There is no disputing that acai from the Amazon rainforest is one of most nutritious foods on earth, due to its abundance of antioxidants, healthy omega fats, protein, fiber and other key minerals and nutrients. This superfruit contains almost no sugar and is low glycemic. Many acai consumers are learning that in this modern era of unscrupulous marketing, finding a trustworthy source for this delicate and perishable berry is critical for insuring optimal potency and flavor.
We're proud to be a premier and reliable source of pure, organic freeze-dried acai powder, the genuine superfood. We source our acai pulp directly from suppliers in Brazil and we and our partners go to great lengths to maintain the quality, including using state of the art freeze-drying techniques to preserve the nutritional value. We don’t use any fillers in our powder, just real organic acai berries.
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Navitas Naturals interviewed NBA All-Star & philanthropist Al Horford while he was training with the Dominican Republic National Basketball Team for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. The tournament winner gets a guaranteed spot in the 2012 Olympics in London. Al knows a thing or two about big basketball tournaments, having won back-to-back NCAA Championships with his teammates at the University of Florida before joining the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Navitas Naturals' maca is his favorite superfood.
Mic LeBel, Navitas Naturals: Good luck in the FIBA Americas tournament. Compared to the NBA, it must be fun to play on a team with guys from your native country, against teams such as Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil and Canada, what is the coolest aspect of international tournaments like this one in Argentina?
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks: It's a great experience, to be able to represent your country and play against other great teams. Also having a chance to make history and to qualify for the Olympics, which has never happened in Dominican basketball.
NN: Here at Navitas Naturals, we love to learn about foods from around the world. What do your teammates that live in the Dominican Republic typically eat during their basketball season, and are there any nutritious superfoods from the Caribbean that Navitas should know about?
AH: My teammates from the DR mainly eat rice, beans, chicken or beef, avocados, plantains and salads. As far as superfoods I have definitely made them aware of the benefits. One thing I have them doing is drinking coconut water.
NN: What is your favorite Navitas Naturals superfood, and when do you typically eat it in relation to training, practice or game times?
AH: My favorite Navitas superfood is maca, I consume it before practices and games and it gives me great energy. I drink it in smoothies or take it in pill form. I also like chia. I use the sprouted chia powder on cereal, usually after games or at breakfast. I also snack on the Navitas Trail Mix and the goji berries.
NN: When you are home in Atlanta during the NBA season, what are your favorite places to shop for healthy foods, and is there a restaurant you favor there?
AH: I like to shop at Whole Foods, simply because they have fresh foods and I find all of the Navitas products. I also visit Arden's Garden in Atlanta. It is a smoothies and snack shop where I can go and get wheat grass shots or healthy snacks.
NN: Some pro athletes need to work hard to stay very lean and trim, but it seems that to play Center and Forward in the NBA an athlete would have to eat and train to be as big and strong as possible and gain weight and power so that you are more difficult to push from under the basket, is that the case for you?
AH: I feel like you can be lean and also be strong. The way you can accomplish this is by the way you eat and take care of your body. These superfoods really give me energy and make me feel good and that's what is important to me.
NN: When you are out on the road playing games in cities across the country, how do you maintain a healthy eating routine, and is there a restaurant on the road that is a favorite?
AH: I have become more educated when I eat on the road. You have to work harder to eat the right way. But Whole Foods always has nice spreads, also True Food Kitchen is a west coast restaurant that carries organic health foods. They are probably my favorite restaurant to visit when I'm on the road. I also carry snacks with me like Navitas Trail Mix, pistachios, and goji berries.
NN: Have you changed your diet and training significantly with the Atlanta Hawks compared to when you were playing college hoops at the University of Florida? In other words, were you pretty much eating regular dorm food at Florida or did they have the team on a specific diet program?
AH: My diet has changed drastically since college. We had regular dorm food and I wasn't aware of superfoods or organic foods. Four years after college, I'm eating very healthy and as a result my body has changed in a big way, I am leaner and feel more athletic then I did in college and that result has a lot to do with my diet.
NN: Are you strictly a gym guy when it comes to training, or do you practice yoga and other forms of “alternative” fitness that you think helps with basketball performance?
AH: I'm all about alternative trainings. I do yoga, boxing, recently started biking and also enjoy swimming. It keeps me in shape and entertained. I'm always open to trying new alternative workouts.
NN: We admire your work in the community, for which you’ve been honored as a two-time recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award. Is there a philanthropic project that you are passionate about and active with right now?
AH: I just hosted my basketball camps in Michigan and Atlanta, which were a great success. We will soon have some in the Dominican Republic. As a pro athlete and role model, I emphasize the importance of education, this is a fundamental principle I teach in my camps and to kids coming up.
Whether you're avoiding eggs or simply looking for a new way to make baked goods healthier, this simple trick using Navitas Naturals superfoods makes an ideal replacement for eggs in baking. To test it out, try this recipe for Mulberry Scones, which uses sprouted flax powder as an egg substitute.
Dried chewy mulberries are so satisfying they can easily be enjoyed by themselves, but surrounded by the comforting hug of a good scone bread you have all the makings of a simple, yet entirely special, baked goodie.
2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Sprouted Flax Powder
2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder
2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Palm Sugar
1/2 cup Navitas Naturals Mulberries
3 Tbsp. Navitas Naturals Coconut Oil, melted
1/3 cup water
1 cup White Rice Flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup hemp milk or non-dairy beverage
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix water and flax powder together, and set flax mixture aside for 10-15 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, lucuma powder, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat flax mixture, palm sugar, sea salt, coconut oil, vanilla extract and hemp milk. Stir in flour mixture alternating with the mulberries, a little at a time, until just combined. Do not overmix; batter will be thick. Drop generous spoonfuls onto a greased baking pan. Bake 17-20 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden.
Makes 10 scones. Submitted by: www.JulieMorris.net
Flaxseed has the highest concentration of omega 3’s of any plant-based food. It is also rich in lignans, which are known to balance hormone levels, and the seeds also serve as a fantastic source of soluble fiber. Navitas Naturals takes this superfood one step further by sprouting the flaxseeds before dehydrating them. This process of germination changes the nutrient composition of the seed, and maximizes the body’s ability to digest the nutritional benefits. Among these benefits are increased levels of omegas, a substantially higher enzyme content, and an upsurge of amino acids.
Chia seed is a robust vegetarian source of omega-3 and protein that is easy to digest, and this nutrient-dense “superseed” also has an impressive content of vitamins, minerals and soluble fiber. Chia seed has much in common with flaxseed, except chia has the advantage of containing natural antioxidants that make it more stable. Navitas Naturals offers a sprouted chia seed because this germination process prior to low-temp milling greatly increases nutrient content, bioavailability and absorption.