The edible resources derived from the coconut palm tree have been celebrated by tropical cultures for many centuries. Among the most delicious parts of the tree is the crystallized nectar of its flowers, known as Coconut Palm Sugar. This eco-friendly sweetener is naturally low-glycemic, and contains many minerals, amino acids and B vitamins. Offering a revered caramel-like flavor, Coconut Palm Sugar can be used as a healthy 1:1 replacement for cane sugar. For the rest of October, we're offering a sweet deal on our Coconut Palm Sugar. Save 20% by entering the code cocopalm20 at checkout when ordering on our website.
While many highly processed and synthetic low-calorie sweeteners continue to taint the marketplace, Navitas Naturals takes a holistic approach to sweeteners, based upon ancient wisdom and natural simplicity. Coconut Palm Sugar is very low on the Glycemic Index (GI 35), serving as an ideal sugar substitute for anyone concerned about blood glucose levels, or seeking weight management tools. This traditional Asian sweetener compares favorably to the GI of other sweeteners such as honey (GI 55), cane sugar (GI 68) and agave (GI 42). Additionally, Coconut Palm Sugar is a plentiful source of minerals including potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron; as well as amino acids, vitamin C and many of the B vitamins. Navitas Naturals Coconut Palm Sugar is certified organic, kosher, and vegan and it contains no preservatives, fillers or bleach.
Navitas Naturals Coconut Palm Sugar is sustainably harvested in Indonesia, where traditional sugar farmers climb high into the canopy of coconut palm trees, open the flowers, and harvest the sweet nectar. Once collected, this nectar is kettle-boiled into a thick caramel, then dried and ground into a fine golden-colored sugar.
Recognized by the Food and Agriculture Organization as the most sustainable sweetener in the world, coconut palm trees produce an average of 50% to 75% more sugar per acre than sugar cane, while using only a fifth of the resources. Tropical palms are an ecologically beneficial tree crop that grows in diverse wildlife-supportive agrosystems. They require very little water and help to restore damaged soils.
While Coconut Palm Sugar has long been a culinary staple in Southeast Asian cultures, the evolution of this delicious sweetener into an easy-to-use cane sugar alternative is a relatively new breakthrough for foodies in North America. Providing a caramel-like sweetness, the possible culinary uses for Navitas Naturals Coconut Palm Sugar are endless, as it can be used just like cane sugar in an easy 1:1 replacement fashion. From baked recipes to smoothies, sweet recipes or just a spoonful dissolved in tea or coffee, Coconut Palm Sugar is fast becoming a favorite healthier way to satisfy the sweet tooth. For more culinary inspiration, visit our Coconut Palm Sugar recipe page.
Simple techniques can greatly improve a smoothie's flavor and texture. For example, regular ice cubes can water down your smoothie. A quick fix? Substitute organic almond milk (or your healthy beverage of choice) for water in your ice cube trays!
To put this technique into tasty practice, check out our popular Maca Chiller recipe. The combination of macadamia nuts, bananas, Maca Powder, almond butter, and the use of almond milk ice cubes creates a frothy shake with a creamy texture. A touch of cinnamon, vanilla, and sweet Lucuma Powder makes it that much more delicious.
Great taste aside, a smoothie like the Maca Chiller is also an energizing alternative to coffee. Navitas Naturals Maca Powder is a renowned Peruvian superfood that has been used for centuries to increase stamina, boost libido and combat fatigue. With a mild nutty taste that hints of caramel and butterscotch, Maca is best known for its adaptogenic qualities, which balance the body's delicate endocrine system and help regulate stress. Adding Maca to your smoothie can help you obtain vital energy, and perhaps "chill out," too!
Decadent cacao brownies...fragrant banana-hemp bread...cozy lasagna with layers of kale and cashew cream... Navitas Naturals' Executive Chef Julie Morris genuinely has a superfood kitchen, and now you can, too. Her new book Superfood Kitchen will be released November 6 by Sterling Publishing. To help her celebrate, we're hosting a book launch party with Sterling at the brand new acclaimed Matthew Kenney Academy in Santa Monica on November 8.
In Superfood Kitchen - Cooking with Nature's Most Amazing Foods, Julie combines the detailed science of nutrition with nature's rainbow of flavors to create truly amazing edible masterpieces. From Goldenberry Pancakes to Quinoa Spaghetti with Cashew Cream Sauce and Chard - the pages glow with beautiful color photos of healthy recipes that will inspire you.
Julie is a tireless advocate for healthy eating, and we're proud to have her on our team. When she's not busy writing cookbooks or creating amazing recipes to share with us here at Navitas, she's frequently found at events and retail stores across the continent educating people about superfoods and the importance of optimal nutrition.
Julie is also a key creator of Navitas Naturals' Smoothment program, which promotes using superfood smoothies as an easy, once-a-day tool to upgrade nutrition, health and energy. Watch her work a little culinary magic as the host and chef in our popular 60-Second Smoothie video series, or head over to our Smoothment blog where you can find her joining the conversation about superfood smoothie know-how. How does Julie stay energized to keep up with her busy lifestyle? By exercising and - of course - eating superfoods!
Next up for Julie is another new book featuring superfood smoothies (available spring 2013), and a superfood tour of stores on the West Coast promoting Superfood Kitchen and the Navitas Smoothment. Stay tuned for a list of fall and winter tour event dates and locations where you can meet the "Queen of Superfoods" for yourself!
Navitas Power Snacks were our star product this month in the media. Bicycling Magazine featured them as "Nutritious Nibbles" in their Munchie Makeover article, and the Miami Herald highlighted them as a great way to "Pack Nutrition into the Kids' Lunchbox." Today's Dietitian published a timely product review of the Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks in their September edition, which is the magazine's preview for the dietitian-focused Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo that Navitas Naturals exhibited at earlier this month in Philadelphia. In addition to the snacks, Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds and Cacao made an appearance in the October issue of Outside Magazine.
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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