Natvitas Organics Raw Chia Seeds Certified Organic Aztec Superfood - 16 oz (454 g)
Aztec Whole Superfood From - Navitas Organics offers these small, whole, organic chia seeds in their pure state – nothing more, nothing less. Long used by the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incans as a staple food along with corn and beans, chia seeds are enjoying a large resurgence in the health food community due to their impressive nutritional profile. Chock full of healthy omega fats, protein, antioxidants, and dietary fiber, the little chia seed goes a long way to earn its qualifier of “power.” Try sprinkling these mildly nutty seeds in with your breakfast bowl, mix into a salad dressing or dip, or soak them in water or juice to form a gel and use as natural thickening agent for soups and other recipes.
Navitas Organics Raw Chia Seeds Benefits:
- Full of Healthy Omega Fats, Proteins, Antioxidants and Dietary Fiber
- USDA Organic & Non-GMOs.
- Brain Health
- Beauty Benefits
Source and Processing
Natvitas Naturals Raw Chia Seeds are a single ingredient product that is raw, gluten-free, kosher, vegan, and 100% organic.
Chia (chee-uh ) a plant (Salvia hispanica) of the mint family, native to the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having mostly basal, oblong leaves and small blue flowers; the seeds are primarily used as food.
Aztec Seed of Strength
A long, long time ago – long before the era of terracotta “chia pets” -- the chia seed was cultivated and eaten by the ancient Aztecs, Incans, and Mayans and was considered a staple food alongside corn and beans. “Chia” is the Mayan word for “strength”, and though these cultures may not have had the medical research to back up their health claims, chia is enjoying an escalating renaissance by today’s medical community as well as everyday consumers. Also full of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals (especially calcium and iron), chia has much in common with flaxseed, with the distinct advantage that its natural antioxidants make its delicate healthy fats more nutritionally stable. Navitas Organics offers the wonderful chia seed in its whole organic state as well as in a sprouted powder form.
The Power of Chia
Chia seeds are an excellent source of dense nutrition with their healthy omega oils, easily digestible protein, and antioxidants. In fact, chia is so high in essential fatty acids that it contains eight times more omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram. Also full of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals (especially calcium and iron), chia has much in common with flaxseed, with the distinct advantage that its natural antioxidants make it’s delicate healthy fats more nutritionally stable. Research has linked this valuable food as a being beneficial for many health issues, including diabetes, hypoglycemia, celiac disease, and lowering cholesterol.
Have a Chia Boost
Navitas Organics Chia Power has a mild nutty flavor, and develops slightly sweet notes when sprouted. It may be used much like flax powder in creating a power breakfast: just sprinkle a spoonful into oatmeal, granola, cereal, or yogurt. It also works very well as a flour substitute and can be used to make hearty breads, crackers, and more. Additionally, chia is considered highly hydrophilic – meaning the seeds have a unique ability to absorb liquid and form a gel. (check out Basic Chia Gel Recipe) This makes chia especially good to use as a thickening agent in recipes like soup, smoothies, or enjoyed as a pudding with a touch of sweetener.
Recipe - Basic Chia Gel
Chia absorbs 9 times its weight in water, which is the reason behind the 9:1 ratio. For thicker or thinner gel, adjust this ratio accordingly.
- 3 1/2 Tbsp. Navitas Organics Chia Seeds
- 450 mL. water
- Agave (optional)
Directions: Mix together chia and water. Let chia stand for 30 minutes, stirring with a whisk to prevent clumping. Gel can be used as a thickener in raw soups, fruit smoothies and fresh jams.
- Omega Fatty Acids
- Dietary Fiber
DID YOU KNOW?
Aztec traders and warriors often subsisted on nothing more than nutritional chia seeds during their long expeditions. In fact, chia was so highly valued in the Aztec culture that it was considered a form of currency.
About Navitas Organics
Power the positive in your everyday.
Navitas Organics super-simple, super-nutritious superfoods give you the energy you need to live each day to the fullest.
In fact, Navitas (Nuh-vee-tus) is Latin for 'energy.' They search the globe for the highest-quality organic superfoods to keep you energized. What's more, they work hard to power the positive in all they do: in how they source their products and work to better the greater good. Navitas work with small local farmers who use sustainable organic farming methods to grow their superfoods. They operate with a focus on leaving as light of a footprint on the earth as possible. They also contribute to healthy causes by supporting nonprofit initiatives like A Growing Culture.
Navitas is dedicated to the idea that success isn't just about profits and promotions. Along with 1,800 leading businesses from 130 industries across the world, they have earned B Corporation certification. Certified B Corporations are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Together, Certified B Corporations lead a growing, worldwide movement of people using business as a force for good.
Navitas also believes that a healthy balance of work and play is the only way to work. They think that without a hearty amount of laughter and humor, no amount of success is worthwhile. And they know that nothing is unattainable when you bring together dedicated, creative, open-minded people and give them the freedom and tools to pursue their ideas.
Navitas gets a lot of pleasure from cultivating a healthy environment where they each get a chance to be themselves and do the work they enjoy. At their campus in Northern California, they are mindful in how they work. For those who work at Navitas fitness instruction, wellness counseling and meditation are all part of their daily routine. Their campus is powered by solar panels to reduce their energy footprint.
Navitas' story began in 2003 with a strong friendship and a penchant for adventure and wanderlust to exotic regions of the world. Curiosity about ancient cultures and traditional foods led to a special collaboration with a small farmer cooperative in Peru and the discovery of the wondrous health benefits of Maca. Through this relationship, founder Zach Adelman was introduced to a variety of additional health enhancing foods that have been sustainably cultivated and consumed around the world for centuries attributing to longevity and well-being. This new knowledge combined with Zach’s long held passion for healthy, organic food sparked an intense determination to bring these ancient treasures to North America and integrate them into theri modern lifestyle. By pioneering the superfood category, the Navitas brand now boasts over 60 products supporting a healthy diet including single ingredients, snack foods, nutritional blends and bars. Today, Navitas is an organic industry leader and has stayed true to its commitment to the discovery of ancient, indigenous foods, vowing to support causes that help reduce environmental burden through ethical agricultural practices.
At the core of Navitas' business are the principles they hold true and are evident in the diverse, playful community atmosphere at Navitas. They are a hardworking, creative and open-minded group resulting in a company culture that is defined through a collaborative team management approach. Their dedicated employees possess the commitment and determination to help fuel the health-conscious movement sharing in a passion for mindful living, at the heart of which is a robust, nutrient-dense diet. They embrace a culturally diverse team, strive to promote from within and provide mentoring and support to each individual to reach his or her own true potential. In gratitude, they provide a liberal wellness program that endeavors to augment balance and fulfillment in their lives. They work hard and they play hard, and believe that without a hearty amount of laughter and humor, no amount of success is worthwhile. Through the spirit of generosity, they are committed to developing the finest products in the industry, advocate for the principles they stand for and provide superior service to their valued customers.
Navitas' purpose is honoring a healthy lifestyle through the innovation of nutrient-dense foods.
- Organic: No pesticides, fertilizers or genetically modified organisms
- Nutrient Dense: Navitas' products contain higher levels of vitamins and minerals per calorie making them some of the healthiest foods on the planet
- Holistic: Navitas foods have a positive impact on mind, body, and soul
- Energizing: Navitas products have a transformative effect on metabolism, moods and energy levels
- Fair Trade Practices: Establish partnerships with producers where a fair price is paid for their products ensuring that workers and farmers are compensated equitably
- Traditional Farming: Support farming practices that have been developed over the evolution of time well known to increase yield and complement characteristics of the natural environment
- Green Business Practices: Committed to reducing their carbon footprint by incorporating strategies to recycle, decrease waste, limit water usage and conserve energy
- Sustainable Agriculture: Understand the importance of protecting the natural environment through the regeneration of soil health, complimentary planting, and crop rotation to ensure quality food supply for future generations
Navitas develop products that are:
- Pure & Simple: Navitas practice transparency, use unadulterated ingredients
- Original: Navitas pioneered the category with the introduction of single-ingredient superfoods
- Resourceful: They source their foods from countries around the world and will continue to search for and create other miraculous plant-based products
- Convenient: Provide a variety of nutrient rich foods and snacks that are easily incorporated into a modern, busy lifestyle
- Minimally processed: Navitas foods are pure, clean and maintain their nutritional integrity
- Certified: Navitas products are certified organic, non-GMO, kosher and gluten-free
- Wholesome: Their plant-based foods bring vitality and positivity to every aspect of daily life
- Consciously sourced: Navtias vet their suppliers to determine the highest quality of products to represent their brand