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Review: Blueberry Hemp Superfood

I am always trying to make an effort to eat cleaner, naturally gluten-free food.  Not only does my body feel better when I eat like this, but my brain does as well.  By choosing foods that are naturally gluten-free, there is no deciphering of labels, just eat and enjoy.

Navitas Naturals has some pretty awesome products.  I love their Cacao Nibs, but today I am going to sing the praises of the latest product of theirs that I have tried:

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More information on the power snacks:

NEW BLUEBERRY HEMP NAVITAS POWER SNACKS
Nourishing “Grab & Go” Snacks Made from Organic Superfoods

Novato, California (March 5, 2012) – Navitas Naturals is adding Blueberry Hemp to their award-winning line of organic Navitas Power Snacks. Blueberry HempNavitas Power Snacks provide a diversity of the most nutrient-dense organic superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts. These bite-sized cubes have a healthy whole food appearance, delicious flavor and rich chewy texture. Navitas Power Snacks do not contain refined sugar, preservatives and artificial colors and flavors. In addition to being certified organic they are also certified gluten-free, and are GMO-free and dairy-free.

Organic food experts have been giving Navitas Power Snacks accolades since they were launched in 2011. In January 2012, they won the 2012 Grocery Headquarters Magazine Selling Wellness Trailblazer Award. Their team of editors judged hundreds of nominees on their innovative taste profile, ingredients, packaging and/or intrinsic health benefit. Navitas Power Snacks were also featured on Good Day Colorado (FOX 31) in a segment about the healthiest nutrition bars that stores should stock by Kelsey Blackwell, the Food Editor at Natural Foods Merchandiser Magazine (NFM). The video is a companion to an article in the January 2012 issue of NFM and on New Hope 360.

Why Hemp?  Nutrition experts recommend hemp seed because it’s an easily digested complete protein source. It is also one of the richest vegetable sources of the Omega 3 & 6 essential fats, and in an ideal ratio to support human health. Hemp seed is also a plentiful source of fiber, vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium.

Blueberries are famous for their delicious fruit flavor and abundance of phytonutrients, which many scientists believe provide powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may protect against heart disease, colon cancer and other ailments. In addition to the organic hemp powder and dried blueberries,Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks are made with other leading organic functional food stars such as chia, maca, lucuma, camu camu and maqui, as well as other wholesome raw foods such as date paste, sesame seeds, cashews and sunflower seeds.

Offered in an 8-ounce re-sealable and recyclable pouch for $8.99, Navitas Power Snacks and other Navitas products are available at thousands of stores throughout North America including Whole Foods Markets, Wegmans and HEB, and at many online stores such as NavitasNaturals.com and Amazon.com. Each 1-ounce serving is approximately 3 or 4 Navitas Power Snack nuggets.

I loved these snacks!  They do have sesame seeds (which bother me in large amounts), so I have been eating 2 squares at a time (with no issues, I might add!).  I had never tried anything with hemp in the past, so I was excited to try these.  I am sure you can imagine the smart remarks that Aaron made about the hemp…ha ha!  He actually opened the bag & tried one – I was shocked!  He said it tasted like a Fig Newton, but wasn’t a huge fan.  I was impressed that he tried it at all, as he is extremely picky.  These are the perfect snack to keep me from munching too much before dinner.

The snacks are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), organic, raw and vegan.  The ingredients are as follows:

Ingredients: date paste, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, dried blueberries, sesame seeds, hemp powder, maca powder, lucuma powder, maqui powder, natural blueberry flavor, camu camu powder

Each serving is 2-3 squares and contains 130 calories, 7 grams fat, 2.5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.  The Navitas Naturals Blueberry Hemp Superfood snacks can be found in stores across the US (Whole Foods is one of the many).

***These snacks were sent to me free of charge for review purposes.  The opinions stated here are mine (and Aaron’s) and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

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