05 April 2012

Navitas Naturals' new blueberry hemp snack bites pack a super punch

When you first open a bag of Navitas Naturals's new Blueberry Hemp Superfood Power Snacks, the aroma of blueberries immediately wafts into the air. Not an artificial blueberry scent, but the real thing.

This is your first clue that what you're eating is different from your average snack food. Raw, organic, gluten-free and vegan, with no refined sugar, these snack cubes are suitable for most diets. The flavors of blueberry and date are balanced nicely with cashews, hemp, and chia seeds, satisfying both sweet-eaters and those who crave a nutty treat.

The cubes have a nice bite, with just a touch of crunch from the seeds and nuts. While the serving size is listed as 28 g (approximately one ounce), which would be about three individual bites, you may find that just one bite satisfies your after-meal sweet tooth - and without leaving you with a craving for more, as sugary treats tend to do.

A serving will do nicely to give you energy between meals, after a workout, or on the trail. Nutritionally, the snack stacks up well to its closest point of comparison, vegan energy bars. At 130 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving, it's comparable to most energy bars when adjusting for the difference in serving size.

The real difference is that it has all the sweetness with considerably lower sugar - only 7 grams per serving. It's also high in vitamin C (45% of your daily value per serving), has 3 grams of protein, and 10% of your daily fiber. The Power Snacks, which are also available in Citrus Chia and Cacao Goji flavors, are priced at $8.99 per bag.

For those who don't generally eat a raw diet, that may seem on the high side, but it's certainly comparable to other prepared raw products. And you get what you pay for with these certified organic, GMO-free products - a healthy alternative to most packaged snack foods. The Power Snacks are available at Whole Foods and other selected retailers, or online from Navitas Naturals.

Kasey Minnis | Facebook | @veggiemightee | Blog
Fort Lauderdale, FL That rare and elusive species known as the native Floridian, Kasey is passionate about protecting other endangered creatures. She lives by the principle “compassion and crochet for all,” and enjoys teaching others – including her husband of 20 years and two beautiful children – the benefits of cruelty-free eating by feeding them tasty vegan treats from her kitchen. Contact Kasey at kasey@thisdishisveg.com.

Disclosure: A complimentary sample of this product was provided to TDIV for review. TDIV provides fair and unbiased reviews of all publications or products submitted for assessment.

Photo credit: Navitas