August is prime time for outdoor adventures, and we’re glad that our new organic Navitas Power Snacks are available to help fuel the fun. Cacao Goji and Citrus Chia are healthy grab-and-go snacks that combine our most nutrient-dense organic superfoods with a variety of organic seeds, fruits and nuts. Offered in an 8-ounce re-sealable and recyclable pouch for a SRP of $8.99, Navitas Power Snacks are chewy, bite-sized nuggets that provide robust flavor and energy. It is a healthy bonus that they contain no refined sugar, and are gluten-free and dairy-free. To reward our loyal customers and generate a buzz for this new product, we are offering a 30% discount on Navitas Power Snacks through August 31.
In addition to our popular raw cacao powder and goji powder, the Cacao Goji Power Snack also features exotic organic superfoods from Central and South America - maca, chia seeds, camu-camu and lucuma powder, as well as other wholesome raw foods such as date paste, raisins, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. The Citrus Chia Power Snack contains organic maca, chia seeds, camu-camu and lucuma superfoods, as well as apricots, raisins, cashews and coconut flakes.
Meet the Superfoods in Navitas Power Snacks
Each of the key ingredients in Navitas Power Snacks have many nutritional attributes worth noting:
Chia is a high-energy seed that offers a unique blend of protein, fiber, essential fats, antioxidants, complex carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals. Perhaps most notably, chia is a rich source of essential fatty acids, over three times more concentrated than most grains. Chia is also a robust source of protein (more than 20%), with all of the essential amino acids.
Cacao is a raw form of chocolate that is one of the world's best sources of powerful antioxidants, and is the richest food source of magnesium. Cacao also provides a vast array of essential minerals and nutrients including: Iron; Potassium; proteins; beta-carotene; and alkaloids.
Goji Berry is one of the highest known sources of antioxidants and it contains 18 amino acids and all essential amino acids. Rich in beta-carotene, polysaccharides, riboflavin and carotenoids, the goji berry is known to help foster a long life and strengthen the immune system.
Camu-Camu is most famous for its abundant concentration of vitamin C, containing up to 60 times more than an orange. This antioxidant-rich berry is also a great source of potassium, calcium, protein, beta-carotene and other powerful phytochemicals and amino acids that are known to have a wide range of therapeutic effects.
Maca is rich in amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, C and E, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur and iron, and is a good source of sterols and fatty acids. It has long been used in traditional medicine to increase stamina, boost libido and combat fatigue. Alkaloids in maca are known to nourish the endocrine system, which is responsible for the production and maintenance of hormones.
Lucuma is naturally sweet, but low on the glycemic index. This alternative sweetener is also a good source of iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B3, beta carotene, fiber and bio-available protein.
A woman harvests Navitas Naturals organic maca in the Andes mountains of Peru
Oprah Magazine recently published a story about nutritious ancient grains, and it is no surprise that chia seed was among the superfoods mentioned.
It’s a nice plus that our website is recommended as the source for readers to find the good stuff. Here's how it appeared in the Eating Well column:
This month we’re pleased to feature Team Navitas athlete Andrew Ference, whom is a member of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.
Andrew has been eating Navitas Naturals superfoods for a couple of years now. We interviewed him while he was getting some well-deserved relaxation time before returning to the rigors of another National Hockey League season. Not only is Andrew a champion athlete, he is also an advocate for many eco-friendly causes.
Mic LeBel, Navitas Naturals (NN): First off, congratulations to you and your teammates for winning the Stanley Cup, it sure was exciting to watch.
Andrew Ference (AF): Thanks, the greatest part is winning for fans that care about it just as much as we do as players.
NN: It seems that the NHL season is a long, grinding challenge for athletes: there is a month of preseason, then 82 regular season games and this year the Bruins had 25 high-intensity playoff games. Do you think organic superfoods helped to keep your mind and body healthy to meet that 9-month challenge?
AF: Food is our fuel. It is crazy to think that what you put into your body has no effect on your performance. We need food that can heal our wounds, replenish our muscles and give us the energy to make it through that kind of grind. From what we eat at home to the drinks and bars that we consume during our games, our team is quite forward thinking and acting.
NN: In recent past seasons, you had some significant injuries, was there anything in particular you did this year to help prevent and/or recover from that?
AF: No, injuries are really just a matter of luck, but recovery from them can be sped up I believe by putting the right food and drink into your body and of course external help like ice and muscle compression, etc.
NN: I hear that your teammate, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, is into yoga and that it helps with his mindset and flexibility, is yoga part of your training regimen? If not, do you have other “alternative” health and fitness techniques and tips that are helpful but perhaps unusual in the sport of professional hockey?
AF: I have tried yoga a few times but it is not part of my usual routine. My weight training is a far cry from what I was doing at the start of my career, much more progressive workouts with a great trainer in Canada. Outside of the gym I road bike, paddle board, kayak, surf [when not land locked...], trail run, and do some fun balance stuff like slack line or walk fences.
NN: Routines (and superstitions) are very important to many athletes, do you have a specific routine, such as one for meals, and does it change for game days compared to non-game days?
AF: I eat the same throughout the year but do take in a little more on game day. I almost always have a bowl of Acai before games with different stuff mixed in like Goji Berries or, Goldenberries, etc. During games I have Vita Coco and NUUN to drink, ProBar and some fruit.
NN: Is it hard to stay on a healthy diet when traveling to games in other cities? Do you bring your own special foods with you and/or do you have a way to scout out good places for healthy organic food?
AF: I am a heavy user of ZAGAT and am responsible for finding good spots for the guys to eat. We favour the smaller local organic spots which are luckily getting easier to find by the year. I also bring Yerba Mate, Amazing Grass, my coconut water, ProBars and Navitas snacks every trip... I have a heavy bag!
NN: One reason Navitas Naturals is an Andrew Ference fan, is the many green causes that you advocate for such as the Carbon Neutral program for the NHL that you helped create. Is there a cause that you are most active with right now that you would like to tell our fans and customers about?
AF: I try to get involved as much as possible in different ways, but the couple that really stand out right now are getting involved with Boston-based Ceres, a tremendous company, and also trying to help sell LED lighting to some big companies through LED Savings Solutions. I love efficiency and hate waste with a passion! I love when going green makes good business sense.
NN: What is your favorite Navitas Naturals product?
NN: Can you share a favorite recipe with us and our readers?
AF: 2 packs of Sambazon Frozen Acai, banana, handful of goldenberries, splash of apple juice, scoop of Amazing Grass, little honey if you want... Blend it all up thick in a Vita Mix or good blender, should be thick like gelato. Put in a bowl and sprinkle Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds on it or a little granola. Enjoy! I will throw all kinds of different combos together though, be creative!
NN: Like many of our readers, you have a young family that strives to be healthy and green, where do you shop during the season in Boston, and is there a favorite healthy restaurant that you visit?
AF: Copley Square Farmers Market when it is there, Whole Foods otherwise. I love what they do at Taranta in the North End.
NN: Are most of the athletes in the NHL savvy about nutrition? Do you find that you help set a healthy example for some of the young guys entering into the league?
AF: There are a lot of guys that are clueless but our team has been very good. [Team Captain Zdeno] Chara and [Assistant Captain Patrice] Bergeron are also very big on it so it helps when the leaders...lead.
The Camu Grapefruit Slushie is a frosty drink that contains over 600% of the RDA for vitamin C, mostly thanks to the addition of camu camu powder. Plus, with its perfect balance of sweet and tart, this super simple drink is an ideal way to beat the summer heat. This short video by chef Julie Morris, author of the new book Superfood Cuisine, also provides details about the interesting origins of the camu berry.
Camu Grapefruit Slushie
2 cups ice
1 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (about 1-2 grapefruits)
½ teaspoon Navitas Naturals Camu Powder
1 tablespoon Navitas Naturals Palm Sugar (or Stevia, to taste)
Fill blender with the ice. Add remaining ingredients, and blend into a frosty drink. Serves 1.
Watch the video.
Navitas Naturals Camu Powder is made from organic camu-camu berries harvested in the Amazon River basin of Peru. Camu-camu is an antioxidant-rich berry famous for its vitamin C. A 2008 study in the Journal of Cardiology said, "Our results suggest that camu-camu juice may have powerful anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, compared to vitamin C tablets containing equivalent vitamin C content." The pink-orange powder has a tart, tangy, intense citrus flavor.
Our organic Palm Sugar is naturally low on the Glycemic Index (GI), (rating of 35). This traditional Asian sweetener compares favorably to honey (GI 55), cane sugar (GI 68) and agave (GI 42). Palm Sugar also offers an impressive nutrition profile that includes amino acids, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron and B vitamins. This evaporated palm sugar has a delicious caramel-like flavor and is certified organic, unbleached and contains no preservatives.