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Navitas Naturals New Coconut Water Powders

We're pleased to offer new products that evolve the way that people can enjoy the many benefits of coconut water. There are now 3 varieties of Navitas Naturals Freeze-Dried Coconut Water Powder to choose from: Original, Chocolate, and Goldenberry. These convenient powders provide the hydration benefits of coconut water, but are also fortified with other organic Navitas superfoods that provide flavor and a big boost of nutrients including vitamin C. To create a delicious Original coconut, chocolate or fruit-flavored sports drink, simply stir 11 grams (approximately 1 Tbsp.) of powder into a glass of water.

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Thanks to the mineral-rich coconut water used in this instant drink powder, each serving of the new powders contains a plentiful supply of 5 electrolytes known to support rapid hydration: sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Our new Goldenberry Coconut Water Powder, and Chocolate Coconut Water Powder, raise coconut water nutrition to a whole new level. That's because camu, a superfruit from the Amazon, has been added to boost the vitamin C of each serving to meet the daily recommended intake.

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These Coconut Water Powders are raw, certified organic, gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified and vegan. The new powders are made from fresh coconuts from the Philippines, goldenberries from Colombia,and raw cacao and camu from Peru, and they're freeze-dried to preserve the flavor and nutrients. Each 35-calorie serving contains more potassium than a banana.

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Fortified naturally with raw camu, cacao and goldenberry powder, these new organic superfood blends are a unique new functional food version of coconut water. The raw cacao provides more than just a rich chocolate flavor - it's one of the most abundant natural food sources of immunity-boosting antioxidants. Cacao also contains key minerals including magnesium and iron.

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The freeze-dried goldenberry powder featured in the other blend is a plentiful source of vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, protein, fiber and phytonutrients. In addition to camu being the richest food source of vitamin C, the antioxidant-rich berry from the Amazon is also a plentiful source of potassium, calcium, beta carotene, amino acids and phytochemicals.

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Meghan Telpner caught our attention several years ago with her colorful and entertaining approach to superfood living. She loved Navitas from the start and we loved her right back. With the recent release of her new book UnDiet, we wanted to take the opportunity to get to know this Superfood cheerleader a little more.

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Navitas Naturals (NN): What was the inspiration for your new book Undiet?

Meghan Telpner (MT): My life! When I was 26, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. My doctors told me that this autoimmune, inflammatory bowel disease was incurable and my only options were symptom management through medications and eventually, surgery. I opted to start breaking some rules. This prompted a career change from working in advertising, to nutrition.

What I soon realized was that conventional 'nutritional wisdom' didn't make a whole lot of sense - being told to eat all these foods that seemed to be causing so many common health problems. It was at this point that I decided I needed to UnDiet - UnDo all those rules I thought I was supposed to follow, and just stick to eating really good, whole, real superfoods, and combine that with some lifestyle modifications. The result of this UnDiet lifestyle was that I reclaimed my health. I have been symptom free from a disease believed to have no cure since 2006. The UnDiet lifestyle was my answer. I wanted to put everything I live and teach into a book that would be fun to read, full of beautiful images, inspiring and easy recipes and really approachable strategies to put all the info into practice. UnDiet was the result.

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NN: We have many customers that have food sensitivities and face health challenges, and many have focused on optimal nutrition as a means to help overcome their challenges as you did. Can you tell us about your experience with that and things that you did that helped identify the problem and find relief?

MT: The first thing that was so important for me to understand, and that I work so hard to share with others is that food is not the only solution. What we eat is definitely part of the puzzle, but every aspect of our lifestyle, including what we eat, how we sleep, the exercise we do, our stress management strategies, and the people we surround ourselves with have equal or greater affect on our health. We can drink the healthiest superfood smoothie in the whole world, but if we do it with anger, stress and fear, it's not going to heal us.

For me, UnDieting my life was not just changing my food. I had to change the way I exercised, moving away from high intensity workouts towards more yoga, bicycling and outdoor activities. I began a meditation practice. I switched to all natural body care and home cleaning products. I made better life choices in regards to relationships and work. All of this is part of overcoming any health challenge - whether it's a short-term chronic cold, food sensitivities, or long term chronic diseases.

To get healthy, we need to reduce our total exposure to toxins, physical and emotional. This will modulate our stress response and modulate our immune response as well as better support digestion and hormonal balance. When those four areas are in check, healing is the natural progression.

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NN: What is your favorite Navitas superfood, why, and how do you most like to use it?

MT: I thought about being super creative and out there with my answer, but the truth is that I love raw Cacao Powder. Love might even be an understatement. I use it for everything. Often! I use it in morning mocha latte smoothies, in raw desserts, coconut ice creams. I even use it as part of my beauty care routine, in my edible chocolate face mask recipe, and mix it with coconut oil to make a delicious self-tanner.

Navitas Sweet Cacao Nibs are for sure a close second. But those are just too dangerous for me to keep in the house. I can't stop once I start. Whoever thinks healthy eating means deprivation has never tried these cacao nibs!

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NN: Outside of food and nutrition, what are other key things that are part of your creed and healthy lifestyle routine that you coach your clients on?

MT: The main message of my creed is that Today is the day - so let's make it ridiculously awesometown. Everything that follows is about how I like to inspire people to make that happen in their own lives. It involves taking that time to focus on the exhale, knowing that every choice counts, and that we need to crunch on our carrots and flirt with our farmers. The creed is about reconnecting with the love, and fun and joy of everyday life and being present with it. That is truly where happiness comes in and where we can actually find our path to optimal health. The creed shares that yes, food is important, but it can't always be most important.

NN: What superfood do you think provides the best bang-for-the-buck?

MT: My vote is for Hemp Seeds. As a complete plant-based source of protein plus the ideal ratio of omega six to omega three for anti-inflammatory benefit, it really is like a complete meal all by itself. All of these properties combine to make it ideal for immune health, nourishing and restoring the nervous system, and supporting healthy digestion. I also love that they are so easy to use. They'll blend up smoothly, can be sprinkled on anything, or can be taken all on their own as a snack.

NN: What is your favorite superfood recipe and why?

MT: I love my Morning Mocha Frappe. It combines loads of Navitas Superfoods so it serves as my morning dose of power nutrition. The flavor is so rich and decadent. This is the kind of smoothie that can convert anyone to the superfood, super health, UnDiet lifestyle.

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Meghan's Morning Mocha Frappe

2 Tbsp Raw Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder
1 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Maca Powder
1 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Mesquite
2-3 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Hemp Seeds
1 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Goji Berries or Goji Powder
1 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds
1 Scoop Navitas Naturals Hemp Protein Powder (optional)
Honey to sweeten
1 Cup Ice
2 Cups Water

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Navitas Executive chef Julie Morris answers a superfood question every week on our Smoothment Blog in her 'Ask the Chef' column. The blog entry below about chocolate smoothies has been the most popular Ask the Chef post so far. To put the smoothie advice into practice, also below you'll find chef Julie's 60-Second Smoothie recipe video for the Chocolate Dream.

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Question from customer Helen A.: I keep hearing about chocolate smoothies made with cacao. It sounds so good. Is it true that putting chocolate in your smoothie is really as good for us as they say it is? What are the benefits, and do I just add it to anything?

Answer by Chef Julie Morris: Chocolate smoothies are truly a health-giving treat, but it's important to note that we're talking about creating smoothies with raw cacao as not all chocolate is created equal. Many commercial brands strip chocolate of it's benefits by overcooking it, or by adding dairy fats, excess sugar and preservatives. But real, 'raw' chocolate (cacao), has incredible benefits. Sure it'll please your taste buds, but check out all the other ways cacao is good for your whole body:

Cardiovascular Protection - Numerous studies have shown that the key antioxidants in chocolate, called flavanols, help lower blood pressure and relax blood vessels.

Natural Sunscreen - These same flavanols also help protect the skin, helping to circulate blood to the surface of the body, which researchers have found helps to protect against UV rays.

Relaxation - Magnesium is a mineral that helps relax muscles, and cacao is one of the highest sources of magnesium of all natural foods. Third-party testing has shown some cacao powders to contain as much as 475 mg per 100 grams (the recommended daily intake for men is 400mg and women 310mg).

Mood Boost - Chocolate helps naturally increase serotonin production - the 'good mood' chemical in the brain. It also contains other phytochemicals that have mood-elevating effects, like phenethylamine, which enhances the release of pleasurable endorphins.

Anti-Aging - Cacao offers cell protection like no other food, due to it's soaring levels of polyphenol antioxidants. Cacao powder has the most concentrated form of these antioxidants, which have tested up to a jaw-dropping 95,000 ORAC/100 grams. Compare that to antioxidant-rich blueberries, which average around 7,500 ORAC, and it's easy to see why cacao is so impressive!

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As part of our Back-to-Basics Smoothment in September 2012, we provided this delicious 60-Second Smoothie recipe video. The Chocolate Dream Smoothie highlights cacao's rich mineral content.

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Mineralize Me!
Your body needs minerals every day to function properly, but you typically need only small trace amounts. Unlike fiber, fats and protein, which you need in gram doses, you only need milligram amounts of minerals. But if you don't get them into your diet, major health problems can arise. Minerals balance fluid levels, support healthy bones and teeth, aid muscle and nerve function and assist in normal blood clotting and blood pressure. Minerals also help build proper immune response, assist brain function and regulate metabolism.

The average American diet is mineral-deficient. You should ensure that you get proper amounts of minerals in your diet by eating fresh fruits and vegetables, taking mineral supplements when necessary and eating mineral-rich superfoods like cacao and maca. Grown in mineral-rich soil and maintaining an heirloom quality, the maca root and cacao are two of the most mineral-rich superfoods available.

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Chocolate Dream Smoothie

1 ½ Cups Ice
¼ Cup Brazil Nuts
3 large Medjool Dates
2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder
2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Maca Powder
2 Cups Almond Milk ("original")
1 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs

Serves 2. Blend all ingredients except the cacao nibs and ice until smooth. Add the nibs and ice and blend again until frosty.
Nutrition Per Serving: 261.5 Calories, Protein 6.2 g, Carb 29 g, Fat 15 g, Fiber 5.5 g. These data are approximations obtained from NutritionCalc Plus based on 16 oz. servings.

We have a big collection of chocolate smoothies listed on our cacao recipe page to get you started on enjoying all the benefits that cacao has to offer! Have a superfood smoothie question of your own? Ask away! Just post it on our Facebook page and we might feature it in an upcoming segment of Ask The Chef - a regular feature column in our Smoothment Blog.

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It's almost Earth Day, so the green/eco story themes are starting to roll out. Our Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks were featured as a 'Favorite Earth-Friendly Find' by the editors of Better Nutrition Magazine in their new April edition. Our Citrus Chia Power Snack also gained some media accolades, from Men's Fitness in their informative round-up of the best grab-and-go chia foods. Rodale, the publishers of Prevention Magazine and Men's Health and more, featured several Navitas superfoods in their article '11 Best Smoothie Ingredients.'

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We believe nutrient-rich whole foods are at their best when produced by organic agriculture and minimal processing methods. That's why all our products are certified organic, and use methods such as freeze-drying to ensure maximum nutrition. Since our origins in 2003, we've been committed to socially responsible business, and our direct purchasing partnerships create and expand fair trade opportunities for farming communities around the world. We offer a vast selection of organic superfoods and information on how to enjoy them in a diet that can help energize an active and healthy lifestyle.

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