> Growing Fresh Raw Vegan Products
>> FAQ’s – SHORT ANSWERS:
YES to NO Artificial Sweeteners (Only fresh fruit, dried fruit and coconut sugar used)
YES to Organic Ingredients (Over 98% Certified Organic)
YES to NON GMO Ingredients (Over 98% Certified Organic, some of the spices used are conventional. Currently NO Spices are being grown from GMO plants)
YES to Raw Ingredients (All products)
YES to Sprouted Ingredients (Granolas)
YES to Raw Vegan Products – Raw Food Production Methods were used
YES to Vegan Products – No Animal Ingredients (No eggs, dairy, honey etc)
YES to Free of Dairy Ingredients (for those who avoid Dairy)
YES to Free of Gluten Ingredients
NOT ‘Certified’ Gluten Free – NOT SAFE FOR CELIACS
NOT to Nut Free – contain Tree Nuts and Seeds!!!
All Growing Fresh Products are made on the same equipment and in the same facility that processes NUTS & SEEDS.
> FYI: GMO plants in Canada: Sugar Beets, Canola, Soy and Corn
> FYI: GMO plants in USA: Sugar Beets, Canola, Soy and Corn, Cotton, Papaya, Yellow Crookneck Squash, Zucchini, Alfa Alfa, Potatoes, 1 Apple Variety
Q: How are your products healthy?
A: My products are over 95 % organic and completely plant based. My products are dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve nutrients and living enzymes in food. For my granola recipes the nuts and seeds are sprouted to make them more nutritious and more digestible. I don’t use any dairy or gluten ingredients. I don’t use any unhealthy sweeteners (no white beet sugar, no cane sugar, no syrups, no fake sugars like Aspartame etc). To sweeten my products I use dried fruit, fresh fruit, fresh fruit juice and in my Granolas I use a small amount of coconut palm nectar sugar just to add more crunch. Coconut palm nectar sugar made from the nectar of the coconut palm flower.
Q: Are your products organic?
A: Growing Fresh products are over 98 % organic in content. Only some of the spices are not organic but the all base ingredients like nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables, coconut palm nectar sugar, Tamari Sauce are all certified organic. The recipes make about 3-5 kgs or 6.6 to 11 lbs per batch, the conventional spices comprise only a 10-25 grams or less than 5 teaspoons per recipe batch. It is a minimal percentage amount.
Q: Are your products GMO free?
A: Growing Fresh products are over 95 % organic in content. Certified Organic products are grown or made using NON GMO Certified Organic Ingredients.
Q: Are you products Raw?
A: Growing Fresh products are processed using Raw Food Preparation methods. Almost all the ingredients are considered raw (un-cooked pr un-heated above 115 F) except for Tamari Sauce and Coconut Palm Nectar Sugar. The nuts and seeds are sprouted (soaked a minimum of 8 hrs) for the Granola recipes. All recipes are dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve nutrients and live enzymes.
Q: Are you products Vegan?
A: Yes. All my products are prepared using only plant based ingredients.
Q: Are you local?
A: Yes, all Growing Fresh products all are hand made in Abbotsford BC from domestic and imported ingredients.
Q: Are you Dairy free?
A. There are no Dairy ingredients in any of the Growing Fresh product recipes. There are no dairy ingredients in the facility or on the equipment I use.
Q: Are you Gluten free?
A. There are no Gluten ingredients in any of the Growing Fresh product recipes. However, my products are not Certified Gluten free but are made from ingredients that do not naturally contain any gluten. For example there are no Oats or other grains used. There are gluten ingredients processed in the same facility. My products are not certified safe for Celiacs. However, if you are merely avoiding gluten products because of gluten sensitivity then I can tell you there are no gluten ingredients used in my products.
Q. Why are your products dehydrated instead of baked?
A. Baking temperatures are too high and unfortunately destroy nutrients and live food enzymes. Dehydrating at low temperatures preserves live food enzymes and nutrients. You are alive so eat as many live foods as possible for best health results.
Q: Are your products Nut free?
A: No, I can’t say that my that any of my products are nut free. Some products do not contain nuts but all products are made on the same equipment and contamination is possible.
Q: If your products don’t contain oats in the Granolas – What are you using instead of oats?
A: I use sprouted Buckwheat seeds. These seeds are related to Rhubarb and have nothing to do with ‘wheat’. There’s no relation between the 2 plant species. Buckwheat seeds are naturally Gluten free.
Q: What do you use to sweeten your products?
A: Granolas are sweetened with dried fruit, fresh fruit juice and Coconut Palm Nectar Sugar made from the nectar of the Coconut Palm Flower. Hazelnut Goji Berry Macaroons are sweetened only with dried fruit and fresh fruit juice. Flax Crax have no sweet ingredients.
Q: What do you mean by ‘sprouted nuts and seeds’?
A: I sprout the nuts and seeds by soaking them in water and than I place these soaking seeds in the refrigerator overnight or for 8 hrs. After soaking, I rinse and drain them well and they are ready to use in my recipes. Soaking helps to start the germination aka sprouting process. The nuts and seeds loose some of the enzyme inhibitors that may compromise digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Q: Are your products home made or made in a commercial facility?
A: My products are hand made at home at this point. This has been approved by my local Environmental Health office.
Q: Do you sell these products retail?
A: Not yet. In 2016 I will. I hope to sell in Abbotsford at Lepp Market, Natures Pickins, Silver Hills Bakery. Also at Lee’s and Seasons in Fort Langley. These are some of the retailers who have expressed interest in my products.
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