Navitas Naturals
Navitas Naturals
On The Go With Goji Berries

It's prime goji berry season in the lush valleys of Ningxia Province, China, where our certified organic goji berries are vine-ripened, shaken from the plant, then dried at a low temperature to protect the nutrients. We just received a new shipment, and we want to share the bounty with you by offering a 40% discount on our 8-ounce bag of raw, organic goji berries (expires July 31st, 2011).

Although this delicious, energizing superfruit is rather new to North America, ancient cultures in Asia have enjoyed goji berries for thousands of years as a key part of their diet and traditional herbal medicine. Recently, growing demand for goji berries inspired scientists to investigate the many benefits touted by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners for centuries. A controlled study published this month in Optometry and Vision Science titled Goji Berry Supplementation May Prevent Macular Degeneration concluded,

"These findings suggest that goji berry supplementation increases plasma zeaxanthin and antioxidant levels as well as protects from hypopigmentation and soft drusen accumulation in the macula of elderly subjects."

Scientists credited the goji berry’s role in promoting eye health to its content of zeaxanthin, a carotenoid antioxidant which plays a key role in healthy eyesight. Other published studies suggest that goji berries provide potential benefits against cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, and that they may offer valuable neuroprotective, hepatoprotective, anticancer and immunomodulatory activity.

Goji berries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants, and are a complete source of protein including 18 amino acids and all essential amino acids. Gojis also provide 21 minerals including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, selenium and phosphorus, as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and E. Other key nutrients in goji berries include calcium beta-sisterol (an anti-inflammatory agent), linoleic acid (a healthy fatty acid), sesquiterpenoids, tetraterpenoids (zeaxanthin, physalin), betaine and polysaccharides which are known to fortify the immune system.

Navitas Naturals Organic Goji Berries have a pleasant flavor that is like a mix of cranberries and cherries. They have a beautiful orange-red color, with texture and size similar to raisins. Goji Berries can be enjoyed as a snack from the bag, or added to smoothies, muffins, yogurt, trail mix, cereal, soup, salad, desserts and many other easy recipes. Gojis can also be steeped to create a tasty and healthy tea. Check out our goji recipes, including one for Goji Jam, or watch the goji berry episode of Chef’s Notes.

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Superfood Cuisine: New Cookbook by Julie Morris

Superfood Cuisine: Cooking With Nature’s Most Amazing Foods is not your ordinary cookbook. Then again, superfoods are not your ordinary ingredients... they are the most nutrient-dense power foods on earth!

Written by natural food chef Julie Morris, Superfood Cuisine is based on the simple wisdom that food should do more than just look good, taste delicious, and smell tantalizing: it should be functional. Featuring over 100 crave-worthy recipes, Superfood Cuisine offers an inspiring roadmap for creating extraordinary dishes from extraordinary ingredients, all designed for an energy-packed lifestyle. From breakfasts, soups, salads and entrees, to sides, snacks, sweets and drinks, each chapter is packed with nutrition tips and extensively illustrated with mouth-watering, full-color photography. In addition, Morris has included a guide to over 20 top superfoods, detailing their specific health benefits, how they taste, and what kind of dishes they are best suited for, as well as additional sections on healthy pantry staples and natural cooking techniques.

Julie Morris is a Los Angeles-based natural food chef, writer, educator, and professional recipe developer. An active advocate of whole, plant-based foods and superfoods for optimal health, Julie has worked within the natural food industry for close to a decade, most recently as executive chef for Navitas Naturals. She is also the host/creator of the web-based cooking show "Superfoods With Jules." Julie's mission is simple: to share recipes and nutrition tips that make a vibrantly healthy lifestyle both easy to achieve and simply delicious to follow.

This innovative new cookbook is now available directly from Navitas Naturals.

The Navitas Pomegarita

The Navitas Pomegarita is perfect for a hot summer day. This fruity margarita recipe can also be made into a happy hour cocktail by adding tequila. The camu berry powder in the Margarita provides a full daily serving of Vitamin C. The sweet-tart punch of the antioxidant-rich pomegranate powder makes this vegan and gluten-free recipe extra special. (Serves 4)

The Navitas Pomegarita
3 cups water
3 cups frozen strawberries
4 tablespoons Navitas Naturals Pomegranate Powder
1/2 teaspoon Navitas Naturals Camu Berry Powder
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon Navitas Naturals Palm Sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder (optional)

In a blender, mix all the ingredients together until smooth. For a frostier drink, add ice and blend again (or just serve "on the rocks"). Add alcohol (tequila) if desired, or serve virgin.

Our organic Pomegranate Powder has a mild fruity flavor that makes it easy to add a boost of nutrition to a variety of recipes. This raw powder contains many vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C and potassium, and is also a source of antioxidant phytoestrogens, ellagic acid, polyphenols, and anti-inflammatory essential amino acids. It is organic, kosher and freeze-dried.

Our organic Camu Powder is derived from camu berries harvested in the Amazon River basin of Peru. The pink-orange colored powder has a tart, tangy, intense citrus flavor. Camu is an antioxidant-rich berry famous for its vitamin C, and also a source of potassium, calcium, protein, beta-carotene and other powerful phytochemicals and amino acids known to have a wide range of therapeutic effects. A study published in Journal of Cardiology concluded, "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."

Our organic Palm Sugar is naturally low on the Glycemic Index (GI), (rating of 35). This traditional Asian sweetener compares favorably to other sweeteners such as 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.

Last month's featured recipe: Antioxidant Superfood Truffles

Goji Berries on Good Morning America

ABC News is helping to spread the word about how Navitas Naturals Goji Berries are a healthy summer snack. In a recent segment on Good Morning America titled Summer Treats that Keep Kids Happy and Healthy, Cameron Mathison reports on healthy snack ideas that are not loaded with fat and sugar. Our goji berries make a cameo appearance at 2:08, then again at the 3:00 mark.

Navitas Naturals

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.

Offers not valid with any other offers and do not apply to previously placed orders. Goji Berry offer expires July 31st, 2011.

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15 Pamaron Way
Novato, CA, 94949