Better Food, Better Mood From New Healthy Snack Company

New healthy snack company, Benergy, has a mission statement ‘Food Impacts Mood’, as
they deliver a range of healthy snack options including breakfast pots that are all plant-

Ben & Jessica, Benergy Nutrition

Available online, in selected gyms and shops, Benergy’s founders Ben Cochrane and
Jessica Thompson looked at their own lifestyles for two years and realised they needed to
change their diet as the first step to become healthier.

For Ben, his work as a chef, 60 plus hour work weeks and his eating habits was leading
him on a downward health spiral, when lockdown intervened.

“I wasn’t eating breakfast, which is arguably the most important meal of the day,” he
explained. “If I did have something to eat in the morning, it was usually a sandwich meal deal, which
lacked the level of nutrition that I needed given the hours that I worked.

“I also drank a lot of energy drinks on busy shifts. While they would give me an initial boost,
they’d also give me sugar crashes, particularly during service. This made me tired and

With the change in his diet helping with health, the decision to launch Benergy was a logical

The Benergy range contains a great selection of breakfast pots to start the day off well, and
a fabulous mix of treats to keep people going in between meals.

Breakfast pots

“I now realise that breakfast provides you with the necessary fuel to start your day,” Ben

“That’s why I created these breakfast pots, to give people a ‘grab and go’ pot, which would
provide them with a nutritious and delicious start to their day, regardless of time constraints.
“They’re a macro-friendly breakfast: a mixture of oats, fruits and nuts that’s nutritionally
balanced, so they’ll give you all the necessary fuel to get you through the day.”

For co-founder Jessica the link between good, healthy food and mental health is clear, after
struggling with it.

“Your mental health is not something to be taken lightly. Neglecting your mind can have a disastrous impact on every aspect of your life and on those of others in your life as well.”


“I realised that my mind and body were in a really bad place. I couldn’t understand why one
day I’d feel great, and the next I’d feel terrible.”

Jessica is clear that Benergy is more than good food.

“We’re not simply a nutrition company,” Jessica added. “We’re all about educating people
about food that will benefit people both physically and, most importantly, mentally, because
that’s where good health really begins.”

“Our products are all plant-based, gluten and dairy-free, which is very unique as vegan is the
world’s fastest-growing food market in the world today. We don’t just want to cater for one
dietary requirement, we want to combine them all.


Benergy’s range includes protein balls, healthy doppelgangers of the favourite blondies,
brownies and truffles, and our new breakfast pots that have proved to be our biggest hit yet
Jessica explained that the link between healthy eating and mental wellbeing is being backed
up by science.

“Research undertaken by MIND in people suffering from depression showed that after they
ate a banana they felt better,” she said.

“This is because bananas contain tryptophan: a type of protein that the body turns into
serotonin, which makes you relax and generally feel happier through an elevated mood.”
Benergy currently offers customers a range of healthy high protein snacks including coconut
protein balls, raspberry chocolate protein balls, protein bites, chocolate protein balls and
chocolate protein brownies.

To learn more and shop the full range visit


Leanne is the editor in chief of BELFAST.CO.UK.