natural energy bar

FINALLY! Protein and energy bars we can get behind

Had enough of the high sugar and artificial protein bars that saturate the aisles of grocery stores? Us too. That's why when we came across Shanti Bars, we were so excited that we immediately contacted the founders to find a way to spread the word to our followers. We chatted with Lauren and Ashanty to hear their story.

shanti bars

Shanti bars are vegan, raw, kosher and organic. They are packed with superfoods such as chia and hemp seeds, acai, spirulina, cacao, goji berries and mulberries.  The founders take their passion and purpose seriously, as they created this bar to provide active, busy people with real, natural, sustainable energy.

coconut shanti
shanti founders

Lauren and Ashanty are both chefs and fellow health nuts living in sunny Miami. As an outdoor cycling fanatic, Ashanty grew frustrated with the lack of healthy, natural protein bars on the market and therefore decided to put her culinary skills to work. She created the Shanti bars in her kitchen and used friends at her gym as guinea pigs.

Lauren, a fellow chef and one of the first guinea pigs, quickly became hooked and they partnered up to turn their passion into a business. They had to find a way to take these bars from Ashanty’s kitchen to store shelves for the masses to enjoy. Their hard work has paid off as their partnership with Whole Foods launched just this week! 

The protein bars offer 17 grams of natural protein, which are great for a pre or post-workout snack, while the energy bars provide 7-9 grams. All of the bars are between 220-260 calories, have around 5 grams of fiber, and around 11 grams of sugar. With all natural, raw, and vegan ingredients, the nutrition label is most certainly Tovita approved! Rather than the traditional and familiar chocolate or vanilla bars, Shanti bars have unique flavors like goldenberry, coconut, turmeric, acai, cacao and goji. 

Lauren and Ashanty were kind enough to provide our clients and followers with a 15% off discount code! Order online now using our code TovitaForShanti.

We recommend getting the variety pack to try all the flavors, but our personal favorite is the cacao protein bar… just saying!

Try them all and let us know which is your favorite flavor! 

Thanks, Lauren & Ashanty!

Power Balls

With Halloween around the corner, we decided to share one of our favorite sweet treats. These raw, nutrient packed bites serve as the perfect on-the-go snack or dessert. They solve that after dinner "I just need one bite of something sweet" problem. Because let's be real, we've all been there. We make them by the batch so they're ready to grab n' go. The high quality ingredients listed below offer protein, healthy fats, and fiber for a sweet and satisfying treat. 

energy bites

Ingredients (makes about 12):

1 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup shredded coconut
10 dates
2 tablespoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
Pinch of salt

Topping Ideas:

energy bites
  • Coconut flakes
  • sesame seeds
  • Chopped pistachios
  • Matcha powder
  • Cocoa powder 

Directions:

1. Add the cashews, hazelnuts and shredded coconut into the food processor and pulse until it turns to a coarse flour, about 10-15 seconds. With the machine on, add the dates one by one. 

2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse for about 30 seconds.

3. Scoop a tablespoon worth of the dough and roll it into a ball. Place on a plate. Repeat until all the dough is used up.

4. Place your selected topping option in a small bowl, and roll a ball in the dusting until it is evenly coated. 

5. Refrigerate for about 30 min so they become firm. You can store them in the fridge for weeks, or freeze them for later use. 

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