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9.19.2011

35 weeks + Navitas Naturals Power Snacks Review w/ Giveaway

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  I am actually starting my 36th week of pregnancy this week! I keep on looking at the counter on the website and I can't believe the amount of time left for this baby girl to arrive! I have actually been feeling well except that now I am waking up more often at nights and changing pillows and positions in order to feel comfortable. I am also going through awful heartburn, which I am glad I had one night free from that last night, praise the Lord!


I spoke to my mother because she was a little concerned I mentioned to someone that I was doing fair but in reality I have been doing better than fair. If anything, the heartburn has been the biggest pain in the butt or gut, but all in all the Lord has blessed me with a great 2nd and 3rd trimester. My mother reminded me that I was going to continue to feel the heartburn until I had the baby so I was to eat light fare. Boo! I guess I will have to try my best but my meal plan for this week is no too much on the light side. I have lots of food to use in the freezer and fridge before the baby arrives. I am also planning on making freezer meals this weekend, God-willing.


On Friday I had my last baby shower thanks to the girls from MSU. A grad student's wife and a master's student hosted an evening shower that was really beautiful! I embrace and thank the love and generosity I have felt the last few months just going through this transition. I know there is more to come. Each guest was asked to bring their favorite book as a gift for the baby. Here is a picture of the fun books:


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Did you know that Ryan received a gift too?  Does anyone get it?  :-)


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I took a self-portrait at 35 weeks. I did my best!


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I am happy to share a new product I got to review that comes in really handy! I know I have told you that I am not a big snacker but since becoming pregnant I have been forced to eat snacks in order not to get nauseous.  Navitas Naturals has come out with 2 new flavors of Organic Raw Power Snacks. Both snacks are gluten- and dairy-free, high in fiber and vitamin C, and with absolutely no refined sugar.


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  The first bag I opened was the Citrus Chia Superfood Power Snack. They are bite-sized and after eating two bites I am satisfied. Look at the awesome and simple ingredients: date paste, chia seeds, cashews, sesame seeds, dried apricots, raisins, coconut, flakes, maca powder, camu camu,powder, lucuma powder, natural orange flavor. I definitely liked the citrus flavor and the crunchiness of the chia seeds.


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  The second bag is called Cacao Goji Superfood Power Snacks. These were definitely my favorite. Anything with chocolate and cacao wins me over. The flavor is decadent but not because it is but because the flavor combination is perfect. I am very much looking forward taking these as my snacks to the hospital. Look at the ingredient list: date paste, chia seeds, raisins, sesame seeds, cacao powder, goji berry powder, sunflower seeds, maca powder, camu camu powder, sunflower meal,lucuma powder.


What are those ingredients known for or what benefits do they have for our bodies?



Meet the Superfoods in Navitas Power Snacks
The many nutritional attributes of the key ingredients in Navitas Power Snacks are worth noting*

Chia is a high-energy 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 also a robust source of protein (more than 20%) 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 also 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, the goji berry is known to help foster a long life and strengthen the immune system.

Camu-Camu is most famous for its abundant concentration of vitamin C - containing up to 60 times more 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 are known to 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.  This alternative sweetener is also a good source of iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B3, beta carotene, fiber and bio-available protein. 

These snacks have healthy fats and ingredients that are super nutritious for the body without adding chemicals or artificial ingredients. Be on the look out for the third flavor, Blueberry Hemp to come out later this year.


You can find these treats Navitas Power Snacks and other Navitas products are available at a wide variety of retail locations throughout North America including Whole Foods Markets, Wegmans and HEB, and at many online stores such as Amazon.com and NavitasNaturals.com.


But wait!  ONE reader will have a chance to win and choose a snack of their choice to try! 


How to enter? Answer the following questions:(leave in ONE comment)

  1. Which snack would you choose?
  2. What is your go-to snack and do you have a recipe?
Good luck everyone!  This is only open to US readers, sorry, but remember to enter my Second Blogiversary Giveaway that is open to ALL readers. 

This contest will be open until Thursday, September, 22nd at midnight, EST.  Good luck!

20 comments:

Jill @ MadAboutMacarons said...

Wow. You are looking fantastic! Thinking of you in the run-up. You must be so excited but also fed up (understand you don't always want to eat LIGHT!) Great powersnacks to keep healthy - wish they were around when I had the nausea with the girls, too. Rest up.

Athena said...

I would definitely like to try the Cacao snack.
My go to snack is usually some fruit and nuts or either Greek yogurt with granola.

cereza25 at yahoo dot com

Kaycee said...

The Cacao Goji Superfood Power Snack looks delicious!
My favorite go-to snacks are chips and salsa and Larabars! Yum!

Thanks!

kaycee(at)VeganMachine(dot)com

HiHoRosie said...

You look great! So exciting you get to meet your little one soon!

Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said...

I would go with the goji berry...it just speaks to me. My go to snack is vegan chocolate chip peanut butter banana bread found here on my blog: http://mynaturallyfrugalfamily.blogspot.com/2011/08/chocolate-chip-peanut-butter-banana.html

Beth said...

I'd definitely pick the Cacao Goji mix as I'm a nut for anything chocolate and goji berries are so intriguing to me. My go-to snack is just simple sliced apples. Easy, yummy, and cheap!

Tanya said...

I would choose the cacao goji berry.....I usually have to go with chocolate :) My go to snack these days is some granola I made with a little almond milk! Love the pictures...you look great!

Rebecca said...

I would obviously go with the Cacao Goji mix.. give me chocolate and i'm set! Yummm :) also my favorite snack as of recently (and has been forever) is banana with literally a half jar of peanut butter and a peanut butter rice cake sandwich. i alone finished two peanut butter jars in two days.. don't judge :)

Ashley said...

You look great! I would love to try the cacao snack, but I'd be thrilled with either. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ashley said...

My go-to snack is a rice-cake sort of thing with almond butter on it..yum :)

Anonymous said...

I would love to try: Cacao Goji Superfood Power Snacks. My go-to snack would be hummus and carrots or pretzels.

Maryann D.
twinkle at optonline dot net

Ronda said...

I would love to try the Cacao. My go to snack is frest fruit.

rrudnick@netnet.net

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

YUM! I would totally try the cacao goji flavor!

My favorite snack is honestly just nut butter straight off a spoon. No recipe needed! :)

chow vegan said...

You're looking great! and what fun books for the baby! Both flavors are interesting, I would chose the Cacoa Goji. My go-to snack is chips, I know, I'm bad. :-)

Elaine said...

I'd get the cacao. My go to snack is whatever's lying around.. hahah

vegAnn said...

The Cacao Goji looks incredible!! My go-to snack is this smoothie: 2 bananas, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tablespoon flaxseed, and a dash of cinnamon.

Cindy said...

hmmmmm....which one would I choose. That would be a hard decision. They both appeal to me. I think I would start with the Citrus Chia. My go to snack is Ezekiel 4:9 Low Sodium Bread...toasted with Natural Peanut Butter.

Gia_Pet said...

I would choose the Cacao Goji flavor - I, too, am a lover of all things chocolate-ty!

My go-to snack is raw almonds, though if I've got a serious case of the munchies, I go for light microwave popcorn :)

G_Patton@hotmail.com

Simply Life said...

oh how exciting! I hope the final weeks go well!

Vicki S said...

I'd love to try the Citrus Chia Super Food Power Snack. My usual snack is hummus with veggies or garlic croutons (I like them better than chips!)

sswpss at yahoo dot com

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