A local entrepreneur has started making nutrition bars with chickpeas, lentils, flax, quinoa and Saskatoon berries as the main ingredients.
Laura Gustafson is the founder of Ulivit, which is pronounced 'oo-liv-it'. She became interested in pulses after talking to a dietician friend and attending nutrition classes at the University of Saskatchewan.
"Pulses are clinically proven to reduce your risk of diabetes, cholesterol, heart disease, obesity and certain cancers. They are just a super food."
Gustafson says the bars have no artificial ingredients, preservatives, gluten, refined sugar, palm oil or dairy.
"We are trying to source as much as possible from Saskatchewan. We are getting chickpeas, lentils, flax, quinoa and Saskatoon berries from Saskatchewan. We are getting our honey and pea fibre from the Prairies.
There are three flavors---cocoa mocha lentil, lentil quinoa berry and chickpea maple almond. The bars have between 150 and 180 calories with good levels of protein and fibre.
The bars are made at the Saskatoon Food Industry Development Centre and can be ordered on line at https://www.ulivit.ca/ They are also being sold at Made Foods, an organic retailer in Calgary. Gustafson hopes to have her product on the shelf soon at Sobeys and Save-On-Foods as well.
One other plus for environmentally conscious consumers---the packaging is 100 per cent compostable and will decompose within 180 days.