How did we get here?
I'm Kathryn, I grew up in Hamilton, studied nutrition and food science at Otago in the '80's then worked in IT in the UK for nearly 20 years. I have always had a keen interest in food (mostly eating it!) and cooking and experimenting with different flavours and techniques. When I returned to NZ with my family in 2012, it was fantastic to reconnect with so many of the tastes and flavours of my childhood. When I was diagnosed pre-diabetic in 2014 I took a good look at how and what I was eating and chose to eat gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, mostly raw foods to lose weight and get my blood sugar under control. What I missed the most was bread, with lashings of cheese especially. So, I used my food science background and a lot of research on the internet and recipe books to come up with a great tasting alternative to bread, that would hit the spot in terms of containing fillings and not fall apart. Many months of research and tastings and market testing resulted in the Vitality Wraps being brought to stores in Auckland and then around the country.
The next product range I worked on was activated almonds. I was as sceptical as anyone about this activating business - does it really make a difference? Well, apart from removing the phytic acid and other enzyme inhibitors which will aid digestion, an activated almond is altogether more CRUNCHY and has a more almondy flavour than a raw or roasted nut. Add some great flavours and you've got a delicious crunchy, tasty snack. Just right for relaxing with your favourite chilled drink.
I'm now working on other raw, living products to make it convenient and easy for everyone to get more plant based foods into their diet. All these products are made by me and a small team in a commercial kitchen in Whangaparaoa.
I had some help with the next bit as I was a bit nervous. Can you tell?
The Vegery: Food made the way nature intended.
As we rush about our lives, doing the best we can with the time we’ve got, spare a thought for real food. Not the stuff in tins or with added everything. Real, good, living food that nourishes both the mind and the body.
You see, there are foodies. Then there are mindful foodies. And they know that eating something made with love nourishes and grows the soul.
And the easiest way to get there? With The Vegery. We perfectly prepare all our food so you can instantly enjoy the great taste, texture and deliciously different flavours we‘ve created. It’s a zen-like moment in a busy life. But one that will have you ‘get up and glow’ all day long.
There’s never been a better time to be a mindful foodie — and feel the difference within a day.
Tastes better than it looks (no, seriously!)
OK – our wraps might not win first prize in a beauty contest, but they’re made with the best and freshest of ingredients, in fascinating flavour combinations like Apple & Coffee (don’t knock it ‘til you try it!). They wrap without cracking, and the texture is more-ishly delish. But the best thing? An instant connection with nature that tastes invigoratingly fresh, pure and wholesome.
The goodness starts as soon as you eat them.
Our insides need just as much care as our outsides, and everything from The Vegery has live microbiomes and lots of natural fibre to keep the raw enzymes doing their thing. We dry at low temperatures and keep everything 100% natural at every step. So what you’re putting in to your body, you’ll get the benefit straight out of. We’re allergy friendly. Gluten free. Dairy free. Egg free…almost everything. Except taste free, of course!
Pick them up and go you good thing!
Even our packaging has been carefully considered. So they’ll keep everything fresh in the pack for a longer shelf-life – even longer when you keep in the fridge. You can eat them ‘straight up’, with your favourite dips, part of the cheese board, or as a traditional wrap with just about limitless flavour combinations. It’s the one thing you can buy every day and feel the 100% nutritious hit.