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Navitas Naturals has launched “Power Snacks” that combine superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts.  Cacao Goji and Citrus Chia are flavorful grab-and-go foods with certified organic and raw ingredients filled with nutrients.  A certified chocoholic, I prefer the taste of the cacao one. Blueberry Hemp will appear later this year.

The Power Snacks contain no refined sugar, and are gluten-free and dairy-free.  Find them at retail locations throughout North America including Whole Foods Markets, Wegmans and HEB, and at many online stores such as and on Navitas’ site.

Cacao Goji Power Snack features exotic superfoods from Central and South America – maca, chia seeds, camu-camu and lucuma powder, as well as wholesome raw foods such as date paste, raisins, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds.  Citrus Chia Power Snack contains chia seeds, maca, camu-camu and lucuma, as well as apricot, raisin, cashew and coconut flakes.

Enjoy the snacks and Navitas’ superfoods glossary (they sell these all individually):

Chia is a superseed that offers a unique blend of protein, fiber, essential fats, antioxidants, complex carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals.  Perhaps most notable, chia is a rich source of essential fatty acids – more than 3 times the concentration of most grains.  Chia is more than 20% protein, with all of the essential amino acids.

Cacao is a raw form of chocolate that is one of the world’s best sources of powerful antioxidants, and is the richest food source of magnesium.  Cacao provides a vast array of essential minerals and nutrients including: Iron; Potassium; proteins; beta-carotene; and alkaloids.

The goji berry is one of the highest known sources of antioxidants and it contains 18 amino acids and all essential amino acids.  Rich in beta-carotene, polysaccharides, riboflavin and carotenoids, it fosters a long life and strengthens the immune system.

Camu-camu contains up to 60 times more Vitamin C than an orange. This antioxidant-rich berry is also a great source of potassium, calcium, protein, beta-carotene and other powerful phytochemicals and amino acids that have a wide range of therapeutic effects.

Maca is rich in amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, C and E, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur and iron, and is a good source of sterols and fatty acids.  It has long been used in traditional medicine to increase stamina, boost libido and combat fatigue. Alkaloids in maca are known to nourish the endocrine system – responsible for production and maintenance of hormones.

Lucuma is naturally sweet, but low on the glycemic index, and a good source of iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B3, beta carotene, fiber and protein.