the supermarkets:

 

Everyday Superfoods

This company began only a few years ago, and is situated in Vancouver. I’m sure you’d recognize their yogurt toppings—they’re delicious, and I’ve actually just shaken them out of the bag, straight into my mouth.

(Yep—I said that.)

They can be found in dozens of local retail locations, including Choices Market, and Urban Fare.

 

nutTea

local snacks nuttea

This brand new, local company was founded on the realization that most health food bars contain a lot of filler. The creators of the nutTea Bar wanted something better, and this meant organic, whole, and zero filler.

They offer a Cocoa Yerba Mate bar and a Matcha Green Tea bar, sans unnecessary, sketchy stuff.

 

Hippie Foods

I’m not going to lie, they had me at “hippie.” (Also at “foods,” but for an entirely different reason.)

This Burnaby-based food line began in 2005. They’re all about whole, great-tasting snack foods that possess a higher nutritional profile than the other guys. The company behind Hippie Foods is called Left Coast Naturals, which opened its doors in 1996. They employ about 50 people who all have the same values when it comes to food and nutrition.

Some of their products include granola, veggie chips, and cookies, but my personal fave is the coconut chips.

 

Nature’s Path Foods

Organic and Non-GMO verified, this Richmond-based health food company has been around for a while—since 1985! This year marks their 30th birthday, and they are considered pioneers in the health food industry.

Awesome snacks to try include Love Crunch, Qia, and any of their super yummy granola bars.

 

Happy Planet

Local Vancouver company Happy Planet

Ummm…happy Jen! (Because I love Happy Planet.) My refrigerator is currently home to their amazing Thai Coconut Soup (Costco, baby!), and I love their juices, too.

They’re a truly Vancouver-based company, started by two friends. Happy Planet products are sold anywhere from Save-On Foods to Walmart, and use only organic ingredients. They’re currently working on obtaining Non-GMO Project verification.

 

Westpoint Naturals

Also located in Vancouver, Westpoint Naturals produces snacks like fruit and nut mixes, seeds, and popcorn. They also specialize in anything you could ever need for baking. If you love to make your own snacks, this place can make you feel like a kid in a candy store.

Or health food store. Whatever.