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Ancient civilizations were known to create an energizing ‘running food’ by crushing chia seeds and mixing them with water to create a gel. Although chia seeds are ideal for sports training, they are more than just a running food – they are a versatile ingredient with a broad range of culinary applications. Our website's recipe library has more than 95 delicious chia recipes to help inspire chia adventures in your kitchen. To help you get the pantry ready for late autumn chia meals, this week we're offering 30% off Chia Seeds and Sprouted Chia Powder – enter code chia30 at checkout.

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Chia has quickly emerged as one of our top selling superfoods. It's no big surprise, since our Chia Seeds and Sprouted Chia Powder provide a wide diversity of key nutrients in abundant quantities. In particular, chia seeds are a plentiful plant–based source of omega fatty acids. They're also a robust source of protein – providing all of the essential amino acids. This mighty little Aztec energy food also contains antioxidants, dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus). The slightly crunchy seeds absorb liquid and swell up to form a gel that gives a feeling of fullness and helps to support hydration.

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Our organic raw Chia Seeds have a very mild nutty flavor. Therefore, they're easy to blend into a wide variety of recipes. We suggest that you sprinkle a spoonful into smoothies, oatmeal, salad, granola, cereal or yogurt. Since chia seeds easily absorb liquid and form a gel, they are an effective thickening agent for soups, smoothies, guacamole and pudding. Chia Seeds can also be enjoyed in recipes as an egg replacement, and our Sprouted Chia Powder also works well as a flour substitute to make hearty breads, crackers and other baked goods. Our Chia Seeds and Sprouted Chia Powder are certified organic, kosher, gluten-free, non-GMO and raw.

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Our Recipe of the Month, the Coconut Cashew Smoothie, was created by Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP. Amie is a Manhattan-based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in clean and simple Gluten-Free recipes for the home cook. Below is the recipe and some insight from Amie about the recipe ingredients and her website

Navitas Naturals (NN): What are the nutrition attributes of the Coconut Cashew Smoothie recipe that you created just for Navitas Naturals, and why did you choose those superfoods?

Amie Valpone (AV): This smoothie provides lots of healthy fats from the avocado, coconut milk and cashews along with protein from the cashews, too! The Maca powder is great for hormones and adrenals; I've been using it for years!

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NN: It's clear from the recipes and blog entries on that food allergies and special dietary needs are important topics for you, what inspired you to dive deep into those issues?

AV: My own health inspired me. I became very sick years ago and was diagnosed with many food allergies. After suffering for 5 years with Western medicine and being prescribed everything from steroids and pain killers to water pills, I went back to school to get my degree in Integrative Medicine and started to heal myself with food (lots of healthy fats, lean proteins and fresh fruits and vegetables). I'm 100% organic and that's why I love Navitas Naturals products.

NN: As the daylight gets shorter and we head toward winter, what superfoods should people consider adding to their diet to maintain their health and vitality?

AV: I think it's so important for everyone to understand that healthy fats are essential. Our bodies and minds need them to survive and thrive, especially during this time of year. It's like the oil for a car– if we are eating unhealthy fats, our bodies will eventually reject them and disease may set in, which is what happens to so many of my clients and so many people after they hit their 30's. I love the raw cashews from Navitas Naturals because they are a clean, organic source of healthy fats – and they are so flavorful!

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Coconut Cashew Smoothie

1 ripe Avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
1 ripe Banana
½ Cup Coconut Milk Yogurt
1 tsp Navitas Naturals Maca Powder
2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Cashews
2 Tbsp Honey
3 Cups Ice Cubes
1 tsp Coconut Flakes
1 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs

In a blender, combine all ingredients; blend until smooth and serve chilled. Serves 4

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Our team is growing! Natasha Thomas was hired in August, 2013 as the Marketing Coordinator. She works at our headquarters in Novato, California where she has already made a big impact helping to keep our sales and marketing team organized and connected. Read more below about Natasha, and click here to learn more about job openings at Navitas.

Navitas Naturals (NN): Welcome to the team! Have you always had an interest in healthy food?

Natasha Thomas (NT): Thanks! Yes, I've always been interested in healthy food. I come from an athletic background and played a ton of sports, from cheerleading and basketball to wrestling and lacrosse. My father was a professional athlete and taught me the right way to fuel my body for an active lifestyle.

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NN: What kind of things have you been working on at Navitas and what has been your favorite assignment so far?

NT: I work on a lot of different projects. The most recent project that I've been a part of is the Navitas exhibit at the 2013 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. It was really nice to interact with people, meet fans, and introduce people to our products. The new Dragonfruit Slices were a huge success!

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NN: What is your favorite Navitas product?

NT: I've been using Navitas Naturals products for years, but only the chia seeds and goji berries. Since working for Navitas, I've had a chance to learn about all the many products. I'm currently all about camu and its vitamin C, especially since winter cold and flu season is coming.

NN: Who makes the best smoothies in the Navitas office break room?

NT: I would have to give the award to Carolin, our Creative Project Manager and nutrition enthusiast. We had to do a few photo shoots today, and the two smoothies she made tasted amazing!

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Navitas Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks were highlighted by Men's Fitness as one of the best new snacks under 200 calories. “Practically every superfood you can think up is rolled up in these portable snacks,” said the magazine. “These two–or–three–bite snacks will keep you going during a tough workout or hectic workday.” Read on to learn more about what the press is saying about Navitas Naturals.

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Navitas Naturals products appeared in a couple of natural sweetener articles this month including Lucuma Powder in Triathlete Magazine, and Coconut Palm Sugar as an editor favorite in Natural Foods Merchandiser. Navitas Naturals Sprouted Flax Seed Powder was noted as a key ingredient for making veggie burgers in the November edition of Living Without. Navitas Naturals Chia Seed packaging grabbed some spotlight in a chia and flax health feature on CNN. More superfood TV coverage included Maca Powder and Yacon Syrup touted on The Dr. Oz Show.

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The mission of Navitas Naturals is to provide the finest organic superfoods that increase energy and enhance health. Our products are certified organic, kosher, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan and raw. Sourced from around the world, Navitas Naturals superfoods are a diverse whole-food source of antioxidants, protein, essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and other key nutrients. We use methods such as freeze-drying and low temperature processing to ensure maximum nutrition and flavor.

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