Monday, January 30, 2012

I Need to Buy a New Blender & Navitas Yumminess (+Giveaway)

I recently had the opportunity to review some Navitas Naturals products.  Navitas has a simple food policy "Nutrient rich whole foods are best produced using organic agricultural methods with minimal processing.  Focusing on both food safety and nutrition, we handle our premium superfoods with care.  This includes third party testing for all our products.  Our facility is Organic, Kosher, and GMP/HACCP Certified.  In addition, we utilize methods such as freeze-drying and low temperature processing to ensure maximum nutrition and safety." source  


First and foremost, adding more unprocessed food into our diets is a priority for me. I try my best.  I am aiming to provide my kids with a healthy lifestyle through the foods we eat and daily activities.  This makes Navitas a perfect product for me.   Navitas has a huge selection of superfoods for everyone in your family.

                             


This is the incredible shipment I was sent.  



The Cacao Goji Superfood Power Snack was the first bag I opened ripped into.  They are nice little bites of chocolate yumminess.  These little snacks are made from cacao, maca, chia, and camu-camu. 1 bag provides you with 8 servings.  The bag says 1 serving is 28 grams.   Looking in the bag, I would estimate to say a serving is about 5 of the pieces.  Each serving is 120 calories,  9% fat, 2% sodium, 1% potassium, 10% dietary fiber, 25% vitamin A, 45% vitamin C, 4% calcium, and 4% iron.   To me, they kind of have a cherry, dark chocolate taste going for them.  I love cherry and I love dark chocolate, so obviously I enjoy these little bites.  It is hard to only eat a few pieces.   



The Superseed Blend:  I was very excited by this blend because I love Chia.  Yes, I am a chia lover.  I became obsessed with chia after reading Born To Run.   The only problem with chia is the texture.  Those seeds definitely get stuck in my teeth.  The Superseed Blend is ground up chia seed, flax seed, and brown rice.  

Uses:  smoothies, breakfast cereals, and flour substitute.  


Superseed Blend Close up




I had never heard of Maqui Powder before.  It's a Patagonian Superfood - right in antioxidants, vitamin C, and dietary fiber. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory food.  Some of the benefits of antioxidants include improved brain performance, heart health, liver strength, anticancer activity, and overall longevity.  

Uses:  try blending with other fruits or sweet items in smoothies, desserts, or you can even sprinkle it on your cereal or oatmeal.  




Maca Powder is an Indian Superfood and Maca has been used to increase stamina, boost libido, and combat fatigue.    Maca powder has a somewhat nutty taste with a subtle hint of butterscotch.  

Uses:  smoothies, in milk, with chocolate, or mixed into the flour for dessert recipes.  




I've definitely heard of mulberries before, but I don't think I've ever tasted them.  Now that I have, I will be using them a lot more.  They are an incredible source of iron and vitamin C.  Mulberries also have resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in mulberries and is also found in red wine.  Studies have shown that resveratrol can promote a healthy heart.  

Uses:  smoothies, shakes, oatmeal and granola, cookies and desserts.


Earlier in the month, Navitas hosted a Smoothement - suggesting readers to replace one meal each day with a Navitas smoothie.  I signed up for the Navitas Smoothement daily email so I could get ideas for my smoothies.  I loved their ideas, but didn't always have the necessary ingredients at home.  All of the recipes emailed did sound yummy and worth a try.  If you would like to check out some of the recipes, go here.  

I opted to get creative with creating smoothies by taking some of the ideas on the website and adding in whatever I had at home.  The only negative part of this, I had forgotten my blender was broken.  Oops!  
So, I got creative again, I pulled out my food processor.  I had seen Joe and Jess use their food processors to make smoothies, so I thought - why not?  


Recipe # 1:  Strawberry Smoothie

  • Frozen strawberries
  • Maca powder (1 Tbs)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup of almond milk


One for Izzy & one for me!

Another note - I used my margarita glasses throughout my smoothement because Ward keeps threatening to throw them away because he says I don't use them.  Ha!  Guess what?  I used them!!!


Izzy approved

Recipe # 2:  Tropical Smoothie
  • Kiwi
  • Banana
  • Superseed Blend
  • Almond Milk





Verdict - Yummy!  You've got to try this one.  I never thought I'd like kiwi in a smoothie.  Actually, I never even thought of putting kiwi in a smoothie, but now that I have, I will add it in again.


Recipe #3:  Pumpkin Smoothie
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • almond milk
  • banana
  • maqui powder 
  • plain yogurt








Recipe #4:  Kale/Strawberry Smoothie
  • handful of kale
  • strawberries
  • yogurt
  • superseed blend
  • almond milk








Recipe #5:  Blueberry Smoothie
  • frozen blueberries (hand raked from Joe and Jess this summer)
  • banana 
  • plain yogurt
  • almond milk
  • superseed blend









To be honest, I wasn't really sure if smoothies would be filling enough to get me through the morning.  I've tried smoothies in the morning before and they weren't enough.  But, adding in some Navitas ingredients to my smoothies seemed to have done the trick.   Making smoothies in the morning was so easy too.  It actually took a lot less time to make a smoothie than my other breakfast choices.

Would you like a chance to win your own Navitas product?

I'm going to make this one easy on you.

All you have to do is head on over to Navitas to sign up for their newsletter here.  While you are there, shop around a little bit and come back here to Running With The Girls and leave me one comment letting me know you signed up for the newsletter & which smoothie ingredient you would choose!   GIVEAWAY ends 2/1!  Winner will be announced 2/2. 




I was sent a sampling of Navitas Naturals free of charge with the purpose of providing a review and hosting a giveaway; however, all opinions posted here are of my own.  


24 comments:

  1. Love Natitas Naturals products!! love their mesquite powder

    all the smoothies look great.

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  2. I signed up, and I think that I would like to try the Mulberries in a smoothie.

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  3. I signed up. I would like to try the Superseed blend. The smoothies look awesome!

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  4. I love Izzy what a cutie...looks like a great product

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  5. I signed up! I would love to thy the Acai!

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  6. I signed up. I would love to try the maca for a smoothie. On a side note, hmm I could order and make my own chocolate? Need to find this company in Canada.

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  7. I signed up for the newsletter :) I think i'd really love to try the maca

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  8. I signed up for the newsletter and I love their stuff. My "all natural" friend introduced them to me a couple months ago :D

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  9. I am having a hard time picking one as I would love to try them all.

    Superseed blend first I think.

    And yes, signed up for the newsletter.

    Awesome post and your smoothies look great and your daughter is adorable!

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  10. I signed up for the newsletter! I would definitely want to try the Pomegranate Powder. I love Poms! I can see myself adding this stuff to perk up some plain greek yogurt when I'm out of fresh fruit

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  11. i signed up and i would choose the Mulberry berries!!

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. I "heart" smoothies in the mornings (especially as the weather warms us)! Adding a little boost would make them even more filling and well-rounded. I think the banana/kiwi and the pumpkin smoothies look super yummy! I signed up for the newsletter.

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  13. Signed up for the newsletter. Id like to try the cacao!! Anything chocolates gotta be good!

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  14. Think I would go with superseed. I'm really trying to make more smoothies in the morning. Great way to get healthy ingredients in. Reminds me I should make one for tomorrow. :)

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  15. I signed up for the newsletter, and I think I'd pick chia.

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  16. I signed up for the newsletter and I would love to try cashews. I bet they add a buttery smoothness to smoothies. PS. Yours look delicious!

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  17. I signed up for the newsletter and I would want to try the superseed blend! Your smoothies look really good! I'm going to have to save this post for future reference!

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  18. I signed up for the newsletter and I would love to try the superseed blend. Can't wait to try your smoothie recipes!

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  19. LOVE THIS! I signed up for the newsletter AND hands down I would be the happiest girl around with a life time supply of MACA:)

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  20. yay! Smoothies are one of my favorite foods!!

    I signed up for the newsletter (larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com)

    I would love to try the Superseed Blend.

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  21. I signed up! I would choose the chia, because believe it or not, I haven't tried it yet!

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  22. I signed up for the newsletter and I'd love some of their Pomegranate powder!

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