By Mike Atkinson | Drive Producer
Frustrated with the lack of nutritious ingredients in most snacks, a local Perth mum is tackling the problem head-on by creating her own healthy snack range.
Edgewater resident and founder of Adventure Snacks, Tracey Davidson, said the food industry was very good at leading us to believe a lot of products were good for us which in reality was simply not true.
“After my son was born, I became much more aware of what was really in food and was quite shocked when it came to most of the products aimed towards kids,” Ms Davidson said.
“I couldn’t bear the thought of feeding him food that was high in sugar, salt or laden with preservatives and additives,” she said.
“I started making everything for him from scratch, but that can be time consuming so I had a look around for healthier, convenient options and there weren’t many available.”
“Many of my friends also faced the same issue so I decided to do something about it and launch Adventure Snacks.”
“I started with three make-at-home mixes which all contain real food ingredients that appeal to all ages, and now also have a range of organic, preservative-free dried fruit. ”
Ms Davidson said the features of her products were proving to be a real drawcard for busy parents and health-conscious individuals alike:
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* 100 per cent natural: No artificial ingredients or preservatives are used.
* High quality, organic ingredients: Many people are concerned about pesticides, so she chooses organic options wherever possible.
* Allergy-friendly: The mixes are nut-free which makes them perfect for school lunchboxes, and they can be customized to suit most dietary requirements.
* Hidden vegetables: Some mixes contain vegetable juice powders which increase their nutrition content.
* Convenient: Using a pre-mix takes the effort out of finding recipes and buying individual ingredients, they take just a few minutes to make which fits in to most people’s lifestyles.
Ms Davidson said the health and organic food industries were currently some of the fastest growing in Australia, and she hoped her products would be part of the shift in people’s diets.
“I’m very passionate about educating and empowering people to make better food choices; there is a lot of competing information out there about different diets, but I want to get back to simple, real food,” she said.
Tracey Davidson founder of Adventure Snacks. Source: Adventure Snacks
“So far I’ve had an amazingly positive response to what I’ve created as people are looking for healthier options that are still convenient, and I’m thrilled to announce I’ve been named a Finalist in the North West Metro Business Awards and am also nominated for two National Awards this year – the AusMumpreneur Network Business Excellence Award, and the Customer Service Award.”
The North West Metro Business Awards are presented by the Joondalup Business Association, with the winners being announced at the awards night on Friday 29 July.
The AusMumpreneur Awards, presented by The AusMumpreneur Network, celebrate and recognize Australian mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.
It can be challenging to be a successful business woman whilst raising a family, but Ms Davidson believes the opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of children is well worth it!
As a treat for you we’ve included one of Tracey’s recipes from her website.
Nutty Choc Slice
This is a super simple 5 ingredient slice which can be whipped up in no time. A great sweet treat to have in the fridge, or it may be kept in the freezer to last longer.
- 2 Cups Mixed Nuts (I used almonds, brazil nuts and cashews)
- 4 Tbs Desiccated Coconut
- 8 Medjool Dates (soaked in warm water for 10 mins to soften)
- 2 Tbs Cacao Powder
- 1 Tbs Coconut Oil
Add all ingredients to a food processor or Thermomix and blend until well combined. Press mixture into a container lined with baking paper and sprinkle extra coconut on top if desired. Refrigerate for at least an hour to harden, then you can slice it up and enjoy! Keep in the fridge or freezer.