Dreamy dates

Dreamy dates

It was after she was diagnosed with depression that Umhlanga business woman and mother Lauren Laurens discovered the emotional and psychological links to food and began nourishing her body on her road to recovery. A short while later her business, Alive Again, was born.

Finding an on-the-go snack that you can pop into your handbag or add to your kids’ lunchboxes that is full of goodness, free of the nasties and affordable is that much easier thanks to date bar creator, Lauren.

After being admitted to a clinic to receive treatment for depression, Lauren says she started researching ways to nourish her body with high quality food. Through her research and with her new ‘lease on life’, as she likes to call it, Lauren found she had a passion for helping provide people with a healthy snack alternative free of added refined sugars and preservatives, at an affordable price.

“On the search for snacks to suit my new lifestyle I found that the options were there but they weren’t quite what I was looking for and they were pricey. I decided to make my own, sourcing the best natural ingredients at an affordable price. Date bars just seemed to suit what I was looking for, and the concept has grown from there,” says the 33-year-old.

Using only local suppliers who either grow or import their products, Lauren’s packaging is also made from biodegradable material. After launching the original 50g bar, Lauren received a lot of feedback from moms telling her that their kids loved the bars but that they were a bit big. And so, Mr. O’s were born. Named after her three-year-old son, Owen, Mr. O’s date bars are child-friendly, both in size and the way they are packaged.

“They have received amazing toddler approval, with Owen even calling them ‘choccies’. If he approves, with his sweet tooth, you know they are good!”

With the bars gaining popularity, Lauren is currently working on a range of new flavours and is training up staff to help her in the kitchen.

“Part of my vision for Alive Again is to provide employment for ladies looking for a new start in life. I would also like to spread to word on mental health issues, and in particular, the link between our emotions and our relationship with food.”

Benefits of including dates in your diet:

Natural Energy Booster: Dates are high in natural sugars like glucose, fructose, and sucrose. Therefore, they are the perfect snack for an immediate burst of natural energy.

Reported to help lower cholesterol: Dates are free from cholesterol, and contain very little fat and by including them in smaller quantities in your daily diet, they can help you keep a check on cholesterol levels.

Good for your tum: Dates are great sources of fibre, helping to keep you regular, naturally.

Alive Again Oats

Salt to taste
1 tbs Chia seeds
1 tsp. Peanut Butter
Full cream yogurt
1 Alive Again Date Bar
Seed mix

Cook oats to your liking (I like to add a dash of salt and cinnamon)
Remove from heat and dish into a bowl
Stir in the chia seeds and peanut butter
Spoon full cream yogurt on top of oats
Chop up the date bar and pace on top of yogurt
Sprinkle with seed mix

We have 20 50g date bars & 20 25g Mr.O’s date bars valued at R500 to giveaway to one lucky Get It Magazine (Ballito/Umhlanga) reader. To stand the chance to win click here!

Get in touch:
Alive Again date bars available at: Health on Broadway, Home-Grown Ballito, Healthy Umhlanga, Umhlanga Spar, Brew Bar (Grace Umhlanga), Fig Tree Coffee (Grace Riverside), Primo Grind Coffee, Zucchini and Zest and Nouriti.

Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport | Photographs: Blonde Zulu Photography


Get It Magazine (Ballito/Umhlanga) – July 2018

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