Kelapo Connections: Keep It Real Food Co.

We love to hear all about the delicious dishes people across the country are making with Kelapo Coconut Oil. What’s even more amazing – is hearing how other businesses are selecting us as the extra virgin coconut oil of choice! Katie Coleman, Founder of Keep It Real Food Co., was kind enough to sit down and answer a few of our questions about why she relies on Kelapo for her low glycemic product line.

Inspired by her diabetes diagnosis, Katie Coleman developed a low-glycemic food line for everyone to enjoy.

Keep It Real Food Co.

Why did you start Keep It Real Food Co.?

When I was 11 years old, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. As a happy and otherwise healthy kid, I sat crying on my mom’s lap while waiting for the results. They came back positive, and the doctor told me I would need to learn how to test my blood sugar, count carbohydrates, and worst of all, give myself daily insulin injections; a hefty responsibility for a sixth grader.

What I didn’t know at that point was the profound effect this diagnosis would have on my future; that it would turn me into a responsible, health-conscious adult and offer a basis for a unique career as a business owner with a truly personal connection to my products.

My diabetes has caused me to become overly aware of everything I eat and the effect each food has on my body. This gives me a unique perspective as I create recipes for my business, Keep It Real Food Company. Our products are designed to minimize impact on blood sugar levels, which is important for everybody, not just people with diabetes. Our products are also gluten-free (most of them grain-free), high in protein, and free of soy and dairy.

What made you choose Kelapo?

Another important part of the Keep It Real Food Co. vision is quality ingredients. Not only do we strive to create products using only naturally healthy ingredients that are easy to understand, it is our priority to purchase ingredients from companies who share our belief in quality, health, and sustainability. Kelapo does just this. With a commitment to organic and sustainable farming practices, as well as human rights and fair labor practices, they are exactly the kind of business we want to support. To top that off, their coconut oil is flavorful and affordable, and their customer service is top-notch.

Which products are made with Kelapo Coconut Oil?

No-Grain Granola

This unique mix of seeds, almonds, apples, and coconut has been carefully crafted to create a low-glycemic, high-powered breakfast.

Ingredients: organic seeds (flax, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame), almonds, honey, Kelapo organic coconut oil, organic dried apples, organic coconut flakes, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.

Black Bean Brownies

These brownies combine the gooey texture of fudge with the flavor of dark chocolate and honey. With more black beans than any other ingredient, they’re full of fiber and nutrients to keep you going all day.

Ingredients: black beans, honey, eggs, 70% dark chocolate, Kelapo organic coconut oil, gluten-free oats, vanilla, espresso, and salt.

More and more, we are all realizing how important a diet of whole, quality foods is to living a healthy and sustainable life. Kelapo and Keep It Real Food Co. share a vision to support healthy people on a healthy planet through the creation of foods that make you happy inside and out!

Keep It Real Food Co. products are sold in Seattle area stores and farmer’s markets. But if you don’t live in the Coffee Capital of the World, there are several online options, including Etsy and convenient monthly delivery system! Here at Kelapo, we are proud to have our name on such a great product.


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