At Unprocessed Kitchen it is our mission is to provide you delicious, fast and easy ways to eat healthy and satisfying meals from the convenience of your own home. We understand that eating well is important to you. We also understand that eating well can require hours of prep and cook time which most people do not have.
When leading our busy lives, most of us just grab whatever is closest to us when we get hungry. Unprocessed Kitchen is here to make sure that the most convenient and closest food to you is everything that you want on your nutritional wish list without sacrificing mouthwatering delicious flavor!
We are deeply dedicated to selecting and providing your family with the highest quality ingredients available.
It could not get any easier. Everything shows up at your door. All you need to do is put it in the refrigerator and pull it out when you want to eat. We spend the day in the kitchen so that you don't have to.
You are what you eat...What is in your food?
We implement 10 rules when selecting the quality of the ingredients that we choose for your meals.
We work with REAL food as it comes from nature and try to use all of its edible parts.
Most restaurants and ready-made foods that are available for purchase are made with the cheapest ingredients possible in order to increase the profits of the business. However when using these ingredients they are usually filled with highly processed products including artificial colors, flavors, and additives which make the food cheaper, add bulk, increase shelf life, and make them more transportable. As you can imagine, these processed ingredients are linked to many of the health problems that people are experiencing in our society. At Unprocessed Kitchen we avoid foods that are highly processed or use ingredients that do not pass our high quaility standards. We avoid foods that use ingredients that do not come from nature. If there are ingredients that we cannot pronounce, it is not a food we serve you.
No Artificial Ingredients, Preservatives or Additives
We read and research all of the ingredients that make it into our kitchen to make sure that the food that you consume does not contain any ingredients that are artificial, contain unnatural additives, or contain unnecessary/unnatural preservatives. The body knows how to process REAL food. Our systems are slowed down by having to figure out what to do with all of the additives that companies are putting in the food system
No GMO Ingredients
We make sure to check that we are not serving any GMO products.
GMO products have been fundamentally altered so that they can resist damage from many heavy pesticides, specifically Monsanto's Round Up herbicide. This herbicide is a very strong chemical that would otherwise kill the plants it is used on. By making the plant resistant to death the farmers are able to spray these GMO altered plants with plenty of this strong chemical and then you are eating this product. In addition, scientists have also injected and insecticide into the DNA of the GMO plants to unnaturally stop the plant from getting eaten by bugs. However again you are now ingesting this product and the result is unknown or should I say unproven as to if there is a negative affect for this human consumption. Research has pointed to an increase in allergies and issues that may be linked to the body not recognizing the unnatural change to a natural GMO altered food.
Additionally, by altering the chemical make up of the plant using insecticide, bees are dying off very rapidly as they need to pollenate the plants that have been altered. A world without bees would alter the future of plants on this earth.
Local, Organic, Seasonal produce is not only good for our health due to the lower exposure to pesticides, but also have a significantly lower impact on our global footprint. Conventional growing practices using Monocropping are extremely detrimental practices for the environment and in turn our health as well.
When a farm is only producing one crop on a large plot of land year after year, the land gets depleted of the same nutrients. In turn, the farmer then needs to add more and more chemical fertilizers to the land in order to add the necessary nutrients to the soil so that a useable crop can grow again. Now we are consuming whatever was input to the land. This type of farming is having a big impact on the earth beyond the farmers field. These fertilizers eventually end up in the water run off and has been making its way to our oceans. When the fertilizer enters the ocean it is creating an issue of algae blooms which is pulling the oxygen out of the water below and killing off all animal and plant life underneath.
Smaller Local and Organic Farms will tend to use a more traditional growing method where multiple crops are rotated on the same land. By doing this, some of the crops will take certain nutrients from the soil and other crops will give back those nutrients and take others. In turn, this becomes a beneficial cycle to the soil and can continue on without depleting the nutrients from the ground. Organic farming also does not allow for the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides to be used. Meaning that we are not ingesting these things in the food that we are consuming.
By keeping your dollars as local as possible you are not just supporting our local community but are also helping reduce the carbon footprint that it takes to transport food from far away lands. As we all know in our area we are not able to get everything locally year round, however we make a great effort with our purveyors to try to get the majority of our produce from the United States and from the closest possible locations.
We research the sources of our animal products to verifying that the feed provided to the animals we purchase is non-GMO. Additionally it is important that the animals been humanely treated in a free roaming, natural environment and have not been routinely injected with antibiotics and/or growth hormones.
Why Local/Grass Fed?
An animal's diet can have a profound influence on the nutrient content of its products. Since we are what we eat, we can't forget that if consuming animal products, we are also what the animal eats.
The natural diet of a cow is grass but due to the high demand of animal products in the US, conventionally raised animals are usually fed grain. Grain is very bad for the digestive tract of a cow and although it fattens up the animal quickly, it depletes the health of the animal and in turn depletes the nutrients that we ingest when eating the meat. Conventional animals are also given hormones that are fat soluble, which means when we eat these marbled meats or dairy we ingest these added hormones as well as the antibiotics that are used in conventional farming operations.
Grass fed, grass finished animal protein tends to be much lower in fats,and contains healthier fat soluble vitamins including the much talked about Omega 3 fatty acids.
Luckily, here in the Teton Valley we have many local farmers that we can choose from for the highest quality meats as well as poultry and eggs.
Using wild sustainable seafood means catching or farming seafood responsibly, with consideration for the long-term health benefit of the environment and the people. Eating wild sustainable seafood is a good source of high quality protein, omega-3 fatty acids, a variety of vitamins and minerals and is also low in saturated fat.
The reason we choose wild (with a few very well researched exceptions) is that the farming practices of fish is very similar to to conventional practices of beef, chicken, pork and other animal products. The farmed fish are typically fed an unnatural diet of GMO soy/corn pellet or sometimes worse. The farmed fish are crammed into unnaturally tight living spaces which then leads to disease. To fight the disease the fish are fed hormones and a regular feed of antibiotics.
We try to incorporate whole grains into our meals. Grains have been given a bad wrap over the years. The reason for this is that most of the grains consumed in our society are highly refined. As with the difference between grass fed meat and conventional meat, there is a big nutritional difference between whole grains and refined/highly processed grains. Some whole grains contain gluten, while others do not.
What is the difference between whole grains and grains that have been refined?
Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel (the bran, germ, and endosperm) and contain an number of essential nutrients. Examples of whole grains that are commonly available include Brown Rice, Farro, Wheatberries, and Quinoa
Refined grains have been processed in a mill to remove the bran and germ. This processing gives the grain a finer texture and improves its shelf life, but it also removes fiber, iron, and vitamins.
We make sure to soak all of our grains and beans and some of our overnight before cooking.
Why Soak Beans, Grains, and Nuts?
Grains, beans, nuts and seeds contain anti-nutrients (phytic acid, enzyme inhibitors, lectins, tannins, goitrogens, oligosaccharides) which protect them from insects and predators, and invasion by bacteria, viruses or fungi. By soaking and rinsing grains, beans, and nuts you are able to reduce or completely remove the anti-nutrients. Soaking beans, nuts, grains, and seeds can encourage the production of beneficial enzymes, increase the nutrient content, especially vitamin B, break down hard-to-digest proteins and increase their bioavailability, prevent mineral deficiencies and bone loss, reduce hypersecretion of pancreatic enzymes and maximize digestion which reduces the need for the body to centralize its reserves to digest food.
Soaking makes your beans, grains, nuts and seeds ten times more nutritious that their raw form.
We only use maple syrup, coconut sugar, date sugar, dates, rapudura, brown rice syrup, or honey if using added sweetener to the food we make.
Why are natural minimally processed sweeteners different when consumed by the body?
To start, all sweeteners need to be used in moderation. However, when we consume sweeteners they are not all created equally. Just like with any processing of ingredients, the more the item is taken out of its natural state, the less nutrients that are left in the item. Additionally, the way that most sugars are processed are highly toxic and use chemicals that are not favorable for digestion. Beet sugar, which is typically what is used if the label does not specifically state Cane Sugar is more than 90% GMO. Going back to eating foods as close to their whole state as possible we choose to only work with the ingredients listed above in any of our products.
We believe that juicing can be an extremely beneficial addition to a regular diet of whole foods. This practice does not replace the need to eat a daily variety of fruits and vegetables, but enhances it. Juice is very nutrient dense and can be a quick and convenient way to get a boost on phytochemicals and enzymes. Not to mention there are endless combinations to make these delicious!
Why cold pressed?
There are 2 reasons that we cold press our Juices and Nut Milk. First, when juicing using a traditional juicer the heat from the machine breakdown the essential enzymes in the plant. This makes the juice much less beneficial when being digested. Additionally, if you are drinking a juice that was placed in a bottle vs drinking it right from the juicer, cold pressed is the best method to preserve those wonderful enzymes. Using other methods will breakdown the nutrients too quickly and negate much of the benefits.
Lets be honest, most of us need the convenience of having our juice ready to drink in the refrigerator vs spending the 20 minutes in the kitchen scrubbing the veggies/fruit, juicing them, then cleaning our juicer!