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Step One Whole Oats and Walnut Pancake Mix

Your Health Is Our Mission

Step One Foods is a simple, real food program proven to help support healthy cholesterol levels naturally.

Our Story

Your health is at the heart of Step One Foods. It’s what sparked the idea to create a simple, effective and delicious way to help people feel better. It’s our north star when selecting only health-promoting, whole food ingredients for our products. And it’s what inspires us to celebrate each and every person that takes the first step toward achieving healthy cholesterol levels.

Cardiologist Developed

Step One Foods was developed by cardiologist Elizabeth Klodas, MD who wanted to offer her patients a simple dietary solution for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. To overcome the biggest barriers to eating better - time and complicated meals - Dr. Klodas developed a food-based approach with products that are convenient, science-based and delightful to eat.


Science Backed

We take a nutrition-based, scientific approach to heart health. This means our products are not only full of enticing whole-food ingredients (like dark chocolate, walnuts and Madagascar vanilla) - they’re also packed with beneficial nutrients scientifically proven to help support healthy cholesterol levels.
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Clinically Proven

We put our foods to the test with a clinical trial, just like the ones used to test pharmaceuticals. The results prove that Step One products really work. Some participants got the same cholesterol-lowering results you’d expect with Lipitor! Achieving these significant cholesterol reductions through a simple twice-per-day food substitution program makes us the first company to offer a true “food as medicine” solution.

Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC

"Diet is a major driver of high cholesterol, but instead of changing the food, we prescribe medications. This never seemed logical to me. Step One Foods addresses the root cause - so pills can be used as a last resort."

Dr. Klodas has dedicated her career to preventive cardiology. Trained at Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins, she serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Step One Foods. Dr. Klodas is a nationally sought out speaker and has an active role at the American College of Cardiology.

Her clinical interests include prevention of heart disease and non-invasive cardiac imaging and she has published dozens of scientific articles throughout her career. She has also authored a book for patients, "Slay the Giant: The Power of Prevention in Defeating Heart Disease," and served as founding Editor-in-Chief of the patient education effort of the American College of Cardiology.

Bill Alldredge

"Addressing the driver of disease rather than treating the downstream symptoms can transform health and healthcare."

Bill Alldredge has 20 years of experience in finance and new business development. He began his career at United Healthcare in the corporate finance group conducting M&A analysis and management accounting. Bill was also one of the first employees hired at two successful venture-backed firms, including Ebenx, an employee benefits services firm. He then served as CFO of Abaton, Inc., a healthcare transaction processing firm sold to McKesson. Both ventures achieved returns to venture firms greater than 700%.

Bill serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Step One Foods and has a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago.

Craig Key

Craig spent most of his career working in advertising, but he believes that no ad can be as effective as our customers' own success stories. Craig is committed to our mission of changing lives through nutrition; he has seen heart disease impact his family directly.

Craig is lives near Minneapolis, MN. He and his wife are raising 5 boys who keep him busy building forts, riding bikes, and putting band-aids on skinned knees (sometimes the boys get hurt too).

Craig's background is in digital marketing and has worked with brands including Cascadian Farms, American Express, and Buffalo Wild Wings. Just prior to Step One Foods Craig served as the CMO of Bite Squad, a restaurant delivery service.

Craig serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for Step One Foods, leading both the Marketing and Customer Care Teams. He holds a B.A. from Azusa Pacific University.

Jessica Arky

Jessica is grateful to work at Step One Foods knowing her work changes customers’ lives. She feels that her current role is the most meaningful of her career and does not take the responsibilities lightly.

As a two-time boomerang employee, she's been a part of Step One's organizational journey at different milestones. She left Step One Foods for a few years and was a part of a technology startup that experienced rapid growth. Learnings from that once in a lifetime experience helped prepare her to step back into an operations role. Most recently Jessica served as a Consultant for an HR technology consulting firm, helping clients define their HR strategy and select and implement HR software to achieve it.

Jessica is a crazy dog mom to two senior girls and enjoys spending time with her nephews. She loves to explore the outdoors and escape to the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota with her husband.

Jessica serves as the Director of Business Operations for Step One Foods. She oversees everything from procurement, food production to quality control and more. She holds a B.A. in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University.

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