Some people say there is no big difference between products labeled “All Natural” and those with "USDA Certified Organic" labeling. They couldn't be more wrong. The benefits of buying certified organic foods versus those labeled “All Natural” is truly great and is very important to your health and the health of your family.
Part of being a conscious consumer is knowing the difference between products, products that APPEAR to be just as good as each other but when you look carefully, they really aren't the same. Being conscious of the differences -- being guaranteed and not being guaranteed -- will make a difference to your health. Not all “All Natural Products” or “Farm Fresh” have bad stuff in them … but given the regulations and strict certification of organic products, you just can’t know. There is NO guessing game with Certified Organic. Buying Certified Organic means you don’t have to wonder if this product really is “All natural” or if it has some stuff in it that you really don’t want to give to your family… And all the things that are important to you and your family are equally important to the families of those raising these products, and the earth that these crops are grown in. Part of that consciousness is that not only is your family safe, but their family is safe and the earth we all rely on has been well taken care of because you supported Organic.
Here’s some differences to consider:
THERE ARE required certifications for using the claim and mandatory yearly inspections to verify that:
1: NO toxic pesticides and herbicides are used
2: NO GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are used
3: NO Antibiotics are used
4: NO growth hormones are used
5: NO sewage sludge and irradiation is used
6: THERE ARE animal welfare requirements
7: THERE ARE lower levels of environmental pollution
8: THERE ARE audit trails from farm to table
The “All Natural” label cannot guarantee any of the above as none of the following is regulated under the All Natural label. THERE IS NOT a certifying agency for using this claim and the following practices so the following practices are all allowed:
1: THERE ARE toxic pesticides and herbicides allowed
2: THERE ARE (genetically modified organisms) allowed
3: THERE ARE Antibiotics allowed
4: THERE ARE growth hormones allowed
5: THERE ARE no standards for use of sewage sludge and irradiation
6: THERE ARE higher levels or environmental pollution than organic
7: NO animal welfare requirements
8: NO audit trails from farm to table … who knows where it’s been, how it was stored (or stored with or in or with what environmental controls), etc.
Is it really worth it to take chances with your health and that of your family? No, not at all! And Yes, “Certified Organic” usually costs a bit more. And it’s worth it!
While Nature’s Path provides some decent organic cereals compared to the usual fare one sees with high fructose corn syrup, there are still some major nutritional differences with one of the largest organic cereal makers in the US as compared to Muesli Munch. Let's take, for example, Nature’s Path New Coconut Chia Granola and compare it to Muesli Munch's New Cinnamon Walnut Muesli blend. The difference in nutrition content is significant.
Muesli Munch (Cinnamon Walnut Muesli) Has More Protein, Less Fat And No Added Sugar! It has only 6 grams total sugars, naturally occurring from organic dried fruits, with NO SUGAR ADDED!
Nature’s Path (Coconut Chia Granola) has 9 grams of total sugars and 8 GRAMS ADDED SUGARS. Cane Sugar is the second ingredient and soy oil is the third ingredient.
Muesli Munch (Cinnamon Walnut Muesli) has more protein than Nature’s Path (Coconut Chia Granola). That's 7 grams in Muesli Munch vs. only 5 grams in Nature's Path.
Muesli Munch (Cinnamon Walnut Muesli) Has Less Fat And No Sodium.
Muesli Munch (Cinnamon Walnut Muesli) has 6 grams total fat per serving, that's healthy fats from walnuts, pumpkin, sunflower and chia seeds.
Nature’s Path (Coconut Chia Granola) has 11 GRAMS FAT with soy oil being the majority of overall fat content.
Muesli Munch (Cinnamon Walnut Muesli) has 0 mg sodium per serving.
Nature’s Path (Coconut Chia Granola) HAS 50 MG.
Happy New Year's Everyone! Here is a great new Muesli Munch banana muffin recipe to try:
2 cups pancake/waffle/muffin mix
1 cup milk (any type)
1 whole egg
1/2 cup brown sugar or honey or agave
1/4 cup butter, or coconut oil (softened, not melted)
2 ripe bananas mashed
1: Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and blend until smooth.
2: Add 1-cup Muesli Munch and other nuts or carob chips, etc. pumpkin puree, applesauce, anything you like.
3: Fill greased muffin cups 3/4 full. Make 350 degrees for 14-18 minutes, or until golden brown, enjoy!
Sean's Organic Muesli Munch is a hybrid breakfast cereal that lies between traditional European muesli and American granola.
Granola is breakfast cereal combined primarily with oils, sweeteners, grains and often a few dried fruits, nuts and seeds that are all mixed together and baked to clump the mix together. It tends to be overly sweetened, overcooked and it really feels more like a heavy dessert.
But American's love the taste of granola and it’s easy to serve. It also makes a great snack. Unfortunately, it has a lot of calories hidden in its goodness. It's heavy and is usually prepared with lots of oil and sweetener and lacks nutritional value.
Traditional European muesli is light and healthy. However, it traditionally needs to be prepped the night before. And to that it's usually made with raw grains (that means unbaked, unroasted grains). The bottom line? More time and less flavor.
My goal with Sean's Muesli Munch is to bridge these two traditions by offering a hybrid cereal with all the quick-to-go flavor of American granola, and all the healthy goodness of European muesli. In other words, I wanted a cereal that would fit what Americans wanted in their cereal without giving up the flavor and fitting our fast lifestyle.
After a full year of experimenting, I came up with an American version of muesli that makes that bridge over to the great taste and on-the-go readiness of granola. Sean's Organic Muesli Munch is that cross-over cereal that is both a healthy and well-balanced blend of 3 toasted whole grains, 3 roasted nuts and seeds and 3 fruits and berries. The cereal is lightly toasted, has sweetness from organic dried fruits and feels light. Muesli Munch can be eaten daily to provide energy without weighing you down.
It's the best of both worlds.
So Go Kickstart Your Day! Sean
Happy Spring everyone! Here is a healthy high protein recipe, Muesli Munch Bread Loaf!
7 Cups, Sean’s Organic Muesli Munch (Any Flavor)
Add 1 cup of mixed organic whole almonds and walnuts, because the whole nuts add a great aesthetic to the bread when sliced.
6 Organic Whole Eggs
½ Cup Organic Olive Oil or Grape Seed Oil
2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
1: Whip eggs well with hand mixer.
2: Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix it all with a spoon.
3: Put into bread loaf pan (9 by 5 inches) lined with baking paper.
4: Bake in the middle of a pre-heated oven at 330 degrees for 70 minutes.
5: When bread has cooled it is ready to slice and serve.
1: Serve a slice with peanut butter, sliced bananas and honey on top.
2: Serve a slice either plain or with butter and a touch of salt with any meal.
Happy Belated New Years Muesli Munch Fans! I am grateful to live and work in Los Osos, California. Thank you all for your feedback as our business continues to grow. In a few months each blend will have new labels and improved flavors, stay tuned! Sean
Heat oven to 365
BEAT: butter, honey, brown sugar in large bowl at medium speed until blended.
Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl and beat into butter mixture until smooth.
Stir in Muesli, oats and cranberries.
FOR COOKIES: Drop by spoonful on lightly buttered cookie sheet – Bake 10-12 minutes until golden brown
FOR BARS: pour batter into lightly greased cake pan and bake 15-20 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.
Will be chewy and great to pack cookies on a hike as they will be a bit more firm and crunchy.
INSTRUCTIONS & INGREDIENTS:
Heat oven to 350
Mix above ingredients together to make crumbles
¾ cup of Organic Raspberry Jam (or whatever your favorite jam is: strawberry, blueberry, etc)
In an 8” square pan take 2 cups of crumble mixture spread in the bottom of the pan
Spread Raspberry Jam ¼” from the sides, then Sprinkle remaining mixture over the top and press into the Jam
Bake 40 minutes, let cool and then cut into bars.
Step 1: Add together ¾ cup light Karol Syrup and
½ cup organic honey
Heat until clear
Step 2: Melt 16 ounce butterscotch chips and
½ package of Chocolate Chips
Step 3: Add to Step 1
½ cup peanut butter and
2 cups Muesli Munch and
2 cups Special K breakfast cereal and spread into cake pan
Step 4: Put Step 2 on top of this mixture and refrigerate until hard. Serve with milk or hot chocolate!
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