CAO-POW

by on July 9, 2009

I mentioned yesterday that I received a package from Navitas Naturals. It was a delightful little package indeed- I am super pumped to try all these super foods.

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Said package contained the Trail Power (tasted for the first time yesterday and the bag is now one bite away from being empty- oh yea, it’s that good) chia seeds!!, goji berries, maca powdered, sweetened cacao nibs!!, and cacao powder, plus a sweet little water bottle.

All of the above foods are considered super foods and have a ton of great benefits. Rather than bore you with one long post on the benefits of each. I’ll elaborate on each as I use them.

So, Nativas Naturals touts that they are Power Foods for the Modern Lifestyle. With this in mind I decided to add a little power to my morning routine by having a cao-pow smoothie for breakfast.

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This was one of the best smoothies I have had in a long time- I absolutely loved the texture that the cacao nibs added.

Cao-pow Cacao Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ¾ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp. nut butter of your choice
  • 1 Tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 3 cubes of ice
  • ¾ cup almond milk

Blend all ingredients in a high-powdered blender until smooth. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!


Cacao plants produce cacao (pronounced Ka-Kow) beans, the source for all chocolate and cocoa products. We all know that the darker a chocolate is, the better it is for you! Well cacao powder and cacao nibs are straight from the source, darker than dark, and have great nutritional benefits. These benefits include a rich supply of antioxidants, flavanols – which increase blood flow to the brain and offer other circulatory health benefits, dietary fiber, magnesium and essential minerals.

And incase you were wondering what the difference between cocoa and cacao is, because I certainly was.

The official name of the chocolate tree is Theobroma cacao but, some experts say, over the years the word “cacao” became Anglicized, and probably through error, people started replacing it with the word “cocoa”. I’m pretty sure most of us grew up saying cocoa bean, not cacao bean – I know I did. But the raw foodies out there and super food companies alike are going back to the roots and calling it the proper name which is cacao.


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Cacao Powder Nutrition Facts: Needless to say, the cacao powder is good for you, but it’s also tasty. Perfect for smoothies, desserts, sauces, and chocolate drinks. I wouldn’t recommend using it plain because it is bitter-sweet and definitely isn’t as sweet as cocoa powder. (Notice the 0 sugar grams below)
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If you are interested in purchasing Navitas Naturals product check out their website or the store locator.

I’ll be featuring the other super foods soon, but for now, get excited, it’s almost Friday. Woot Woot!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea July 9, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Ooooh – great package of samples! I’m uber jealous!

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broccolihut July 10, 2009 at 12:14 am

Wow, those all look so yummy and healthy!

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VeggieGirl July 10, 2009 at 7:38 am

OOOOOOH love that smoothie combination.

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gina (fitnessista) July 10, 2009 at 9:17 am

that smoothie looks so good!
thanks for pointing out how to say cacao– i’ve been saying it right but was always wondering if that’s how it was pronounced ;)
have a great day!

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allijag July 10, 2009 at 9:34 am

NICE! THAT IS AN AWESOME AMOUNT OF LOOT! I’m especially digging the sigg-esque water bottle! ;)

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ksgoodeats July 10, 2009 at 11:49 am

What a great package!! Thanks for the cacao powder info :)

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Rose July 10, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Those are some neat products. I’ll check out the site .

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Julie Morris July 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Thanks for the great review and I love your smoothie recipe! You’ve also been posted on the Navitas Naturals Facebook Page. Come join :)

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34103421092&ref=ts#/group.php?gid=34103421092&ref=ts

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glidingcalm July 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm

im so jealous of your samples too! I’ve been drying to try cacao!!

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Marianne July 13, 2009 at 2:22 am

That is one awesome looking smoothie. Really, how can you go wrong with cacao though? :D Even the cacao fruit is quite tasty – I was lucky enough to try it when I was in Ecuador.

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Special K July 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm

So fun! Love the navitas page…looks great

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