This weekend at NOPE ( National Organic Product Exhibition ) at Excel, we are finally launching ALL our NEW Munchies ! Come and see us if you can , stand 27 in VEGAN WORLD.
All Munchies have been totally re branded, and all are new recipes . Instead of dehydrating them, we have opted for Cold Pressing them which leaves them lovely and moist and chewy.
Consistent with all our products they are all activated ( they take a quick bath and a light sauna to wake them up) , thus all the nutrition in the nuts and seeds is ‘alive’ and more easily digested.
So we have really improved the quality and taste of the whole range.
There are also 2 NEW FLAVOURS
CAROB & ORANGE – a delicious mix of Carob ,Orange oil, Dates, Raisins and activated buckwheat seeds, made and mixed to our secret combination.
LEMON & CHIA – has replaced our Lemon and Coconut Munchies, and is seriously yoummy. A delicious blend of Lemon oil, Chia , Activated Sunflower Seeds, superfood Lucuma for sweetness.
All our Munchies also now have 1 Billion vegan ProBiotics added to each packet. Munchies are also naturally protein rich 10%, we do not ever use protein fillers such as Whey powder- just wholesome unrefined , unprocessed ingredients.
We say #bemoregorilla – we don’t mess with nature, we don’t mess with food.
Our Founder was inspired to create the company starting with an alternative to his childhood favourite which used to give him indigestion and an overload of refined sugar.
Fraser grew up on Co Co Pops like many of us did, he used to love them, but also found he did not feel well afterwards.
Years later as an adult he found that he was sensitive to refined products , additives and highly processed foods, as well as grains and gluten.
It is surprising how many people , even if it just means they feel sluggish and slow.
So he set about making a healthy alternative , which was Vegan, Paleo friendly ( no grains), and full of organic ingredients, superfoods, natural sugars only and natural vitamins found in nature untouched , in other words RAW!
This is the initial seed of inspiration for Cacao Crispies, which has lead on to our range of healthy raw breakfasts and snacks.
Fraser said ‘ So many ask why organic products are more expensive, but we should really be asking why some products are so cheap. The answer lies in the ingredients, whether they are wholefoods, or highly refined and processed, and how many ingredients. We have focused on a healthy alternative which will provide good raw energy with eating a smaller amount. ‘
Several of our new customers have had a hunch that activating seeds is probably healthy but maybe do not completely understand why we do it.
The process for activation is quite simple but involved. This is the process we engage for our nuts & seeds.
1 Soak seeds overnight (6-12 hours) in water. Optimal time for soaking is between 8 and 10 hours.
2 Rinse seeds 2-3 times daily, allow them to drain via sprouting jar or in tilted bowl.
3 Sprouts will be ready in 2 to 4 days
So to produce our Crispies and Munchies this is just one of the processes the ingredients go through.
But why bother?
Why soak buckwheat seeds and nuts?
For the answer we come back to looking at nature itself.
Nature has set it up so that the nut, and seed may survive until proper growing conditions are present for them to flourish. Nature’s defence mechanism includes nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances that can be removed naturally when there is enough precipitation to sustain a new plant after the nut, or seed germinates. When it rains the nut, grain or seed gets wet and can then germinate to produce a plant. So we are mimicking nature when we soak our nuts, and seeds.
Nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances found in nuts and seed can be minimised or eliminated by soaking. These inhibitors and toxic substances are enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens.
What Are Enzyme Inhibitors?
There are digestive enzymes and metabolic enzymes. Digestive enzymes help break down food. Metabolic enzymes help every biological process the body does. Enzyme inhibitors will clog, warp or denature an active site of an enzyme. They may also bind to the enzyme, which will prevent the intended molecule from binding. “Once again, the habits of traditional indigenous peoples should serve as a guide. They understood instinctively that nuts are best soaked or partially sprouted before eaten. This is because nuts contain numerous enzyme inhibitors that can put a real strain on the digestive mechanism if consumed in excess.”
What Are Phytates?
Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and block their absorption.
So why soak our nuts, and seeds?
• To remove or reduce phytic acid.
• To remove or reduce tannins.
• To neutralize the enzyme inhibitors.
• To encourage the production of beneficial enzymes.
• To increase the amounts of vitamins, especially B vitamins.
• To break down gluten and make digestion easier.
• To make the proteins more readily available for absorption.
• To prevent mineral deficiencies and bone loss.
• To help neutralise toxins in the colon and keep the colon clean.
• To prevent many health diseases and conditions.
Soaking allows enzymes, lactobacilli, and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralise a large portion of phytic acid . Soaking in warm water also neutralises enzyme inhibitors, present in all seeds, and encourages the production of numerous beneficial enzymes. The action of these enzymes also increases the amount of many vitamins, especially B vitamins and components are more readily available for absorption when we eat them.