How One Fruit & Nut Bar Is Trying to Make the World a Better Place

Larabar and Whole Ffoods

This post has been sponsored by Larabar. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I try to do my part to make the world a little better. I’m not Superwoman and can only accomplish so much, but I find that combining my efforts with my purchasing power makes a real impact. Women-owned companies and brands with strong social missions can count on my customer loyalty every time I shop. Companies like Lärabar and Whole Foods, who pride themselves on not only providing great food that is good for you but also making it their mission to help others, are the perfect examples.

I make choices to purchase ethical fashion brands, clean beauty products, and natural foods from stores that sell them. By supporting businesses whose mission and values align with my own, I continue to support the causes that are important to me. In honor of Women’s History Month, I want to shed some light on the amazing female founder of Lärabar, who, along with Whole Foods, is out to make the world a better place.

Lärabar

After noticing a gap in the market, founder Lara Merriken was inspired to create Lärabar during a hike in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Once a junk food junkie herself, Lara found a way to make whole ingredients delicious and convenient. What started as just five initial Lärabars, has now grown to over 40 different varieties.

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The Lärabar Core original bars combine fruits, nuts, and spices without cooking or baking; are made with between two to nine ingredients; and are offered in more than 20 different flavors. The protein bars pack in 11 grams of plant-based protein and are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and non-GMO—so, given the health-conscious ingredients, it only makes sense that they’re available at my favorite grocery store: Whole Foods.

Larabar and Whole Foods -fruit and nuts

The Lärabar Core original bars combine fruits, nuts, and spices without cooking or baking. They are made with between two to nine ingredients, and are offered in more than 20 different flavors. The protein bars pack in 11 grams of plant-based protein and are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and non-GMO—so given the health-conscious ingredients, it only makes sense that they’re available at my favorite grocery store, Whole Foods.

Giving Back

To grow its legacy beyond the simple and wholesome bars, Lärabar has now partnered with the Whole Planet Foundation. This organization helps to alleviate poverty in areas where Whole Foods sources its products. By funding microcredit and focusing on women, small loans of $179 will allow women to start their own home-based business, helping families become self-sufficient and prosperous. Lärabar’s donation of $50,000 will help more than 250 women. Once the loans are repaid, the money will then be donated to their communities. And thanks to the generous support of Whole Foods, all of the organization’s operating costs are covered.

Larabar varieties

Lärabar and Whole Foods are doing their part to help end world poverty. Who would have thought that what started as a simple hike almost 20 years ago, would become a fruit and nut bar that is helping women in over 50 countries? Now, that’s a snack I can believe in!

Stay fabulous,

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Sherita Rankins
Sherita Rankins

Detroit born, NYC based Model, Actress & Host, is the Editor-in-Chief of Busy Wife Busy Life. This fashion expert and former finance professional loves to travel and is a total foodie. When she is not staying “busy” she loves to cook, play tennis and relax on the beach.

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