First and foremost, Nüssli118° is a plant-powered company. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds and some gluten-free grains, when properly and lovingly prepared, can provide our bodies with all the nutrients they need to thrive. Not only that, they’re delicious! We simply allow the full flavor of our whole food ingredients to shine, unadulterated by synthetic preservatives, artificial flavors or highly processed sugars. We promise you won’t miss the eggs, milk or butter either! There’s no end to the possibilities in a plant-based diet, and we’re on a mission to show the world just how versatile, satisfying and mouth-watering these foods can be.
The reality of our 21st Century food system is that it’s filled with toxic chemicals, contaminants, herbicides, pesticides, synthetic additives and GMOs. At Nüssli118° we believe people have the right to know exactly what’s in their food, and we’re committed to providing snack options that are free of those dangers. What’s the best way to do that? Going organic! Nüssli118° snacks and treats are certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers. By choosing organic ingredients, we’re choosing to support food purveyors who have been held to a high, rigorous standard of quality. Our ingredients are all free of pesticide residue, antibiotics, additives and genetically modified organisms, making them more earth-friendly and, of course, gut-friendly!
It’s important to us to support like-minded companies that are organic certified, good stewards of the environment and care about fair trade. That’s why we source most of our ingredients from ethical companies like Tierra Farms, Blue Mountain Organics, Nutiva and Terrasoul. When it comes to fresh ingredients, we like to go to local farmers markets 4 seasons out of the year - sourcing our fruits, vegetables and herbs directly from the people who harvested them!
Humans from every civilization throughout history have enjoyed the benefits of fresh, raw food! At Nüssli118°, we’re especially inspired by Maximilian Bircher-Brenner, M.D. - a pioneering Swiss doctor, who popularized raw vegetarianism as a healing diet in the 19th century. He believed that good nutrition is key to good health, and we couldn't agree more! So we handcraft delicious snacks and treats out of raw or minimally processed ingredients. Instead of baking our foods at high temperatures, we gently dry them to 118°F in dehydrators. This ensures that their heat-sensitive enzymes and nutrients remain intact, while we achieve the flavors and perfect textures that we’re after.
At Nüssli118°, we sprout all our nuts and seeds in small batches ourselves. Sprouting or “activating” is the traditional process of soaking nuts or seeds in water to reduce their naturally occurring phytic acids, bitter-tasting tannins and enzyme inhibitors. This results in a more gut-friendly product, packed with bioavailable enzymes and nutrients. To learn more about this process and why we choose to prepare our food this way, visit our Why Sprouted? page.
At Nüssli118°, we handcraft our products using organic sprouted, or “activated”, nuts and seeds. Sprouting is the traditional process of soaking nuts or seeds in water to reduce their naturally occurring phytic acids, bitter-tasting tannins and enzyme inhibitors. This results in a more gut-friendly product, packed with bioavailable enzymes and nutrients that we can’t absorb from regular raw nuts and seeds. The flavor changes slightly too, because the removal tannins means that our nuts and seeds are no longer bitter. Some even taste ever-so-slightly sweet!
To ensure consistency and quality at Nüssli118°, we sprout all of our nuts and seeds in small batches ourselves. Then, to complete the process, we dehydrate them at 118°F to protect their heat–sensitive enzymes while also yielding a delightfully crunchy texture.
Why go through all that trouble? Because we love it! Plus we know that taking extra care of our ingredients means taking extra care of our customers. If we can nourish each and every person who buys Nüssli118° snacks and treats, then we’re doing our part to create a more healthy and empowered world.