We love a fiber-packed healthy snack to grab on the go. However, most brand-name granola bars found at your local supermarket should not make their way home to your pantry. If you check the label, you will find more than 25-30 ingredients (maybe more) in a single granola bar, including artificial color, corn syrup, artificial flavor, preservatives and artificial sugars, including sugar alcohols. That’s just a sampling of those artificial ingredients. At FreshJax, we don’t believe you or your body should ever rely on artificial anything.
STRIKE & SWAP FOR FRESHJAX FRUIT & NUT BARS
Our energy bars are packed with nothing but the good stuff: all organic and natural foods and spices. Flip that food label over, and you’ll find ingredients you can read and understand; you can also count them on your two hands. FreshJax Fruit & Nut Bars come in 11 different flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Apricot Cherry, Banana Nut, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Chocolate Maca, Cranberry Orange, Fig Fruit’N, Pina Colada, Sunrise Mocha, Triple Berry, and Pumpkin Spice (seasonally available in the fall).
A good, strong cup of joe is our favorite morning nectar of the gods as well. But we think coffee grown without pesticides and fertilizer sounds (and tastes!) even better. As one of the most traded commodities in the world, demand for coffee is high – all the time. Did you know coffee was traditionally “shade-grown” or grown in the shade of trees to protect it from animals and insects naturally? In the last 40 years, many farmers changed to growing coffee in the sun to speed up production, and they added fertilizer and pesticides to the mix.
STRIKE & SWAP FOR FAIR-TRADE ORGANIC COFFEE
We use shade-grown organic coffee at FreshJax and freshly grind and brew it for you every Saturday at the Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville. When we grow into our storefront later in 2015, we look forward to offering this to you every day. Our coffee is also certified as “fair trade” meaning the partnerships with global coffee bean farmers ensures their sustainable development under fair and respected trading standards, which provides them more equity.
Let us blow your mind for a second. Did you know that popcorn should have ingredients of just – popcorn? Whip open your cupboard and check that popcorn package you have tucked away for your favorite movie night at home, and look at those ingredients. You’ll likely find artificial flavors, artificial colors, preservatives, and citric acid, all likely packed into GMO corn or genetically-modified corn. In fact, corn is one of 10 foods in the United States most at high risk for being genetically-modified, according to nongmoproject.org
STRIKE & SWAP FOR FRESHJAX ORGANIC MULTI-COLORED POPCORN
Our organic multi-colored popcorn is packed with just – popcorn. Yes, it is possible! We pack it with four types of organically-grown corn: ruby red, shaman blue, robust white and yellow. It’s a beautiful array of healthy corn all ready to pop in a chemical-free paper bag. Yes, you can pop popcorn on your own in the microwave. Read how here.
Known as one of the healthiest snacks to get you through the day, almonds are beloved by many. But read this loud and clear: not all almonds are created equal. You’ll find added oils (gmo-canola and gmo-soybean), and also equally icky for your health, added MSG. Adding MSG or other artificial flavorings to anything is never, ever good for your health, so don’t ruin a smart snack choice!
STRIKE & SWAP FOR FRESHJAX SWEET VANILLA ALMONDS
Our FreshJax sweet vanilla almonds are our best-selling product and we promise, take one bite and you will know why! What’s better than a healthy snack with a little added sweetness? We naturally sweeten ours with fresh coconut, real organic Vermont maple syrup, and natural vanilla. Yum!
The perfect addition to every meal: breakfast, lunch or dinner! However, many popular brands can be packed with preservatives and other chemicals. Another recent study from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas examined 25 hot sauces from Mexico and South America and found four of them contained elevated levels of lead. Also, you can find added sugar, loads of salt, high fructose corn syrup, modified food starch, etc. These additions don’t sound yummy on our favorite meal at all.
STRIKE & SWAP FOR FRESHJAX EVERYTHING SAUCE
Our FreshJax Everything Sauce is the perfect blend of spices and BBQ. It packs medium heat and no lead or added chemicals. We’re kind of obsessed with it on, well, everything! Use it to marinate, top or dip into your favorite foods, including biscuits! We’re proud of our recent partnership with the Jacksonville-born Maple Street Biscuit Company. You can now find FreshJax Everything Sauce at all of their Jacksonville-based restaurants: a marriage of two companies working hard to bring you high quality and non-processed foods, every day.
Get ready Jacksonville, FreshJax is bringing delicious healthy options to the One Spark Food Village this year! Fuel your entrepreneurial spirit with our Handcrafted Hummus, Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies, Lentil + Shiitake Mushroom Shepherds Pie, Quinoa Salad, and more... April 8-12 downtown Jacksonville. You won't want to miss it!
Simplicity. You may say it’s kind of our mantra. Eat foods with simple, whole, natural ingredients. Take care of your body with a healthy, simple diet of local, clean, non-processed foods. Also, get back to the basics. Strive to live a balanced life. To help, practice stress relieving activities such as regular workouts and yoga. It can and will help you maintain a work-life balance. At FreshJax, we believe it can be just that simple.
All too often the health market place is too cluttered and too confusing. New fad diets, new workout gimmicks, new products here and there to help you lose inches while you never leave the couch. Yada, yada. It’s also just this simple: they don’t work.
We want to help our neighbors in Jacksonville and beyond by streamlining their health journey. Every day we are focused on our biggest goal in 2015: to build a healthy living center with a FreshJax Café and a Yoga Studio all under one roof, right here in the River City.
We want a one-stop shop for folks to come in and try what we lovingly call our “kick-ass” foods: all locally-made and handcrafted with love, and more importantly, no GMOs, no trans-fats, no dairy, and no gluten.
That’s right. Our dream includes building Jacksonville’s first-ever fully gluten-free kitchen.
We believe we are so close to making this happen for anyone who wants it, and we believe this community is hungry for it.
In 2013, we pitched this dream at the first ever One Spark Festival. We placed eighth overall out of 450 participants; third overall in the science category. We were awarded $3,000 for this win: money we’ve invested in growing our company, but more so, One Spark gave us the confidence that our lifestyle center could really make a difference.
In 2014, another healthy assurance came by way of Winn-Dixie. Someone had tried our products purchased from our booth at the Riverside Arts Market and recommended FreshJax to their corporate team for a contest. We believed it was a long shot, but we entered, and we WON. Any week now 12 FreshJax products (think coconut bacon, hot sauces, and spice blends) will be stocked in Winn-Dixie stores across North Florida and South Georgia. But simply put, we still want to do more.
We want to help you on your fitness journey, one step at a time. We want to be a resource: a place where neighbors can be educated and inspired. We want our healthy living center to foster a sense of community.
We want to also keep it simple for you. We hope you just stop by and give one thing a try. Maybe begin with a cup of our fresh roasted coffee or a gluten-free cookie (or two!). Start small. We don’t want to confuse folks to think they must convert to all of our products and begin daily yoga to be on this journey with us. You don’t. This isn’t a religion. It’s a fun lifestyle. We still live our life. You may even find us enjoying a cider or a local craft beer on the weekend. Heck, maybe even a glass of wine on Friday night after Zumba. Who’s in now? ;)
Our FreshJax team is committed to bringing you healthy food and fitness in a fun environment.
Come just for the food. Or just for a yoga class … or come for both!
We look forward to meeting you and hearing how we can help you.
It really is just that simple.
As for the location and opening date … stay tuned!
Explore yoga + healthy living in Jacksonville, FL with FreshJax!