A Message From Our Co-founder, Deanna

Onana Foods Cofounder, Deanna

When I was 10 years old, my mom taught me to read and understand a nutrition label while standing in the middle of a Kroger’s aisle. Even though this impromptu lesson was to help me earn a Girl Scout Badge, it ended up impacting me long after I retired my scout sash. 19 years later, I live a mostly plant based and gluten-free lifestyle because it makes me feel my best!

While I believe that people are well intended and good at heart (always trying to keep that optimistic, some would even say ‘positive’ outlook 😉), I began to notice that a lot of gluten-free and other “healthy” food options didn’t seem that healthy to me. What could be healthy about eating a product with 30-50 ingredients?? And just because its “natural” doesn’t mean I want to eat cane sugar. As an adult, I found myself standing in the middle of the grocery aisle yet again inspecting health food labels and realizing there was a disconnect between what I deemed healthful and what the health food industry said qualified. Sure, I want my gluten-free food to taste like their gluten filled originals, but not if it means compromising my health and digestion.

My Mom and I were always on the hunt for alternative grain products and recipes. Cut to spending the majority of 2017 in my kitchen recipe testing with green plantains. After a year and a half of trial and error, my initial concept for a plantain based flatbread had morphed into a tortilla made with a few ingredients, easy methods, and a delicious outcome. I was eager to share these tortillas with family and friends that have expressed their longing for gluten-free products that had better for you and less ingredients, all while still tasting great!

When I saw the kids of these families, aged anywhere from 2-15, gobbling up the tortillas (and let’s face it, if they don’t like something they won’t eat it – no matter how healthy it may be!), I knew these were something special. Seeing their delight in the product led my Mom and I to create Positively Plantain, which became ONANA in 2021. We can now share these tortillas with even more people that are eager for gluten-free and vegan alternatives that taste just as good-dare I say even better than the food we all grew up with!