Be Bhalo is inspired by my journey of trying to be good with my eating habits. Bhalo is the Bengali word for “good.” Be Bhalo encourages you to eat good and as a result, feel good – while being good to all beings Be Bhalo is a futuristic food company, specializing in local, organic & seasonal freeze-dried snacks and meal prep. We share a commercial kitchen in lovely Napa, Ca. We’ll work from here but plan to sell online to start. Be Bhalo was formed with the intention of adding some nutrition to the world of “fast” food.
Local organic fruits and vegetables transformed to create a whole new world of cooking possibilities. Be Bhalo’s meal prep products help make dinner a breeze — fast and flavorful. Be Bhalo snacks – “Bhalo Bites” are crunchy and crispy, delicious and delightful. These nutrient-dense bites are made with your health in mind, consisting of all whole, real foods with no strange additives. Everything is handmade; most products are vegan, organic, gluten-free, and have no sugar added. There are a couple of exceptions in which dairy and sugar are used, but still organic and local. Be Bhalo’s product isn’t just good for people, but for the planet too – down to the packaging. I didn’t want to sell anything if it meant selling in packaging harmful to Earth. After a lot of research, I was able to source all components as compostable or recyclable. Packaging, labels, adhesive, boxes, tape, and gloves used while preparing the snacks are Earth-friendly. Our bags decompose in water, above and below ground. We may not be able to stop the packaging from finding the ocean, but if it does it will decompose in a short time and leave behind only a small amount of bio-mass.
We offer a variety of snacks and meal prep foods, which we sell in subscription boxes. The 3 boxes are :
Bhalo Snack Club, Meal Mix-ins Membership and the Big Bhalo Combo Box which features both snacks and meal mix-ins.
Our Snack of the Month is a unique, surprise snack – delivered each month with the Bhalo Snack Club Subscription. It is also sold separately.
All products are hand made, with over 20 years of culinary experience as the driving force. Everything is made with love, just as the farmers used while growing / picking etc.
Our foods are vacuum freeze dried, removing almost 100% of it’s moisture. (so be sure to stay hydrated while eating our snacks) This processing allows the product to keep 97% of its nutritional value, unlike dehydrated foods, where the heat damages around half of the valuable nutrients.
Hi, I’m Anjuli, founder of Be Bhalo. I’ve been in the food and restaurant industry for 20 years, working in various positions from line cook to head chef. It seems like I haven’t left the kitchen since finishing culinary school in 2005 from Johnson & Wales. I left my last employer, Pixar Animation Studios in 2019 to pursue my dream. I have a desire to use my understanding of foods and nutrition to make one’s taste buds come alive like Frankenstein’s creation 🙂
I’ve always enjoyed cooking for people. It’s the way I show love. It started back when I was just a small child, visiting my dad’s family in West Bengal India. My Thakurma (grandma) and her sisters would prepare beautiful, elaborate lunches for the family daily. Watching the 3 sisters cook these extravagant meals stuck with me and showed me the importance of family and food. My dad was taught, he passes his knowledge to me and now it’s my turn to share.
Placing greater importance on my health, I began changing the foods I eat. Years ago I started studying nutrients in relation to the human body, and the foods they come from, and I never looked back…and never have I felt better. My love for organic foods & cooking them is only second to my love for family.
My parents, 2 sisters, and I are very close, and I’m very thankful. My dog Phoenix and cat Sammy are the cutest animals on the planet (with all other animals in a close 2nd place tie). I also love being outdoors, hiking with Phoenix, or grilling veggies in the backyard.