Frequently Asked Questions
Hello, Friends! Below are the questions that we get most often from our customers. We hope you find what you are looking for here, and but if you still have questions, we’d love to hear from you – just email us over at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are looking to try out our modern muesli mixes, head over to our online shop. - Hannah, Co-Founder, Seven Sundays
WHAT IS MUESLI?
Swiss German: Müesli [ˈmyoosli], is a breakfast and brunch dish based on raw rolled oats and other ingredients like grains, fresh or dried fruits, seeds and nuts, that may be mixed with dairy milk or other plant milks, yogurt, or fruit juice. Muesli was first created at the turn of the 20th century by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner as a healthful dietary supplement for his patients where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy. It was inspired by a similar "strange dish" that he and his wife had been served on a hike in the Swiss Alps. We were similarly inspired by muesli while hiking and camping in New Zealand.
Since our first Farmer's Market in 2011, we have been crafting modern muesli mixes consist of a base of gluten free oats and ancient grains like sorghum and buckwheat as well as superfoods like wild blueberries, matcha, turmeric, hemp, pepitas and chia. Most of our mueslis are unsweetened, so the limited sugars are only come from real fruits. A few are sweetened the with a drizzle of organic honey (<2g added sugars per serving). With the exception of the dark chocolate chips in our Early Riser Mix (we are working on finding a good tasting dark chocolate chip without cane sugar, so if you find one let us know!). We do not use any oils, GMOs, preservatives, natural or artificial flavors or syrups.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE IT?
One of the best things about mueslis is the versatility. Eat it cold straight away with dairy or plant-based milk or yogurt or eat it hot like oatmeal. In our humble opinion, though, it is best prepared fresh "Bircher muesli" style. This is the true muesli experience - get the recipe for the perfect overnight muesli here. You can also bake with it, mix it into pancakes, cookies or muffins. Check out our blog for inspiration and be sure to share your creations with us on Instagram @sevensundaysmn.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MUESLI AND GRANOLA?
They may look similar but how they’re made and what goes in can be much different. Think of muesli as a less processed, healthier granola. Here’s why:
+ More Good Stuff. More than just oats + honey, our muesli is loaded with nutrient dense nuts, seeds and dried fruits.
+ Less Bad Stuff. Granolas are often loaded with sugars and oils. Most of our mueslis are completely unsweetened and no oils are added.
+ Raw or Lightly Toasted. Our mueslis are raw or lightly toasted. Our goal is to source ingredients to arrive to as close as possible to their natural state.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS GLUTEN FREE?
Yes, with the exception of our Almond Date Everyday Muesli (made with whole grain rye and barley), our entire line of muesli is produced in a Gluten Free Certified facility (<10 ppm). Gluten is not inherent in any of our ingredients, so we did not sacrifice quality or taste to get there. Our supplier of Gluten Free oats uses Purity Protocol to ensure comprehensive testing for gluten.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS ORGANIC?
Our new Farmer's Market Mix is our first certified organic product, and we do have an organic certified version of our Wild & Free mix in a few Costco Regions. All of our remaining products are Non-GMO Project Verified and we use many organic ingredients like buckwheat, honey and coconut. Because of the diversity of our recipes, however, it is not currently feasible for us to certify all of our products. Our ingredients are as close to their natural state as possible – no GMOs, no refined sugars, no artificial flavors and no preservatives. Our goal is to eventually have more organic products available in the future and are getting very close! We are also focused on sourcing transparency. Everything we learn about our how and where our ingredients are grown and processed we will share here.
DO YOUR OATS CONTAIN GLYPHOSATE?
The non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently found glyphosate ("Round Up") residues in several oat-based products. We have been working closely with our oat suppliers for the last few years to address this issue and both of our mills have had strict grower policies for at least 3 years regarding the use of glyphosate as a pre-harvest desiccant. That does not rule out the possibility that glyphosate can drift from neighboring fields, but it is comforting to know that it is not directly applied to our oats right before harvest.
In September 2018, we had our products lab tested for glyphosate residues and glyphosate was not detected. The lab detection limit was 5 parts per billion (ppb). We tested our 12 oz and 32 oz Blueberry Chia Buckwheat Gluten Free Muesli as well as our Almond Date Everyday Muesli. These were selected to get a good cross section from two different oat suppliers. We will continue to implement a routine glyphosate testing of our products and the results will be posted here. Hopefully other companies will follow suit.
For reference, the EWB child-protective health benchmark for daily exposure to glyphosate in food which is 160 ppb, which is the most stringent standard. The dozens of oat-based products referenced in the EWB report ranged from non-detect to 1300 ppb, including 20-30 ppb in a few organic oat products. Based on this study, we believe more testing like this should be done and companies should do so voluntarily.
IS YOUR PACKAGING RECYCLABLE?
Our cardboard boxes are made with recycled content and are completely recyclable. The plastic film in our flexible pouch is technically a #7 which is a catch all for plastics not fitting into any other category. Because of the multiple layers and oxygen transfer barriers it is currently not widely accepted by recycling centers in the US. We are not satisfied with the end use of our packaging and are working very closely with our flexible packaging partner on a single ply recycle ready pouch that will be a #2 plastic that can be drop off at store collection points for recycling. Hopefully by 2019 we will have that ready to go!