Zen Monkey is a COMPLETE breakfast made up of juicy oats, yogurt and fruit. We call them juicy oats because we soak the oats in apple juice (without cooking them) and then mix it with equal parts fruit and yogurt. It is seriously delicious. If you’re a breakfast junkie like us, you might’ve heard of overnight oats or bircher muesli… our distant cousins!
Zen Monkey takes pride in providing a genuinely healthy meal. We work very hard to provide a fresh wholesome product. We eat it pretty much everyday ourselves, so it would be silly to make something we didn’t believe in. We strive to source only the highest quality ingredients and frown at anything unnatural or genetically modified. The details on labeling a product “non-GMO” are relatively ambiguous and we want to provide as much transparency as possible to our customers. See below for details on each individual ingredient.
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Are your products genetically modified?
No. All of our products originate from identity-preserved, non-GMO seeds. This means that the seed planted in the ground is non-GMO. We do not guarantee the complete absence of GMO materials in our products because of wind drift, pollinators and our lack of testing equipment.
Some U.S. dairy farms inject the genetically engineered hormone rBGH, also called rBST, into their cows to boost milk production. Products with a label that indicates cows free of rBGH or rBST may come from cows fed GMO feed.
The yogurt in Zen Monkey come from cows NEVER treated with rBGH/rBST.
Non-GMO verification for dairy products is still being ironed out. The sticking point is how far up the supply chain you go. Yogurt comes from milk (obviously). Milk comes from cows (well, now it seems like milk comes from almonds and soy and goats and chickens and fish and everywhere else… our milk comes from cows). The GMO part is what these cows eat. For a yogurt to be non-GMO verified, the cows must eat non-GMO feed. Of course, there is not much non-GMO feed around… and so the big debate. In short, if a dairy product is non-GMO verified, it is almost always Organic certified. One of our core values is that healthy, wholesome food should be accessible to everyone. By sourcing organic yogurt, the price of a Zen Monkey would be almost double what it is now, and not very affordable.
Oatmeal does not contain gluten in nature, but due to cross contamination with wheat products on the same farmland and machinery processing product with gluten, oats do contain traces of gluten in them. Gluten-free oats are farmed and processed in such a way that there is no cross-contamination. In terms of numbers, gluten-free oats have 0-20ppm (parts per million) gluten. The oats in Zen Monkey are 20-40ppm gluten, marginally higher.
Zen Monkey is currently made using extra thick rolled oats (not gluten-free).
We use the highest quality ingredients, but Zen Monkey is not certified organic. One of our core values is that healthy, wholesome food should be accessible to everyone. By sourcing organic ingredients, the price of a Zen Monkey would be almost double what it is now, and not very affordable.
That said, we do plan on providing an organic version down the line, so if it’s a dealbreaker for you, keep checking back!
Due to consumer demand, we have switched to cane sugar with our new formula. Each 5.3oz cup now contain 12-15 grams of sugar, most of which comes from the fruit and apple juice.