I generally focus on fresh fruits and greens for my smoothies, but I’ve lately discovered that adding organic dried and freeze dried superfoods, like the ones I recently tested from Navitas Naturals, can really boost my health. I just polished off a few tester bags of Navitas Naturals pomegranate powder, coconut water powder, and cacao powder, and I must say I’m hooked.
I start with a fresh fruit and greens base (say, a banana, some frozen blueberries, and a handful or two of organic kale), then I add in a tablespoon or two of freeze-dried powder (pomegranate works great with this blend). Then I pour in about 2 or 3 cups of water and blend it thoroughly, using a high powered blender. I love that I’m adding a superfood boost, and the flavors are fantastic.
My biggest surprise was the coconut water powder. While I did try it in a few smoothies, I was quickly in love with it. Just mix the powder in water, then enjoy a nice glass of fresh tasting coconut water. We’ve purchased coconut water in jars before, and we’ve opened our own coconuts as well; surprisingly, the Navitas Naturals coconut water powder makes a wonderful beverage that is high on flavor. I daresay it’s better mixing up our own that some of the commercial bottled brands out there.
The cacao powder has been thrown into all sorts of recipes around our house. I love making raw brownies, raw ice cream (frozen bananas, cacao powder, and almond milk blended in a high powered blender), and chocolate smoothies, and I’ve sometimes been disappointed by other brands of cacao. The flavor is often flat and not very “chocolatey.” But Navitas did not disappoint. In fact, I prefer it to any other we’ve tried.
So there you have it. A few new ingredients to try in your smoothies! Of course, don’t forget to pick up a copy of my book “Smoothie Power! Recipes for Weight Loss, Vitality, & the Occasional Superpower” while you’re at it. (Phone booth and cape not included.)