The star of the show! We use honey as a sweetener for our snacks not only because it adds the perfect sweetness, but also because honey comes with a host of benefits. When compared to refined sugar, both honey and refined white sugar are high in calories, but honey provides antioxidants, minerals, enzymes, and essential nutrients along with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Honey also has a lower glycemic index than refined white sugar which may help to avoid the spike and crash associated with sugary foods. So here’s to an afternoon pick-me-up treat that won’t let you down!
Oh, how we love you coconut! Coconut isn’t some trendy new food on the scene. It has a long-standing culinary tradition. And for good reason. The coconut is so versatile – you can tap it for coconut water, carve up the white flesh, and extract milk and oil from it. And coconut offers many nutrients including fiber, good fat, and micronutrients such as manganese, copper, selenium, and iron.
Coconut’s recent buzz comes in part from the fact that coconut oil contains MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) which are easy to digest and are the subject of current research for their potential health benefits including weight loss. Also making headlines are the prebiotics contained in coconuts, which support beneficial microorganisms in the gut.
We value the versatility and benefits of coconut so you’ll find it in Ona treats in a variety of forms: Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, Organic Coconut Flour, Organic Coconut Sugar, and Coconut Milk.
Organic Nuts, Organic Seeds, and Almond Flour
Protein a plenty! Nuts and seeds are packed with protein and play a big role in Ona bars and cookies. We use organic almonds, organic walnuts, organic pecans, organic peanuts (although actually considered a legume), organic sunflower seeds, and almond flour.
These powerhouses of protein are no one-hit wonders. They also deliver a healthy dose of good fats and healthy fiber. And there’s more to cheer about for nuts and seeds: these guys also each deliver their own assortment of beneficial micronutrients – including B vitamins, vitamin E, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. Now that’s a lot of goodness packed into a tiny little kernel!
Organic Maple Syrup
What would life be like without maple syrup to go on almond flour pancakes? We don’t even want to go there. We love maple syrup, which is why we’ve added it to our Maple Pecan cookies. Maple syrup not only tastes divine but if you know us by now, we choose ingredients based on nutrition as well as taste. Maple syrup provides vitamin B1 (thiamine), manganese, zinc and calcium. And yes, our Maple Pecan cookies make the best guilt-free breakfast cookies. You’re welcome.
Organic Maca Powder
Some call Maca a superfood or an adaptogen - we just call it a powerhouse! Also known as Peruvian ginseng, Maca is a root vegetable that delivers numerous vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, copper, iron, potassium, and B6.
But Maca’s superpower may actually be due to its unique plant components like polyphenols. Research is still in the early stages, so the verdict isn’t in yet, but Maca has been credited with increased energy, stamina, and enhancing fertility.
Some say “cacao”, some say “cocoa”, either way, we’re all talking about that incredibly tasty bean that is responsible for the one and the only CHOCOLATE. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s get down to why we love it. First taste. Second taste. Did we mention we love that chocolatey taste?
We also, of course, love the benefits of cocoa. It delivers magnesium and iron as well as the fiber, which is so important for a healthy digestive system.
Organic Spices: Cinnamon, Ginger, and Turmeric
Ahhh cinnamon. We just can’t seem to get enough of your fabulous aroma and taste. Besides being one of the oldest spices known to man, cinnamon has long been coveted as a botanical medicine as well. It is credited with having anti-inflammatory properties and is the subject of recent studies for its potential to help people with type 2 diabetes.
In our Apple Ginger bar we also use ginger and turmeric. Besides ginger adding a nice little kick, we like these two spices for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
Pink Himalayan salt has more to offer than an exotic-sounding name. It’s a much more natural form of salt than table salt, which is heavily refined and typically has added anti-caking agents. Originating from ancient sea beds, Pink Himalayan salt also contains trace amounts of minerals not found in other types of salt.