The cacao bean is a nourishing superfood that has played a fascinating role in the diet, medicine and culture of civilizations for many centuries. Now, Navitas Naturals (www.navitasnaturals.com) is giving this legendary “Food of the Gods” a delicious modern update by blending their popular raw organic cacao nibs with raw organic Cacao Paste (liquor) and organic sugar cane juice. Navitas Naturals’ Sweet Cacao Nibs are a delicious treat right out of the bag and they also add bold flavor and crunchy texture to a wide variety of recipes.
The organic cacao beans used in Navitas Naturals Sweet Cacao Nibs are hand-selected for quality in the rainforests of Peru, and are then partially fermented to alleviate bitterness. The beans are processed at low temperatures to maintain maximum nutrient retention. Once extracted from the pod-like fruit, the beans are cleansed with purified water, peeled and partially ground to form small “nibs.” The crunchy nibs are then rolled in Navitas Naturals raw organic Cacao Paste (liquor) and then lightly mixed with organic sugar cane juice to create the ultimate ‘real’ chocolate treat.
Navitas Naturals Sweet Cacao Nibs contain 100% pure ingredients that are certified organic, kosher, vegan and raw. This new product is packaged in a resealable stand-up bag and offered in two sizes: 4 oz. for $6.99; and 8 oz. $12.99. Sweet Cacao Nibs join Navitas Naturals’ popular line of Cacao Power products, which includes Raw Cacao Beans, Unsweetened Cacao Nibs, Cacao Powder, Cacao Paste (Liquor) and Cacao Butter. Navitas Naturals products are available at Whole Foods Markets and hundreds of other stores around North America, and they are also offered by many leading web retailers including Amazon (www.amazon.com).
The “Food of the Gods” – Raw Cacao is Chocolate in its Purest Form
Scientists are just beginning to understand the amazing nutrition and health benefits offered by raw cacao. It is one of the world’s best sources of powerful antioxidants, and is the richest food source of magnesium. Cacao also provides a vast array of essential minerals and nutrients including: Iron; Potassium; Vitamin C; proteins; beta-carotene; and alkaloids.
Sweet Cacao Nibs are good for more than just nibbling. Navitas Naturals is a superfood company that is focused on providing a culinary adventure for their customers, and they offer many recipes that have developed by cacao experts and raw food chefs. Many cacao recipes are included in Navitas Naturals’ new color recipe pamphlet, and even more are available at www.navitasnaturals.com. Some easy uses include blending Sweet Cacao Nibs into coconut or fruit-based smoothies or sprinkling them like chocolate chips on fresh fruit or ice cream. The Nibs are crunchy and do not melt when heated. Below is an original recipe by Navitas Naturals for a delicious and healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Shake.
A Healthy Superfood that is Good for Farming Communities and the Ecosystems that Support Them
Since 2003, Navitas Naturals’ mission has been to provide premium organic power foods that increase energy and enhance health. “Navitas Naturals is making it easier than ever for people to gain the optimal whole food nutrition they need to energize themselves throughout the day,” says Zach Adelman, President of Navitas Naturals. Through direct purchasing agreements, Navitas Naturals provides and expands fair trade economic opportunities in developing regions around the world. The cacao beans for the Sweet Cacao Nibs are sustainably sourced from small family farms in Peru. “Our products come from the wisdom of ancient cultures and their traditional use of plants for both culinary and medicinal purposes,” says Adelman. In addition to their own brand of superfoods and alternative sweeteners, Navitas Naturals supplies organic ingredients to other leading food companies. For more info, please visit www.navitasnaturals.com.
Mint Chocolate Chip Shake (by Jill Morgyn)
1/4 Cup Navitas Naturals Cashews
2 TBSP Navitas Naturals Sweet Cacao Nibs
1 TBSP Navitas Naturals Hemp Powder
3 Cups Water or 2 Thia Young Coconuts of water with flesh
1 TBSP Organic Soy Lecithin
3 Pitted Medjool Dates
2 Drops Mint Oil
1TBSP Coconut Butter
1 Tsp Flax Oil
1 Tsp. Superfood Green powder (powdered grasses)
1TBSP Green tea (matcha) powder (optional)
1 Dash Sea Salt
Add ice to preference
Blend on high speed until frothy and serve.