SmartMonkey Foods Introduces New Line Of Nutrition Bars Packed With Raw Energy

PORTLAND, Oregon - March 2006 - SmartMonkey Foods, the West Coast's premiere gourmet raw food company, is launching a new line of energy bars packed with the fresh, organic, raw materials your body needs to excel. “Our bars are never dehydrated or cooked,” says SmartMonkey Foods co-founder and executive chef Ani Phyo. “SmartMonkey Bars contain all their original water content to support active enzymes, along with amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.”

While market shelves are overflowing with energy bars of all shapes and sizes, SmartMonkey Bars stand out as a unique alternative. Organic, vegan, and gluten-free, SmartMonkey Bars are whole food at its finest with no refined sugars or highly processed ingredients of any kind. While other nutrition bars can sit on store shelves for up to two years, the unrefined ingredients in SmartMonkey Bars require them to be fresh. “We have to run smaller batches that stay fresher,” says Phyo. “It's more work than running a two-year supply all at one time, but the taste of freshness makes it all
worthwhile!”

Created by Phyo and partner Ede Schweizer - both chefs trained in natural culinary arts - SmartMonkey Bars offer something else consumers look for in an energy snack: exceptional flavor. Their Sesame Snap Bar is decadently delicious with sesame, poppy, pistachios, and dates to provide twenty-five percent of our daily recommended calcium requirements. Their Cacao Cookie Bar is rich with cacao, hailed for it's antioxidant benefits, and coconut for electrolytes. And their On-The-Trail-Mix Bar is packed with nutrients from raisins, dates, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt. Other flavors include Carob Brownie, Ginger Snap, and Pecan Pie Bar, and all products are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.

SmartMonkey Foods' commitment to sustainability is evident in every aspect of their products, from sourcing the finest organic ingredients available to wrapping their bars in the ultimate green packaging. The ecologic PLA and PVdC coated Cello in which SmartMonkey Bars are packed is 95% percent biodegradable and compostable, yielding carbon dioxide (CO2), water, inorganic compounds and biomass at a rate consistent with other compostable materials and leaving no distinguishable or toxic residue.

“We're about treading lightly on the planet,” says Phyo, whose passion for the raw foods lifestyle goes beyond taste and nutrition. Both she and Schweizer discovered the power of raw foods while working in San Francisco's high-intensity high tech marketplace during the dot com explosion of the 1990s. They found that a diet of organic, raw, living foods allowed them to maintain optimum physical performance and mental clarity even under intense working conditions and a fast-paced lifestyle.

Phyo and Schweizer founded SmartMonkey Foods in 1999 to introduce others to the power of living foods. “I created this company because I know from first-hand experience this way of eating can have a profound impact on personal health and wellbeing,” says Phyo. They also wanted to prove that raw food can be delicious! Today, SmartMonkey Foods is the premiere resource for high-quality, organic, living foods, including nutrition bars and Flax Crackers.

SmartMonkey Bars will make their worldwide debut at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California, March 24 to 26 (Table #4706, Organic Hall D). Look for them in West Coast natural food stores beginning this spring. Find out more about SmartMonkey Foods at www.smartmonkeyfoods.com, or visit them at Expo West in Anaheim, California, March 24 to 26 (expowest.com, Table #4706, Organic Hall D).

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