Certified Raw Organic Superfood @ Sugarleaf

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Acai • Antioxidant superfood blend • Antioxidant superfruit blend • Blueberry-hemp superfoods snacks • Cacao-goji superfoods snacks • Chia whole seeds • Citrus-chia superfoods snacks • Goji berries • Goldenberry • Maca gelatinized powder • Maca powder • Mulberries • Pomegranate powder • Power snack-blueberry hemp • Power snack-cacao goji • Power snack-citrus chia • Protein superfood blend • Sprouted omega • Superseed blend • Trail mix three-berries-cashews-nibs • Trail mix mulberry-goji-goldenberry

 

Superfood

 

All About Superfood:

Acai (Ah-Sigh-EE): a small, dark purple berry which is the fruit of a native South American palm tree from the genus Euterpe.

Super Palm of the Amazon: Native to the tropical floodplains of Central and South America, acai berries grow on tall palm trees extending up to 25 feet high, which are climbed and harvested by hand. Acai has enjoyed a long history of popularity extending thousands of years: from ancient Amazonian tribes using it medicinally, to modern Brazilian surf cultures prizing acai as an excellent energy food. Navitas Naturals offers this superfood in a convenient freeze-dried whole berry powder.

The Power of Acai

Nutritionally, acai is considered a true antioxidant powerhouse, and is loaded with healthy monosaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The berries also possess many other micronutrient including polyphenols and flavonoids.

Purple Purity

In addition to its stunning color, Navitas Naturals’ Acai Power lends a delightfully rich and creamy texture, and offers an unsweetened mild flavor that hints of chocolate and berries. It’s an instant hit when scooped into to a smoothie or milkshake, stirred into yogurt sprinkled with granola, or whisked into a favorite dessert recipe.

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Goldenberries (gohl-duhn-ber-ee), a fruit of the herbaceous perennial Chinese lantern Physalis peruviana, P pubesscens, or P. edulis, resembling a small yellow/orange cherry with a pulpy pericarp in which the seeds are embedded.

Golden Superfruit, Originally cultivated thousands of years ago in the Incan Empire, these dried berries have enjoyed a huge resurgence of popularity in markets around the world, due to their unique taste and remarkable health benefits. Also known as “Incan Berries” or “Cape Gooseberries,” Goldenberries grow in warm climates on a type of small but resilient bush, where natural paper hulks resembling Chinese lanterns delicately cradle the small golden fruit on the inside. Once harvested, the berries are sun-dried, developing a robust and complex citrus-like flavor that is appreciated by everyone from gourmet chefs to children.

The Power of Goldenberries

Not your average dried fruit, flavor-packed Goldenberries also boast an excellent nutritional profile. The fruit is best noted for its high amounts of carotene and bioflavonoids (vitamin P) — nutrients which studies have shown to produce anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity (among many other benefits). Goldenberries are also an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and contain a good amount of dietary fiber and pectin. Unlike most fruits, Goldenberries also contain protein and phosphorous.

Sweet N’ Sour Satisfaction

With the sweetness of a raisin, the zing of a tart citrus zest, and a taste that is all around “golden,” Navitas Naturals Goldenberries are an incredible culinary experience. Fantastic eaten straight out of the bag, Goldenberries inherent complex flavor also makes them an excellent pairing food for artisan edibles such as chocolate or wine. Alternately, this fruit makes a special addition to desserts, muffins and baked goods, trail mixes, jams, and all the recipes of your imagination!

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Goji (GO-jee), a common name for the small, red berry of the Lycium barbarum plant, also known as wolfberry.

Ancient Berry of Vitality: Goji berries have been appreciated in Asian herbal medicine for several millenniums, but only recently have western cultures “discovered” the power of this remarkable food. A small and red berry, goji’s grow on a thorny perennial bush, and are indigenous to the difficult terrains of the Himalayan mountain range. Often coined as “red diamonds” on the Asian market, the goji berry has long been regarded as one of the most nutrient-rich superfoods on the planet, with ancient Chinese monks crediting this berry to greater health, vitality, longevity, energy, and stamina. Western science agrees that indeed this special berry has a remarkable nutritional profile, and it is now among the most highly sought-after superfoods around. Navitas Naturals offers this vital food in two forms: dried whole goji berries, and a freeze-dried goji berry powder.

The Power of Goji

Arguably among the most potent superfoods known, the goji berry offers an exceptional balance of daily macronutrients: containing carbohydrates, high-quality protein, healthy fat, and soluble fiber. The goji’s solid plant-based protein is packed with 18 amino acids — including all 8 essential amino acids – which is 10% of the fruits composition. Also full of free-radical-devouring antioxidants, goji berries have been historically used to support the immune system and longevity. Rich in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C, these berries additionally possess over 20 trace minerals and vitamins including zinc, iron, phosphorus, riboflavin (B2), vitamin E, and carotenoids which include beta-carotene. And to put things in perspective on just how powerful the little goji berry is, ounce per ounce it contains more vitamin C than oranges, more beta carotene than carrots, and more iron than soybeans or spinach. Goji berries are a truly remarkable food.

Superberry Snack

With a chewy texture and a pleasant taste somewhere in between a dried cherry and a cranberry, Navitas Naturals whole goji berries make a nutritious replacement for raisins or dried fruit. Delicious by the handful. the dried berries are great in recipes like oatmeal, cookies, cereal, and trail mix — and Navitas Naturals goji powder is perfect for smoothies and dessert batters. The delicate sweetness of the goji berry also pairs particularly well with chocolate.

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Cacao (kə-kau, ka-kow): the dried seeds of a South American evergreen tree (Theobroma cacao of the family Sterculiaceae), which are most commonly used in making cocoa, chocolate, and cocoa butter. Also called cacao bean, and cocoa bean.

The Truth About Vitamin C In Cacao: Despite the popular reports circulating the internet, the honest truth remains: even when processed at low temperatures (i.e. “raw”), there is no vitamin C (ascorbic acid) present in cacao. Recently, highly trafficked websites such as TodayShow.com and MSNBC.com have highlighted the misinformation of cacao’s supposed vitamin C content. Included in these reports are claims that raw cacao is “extraordinarily high in vitamin C.”

Back in 2004, the Navitas Naturals lab tests directly looked for vitamin C content in raw cacao, but came up negative. Despite these results, the current media blitz brought them back again for another round of lab testing of the best-selling raw cacao products (beans, nibs and powder) for vitamin C. This time, they used two different laboratories instead of one, and utilized three different analytical methods: High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Capilary Electrophoresis (CE) with UV detection, and Titration.

Though all three methods have their place in the scientific community, Titration is the most commonly used method in the food industry when determining vitamin C (ascorbic acid) content. However, there is a critical detail within the Titration method many companies miss when testing raw cacao. The method of Titration is unable to differentiate the vitamin C (ascorbic acid) from the vitamin’s analogs. The result is what is known as a “false positive.”

This is why, at Navitas Naturals, they use HPLC when testing raw cacao’s vitamin C content. The HPLC method looks directly for vitamin C (ascorbic acid), and not just the analogs. Additionally, after sending samples of our products to another lab to test using the CE method, the reports returned consistent the HPLC results.

They have now also tested one of the largest raw cacao brands in the United States using the Titration and HPLC methods. And yet again the results confirm their previous conclusion that raw cacao has no vitamin C (ascorbic acid) present.

Cacao is a tremendously beneficial superfood, containing a wide spectrum of minerals and phytonutrients. It is important to be clear however, vitamin C is not amongst these nutrients.

Food of the Gods

Cacao has long been enjoyed for its healthful and invigorating properties in Mexican, Central, and South American cultures. In fact, Mayan civilizations associated cacao with the food that their gods chose to consume and thrive upon. So impressed were the Mayans with cacao’s taste (and its ability to promote energy), that cacao paste was frequently used in sacred rituals, with an annual festival held devoted entirely to honoring the “cacao god.” Today, we continue to celebrate the bean of the cacao plant as the nutritional and flavorful source for all chocolate and cocoa products.

The Power of Cacao

Cacao contains a naturally rich supply of antioxidants, and is also an excellent source of dietary fiber. In addition, cacao is known to be one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium, contains an impressively high iron content, and also possesses many other essential minerals in significant quantities.

For the Love of Chocolate

Ask most people to think about chocolate, and watch a smile instantly appear. Being the ingredient that all chocolate is made from, raw cacao can take commercialized “chocolate” to a whole new level through the alchemy of homemade chocolate confections. Great for both the true chocolateer and health seeker alike, try raw cacao paired with sweet foods of any kind (including raw nectars and syrups, dried fruit, or as a special addition to a dessert recipe) and experience cacao’s beloved chocolate intensity instantly come to life.

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Maca (ma-kuh), a herbaceous plant native to the high Andes of Bolivia and Peru. It is grown for its fleshy hypocotyl, which is used as a root vegetable and a medicinal herb.

Incan Strength : The root of the maca plant has been used in indigenous Andean cultures as a source of nourishment and healing for many millenniums. A radish-like root, maca is indigenous to the mountainous and ragged terrain of the Peruvian highlands. Although its foliage may be small and unassuming, the harvested root of the maca plant was traditionally used by Incan warriors in preparation for difficult expositions and battles, and was consumed to increase stamina and energy. So esteemed was this special root, that it later became used as a form of currency by the Spaniards — a practice which still carries on in some areas of Peru even today. Enjoying a massive resurgence in use, maca continues to be one of the most appreciated superfoods on the market. Navitas Naturals offers maca in 4 forms to suit all needs: a raw powder, a gelatinized powder, and a capsulated form of each.

The Power of Maca

Maca has long been used to increase stamina, boost libido, and combat fatigue for good reasons. The root is a superb adaptogen, as it enables the body to more easily adapt to and regulate stress factors imposed upon it. Studies have also identified four alkaloids present in maca, which are known to nourish the endocrine system (the system in the body which is responsible for the production and maintenance of hormones). Maca root is a highly nutrient-dense whole food, as it is packed with vitamins, plant sterols, many essential minerals, amino acids and healthy fats. This is a particularly powerful and balanced food for athletes and those who are looking to combat stress or increase stamina.

Energy Food

Maca is a very potent food, and just a little maca sprinkled into recipes turns any meal into a supermeal. With an earthy taste that is mildly nutty with a hint of butterscotch, maca is easily blended into superfood smoothies, various milks, chocolates, or mixed into flour for dessert recipes. Alternately, use maca straight by taking in a capsule form, and enjoy its benefits anytime and anywhere.

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Trail Mix (treyl miks), a mixture of high-energy foods, such as dried fruits and nuts, eaten as a snack.

The Ultimate Mix : Trail mix was invented by ancient nomads — the original experts at creating portable, high-energy snacks that could withstand weather and did not need cooking. Traditionally, these snacks included a collection of many wild and native superfoods, and provided tremendous nutritional benefits. Throughout the centuries however, trail mix has become subject to large commercialization, and the notoriously bland “gorp” (good old raisins and peanuts) has become most synonymous with the term. Navitas Naturals takes trail mix back to its superfood roots by collecting the most powerful and delicious foods nature provides, and combining them to form three vastly superior energy blends. Each ingredient in these mixes is a power food in and of itself, and the health benefits afforded by snacking on these nutritious foods together is greatly superior to just eating any one item alone. Each antioxidant-full and nutrient-rich combination is the perfect fuel when eaten for a boost throughout the day, during strenuous activity, or for modern-day nomadic adventures.

The Power of Organic Raw Trail Mix

Navitas Naturals uses only the most nutritious superfoods available to form our immensely beneficial blends. They include sweet and delicious superberries, like goji berries or mulberries, which help fight free radicals with their condensed antioxidant activity and impressive vitamin content. Another top ingredient is cacao – a remarkable food for supplying essential minerals and energy. Truly raw and organic nuts are also used in their blends to contribute healthy fats and digestible protein. With no “filler ingredients,” every handful of their organic raw trail mixes is full of purpose: delicious nutrition and vitality.

Beneficial Blends

Clearly superior in the nutritional department, Navitas Naturals Trail Power blends are the ultimate flavorful snack straight out of the bag, and can also make an exciting addition to recipes. Try tossing some into cereal or oatmeal, use in place of other dried fruits or nuts in baked recipes like muffins, or combine with grains and make the ultimate granola. Any way they are used, these raw food blends enhance both the body and the taste buds.

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Mesquite (mes-keet), the edible bean-like pods of the spiny trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Prosopis (of western North America), having bipinnate leaves and often forming dense thickets.

Native American Sweet Tradition

Mesquite is a traditional staple food of indigenous cultures from the arid regions of the Americas. Native to South America, the mesquite tree produces large seed-filled pods, which are collected, ground into a delicious flour, and used in recipes. Desert dwellers often relied upon the sweet pods as a staple food, and would even use them as a bartering tool with neighboring tribes. Today, mesquite’s distinct flavor and wonderful smell continue to be enjoyed in many culinary applications, with it’s health benefits widely respected. Navitas Naturals offers this food in its traditional and organic powdered form.

The Power of Mesquite

Mesquite is of particularly great value to those looking to balance blood sugar levels. Mesquite flour offers a naturally sweet flavor to recipes, but its sugars are derived from fructose (which does not require insulin to digest and is readily metabolized). Additionally, the flour is an excellent form of fiber – meeting almost a quarter of daily needs in just two tablespoons – which not only improves digestion but further benefits sugar metabolism. Mesquite also contains lysine (an amino acid), as well as notable quantities of digestible protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. As such a balanced food, it is easy to see why our Native American ancestors relied so heavily on mesquite as a staple form of delicious nourishment.

Malty Magic

Navitas Naturals Mesquite Power carries a sweet, smoky flavor that is similar to carob, with caramel undertones. It’s rich taste and aroma pairs well with both vanilla and chocolate, and it lends a delightful maltiness when used in sweet treats. Mesquite blends beautifully with any plant or animal-based milk, is an excellent addition to smoothies, and is fantastic when sprinkled into ice cream. Exquisite malty chocolate can be concocted with this ingredient, and mesquite can also be used as an aromatic partial flour substitute. This is a wonderful food to experiment with.

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Mulberry (muhl-ber-ee), the edible, berry-like collective fruit of any tree of the genus Morus.

Ancient Turkish Delight

Mulberry trees originally came over on the Silk Road from China to Turkey thousands of years ago. As one of the precious goods for trade, their leaves served as food for silk worms, and their delicious berries enjoyed as an exotic and divine treat. Today, the fruit is still an important part of the Turkish cultural tapestry, and the berry’s unique flavor is enjoyed by people around the world. Navitas Naturals offers the white Turkish variety of mulberry, which is shaken from the tree and sun-dried to optimize natural sweetness.

The Power of Mulberries

More than just a sweet treat, Navitas Naturals Mulberries are a true superfood. They are one of the few fruits to be considered a protein source — boasting a respectable 3 grams of protein per ounce – and are an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamin C, and fiber. Mulberries also contain a high concentration of Resveratrol, an antioxidant compound that combats free-radical damage. Recent studies have shown that regular consumption of this special antioxidant helps promote a healthy heart and longevity.

Superfruit Sweetness

Chewy and soft with a fig-like crunch, our whole, sun-dried, white mulberries are nature’s version of candy. A delightful alternative to raisins, it’s easy to take pleasure in eating mulberries straight from the bag. Alternatively, add this sweet superfood to oatmeal, pancakes, cookies, or smoothies.

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Chia (chee-uh), a plant (Salvia hispanica) of the mint family, native to the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having mostly basal, oblong leaves and small blue flowers; the seeds are primarily used as food.

Aztec Seed of Strength

A long, long time ago – long before the era of terracotta “chia pets” — the chia seed was cultivated and eaten by the ancient Aztecs, Incans, and Mayans and was considered a staple food alongside corn and beans. “Chia” is the Mayan word for “strength”, and though these cultures may not have had the medical research to back up their health claims, chia is enjoying an escalating renaissance by today’s medical community as well as everyday consumers. Also full of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals (especially calcium and iron), chia has much in common with flaxseed, with the distinct advantage that its natural antioxidants make its delicate healthy fats more nutritionally stable. Navitas Naturals offers the wonderful chia seed in its whole organic state as well as in a sprouted powder form.

The Power of Chia

Chia seeds are an excellent source of dense nutrition with their healthy omega oils, easily digestible protein, and antioxidants. In fact, chia is so high in essential fatty acids that it contains eight times more omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram. Also full of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals (especially calcium and iron), chia has much in common with flaxseed, with the distinct advantage that its natural antioxidants make it’s delicate healthy fats more nutritionally stable. Research has linked this valuable food as a being beneficial for many health issues, including diabetes, hypoglycemia, celiac disease, and lowering cholesterol.

Have a Chia Boost

Navitas Naturals Chia Power has a mild nutty flavor, and develops slightly sweet notes when sprouted. It may be used much like flax powder in creating a power breakfast: just sprinkle a spoonful into oatmeal, granola, cereal, or yogurt. It also works very well as a flour substitute and can be used to make hearty breads, crackers, and more. Additionally, chia is considered highly hydrophilic – meaning the seeds have a unique ability to absorb liquid and form a gel (basic chia gel recipe). This makes chia especially good to use as a thickening agent in recipes like soup, smoothies, or enjoyed as a pudding with a touch of sweetener.

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Twister Smoothie Mix: a milled blend of high-energy functional superfoods, specially designed to enhance well-being.

Supercharged Smoothies

While ancient civilizations may not have had high-speed blenders to whip up a healthy fruit and superfood drink, smoothies are nonetheless are one of the easiest and most delectable ways to supercharge the modern day diet. Navitas Naturals Twisters pack in the punch with five premium varieties of powdered smoothie mixes:Protein, Sprouted Omega, and Antioxidant. Add a scoop into your next blend of choice for optimum health and vitality.

The Power of Twisters

Our smoothie blends compliment any diet with a potent profile of essential vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants — all in their natural whole food form. Using a combination of superfood ingredients is superior to eating any of these power foods alone, as the array of nutritional elements in greatly increased.

Healthy Helpings

Each of these superfood blends has a unique and delicious flavor profile.The Protein blend provides a chocolatey lift, the Sprouted Omega blend has a natural and nutty flavor, and the Antioxidant blend lends a fruitful punch. Whether enjoyed for their healthy purpose or just for their delicious flavors, each blend is an excellent addition to fruit smoothies and shakes, and can also be used as a boost when mixed into flours for baking.

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Pomegranate (pom-i-gran-it) ,a chambered, many-seeded and globose fruit, with a tough and usually red rind, and surmounted by a crown of calyx lobes; the edible portion consisting of pleasantly acid flesh developed from the outer seed coat.

Mediterranean Jewel

The fruit of the attractive pomegranate tree is one of the most distinctive in the world. With its crimson colored rind housing a complex interior of ruby-like juicy seeds and white pith (with approximately 800 edible seeds packed into one fruit!), fresh pomegranate is not a food to be consumed in a hurry. Native to southwestern Asia, the pomegranate is widely cultivated in warm, dry regions of the world – most historically the Mediterranean. Some date cultivation of this fruit back to prehistoric times, and it has been used throughout the ages medicinally, mytholigically, and as a valued culinary element. Most Western cultures today are familiar with this fruit in its raw state or as a juice – a deep red delicacy which tastes divine but also inevitably stains something. Navitas Naturals Pomegranate Powder makes enjoying the lovely pomegranate easy by offering it in a freeze-dried, mess-free, powder form.

The Power of Pomegranate

Though most of the pomegranate’s mythological roots (often seen as a symbol of fertility and prosperity) cannot be proven, recent attention from scientific communities solidifies the fruit’s health benefits are far from myth. Pomegranate contains a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals, with especially notable amounts of vitamin C and potassium. It is also a powerful source of antioxidant phytoestrogens, polyphenols, and anti-inflammatory essential amino acids. Among the most important effects of this beneficial nutrient collection is the ability to inhibit free radicals (a biological component attributed to disease and aging). Remarkably, polyphenols may inhibit estrogen synthesis, and the oil from the pomegranate seed has been proven effective against the proliferation of breast cancer cells in vitro.

But there’s more. Pomegranate’s contribution to cardiovascular health has also been widely celebrated. In preliminary laboratory research and human pilot studies, juice of the pomegranate was shown effective in reducing heart disease risk factors: including LDL oxidation, macrophage oxidative status, and foam cell formation (important components of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease). Pomegranate juice has also been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure (inhibiting the serum angiotensin-converting enzyme), may inhibit viral infections, and can also have antibacterial effects against dental plaque.

With the high levels of ongoing research, exploration of the pomegranate’s exciting health benefits have only just begun. Needless to say, including pomegranate in the diet serves as a powerful tool for disease prevention.

Pomegranate Potency

Though Navitas Naturals Pomegranate Powder is a superfood warrior health-wise, its fruity flavor is much more mild — making it easy to incorporate into recipes. Just a spoonful or two is a great dietary addition stirred into juice or tea, or blended into a smoothie. Undiluted, Pomegranate Powder is also excellent when mixed into desserts – like chocolate pudding or truffles – and serves as a smart superfood addition to homemade energy bars.

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Hemp (hemp), a tall, coarse plant (Cannabis sativa L), that is native to Asia but naturalized or cultivated in many parts of the world. It is the source of a nutritious, edible seed (hemp seed).

Ideal Food Source

Hemp is one of the earliest known plants to be cultivated by humans, with a recorded history of over 12,000 years, and has since been grown all around the world for food. An immensely sustainable crop, this hearty plant can be utilized for many different purposes: including using its fiber for textiles and paper, its oil for vehicle fuel and human health, and its seeds for nutrition and vitality. Just like our earliest ancestors understood, hemp’s nutritional benefits are highly renowned, and the hemp seed legacy continues as an ideal source of fuel for human health and energy.

The Power of Hemp

Though it may be just a small seed, hemp offers a huge nutritional content. Hemp seeds are naturally a fantastic protein source: they contain all of the essential amino acids, are highly digestible, and are one of the highest sources of complete protein of all plant-based foods. Hemp also has a very well-balanced ratio of essential fatty acids (EFAs) – Omega 3, 6, and 9 – which are excellent for cardiovascular health and promote a strong immune system (among many other benefits). A great source of dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium, hemp is a true superseed.

Nutrient-Dense Nut

Navitas Naturals Hemp Power is nothing short of delicious. A soft nut, our shelled hemp tastes reminiscent of a sunflower seed, with a distinctive richness. Enjoy hemp seeds by themselves, or try them sprinkled on just about anything: including granola or yogurt, salads, soups, dips, or baked into recipes. Our milled hemp protein has a mild taste, which becomes a background flavor when combined with other ingredients. Just a spoonful or two of this powder is the perfect protein boost when added to any smoothie, or mixed into flour for baking.