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  1. Q: What is the difference between Raw Maca and Gelatinized Maca?
    A: Gelatinized Maca refers to the process of removing the starches from the product allowing for easier digestion. Gelatinization uses heat to break the cellular walls of the starch molecules and they are extracted from the Maca. Raw Maca has the most enzymes, vitamins and nutrients intact as it is low temperature processed. We offer both so you can choose which best suits your lifestyle.


  2. Q: What is the difference between Cocoa and Cacao and can I use them in the same way?
    A: Often times the terms cacao and cocoa are synonymous when referring to a powdered confectionary chocolate. However, the term cocoa can also refer to a combination of ingredients that represent a chocolate flavor, but also include sugar, dried milk, and/or other colorings or additives. Navitas Organics Cacao Powder is organic, non-GMO, pure, fairly traded, and non-alkalized. Pure Cacao is 100% chocolate, rich in flavor, and nutritionally abundant. Navitas Organics Cacao Powder can be used as a 1:1 substitute for conventional cocoa.


  3. Q: How can you be sure Navitas Organic Goji Berries from China are really organic?
    A: We source our premium Goji Berries from the lush valleys of the Ningxia Province in China. We believe that this is where the best Gojis are grown. Our Gojis are grown on certified organic farms and are certified organic by the USDA. Additionally, Navitas Organics uses third party lab testing in the USA to ensure the Goji Berries we sell are pesticide free, sulfite free, dangerous microbes and free of any other additives or chemicals.


  4. Q: I’m thinking about finally getting a good blender. Is there anything else I can use it for besides smoothies?
    A: A good blender can quickly become the most invaluable investment in your kitchen. Smoothies are really only a tiny fraction of what these incredible machines can do! Here’s some ways you can use your blender to create all kinds of healthy cuisine.Soups – Whether pureeing a hot soup into silky-smooth bliss, or combining cool ingredients to make an instant chilled soup, it’s exciting to make meal-ready magic as the result of a quick whiz. What’s more, you can sometimes save your stove space, too: some high-speed blenders can even gently warm cold soups after a couple minutes of blending on high.Frozen Desserts – The most unique and healthy frozen desserts can be made in a blender! Blending frozen fruit with a little bit of non-dairy milk, juice, or water can instantly create a luxurious sorbet, granite, or ice cream – no extra freezing time needed! These desserts are the perfect base to add in some of your favorite superfood powders too, such as acai powder, or cacao powder.Nut Butters – Although a food processor is a little more practical for this application, you can technically make nut butters in your high-speed blender too. Just be prepared to stop the machine regularly and push the contents down so everything gets a chance to hit the blades. Bonus – you can add in super seeds here like hemp and chia!Flours – A high-speed blender can pulverize grains of any variety and create a quick flour. Make heirloom varieties of flour that are hyper fresh, and like coffee, grind just as much as need for the application at hand for the biggest flavor and least waste.Sauces – A big secret of healthy and superfood cooking is the ability to make your own sauces and dips, elevating the flavor of everything else you’re making, and keeping your ingredient set clean from start to finish. A quick blend is all it takes to create impressive salad dressings, chutneys, and bright purees.Milks – Nut and seed milks are embarrassingly easy to make at home with the quick help of a good blender.Batters – Thin batters can be incorporated effortlessly with the help of a blender, and ensure ingredients get evenly distributed.


  5. Q: Why is chocolate considered an ancient food?
    A: When you’re grabbing your favorite chocolate bar at your local market, chances are its shiny wrapper, perfect angles, and delectable texture and flavor don’t suggest anything even remotely “ancient.” And yet chocolate’s history is truly as long as it is fascinating!As you may know, all chocolate comes from cacao – a product that has understandably been one of the most popular items at Navitas Organics for well over a decade! The amazing cacao tree fruits colorful cacao “pods,” which house large seeds known as cacao “beans.” When ground up, these beans are called cacao nibs, and can be ground down further and transformed into all kinds of products, including cacao powder, cacao butter, and of course… chocolate.


  6. Q: What are some ways I can make chia pudding a little more exciting?
    A: There’s a reason why it’s so popular: chia pudding is one of the coolest culinary advances as of late. An amazingly healthy and delightfully fun breakfast, dessert, or snack, this crazy superfood-centric recipe has been a central part of chia’s upswing in popularity. (Still haven’t made this simple food yet?) Here’s a go-to method: Coconut Chia Pudding.In addition to it being great on its own, chia pudding can also be dressed up in all different ways, ranging from decadent to sophisticated, to become a truly unforgettable dish. Here are some ways to take chia pudding to the next level:Top With Seasonal Fruit: Once chia pudding is placed in a shallow bowl, it becomes the perfect creamy base for all of your favorite fruits! Fresh berries, chopped peaches and plums, or minced apple are just a few ideas of incredible toppings.Mix With Chutney or Preserves: A spicy chutney or all-fruit jam layered at the bottom of a chia pudding parfait is a match made in superfood heaven. Enjoy the contrast of flavors, textures, and colors, as you swirl the ingredients together with every bite!Add Textual Superfoods: Tossing a little bit of superfood trail mix, nuts, seeds (like hemp seeds), or dried fruits such as goji berries or goldenberries, is a wonderful way to add additional textural interest and flair.Serve Creatively: Nobody said you have to just eat chia pudding out of a bowl! Try putting it in a glass to serve like a parfait, suck it out of a reusable squeeze bottle (great for kids), or savor it out of an ice cream cone.Swirl In Spices and Powders: At the very least, personalize your chia pudding with some added flair in the form of powders. You can mix in different sweet spices like cinnamon or cardamom, and add in virtually any kind of nutrient-dense superfood powder, including protein powders, maqui powder (watch it turn purple!), or matcha tea powder.Add Chocolate: “When in doubt, add chocolate.” You can mix in a few cacao nibs or cacao powder into your chia pudding, or better still, swirl in a bit of homemade cacao fudge sauce for a super healthy dessert.


  7. Q: Can you give me a list of the very top, most-used, most beneficial smoothie ingredients I should have around?
    A: There are a lot of great smoothie ingredients out there. Perhaps that is exactly what makes smoothies so popular: they are immensely diverse, making it easy to keep your blends constantly fresh and exciting.Keeping a few key ingredients on hand ensures you can always create a highly nutritious and supremely delicious smoothie. You don’t have to even use all of these ingredients in every smoothie, but you’ll be amazed at how many variations you can create off of a streamlined core list like this one.Top 10 Smoothie Ingredients:Bananas – A great smoothie needs to have a certain level of sweetness and creaminess, and bananas make an absolutely ideal ingredient to serve this function. If you don’t like bananas, you can also use mangos or avocados.Frozen Berries – Frozen berries are an excellent ingredient to keep in the freezer. Rich in antioxidants, loaded with vitamins, and adding additional layers of flavor, sweetness, and texture, you can use your favorite variety, or mix it up!Hemp Seeds – The “creamy factor” is super important to a great smoothie, and that’s exactly what hemp seeds do. Adding a little bit of those healthy Omega-3 fats from nutritious hemp seeds goes a long way to improve mouthfeel and flavor balance. You can also use other types of nuts or seeds – a second favorite choice would be raw cashews and/or almonds.Frozen Greens – Green smoothies are arguably among the best types of smoothies, since they are such an effortless way to enjoy the healthy vegetables that many of us struggle to get enough of throughout the day. Frozen greens like spinach or kale make this practice even easier, as the flavor of the vegetables greatly diminishes in frozen form, making them easier than ever to add to smoothies of all varieties. Can you use fresh greens instead? Of course! But the no-spoilage advantage of frozen makes your blending practice all that more simple.Maca Powder – Few foods on the planet are as naturally invigorating as maca powder, making it one of the top-choice superfoods on many wellness professionals’ lists! Smoothies are a perfect application for this incredible ingredient – you’ll find a big bag will last you a very long time.Protein Powder – To help round out the nutrition in a smoothie, a high quality plant-based protein powder is a great addition. Protein helps balance the carbohydrates and fats of other ingredients, ensuring long-term energy. You can use a blend or a straight hemp protein.Goji Berries – Mastering just the right level of sweetness can turn a good smoothie into a great smoothie, and dried goji berries can help you achieve this in the healthiest of ways. Offering a wealth of micronutrients including anti-aging antioxidants and immune boosting vitamin C, goji berries taste sweet yet are surprisingly low in sugar -- a spoonful or two is a great way to boost other natural flavors.Almond Milk – Of course you could always use water, but adding a non-dairy milk like almond milk is a low calorie way to make your smoothie a thousand times more creamy and delicious. For best results, use an unsweetened almond milk, and avoid the additional (hidden) sugars!Ice - Smoothies are best cold, and adding a handful of ice can improve texture, and help extend the flavor. Remember, ice is just water, so this is a great way to up your total hydration yield as well.


  8. Q: Are Goldenberries the same thing as Cape Gooseberries?
    A: Yes, Goldenberries have many different names. Cape Gooseberry is one of them. They might also be referred to as Pichuberry, Inca Berry, Physalis, or Chinese Lanterns, and/or Ground Cherries.


  9. Q: Why is Hemp Powder considered a good source of protein?
    A: Not only is Hemp Powder a dense source of protein by weight, it is also a wonderful vegetarian source of “complete” protein. Oftentimes non-animal protein sources do not contain all 9 essential amino acids that form a complete protein. Hemp comes packed naturally with all essential amino acids and is utilized and digested easily by the body.


  10. Q: Can Coconut Palm Sugar be used as a substitute for regular sugar?
    A: Yes, Navitas Organics’ organic Coconut Palm Sugar can be used as a direct 1:1 substitute for cane sugar.

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