When Kate was born with cerebral palsy her parents vowed to make sure she lived a happy and full life. Four years on Richard and Michelle Laver were increasingly frustrated that no low allergy nutritional meal replacement drinks were available to help their daughter thrive, so they developed one themselves.
Due to Kate’s condition, as a baby she was unable to take solid foods and was subsequently fitted with a feeding tube. Kate became dependent on a diet of whey-based supplements. At the age of four, she was diagnosed with a condition the doctors called, ‘failing to thrive’. Her young life was consumed with feeding tubes, hospitals and numerous pharmaceutical drugs. The meal replacement beverage prescribed by her doctors was overloaded with sugar and dairy for calorie enhancement. Kate was in and out of the hospital every week with sleep apnoea, bottle rot (tooth decay), and a host of other health problems.
The Lavers were distraught with the life that was emerging for their daughter and decided to take matters into their own hands. With the encouragement of doctors, families, and friends, the Lavers began to develop their own hypoallergenic meal replacement shake in their very own kitchen. With time they collaborated with their dear friend Art Eggertsen, vegan chef and founder of ProBar, to create a lab tested, shelf stable product. Together they blended 21 superfoods including but not limited to acai, mangosteen, black currants, raspberries and green tea extract, with antioxidants, organic rice protein and vitamin rich ingredients to fuel the body with the nutrition it needs. Within weeks of Kate consuming this hypoallergenic meal replacement, her condition improved greatly and she no longer needed breathing treatment for sleep apnoea, her digestion problems were a thing of the past and her mouth was once again healthy.
Inspired and encouraged by the improvements they saw in their much loved daughter, the Lavers wanted to share their wellness drink with other families in similar situations as themselves. So in 2013 after many trial batches, their vision was realised, with the launch of a superior, great tasting ready to drink product, Komplete. In the US, Komplete shakes quickly became the vegan, low allergy, drink of choice of professional NFL teams such as the Seattle Sea Hawkes and many professional football and baseball teams began using Komplete before, during and after workouts and games.
Richard (cousin of tennis great, Rod Laver) says, “We developed Komplete because our daughter Katie needed better nutrition. We knew the shakes had to taste great and deliver the superfoods and protein that make you feel great. The market spoke loud and clear about our product, and we had to make sure it was available to the masses. We increased production so that everyone – seniors, athletes, mums, dads, kids on the go, as well as people, like Katie, who use meal replacements daily – could have access to Komplete and its great tasting nutrition whenever they want it.”
Kate is now nine; she is a happy, healthy girl and consumes Komplete shakes for 90 per cent of her diet.
Komplete is now available at Go Vita stores nationally. It is the world’s first all-natural, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free ready to drink meal replacement shake with 24 fruits and vegetables including 21 superfoods!
Komplete is perfect for kids, people-on-the-go, athletes, college students, the elderly, and people with special dietary needs… everyone loves it!