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Take a Hike! Navitas Trail Mix Giveaway!

If you’ve read my other articles, you already know I’m always on the hunt for healthy, portable, AND delicious snacks.  My on-the-go lifestyle is far from unique and I’m probably not the only parent who is known to skip meals on particularly busy days. That’s why I’m a huge advocate of always carrying a nutritious bite, wherever you may go.

Trail mix has been around seemingly forever, and with good cause.  Hunter/ gathers needed to stay alert and energized while foraging and stalking and so do we!   I’ve tried all different mixes, many pre-packaged and some of my own.  Honestly, I like most things involving nuts, seeds, fruit, and especially some form of chocolate; I’m not that hard to please.  BUT, there is a company I’ve spoken of before who goes above and beyond the average mix…. Navitas Naturals!

What I love about these mixes is there simplicity.  Their names double as their ingredients:  Mulberries-Gojis-Goldenberries and 3 Berry-Cacoa Nib-Cashew.  Nothing else added to these superfoods – no processing, certified organic, raw, nutrient dense, and delicious.   I tried the latter of the two mixes.  The three berries are those mentioned in the first mix.  Pretty simple, pretty tasty.

I ate the Navitas Trail Mix while hiking, while driving, and admittedly while just sitting here writing.  It tastes good and it feels good.  Packed with iron, vitamin C, and vitamin A; this is one of those treats that you feel from your head to your toes.

While recent claims of cacao containing vitamin C have been proven false, there are plenty of other reasons to eat it.  It is high in iron, magnesium, and fiber, to name a few.  Also, it is an unsweetened, unprocessed way to get a chocolate fix!

Goldenberries, originating in the Incan diet, are basically a citrusy raisin in flavor.  In nutrient value, they give us antioxidants, fiber iron, vitamin A, fiber, and then some.  These were a new flavor for me and grew on me quickly.

Many of you have probably already heard of Goji Berries, they’ve been a recent superfood celebrity.  Antioxidant benefits are joined by beta-carotene, amino acids, polysaccharides, and more!

When Navitas Naturlas decided to put these super-ingredients together, they gave us a nutrient and flavor blast – thanks!  I enjoyed adding the trail mix to cereal and imagine it could be a great addition to baked goods and more – use your imaginations and please let us know what you come up with!

Navitas Naturals is a certified organic, green company based in Northern California.  They are “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.”

Navitas Natural products are widely available in stores and also directly from their super informative website, which includes an awesome variety of functional food recipes.

Win Some!

The wonderful crew at Navitas Naturals are giving TWO lucky Takes a Village readers each a 4 oz. bag of Mulberries-Gojis-Goldenberries AND a 4 oz. bag 3 Berry-Cacoa Nib-Cashew trail mixes, a $12 value!

To enter, simply visit Navitas’ website, check out the trail mix and let us know how you would incorporate this into you daily life… would you eat it straight while driving, bake with it (share your recipes!), or what?

Additional entries below:

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Special thanks to Navitas Naturals for their delicious samples provided for my review!
Congratulations to our winners Louis and Michelle!
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Giveaway! Yoga Earth Keen-Wah Decadence Bars ~ Here’s to Healthy Indulgences!

I’ve mentioned before that I have a great affinity for keeping healthy snacks available for my kids at all times, hence the “snack bag” that follows us everywhere.  I have become a master a keeping nutritious nibbles on hand for the little ones, but like many parents I often tend to forget my own needs.

Dried fruit snacks and rice cakes are big favorites for the kids, and they somewhat satisfy me at times.  But, there are other instances when  I crave a flavor that is simply more grown up.  These are the times when I’ve recently reached for Yoga Earth’s delicious Keen-Wäh Decadence Bars.  The moniker doesn’t lie, these full flavored crispy cacao treats indulge my adult taste buds while providing complete protein which curbs my hunger too.

On taste alone, you’d never guess that these organic bars are gluten free and chock full of antioxidants plus super foods like quinoa, almonds, and cacao.  They had me at the original Chocolate Chia  flavor but have recently continued to tempt me with two new varieties ~ Coconut Almond and Cayenne Cinnamon (my personal favorite).  Sweetened with low-glycemic coconut nectar, Keen-Wäh Decadence are just the right amount of sweet, rounded out by the lovely bitter bite of cacao, the cayenne kick, or the almond crunch; there is something to excite every palate!  Not just for kids, my seven year old loves the Chocolate Chia and the Coconut Almond flavors when I manage to save her a bite.

When I discovered their wonderful crystalized coconut water, I also found out that YogaEarth donates 1% of its profits to Kiva, a groundbreaking nonprofit which allows people to lend money, in $25 increments to great causes worldwide, such as agriculture and rebuilding.  Kiva vets the loans requested and the borrowers repay the lender through their website.  I love this concept and that YogaEarth, supports it.

This is not the only way the Southern California based company works with the community.   Their products, including organic foods, yoga gear, and natural products are designed with consumer input.  As a member of their community, you can suggest and vote on product ideas, plus receive discounts.  In fact, Keen-Wäh Decadence Bars were created through this program, with the community’s input!

I’m continuously impressed by the extra steps Yoga Earth takes to help the environment.  They’re striving toward zero waste, manufacture locally, and employ sustainable practices.   “The company has designed a packaging program to optimize use of recycled materials, while protecting product integrity and safety. Outer packaging is FSC-certified and 80% minimum post-consumer waste. Packaging is produced in fully wind-powered facilities.”

 Win!

Yoga Earth has kindly offered a Takes a Village reader an entire case of 12 Keen-Wäh Decadence Bars, a $34.95 value!  Even more exciting ~ the winner may choose from any flavor, a mix of all three, or a combo of two kinds for their case!

To enter, simply check out Yoga Earth’s Keen-Wäh Decadence Bars on their website and comment on TAV via Rafflecopter with which flavor appeals most to you and why.  For more entries see below!

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Thanks to Yoga Earth for providing delicious samples for my review!
 
Congratulations to Sheri, our winner!
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Giveaway! Power Up Your Snacks with Navitas

In some circles (mainly the one consisting of my 4 and 6 year olds) I am known as the snack lady.  I am a huge advocate of healthy nibbles throughout the day, and all of the benefits they have to offer my girls and myself, especially mood improvement and increased brain function.  Personally, I feel much more balanced eating small meals interwoven with nutritious snacks rather than gorging on three gut-busting squares each day.

Aside from the notable health benefits, there is a definite convenience factor.  My girls and I have an unconventional schedule, more of a non-schedule really.  As much as I love to cook, it’s not always an option to have a meal ready at a scheduled time, or even when we’re super hungry.  Our lifestyle lends much better to nutritious items that are ready and waiting between meals.  

If you’ve ever encountered a hungry, grumpy toddler, the necessity of instant access to a quick bite is easy to comprehend.  I learned when my girls were small(er) that it is a great idea to carry a bag of healthy snacks, much like a doctor carries her med-kit, in a “break in case of emergency” style.  This makes it simple to keep everyone satiated, revive a crabby kid (or mom), and gives us a leg up if we are somewhere that offers nothing but empty calories or outrageously priced food.

Whilst on my never-ending search for healthy goods, I encountered superfood Power Snacks by Navitas Naturals.  These are no joke!  Available in Blueberry Hemp, Citrus Chia, and Cacao Goji (my favorite), these squares have a dense, brownie-like texture and a subtle sweetness.   The sweet note comes not from sugar, but from date paste and each plant-based ingredient, such as cacao, maca, chia, and camu-camu, has a purpose.

I am a huge fan of functional foods ~ who wouldn’t be when they taste as good as they make you feel?  Navitas Naturals Power Snacks are 100% pure superfoods and natural whole foods that are certified organic, vegan, raw, and gluten-free.

Navitas Naturals is a certified organic, green company based in Northern California.  They are “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.”

Navitas Natural products are widely available in stores and also directly from their super informative website, which includes an awesome variety of functional food recipes.

Win Some!

The kind folks at Navitas Naturals are giving one lucky Takes a Village reader a bag of Cacao Goji Power Snacks and a bag of Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks, an $18 value!

To enter, simply visit Navitas’ website, explore the colorful superfood icons at the bottom, and comment below with which interests you most and why.  For additional entries see below!

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Thanks to Navitas Naturals for providing delicious samples for my review!
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