Fellow Larabar fans: I've discovered a raw-er, superfoodier, organic version of those simple fruit-and-nut treats: Navitas Naturals Power Snacks.
These grab-and-go snacks are like Larabars — a favorite snack of mine that I've raved about before but with an extra nutritional boost. Like Larabars, Power Snacks are made mainly with dates and nuts — with no processed sweeteners or other fats — for that pure, natural sweet-and-nutty combo. But unlike Larabars, which are made with just two to five ingredients, Power Snacks are made with about a dozen — with the additional ingredients being mostly superfoods like goji berries, chia, maca, lucuma and camu-camu. Plus, the Power Snacks are all raw and organic certified, a big plus for eco-foodies and rawgans alike.
The Citrus Chia's my favorite. It has a complex fruity taste from maca, apricots, oranges, raisins, and dates — which is combined with creamy cashew and coconutty goodness plus the crunch of chia and sesame seeds.
But I loved the Cacao Goji too, which tastes like a rich raw brownie and appeals to the chocoholic side of me — especially since the snack doesn't taste too much like goji berries, which I'm not a huge fan of. The snacks are made with goji powder instead of chunks of the goji berry, a choice that effectively masks the goji taste while retaining the superfruit's health benefits.
A blueberry hemp flavor is supposed to launch later this year, but for now, you'll need to content yourself with Citrus Chia and Cacao Goji. I recommend enjoying them with a lot of water — since those chia seeds will soak it up and keep you full for a good long time. An 8-ounce pouch costs $8.99 at Whole Foods and other natural food stores, as well as online at Nativas Naturals web store.
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