POPSUGAR.COM // 16 NEW AND HEALTHY STORE-BOUGHT VEGAN SNACKS TO KEEP LIFE INTERESTING
I don't know about you, but I love to keep my vegan diet varied by frequently adding new healthy vegan snacks. I have always been a devout snacker, but after I went vegan, I became even more adventurous in my habits. It's as if nothing scares me now; I'm always down to try a new vegetable- or fruit-based snack, especially if it's like nothing I've tasted before. That means I'm always on the hunt for snacks that pack flavor without a ton of added salt, sugar, or anything too processed. These new vegan snacks are mostly healthy in just that way, so you can snack away without feeling crappy after. READ MORE
POPSUGAR.COM // MAKE YOUR FEBRUARY A LITTLE HEALTHIER & HAPPIER WITH THESE EDITOR-CURATED PRODUCTS
Vegan Cookie Dough Bites
"If you're vegan and you miss eating cookie dough straight from the bowl, you're going to freak out over these Hail Merry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites ($4). I keep a bag in the fridge, and it's the perfect way to satisfy sugar cravings. Just one little bite is 65 calories and it tastes JUST like cookie dough! It's made with maple syrup, almond flour, and shredded coconut, so it's much healthier than real cookie dough. I'm also a fan of the Caramel Sea Salt." READ MORE
SPOONUNIVERSITY.COM // HOW TO INDULGE IN DESSERT TOTALLY GUILT FREE
As much as we'd like to say it ain't so, dessert is the first thing to go when that spring break diet kicks in. If this wasn't sad enough in itself, this also perfectly lines up to when all the post-Valentine's Day candy goes on sale. This is when it starts to feel as if the universe is playing a cruel joke on us.
Honestly, these diets where we completely cut out sugar cold turkey never work well for anyone. But now there are ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without giving up on your diet, thanks to companies like Hail Merry who make it that much easier to indulge in dessert. READ MORE
WOMENSRUNNING.COM // LAST MINUTE TREATS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
Chocolate on Valentine’s Day might be something of a cliche, but these new Chocolate Almond Butter cups by Hail Merry breathe new life into the tradition. From the company that delivers savory desserts made from plant-based ingredients (all of which are pronounceable on the printed product label), this chocolatey two-pack makes a sweet treat to share with your special someone on Valentine’s Day. READ MORE
CANDYINDUSTRY.COM // RAW NUTS LEADS HAIL MERRY TO DEVELOP HEART-HEALTHY INDULGENCES
While traveling on the island of Maui, Hail Merry Founder Susan O’Brien stumbled upon the raw foods movement. She was immediately fascinated with how superfoods, living foods and raw plant-based dietary fats can improve overall health and wellbeing. She decided to learn all she could about the raw foods lifestyle, which challenged her entire approach to cooking and eating.
O’Brien was particularly fascinated by the heart-healthy benefits of raw nuts, as well as the energizing qualities of organic virgin coconut oil. But what she loved most about these fats was how luxurious they can make foods taste. The notion of “have your cake and eat it, too” was forming within her. She began experimenting with desserts, crafting insanely delicious treats that provide indulgent satisfaction for mind, body and soul. READ MORE
VIVAGLAMMAGAZINE.COM // GALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS FOR EVERY FRIEND IN YOUR SQUAD
Vegan desserts are still hard to find in the best of grocery stores. These two-pack confections make vegan desserts convenient without sacrificing flavor. Choose from cups, bites, and tarts with flavors such as dark chocolate espresso, meyer lemon, chocolate almond butter, and coconut vanilla creme.
Considering the fact that they’re vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and kosher, it’d be hard to find a person that wouldn’t love this as a sweet treat. READ MORE
GREATIST.COM // 12 CHOCOLATE TREATS YOU SHOULD BUY FOR YOURSELF THIS VALENTINE'S DAY
Think Reese’s cool aunt. Made with fresh almond butter and a deep dark chocolate ganache, these almond butter cups are naturally indulgent without even trying. You won’t find any shady partially hydrogenated characters in here—Hail Merry uses organic virgin coconut oil and natural sources of sugar and fat to give rise to extreme (and clean) decadence in each bite. READ MORE
BUZZFEED.COM // 27 HELPFUL TIPS FOR STARTING A GLUTEN-FREE DIET
If you're mourning the loss of sandwiches, bagels, and pasta, this is for you.
6. Believe me when I tell you there are supreme gluten-free foods out there, that taste waaaaaay better than gluten trash - like these Chocolate Almond Butter Tarts.
I first tried a dark chocolate mint Hail Merry tart when I just started my GF diet, and was desperate for something chocolate, rich, and decadent. I was instantly hooked, and wanted to try every flavor. The crust is made of pure almond flour, which has an amazing texture you just can't get from ~normal flour~. Even my non–gluten free friends agree, these tarts are one of the tastiest desserts of all time. Read the whole story...
SPOONUNIVERSITY.COM // 10 Healthier Dessert Options at Whole Foods
Most of us, especially those with a sweet tooth, want to enjoy some sweet goods every once in a while. Unfortunately, a lot of those aren't very healthy choices. Luckily, there are better choices available at your local Whole Foods.
Whole Foods has a variety of desserts that are actually healthy, and worth trying. These delicious bites come with little to no added refined sugar. Plus, many of these treats are organic. I decided to visit Whole Foods for myself to determine the best dessert options. READ MORE
INSPIREDBYTHIS.COM // A Nutritionist's Grocery List to Whole Foods
Be it Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or Costco (coming soon!), everyone has their go-to grocery store and everyone has their go-to items they purchase there. Whether it’s that jar of peanut butter or carton of eggs, there are a few things we never leave the store without. Well, to re-orient what we’re purchasing we recruited Lindsay, of Weeknight Bite. She’s helping us ensure we pick out the best options at the grocery store – and keep re-picking them. With a nutritionist’s grocery list to Whole Foods you have that little angel on your shoulder helping you put the right things in your cart. Yes, even Whole Foods has items you should avoid (seriously!). READ MORE
RODALE'S ORGANIC LIFE // 22 Allergy-Friendly Packaged Snacks Under 300 Calories
Satisfy Your Munchies Without the Guilt, and Stay Fuller for Longer.
Sure, it can be easy to sabotage your diet when you're hungry. But, you're not doing your body any favors by overindulging in unhealthy food. For a quick and healthy pick-me-up, reach for the following 22 snacks instead.
All under 300 calories and totally allergy-friendly, munch on these snacks without the guilt, but more importantly, without the tummy troubles. Opt for the munchies below and make them part of your healthy lifestyle, now and every day after that. READ MORE
AOLBEAUTY.COM // 10 Health Food Brands You Need to Know About
There's a common misconception that health foods are gross. They're expensive. They're difficult to find. The list goes on & on. While yes, some are expensive, difficult to find, & absolutely repulsive, there are SO many options now-a-days that you won't even believe are "health foods". We've rounded up our favorite 10 brands that specialize in creating health foods that are not only good for you but taste delicious. To make things super easy for you, each brand below is linked to their shopping page so you can easily purchase these products. Plussss there are even a few promo codes thrown in there for ya!
Hail Merry: If your a lover of all things candy, pies, & cookies then you must know about Hail Merry. This incredible company creates delicious cups, bites, & tarts that you would never believe are gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, & vegan. Their chocolate almond butter cups & chocolate chip cookie dough bites are two of our favorite products on the market.
PRESS RELEASE // Hail Merry Names Eric Brown As CFO
Hail Merry, a pioneer in the fresh snacking category with its award-winning plant-based Tarts, Bites and Cups, announces the appointment of Eric Brown as Chief Financial Officer, the first executive finance position in the company's 9-year history.
"Eric's financial talents and management experience within the CPG industry will be invaluable as Hail Merry plans for explosive growth," says CEO, Andy Malloy. "He's a superstar at scaling operational efficiencies, supply chain management, and business and marketing finance, which is precisely what's needed to help steer Hail Merry through this exciting period."
Eric Brown has accumulated over 25 years in food and hospitality, most recently as Vice President of Finance for Aramark Healthcare Technologies. Previous service includes Vice President of Finance with Frito Lay Supply Chain, and Vice President of PepsiCo Foodservice. Eric also spent time earlier in his career with Coca-Cola and the Campbell Soup Company. READ MORE
D CEO MAGAZINE // My Style: Susan O'Brien
What I do…
“I am the Founder of Hail Merry Snacks and also serve as our vice president of marketing. I work with a stellar team to grow sales and awareness of our brand. We make decadent treats crafted from fresh, clean, and consciously sourced ingredients.”
Who is your style icon?
“Kate Moss with a splash of Florence Welch.”
How does your work influence what you wear?
“I work in the natural foods industry, which allows for a ton of freedom to express your individuality. That freedom to be different is one of the big reasons why I was drawn to the space.”
ONEGREENPLANET.COM // The Hottest New Vegan Products We Can't Wait to Try
Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural products trade show, recently took place in Anaheim, California. Thousands of industry professionals gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center, ranging from vendors making their debut to industry veterans like Follow Your Heart displaying their newest products and journalists looking to scope out the next big thing. Just like last year at Expo East, it seems like one of the largest overarching trends at Expo West was plant-based food.
Just less than ten years ago, the vegan food world left much to be desired, with disappointing veggie burgers and bland, flavorless tofu acting as the major representative of a greater movement. Luckily, plant-based food is now bigger than ever and companies are coming up with new, innovative products that will make even meat-eaters drool. While there are far too many new products to highlight in just one article, here are ten new products that we are most excited to try. READ MORE
PRESS RELEASE // Hail Merry Names Andy Malloy CEO
Hail Merry, the leader in the natural refrigerated desserts and snacks category with its award-winning plant-based tarts and bites, is thrilled to announce the hire of Andy Malloy as Chief Executive Officer.
"We're enormously excited for the next evolution of our brand," says Susan O'Brien, Founder and Vice President of Marketing. "Andy's classic CPG background combined with his massive sales achievements position him to catapult Hail Merry through our next killer phase of growth."
Malloy brings over 25 years in the snack food industry. He joins Hail Merry from a tenure as Vice President of Commercial Sales for NatureBox, the leading online subscription snack business. His previous service includes Vice President of Sales for Materne North America (GoGo SqueeZ), the leading natural fruit squeeze pouch, and Vice President, DSD for CROSSMARK, a leading consumer packaged goods brokerage company. Earlier in his career, Malloy held a series of executive leadership roles with PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, including Vice President of Small Format Business, a $3B revenue channel for the packaged-snack foods giant. READ MORE