Cricket Protein – We Have It

You may have seen them on Shark Tank and got excited about the prospect of Cricket Protein Energy Bars … Or Not.

We are glad to be able to offer Chapul Energy Bars here at Bare Essentials.  Not only are these bars good to eat, they are good for you and good for the environment.

Pat Crawly, founder of Chapul Bars, has long had a passion for water and the more he learned about our water supplies the more he understood how precious our water is.

Pat became interested in the possibility of insects as a protein source after hearing Dr. Marcel Dicke’s TED talk on entomophagy which is the practice of eating insects.  Our industrialized agriculture sector, consumes as much as 92% of all freshwater we humans use around the world, with most of this going to the raising of cows and pigs.  Insects convert grain and grass into edible protein as much as ten times more efficiently as cows and pigs.

Not only are insects a sustainable source of protein they are also nutritious.  Insects are high in protein, a good source of iron, calcium, omega-3’s, and B-12.

chapul protein statisticsPer 100 grams Crickets have 12.9 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of fat and 5.1 grams of carbohydrate.

I was not shocked by the introduction of Chapul Bars as we had lived in Niger for a short time and insects were available for sale in our weekly market, some particularly long grasshoppers stand out in my mind.  Insects have been consumed for thousands of years and still are around the world today, so I believe it is a good thing that Chapul is introducing insect protein to the American Market.

Chapul Energy Bars come in three delicious flavors. The Aztec Bar combines dark chocolate, coffee and cayenne, this one is my favorite and it’s like a rich fresh cup of coffee with a kick.  The Chaco Bar is peanut butter and chocolate, it tastes like a handful of fresh peanuts.  The Thai Bar blends coconut, ginger, and lime; it’s a refreshing burst of lime that settles into the coconut and ginger as the flavors linger on the palate.  The remaining ingredients in these bars are simple and pure.

Another good thing is that Chapul is investing 10% of all profits in water conservation in the regions which inspired their bars.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Ultima Replenisher OrangeSpring is here, which means time in the garden, hiking and biking, and other outdoor fun.  After a long winter of low physical activity, moving around (and sweating) in warmer weather can throw off the balance of minerals and fluids in our bodies.   This can lead to dehydration, muscle cramping, and fatigue.  Plain water isn’t enough, but who wants sugar-laden sports drinks that contain an array of dyes and preservatives? Ultima Replenisher to the rescue! Whether you’re working up a sweat in the garden, or huffing it on the trail, Ultima is naturally and perfectly balanced to maximize hydration.

Ultima is an all-natural, zero sugar way to replenish and hydrate with eight essential electrolytes.  Most other sports drinks contain only high amounts of one electrolyte (sodium), which can lead to other imbalances in the body.  Ultima Replenisher powders are colored and flavored with fruit extracts like grape skin and cranberry, and lightly sweetened with stevia extract for a great taste that both kids and adults love.

With flavors like Grape, Orange, Lemonade, and Red Raspberry, hydrating the natural way has never been tastier.  A safe and delicious alternative to help replenish minerals after an illness, while working out at the gym, performing in sporting events, or even nursing a hangover!   Ultima is non-gmo, gluten free, and vegan, and comes conveniently packaged in single serving packets for use on the go.  Make sure you’re properly hydrated this spring and summer, and stop by Bare Essentials Natural Market to learn more about Ultima Replenisher!

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prescribe or cure.

K2: The Most Important Vitamin You Never Heard of For Bones and Arteries

What is it? K2- I don’t mean the Himalayan mountain, and I don’t mean vitamin K1.

Vitamin K1, or phylloquinone, is the form of K found in green vegetables. If you eat greens, you’re getting lots of K1 from your diet. But you also need K2.

In the absence of vitamin K2 our calcium utilization suffers. Most doctors know to recommend vitamin D3 to improve calcium absorption, and it does, but absorbing calcium into the bloodstream is only the first step. Vitamin K2 is believed by modern researchers to be the messenger that gets calcium out of the bloodstream and into the tissue where we want it most – our bones. Without adequate K2, a calcium-rich diet can increase the risk of atherosclerosis (calcification of the arteries) and other abnormal calcium deposits.

Vitamin K2, or menaquinone, is not found in vegetables, but in the meat and milk of cows and eggs from chickens that range in pasture. When they have a rich source of K1 (grass), their digestive systems convert K1 into K2. Sadly, humans are unable to convert an adequate amount even when our diets include a lot of greens. Those of us on vegan diets are not getting enough K2, or any at all.

The more we can do with our diet, the better. If you consume foods from pastured animals you have some vitamin K2 in your diet. Currently, K2 is not found in any commonly available multivitamins. We do see it in some of the better formulas to promote healthy bones and of course, it is available as a single nutrient in affordable one-per-day supplements.

For you nutrition geeks out there, Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue has written a very good book on the topic, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox. Or you can talk to the Wellness staff at Bare Essentials Natural Market!

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prescribe or cure.

Harvest Report: Local Organic Produce

 Working with local farmers we are able to offer
the freshest, local organic produce grown!

All of our produce is either Certified Organic or
grown using sustainable, organic practices
unless others wise stated.

Never Conventionally Grown

Appalachian Grown Local Produce

Look for these fresh, organic fruits & veggies…
(while supplies last)

~ Cilantro and Parsley
Blue Ridge Organics

~ Baby Lettuce Mix
A Berry Patch Farm / Blue Ridge Organics

~ Hydroponic Lettuce
Hanging Gardens Farm

local organic produce

~ Asian Greens Mix
A Berry Patch Farm

Blue Ridge Organics

~ Baby Spinach
Coming Soon!

~ German Hardneck Garlic
New Crop Coming Soon!
Sarah Greene

local organic produce

~ Micro Greens
Market Mix and Arugula
Sunshine Cove Farm
Sunshine Cove Farm Micro Greens

~ Ginger Root
(new crop coming soon!)

~ Radishes
Blue Ridge Organics

~ Petite Greens
Rene’ Johnson
Wild Greens…
Lily Patch Farm

Local Low Spray Apples (New crop coming soon!)
…all very tasty


What is Low Spray?

Low spray means that the orchard is lowering the threshold
for blemished apples by spraying less than
would be required to get the standard 2% blemish rate
of a conventional orchard.
So they spray selectively if a issue comes up
but never a broad spectrum non specific application.

The orchard steers clear from anything that has too long of a residue life
and always wait the recommended times to pick
after a spray to reduce residue,
usually 2 days.


You’ll find Beans, Black Eye Peas & Baking needs in our Bulk Section

Browse through our recipe files!

 Come on by and support the local farmers and your community!

Direct from the farm, local veggies are being delivered almost daily. The farmers we buy from use organic farming methods which preserve farmland and cultivate healthy soils.

The farmers at NROG are making sure we have fresh greens for our salad bowls!  Read this…

Boost Your Omegas with Nordic Naturals Omega Boost!

When it comes to heart or brain health, there are few nutrients that have been more extensively researched than omega-3 fish oils. Fish oils are available everywhere now: the drugstore, the grocery store, I’ve even seen them at the discount stores! But taking a poor-quality fish oil can result in fishy aftertaste, low potency and poor results. Convenience doesn’t trump efficacy when it comes to heart and brain health. If you’re going to the trouble to take an omega-3 supplement, make sure it’s one you can count on for freshness, purity and potency. That means a trip to Bare Essentials Natural Market!

At Bare Essentials Natural Market, we offer the full line of Nordic Naturals pharmaceutical-grade oils that are purified and in the superior triglyceride form for maximum benefit. We love to recommend top-selling Ultimate Omega softgels, but now Nordic Naturals has a delicious, creamy, sweet omega-3 liquid that is sure to become our new favorite:

Introducing Omega Boost!

With 525 mg of Omega-3 in just one teaspoon, Tropical Mango Omega Boost offers a delicious dose of omega-3s for great results. Tropical Mango Omega Boost also provides increased bioavailability of essential omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, making each delicious spoonful more supportive of optimal health and wellness.

No more oily spoonfuls or large softgels if you don’t want them! Omega Boost is delicious all on its own- no need to mix, mask or chase.

For more information on high-quality Nordic Naturals Omega oils, or for a taste of Tropical Mango Omega Boost, come see us at Bare Essentials Natural Market.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prescribe or cure.