I recently had an opportunity to sample Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Sweet Cacao Nibs and Cacao Lip Balm via my membership with The Product Review Place, as a Blogger Select. We are starting to hear more and more about Super Foods and the benefits they could have. Navitas is the Latin word for energy, which is why the name is important when your mission is to provide premium organic functional foods that increase energy and enhance health. Navitas Naturals is a certified organic, green business headquartered in California. The specialize in organic and wild-crafted functional foods.
From Navitas Naturals website:
We specialize in organic and wild-crafted functional foods, and strive to lead the industry in this expanding market. Health conscious consumers choose our nutrient-rich products because they are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Our premium quality “superfoods” are always free of additives and trans fats; the absence of these elements speaking to the purity and effectiveness of the products.
Our company is committed to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. We source our premium functional foods through direct partnerships with farming communities around the world. An essential part of our mission is to create economic opportunities among indigenous people in developing countries, and our support of native agriculture helps expand development of global organic farming practices.
As our partnerships evolve, we will continue to introduce more intriguing functional food products – helping you meet your nutritional needs deliciously, naturally, and simply.
It should be no surprise that I ♥ the Organic Raw Sweet Cacao Nibs and the Cacao Lip Balm. In fact, it was heavenly, and I am so glad they sent me these products to sample. I’m already going through recipes, trying to figure out what I want to make. The Mayans believed that Cacao was “Food of the Gods”. It is that delicious! Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Sweet Cacao Nibs have 9 grams of fiber, *36% of your daily value. Cacao is one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium and it’s naturally rich with antioxidants. In addition, it has high iron content.
Organic Raw Sweet Cacao Nibs are the partially ground cacao beans that are the natural source of all chocolate products. The nibs are rolled into their delectable raw cacao liquor, and then lightly mixed with 100% organic sugar cane juice. The nibs are crunchy and I can tell you that when you sprinkle it on vanilla frozen yogurt, and take that first bite, your eyes will roll back into your head and your taste buds will be doing the snoopy dance! My name is Doreen and I am addicted to Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Sweet Cacao Nibs. LOL! I don’t even feel bad about how much I ate, which I won’t repeat here. I know you see one bowl there but that bowl was emptied faster than you can say, “Cacao Nibs Rock!” I will tell you that portion control went out the window. Every bite was delightful. Every bite tasted like the first. I am hooked.
Navitas Naturals talks about Source and Processing:
Navitas Naturals cacao beans are hand selected for quality, partially fermented to alleviate bitterness, and processed at low temperatures for maximum nutrient retention. Once extracted from the pod-like fruit, purified water is used to cleanse the beans. These whole beans are peeled and partially ground to form small pieces or “nibs,” which are then rolled in our raw cacao liquor and sugar cane juice to create the ultimate chocolate experience. Navitas Naturals Sweet Cacao Nibs contain 100% organic ingredients that are kosher, gluten-free, vegan, and raw.
There are a number of ways to enjoy this chocolatey superfood: mixed with granola, on top of frozen yogurt or ice cream. To see recipes, and to learn more about how you can utilize Cacao Nibs in your kitchen, click here.
I mentioned earlier that I also received Cacao Lip Balm. I thought I had tried good lip balm before but this was beyond my expectations. When I first received it I honestly thought to myself, “Ok, another lip balm.” I wanted to try it before reading the material I received. It definitely tasted like chocolate. I told someone at work the other day that I thought about taking a bite out of it when I first put it on. LOL! After I tried it I looked to see what the ingredients were. It turns out the Cacao Lip Balm is all-natural, featuring their own organic raw cacao butter, which is made from 100% pure cacao oil! YUM! Ok, even though the lip balm tastes good, I don’t recommend taking a bite out of it. For lips only!
It doesn’t surprise me that all Navitas Naturals ingredients are certified organic and are cruelty free! YAY, Navitas Naturals! We ♥ you!
BUY IT: You can purchase Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Sweet Cacao Nibs and Cacao Lip Balm via their online store. Their Cacao Lip Balm is $3.99 and a 4 oz. bag of Organic Raw Sweet Cacao Nibs are a mere $6.99! When you start making your gift list for family and friends that love chocolate, please visit Navitas Naturals. You can also browse their other cacao products: Cacao Powder, Cacao Nibs, Cacao Beans, Cacao Butter, and Cacao Paste.
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Disclaimer: I was provided product from Navitas Naturals for review purposes via my Blogger Select membership at The Product Review Place. I received no compensation for this review and the opinions listed are strictly my own honest opinions of the product.
*Percentage daily value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.