Thursday, May 3, 2012

Brad’s Raw Foods Rock

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Brad Gruno about his raw chip business. Brad’s transformation to a raw foods entrepreneur is fascinating and you can read about it at, but today I want to talk about the food. When Brad asked me if I wanted some sample to try I said yes, and I am so glad I did!

These chips rock!

I received two packages of crackers and one package of leafy kale. All of Brad’s Raw Foods products are indeed raw – they are dehydrated at low temperatures (rather than oven baked or fried) so that they retain all of their nutritional value.

The crackers are somewhere between a traditional cracker and a chip. They are sturdy enough to dip, and can easily be garnished with whatever you would put on a traditional cracker. They are gluten-free, vegan, egg-free, soy-free, and dairy-free. They are made from all whole foods – vegetables, seeds, and buckwheat groats. The package lists “love” as one of the ingredients, and I can see why. These are very special crackers.

The leafy kale is very much like the kale chips you would bake at home, but they are also dehydrated. Added flavors give them a taste like nothing I’ve ever had before. This product contains nuts – cashews are used to give the chips flavor.

Unlike many gluten-free and allergen-free foods, these are high in fiber, low in sugar, and low in calories. While neither product is suitable for those with tree nut allergies, these make a great alternative to popcorn for a snack.

Brad’s Raw Foods can be found in some Whole Foods, and are making their way into stores across the country. Have you had a chance to try them yet?

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