Organic Maqui berry powder is the first Navitas Naturals product sourced from Chile, and you can bet that it won't be the last. Much like their neighboring countries in South America, Chile has many intriguing traditional superfoods that people in North America will enjoy. The maqui berry ranks among the world's top sources of antioxidants. The native Chilean Mapuche culture has cherished the maqui plant for centuries as a traditional herbal medicine to treat a variety of ailments.
Maqui has a delicious unique flavor that some describe as having hints of blackberry, blueberry, watermelon and acai flavors. This purple powder is ideal for smoothies, beverages, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, jam and desserts.
ORAC assessments of the maqui berry have indicated that it contains more antioxidants than any other berry. Antioxidants help protect the body from toxins, chemicals and free radicals that can cause harm and disease. They are also known to combat the effects and ailments associated with aging. Maqui is also a great source of vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium.
A recent study published in Food Chemistry noted that extracts from maqui demonstrated antioxidant and cardioprotective activities in vivo. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can benefit people affected by arthritis and inflammation ailments. A July 2010 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry noted that "...phenolic extracts from maqui berries inhibited lipid accumulation, adipogenesis, and inflammatory mediators in vitro" – techie terms meaning: "this stuff is really good for you!"
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"Eating for beauty" is a hot trend now that people are learning that gaining beauty benefits through their diet can be energizing and delicious. Beautiful and healthy celebrities are helping to spread the word by fueling their routine with superfoods. In her cover story in the March 2011 edition of Allure Magazine, Victoria Beckham cites Navitas Naturals Organic Mulberries as her "Snack of Choice."
Mulberries are a nutrient-dense superfood that is a great source of antioxidants. Of special note, mulberries contain a high concentration of resveratrol, an antioxidant compound that is known to combat free-radical damage. Antioxidants are good for a beauty routine whether you gain their benefits by applying antioxidant-rich skin care products, or by digesting them in the form of superfoods like mulberries.
In the "Beauty Call" section of the feature article, Posh Spice further discusses her "tried and true beauty products," and for the Diet category Beckham says, "You know what else I love? Dried mulberries. They're so good; they give you so much energy." Mulberries are also one of the few fruits to be considered a protein source—boasting a respectable 3 grams of protein per ounce—and they are also an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamin C, and fiber.
Mulberry trees originally came over on the Silk Road from China to Turkey thousands of years ago. As one of the precious goods for trade, their leaves served as food for silk worms, and their delicious berries were enjoyed as a treat. Navitas Naturals offers the white Turkish variety of mulberry, which is shaken from the tree and sun-dried to optimize natural sweetness. You can enjoy mulberries straight from the bag, or add them to oatmeal, pancakes, cookies, or smoothies.
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Can a chocolate truffle really be a healthy treat? Our Antioxidant Superfood Truffles recipe isn't low-cal, but it's as close to a perfect healthy dessert as you can get. It's loaded with nutrient dense superfoods to balance the indulgent vs. healthy debate. This recipe video by chef Julie Morris features some of our best selling organic superfoods and super-sweeteners including cacao powder, palm sugar, goji powder, coconut oil, pomegranate powder and acai.
Raw organic cacao powder, the darkest of all "dark chocolate," is the key healthy ingredient in this recipe. Cacao is among the world's best sources of antioxidants, and it's the richest food source of magnesium. It also provides a vast array of essential minerals and nutrients including, iron, potassium, proteins, beta-carotene and alkaloids. The goji, acai and pomegranate powders in this recipe are provided in the form of our convenient product called Twister Power Antioxidant Blend. Watch the video to see just how easy these fantastic truffles are to make.
Antioxidant Superfood Truffles
3 large Medjool dates, pits removed
2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder
2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Antioxidant Twister Blend
1 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Palm Sugar
2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Coconut Oil
1 pinch sea salt
Place all ingredients into a food processor, and blend until they have formed a dough-like consistency. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Roll into small balls—about a teaspoon at a time. Cover, and place the finished truffles in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to harden slightly. Will soften when kept at room temperature. Makes 1 dozen.
Optional: place an additional tablespoon of Antioxidant Twister Powder in a small bowl, and roll each truffle in the powder to dust the exterior lightly.
Watch the video: Superfood Truffles Video
After several years of steady growth, we've used every nook and cranny of our work space at 9 Pamaron Way in Novato. To create efficiencies and accommodate future growth, Navitas Naturals has branched out into neighboring property at 15 Pamaron Way to create a company campus. The new offices are comfy, eco-friendly and consolidated in one building. The operations side of the company—production and shipping—has their own new space to grow into, too.
The office move is just the first phase of a company growth initiative. While the crew puts the finishing touches on the new offices, we are also in the middle of adding a new state-of-the-art production line at 15 Pamaron that will increase capacity by about 30%. Overall, Navitas’ combined admin, production and warehouse space is growing from 9,000 square feet to 13,500. Navitas Naturals anticipates the need for about ten more employees before the end of 2011, in many different areas including sales, customer service, production, shipping and accounting.
Navitas is the latin word for energy. There are many green energy features in the new office space including energy efficient HVAC heating and cooling systems, natural lighting with solar shade blinds, and energy efficient lighting and fixtures. Other eco-friendly features include low-flush toilets, non-VOC paints, and low VOC carpets.
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. Maqui offer expires June 30th, 2011.
15 Pamaron Way
Novato, CA, 94949