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Top 5 Reasons Why Home Freeze Dried Pet Food Is Better

Top 5 Reasons Why Home Freeze Dried Pet Food Is Better

We love our pets and it's no wonder, they bring us a lot of joy and provide us with companionship. That explains why Canadians are constantly in search of better ways to care for and pamper their furry friends.

Make pet nutrition a priority 

Most pet owners are looking for ways to keep their pets in tip top shape, which includes a healthy balanced diet and plenty of exercise. 

Unfortunately, commercially prepared dog and cat food often contain the same hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics found in store-bought prepared foods for humans. On top of that, the meat that goes into commercially prepared pet foods is often unfit for human consumption.    

A guaranteed way to gain control over your pet's diet is to prepare your own pet food at home, with ingredients from sources that you trust.

Freeze dried pet food is better

Many pet owners are using a freeze dryer to make their own pet food. There are numerous reasons why home freeze-dried pet food and snacks are better than store-bought; they're healthier, easier for your pet to digest, and tastier, plus you not only reduce your food waste at home, your pet has the benefit of better nutrition, improved health and higher energy levels. 

Top 5 reasons why you should make freeze dried pet food 

  1. Freeze dried foods have a long shelf-life (up to 25 years), so you can prepare large batches and store the food without any worry that it'll spoil or that the nutrition will be compromised. 
  2. Freeze-dried foods are free of additives and preservatives. You also have the ability to customize your pet food, while considering any allergies or sensitivities your pet may have. You can easily reduce your pet's exposure to the offending ingredients when you make the food at home.  
  3. Most people are surprised to learn that freeze drying does not affect the flavour, colour or shape of their food, which means the food is recognizable and tastes as it should. 
  4. Did you know that the freeze drying process does not use any heat, so the loss of any nutrition in the food is minimal. That means freeze-dried foods are just as healthy for your pet as the day on which they were preserved and all of those wonderful vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes remain intact.
  5. The time it takes to prepare your food for freeze drying is minimal, and the freeze drying process itself takes around 24 to 36 hours from start to finish for about 16 pounds of food. 


If you're curious to learn more about freeze drying, check out our freeze dryer introduction.


 Fast Fact: 

Each year Canadians spend over $4 billion on their pets and of that amount, a whopping $2 billion goes toward pet food alone. 



Make Camping & Hiking More Fun with Your Own Freeze Dried Food

Make Camping & Hiking More Fun with Your Own Freeze Dried Food

Today's guest blogger is Wendy Busse, a registered dietitian who has helped hundreds of people lose weight and eat healthier. According to her, a major key to success is having nourishing meals that can be quickly and easily prepared at home, or just as readily on the go. The easiest way to do this is with your own home freeze dryer.

Summer is finally upon us and with that lots of great hiking and camping opportunities. In this video, Wendy shares with you how freeze-dried meals and snacks can make your camping trips and long hikes a lot easier.

With a home freeze dryer, Wendy tells us, she can pack most of the food her family needs for an entire trip in a big Rubbermaid container. But the biggest advantage, she says, is being able to make meals with very little prep time or dishes to wash. Now, who doesn't like the sound of that?

Comments? Suggestions? Let us know in the comment section below after you watch the video.


About the Author: Wendy Busse is a registered dietitian from Alberta, Canada with a passion for helping people embrace delicious dining through mindful meal planning and eating. She can be reached at

Discover Freeze Drying For Healthy Meal & Snack Planning

Discover Freeze Drying For Healthy Meal & Snack Planning

Today's guest video blogger is Wendy Busse, a registered dietitian who has helped hundreds of people lose weight and eat healthier. According to her, a major key to success is having nourishing meals that can be quickly prepared at home. The easiest way to do this is with a home freeze dryer

In this video, Wendy explains why having her own freeze dryer has been such a blessing. Soups are one of the easiest meals to prepare with freeze dried ingredients. She's written a pamphlet Hearty Soups with your Freeze Dryer - that has tips on freeze drying 15 different foods that you can combine into a variety of nutritious, tasty soups. You can download the free handout from the link below this video.

Comments? Suggestions? Let us know in the comment section below.

Hearty Soups with Your Freeze Dryer - Download Your Free Guide »


About the Author: Wendy Busse is a registered dietitian from Alberta, Canada with a passion for helping people embrace delicious dining through mindful meal planning and eating. She can be reached at

Adaptogens - Increase Your Resistance to Stress and Improve Your Health

Adaptogens - Increase Your Resistance to Stress and Improve Your Health

We understand that a healthy diet is a critical component to good health and eating raw vegan is a lifestyle choice that supports a healthier and happier mind and body.   

What is Phytotherapy

The use of plants for treating ailments is certainly not a new concept, in fact, archaeological evidence suggests that we've been using plants for their healing properties since the Paleolithic period, which is around 60,000 years ago. Phytotherapy is the use of plants for herbal medicines. 

What Are Adaptogens

If you haven't heard of adaptogens, they're a class of healing plants that help  protect the body and increase your resistance to stressors. They help your body adapt to internal and external stress and support your adrenals, which are the glands that manage your body's response to stress. 

Effects of Prolonged Stress on Cortisol Levels

Most health-concerned people have heard of cortisol. It's the hormone released at times of stress and serves many important functions in your body, which is why having a healthy balance is essential to good health.

When you have elevated cortisol levels due to chronic stress, it puts your body into a fight or flight mode and this can be detrimental to your health. When in a state of constant stress or prolonged periods of stress, your adrenal glands will burn out and affect your body's ability to cope under stress. 

Elevated levels of cortisol in your body will result in high blood pressure, feeling anxious and irritable, low energy, weight gain and bone loss, as well as an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. 

Fight Stress - Benefits of Adaptogens 

Adaptogenic herbs promote good health and overall well-being because they help you resist the effects of stress on your body, cope with anxiety and fatigue and reduce long-term cortisol levels. 

By supporting adrenal function, adaptogens don't target a specific ailment, rather they help the body resist the adverse effects of stress and help to normalize body imbalances. 

 Quick List of Adaptogenic Herbs 

Adaptogens come in different forms (powders, pills, liquids), so they can easily be incorporated into smoothies, juice, and dishes. Here are a few examples of adaptogenic herbs:  

  • Asian Ginseng
  • Holy Basil
  • Milk Thistle
  • Ashwagandha
  • Rhodiola Rosea
  • Ginseng Eleuthero
  • Rosemary
  • Reishi
  • Aloe Vera
  • Gotu Kola
  • Astragalus
  • Moringa Oleifera
  • Schisandra
  • Bacopa
  • Licorice Root

Which Adaptogens Are The Best 

  • If you're dealing with long-term stress: Ashwagandha helps your body better respond to long-term stress and related hormone imbalances. You'll also feel the benefits of renewed energy and a sharper mind. Rhodiola helps raise and lower the cortisol levels in your body as needed.
  • Feeling anxious and stressed: Siberian ginseng and Holy Basil may help intervene in the body's fight or fight stress responses, and decrease fatigue. 
  • Need a boost on your immunity: Reishi and ginseng have been found to strengthen the body's immune system. 


Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food

    Top 4 Advantages of Greenhouse Gardening

    Top 4 Advantages of Greenhouse Gardening

    Spring has sprung and we have gardening on our minds. We couldn't think of a better time to share why we have fallen in love with greenhouse gardening. 

    Greenhouse gardening is growing in popularity

    Did you know that the idea of growing plants in controlled environments has existed since the Roman times. Fast forward to the 21st century, many technological advances have been made to make greenhouses more efficient, affordable and user-friendly, which is empowering gardeners to turn a part-time hobby into a full-time passion. 

    Greenhouses are for all gardeners, whether you want to dedicate a few minutes  or a few hours a day to gardening. If you have visions of your kitchen fully stocked with delicious, homegrown fruits and vegetables, then you're not alone. Greenhouse gardening is growing in popularity among vegetarians, vegans, raw vegans and foodies in general and it's no wonder as it offers many advantages over outdoor gardening.

    Top 4 advantages of greenhouse gardening 

    1. Controlled Environment - Greenhouses create an optimal growing environment where plants are shielded from bad weather and protected in a temperature controlled environment. Sunlight and outdoor temperatures can vary greatly from day to night and from season to season, but in a greenhouse, these are factors that you will not need to consider. Humidity is also an important aspect of growing a garden. Plants in outdoor gardens typically face some level of stress in drier conditions, but greenhouses keep the air humid which plants adore. Outdoor gardeners also have to deal with pathogens and insects invading their gardens, but greenhouse gardens are far less likely to be invaded by fungi, bacteria and pest. These types of outdoor gardening pests wreak havoc on your garden and can be very time consuming to deal with and detrimental to the health of your plants.   
    2. Garden in any Weather - You won't need to wait for a sunny day to garden when you have a greenhouse. Rain, wind or frost, a greenhouse protects your plants and YOU from bad weather. It makes gardening more convenient and comfortable, day or night. Bonus: use your greenhouse space to store your tools, equipment and supplies. 
    3. Extend Your Growing Season - Your growing season is prolonged by several months in a greenhouse. Ground frost or even snow, depending on how low the temperatures drop in the winter, cause water in plant cells to freeze. You can easily spot plants that have been affected by frost as they'll appear limp and their leaves blackened. Greenhouse gardening enables you to eliminate the risk of your plants being damaged by ground frost. Depending on where you live, it could also mean having the ability to garden all year round. A longer growing season means higher yields, which translates into more delicious raw food on your table and savings in your pocket. Not a bad deal. It also means you are not bound to the typical planting season, which makes greenhouse gardening more flexible. 
    4. Grow Organic - A wonderful benefit of gardening at home is the ability to have full control over the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. With the use of these harmful synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in conventional farming, more consumers are choosing to buy organic produce or simply wanting control over the food they consume. When you grow your own produce, you have the reassurance that it's free of synthetic pesticides and it's been ripened naturally. There is also a growing consciousness that the benefits of eating organic foods extend beyond one's own health and extend to the health of the entire planet. Did you know that food on average travels about 2,500 kms before it reaches our kitchens. Agricultural processes in general contribute to a large proportion of global greenhouse gas emissions, so you're doing your part to reduce those greenhouse gas emissions and protect the planet when you grow your own produce.  

    If you want to see for yourself the growing power of a greenhouse, then visit our Greenhouse product page to watch a fun Greenhouse video of Jared, a young boy who planted tomato plants inside and outside of his family's greenhouse. You won't believe your eyes. 

    DIY Gardening - Grow Your Own Produce Using a Greenhouse

    DIY Gardening - Grow Your Own Produce Using a Greenhouse

    Greenhouse gardening is an easy way to ensure a raw foodie's kitchen stays fully stocked with homegrown fruits and vegetables. 

    Greenhouses provide optimal growing conditions

    If you have never heard of or seen a greenhouse, it's an outdoor structure made out of materials such as wood, glass, plastic, metal and netting. Greenhouses are an invaluable tool for raw foodies or anyone who's interested in growing fruits and vegetables as they create the ideal environment for plants to flourish. Their warmth and humidity make them a perfect space for both small- and large-scale gardening and almost everything can be grown in a greenhouse.  

    Where to set up to your greenhouse

    Ideally, you want to install your greenhouse in a south- or west-facing location that offers either full sun or minimal shade in the afternoons. If you don't have the best light exposure for your greenhouse, you can always use artificial lighting and heating systems, which can be either basic or elaborate, but natural light is always the best for growing.   

    Keep in mind that you can grow your produce in or above ground in a greenhouse, so you may want to consider if the ground is flat and well-drained. 

    Scan the site to ensure that you do not have any surrounding tree cover or even any risk of damage due to surrounding structures. You may also want to consider if you can easily access water and hookup electricity to your greenhouse if you intend to use a heating or lighting system. 

    Benefits To Growing Your Own Produce in a Greenhouse

    There are plenty of benefits to greenhouse gardening, whether you are growing fruits, vegetables, herbs or more.  

    Greenhouses provide a protected growing environment

    Greenhouses create a safe, stable environment where your fruit and vegetable plants are protected from pests and inclement weather. You won't need to consider environmental factors such as the threat of overnight ground frost or curious animals looking for a snack, which gives greenhouse gardening a major advantage over outdoor gardens. 

    Greenhouse gardening saves you money

    A wonderful benefit to growing your produce at home in your greenhouse is control over costs. You can choose the variety and number of plants you want to grow, so your garden can be very simple or very elaborate depending on your needs.

    Since your greenhouse will provide you with a controlled environment, your  growing season is extended by many months, which is invaluable in colder climates such as Canada where the growing season can be very short and unpredictable year to year. Your greenhouse will ensure that fresh produce keeps flowing into your kitchen and your bill at the grocery store (where prices can fluctuate greatly one week to the next) is manageable. On top of it, you will know exactly how your produce was grown, which is important to many raw foodies who are choosing organic foods.  

    Greenhouse gardening is convenient

    Greenhouses offer a one-stop gardening shop in that you do not need to worry about the compatibility of plants as you would in an outdoor garden. In a greenhouse, you can easily mix the varieties of plants while not having to  consider soil compatibility. From planting seeds to harvesting, a greenhouse will keep your plates full of delicious raw food. 


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