The weather is definitely getting hotter now and we at bazaar are desperately working out to get beach ready for the summer. Always on the go, we were very happy to learn that there is now a homemade, healthy alternative to snacking which gives us the protein energy we crave. Knowledge literally is power in this case!
With over a decade’s experience in food and nutrition, trained chef Natalie Van Rooyen has partnered with local personal trainer Jon P to bring gym rats and busy people on the move Stop Crying Treats. Using the best organic ingredients, these all natural, raw bars and bites are vegan, gluten and sugar free. They come with the nutritional values clearly labeled on the packaging for your peace of mind.
Natalie started training with Jon P at the Stop Crying Studios a year ago. They often found themselves discussing clean eating and how most of the products on the market didn’t fit the highest standards of ingredients that they demand of their food. With a goal set in mind, Natalie’s work began on numerous recipes; trial and error finally producing four very distinct bars all with a granola base.
To satisfy that insatiable sweet tooth you can go for the Peanut Butter Choc Chip Protein Bar where the chocolate is organic with 80 percent cacao. For the fruit fans among you there is the Cranberry Cinnamon Granola Bar. Need a quick boost, the Cranberry and Vanilla Energy Bar is a great choice. You definitely want to try the Goji PB Granola Bar which always ends up being the top pick once sampled. It makes sense, because this particular product has added plant-based protein as well as tastes so satisfying!
“People have given me some great comments about the bars and I’ve seen customers come back to the market stall each month specially to grab their favorite before it sells out. I’m having to refill the space at the gym quicker than ever before! I’ve recently returned from sourcing some of the key ingredients from specialty stores in New York so I’m looking forward to continuing to create the ideal bars that I enjoy using too.”
As Stop Crying Treats products are raw, they can last superbly for over two weeks in the fridge. “Most of our customers take all four flavors, doubling up on their favorite. This means they can confidently plan their snacking, power packing and recovery bars throughout the week, and they know they’ll still taste great,” Natalie explains.
A staple presence at the seasonal Shakshooka market, don’t think that you’ll miss out on these treats as the market season comes to an end, because Stop Crying Treats hopes to provide a delivery service super soon! Make sure to follow these developments and additional products (pure fruit roll-ups anyone?) on their active Instagram account.
Follow Instagram @stop.cryingtreats to place your order. Products are also available at Stop Crying Studios in Salwa. Follow @jonpfitness on Instagram for more information about the gym studio. To find the location of the next Shakshooka market follow their latest updates on Instagram @shakshookamarket. Photo of Natalie by Besma Qurtas, follow on Instagram @PixiesPhoto. Product photography by Ray, Instagram @ray.alasqah.