Founded by young entrepreneur Zack Nathan after he dropped out of college to pursue his dream of starting a healthy snacking business. Ape Snacks (the makers of the delicious Sesame Coconut Bites in July’s Bubble Box!) is all about making healthy, natural snacks that taste amazing.
Zack’s family have always eaten according to the Paleo diet – which means eating whole foods, found in nature. When he got to University in the Sates, he found it incredibly difficult to find ready-made, healthy snacks that suited his lifestyle and also tasted delicious. Inspired by his mum who, just the summer before, had made him the perfect snack by throwing coconut flakes into a pan with cinnamon and salt, he knew had found the solution.
Ape Snacks’ motto is Munch Happy, and it’s integral to everything they do. Their aim as a brand is to get people eating better for themselves – no more, no less. Zack believes that, “All food should be healthy, honest and absolutely scrumptious. No monkey business!”
So what makes coconuts the most scrumptious snack around?
1. They’re sure to make you smile
Well, not literally – but when Portuguese sailors saw them for the first time, they couldn’t shake the feeling that their new discovery looked like a smiling face. They called them a ‘coco’, which means ‘grin’. The English word ‘nut’ was stuck onto the end later.
As Zack says: “Ape is all about getting back to being human-kind, so it’s fitting that the etymology of the word ‘coconut’ refers to a smiling face!”
2. Some coconut groves are truly ancient
While the coconut may have entered western consciousness courtesy of the Portuguese, it’s safe to say that these stone fruits were eaten by our ancestors long before an enterprising explorer from Europe stumbled upon them. They’ve been in use for such a long time that historians can’t even agree on where they have their origins.
It’s possible that the trees these early explorers saw were older than they realised – in ideal conditions, a coconut tree can produce fruit for 80 years, but might live for as long as 120.
3. They’ve got health benefits, to boot
The fact that our ancestors have likely been eating coconuts for centuries – and that they’re therefore an important part of the natural food movement – was important to Zack when he was concocting the recipe for his healthy snack. But so were the health benefits of coconuts.
Zack explains, “Coconuts are packed full of antioxidants, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. What’s more, they’re lower in carbs and higher in fibre and protein than other snacks.”
So snack away and, most importantly, Munch Happy!