MINDFUL MUNCHIES

Stefan Knueppel was a vagabond on a mission. After a stint in India learning how to achieve a higher consciousness, he returned to the United States to spread the divine teachings he had studied abroad. Traveling across the country selling spiritual books out of his RV, he was hit with the idea to create snack foods that aligned with his mindful belief system -- high in quality, raw, and vegan.

That was over 15 years ago and today, his company, Gopal's Healthfoods, expands way beyond the snacks that originally helped launch the brand. Based out of Sidney, Texas, Gopal's features a wide selection of cookies, bars, and nut butters created from ingredients that are completely plant-based. The Maca Happy Herb Bar is flush with Maca root, which is said to increase energy and boost the immune system. Their savory Power Wraps, packed with spices and seeds like curry, sundried tomatoes, and sunflower and chia seeds, are tightly wrapped in fish-free nori. Their flavorful Sprouties, sprouted seeds packs, are favorites at OA (which is why you can find them in our stores). And if you're looking for something sweeter, check out the Brownie, made with a tempting blend of raw carob powder, coconut nectar, and organic walnuts.