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Navitas Organics Blog

The Magic of Maqui

Posted by Jules Aron on Sep 13, 2018 10:19:16 AM

To celebrate Navitas Organics' 15-year anniversary, I've teamed up to share some insight into one of my favorite superfoods, the Maqui Berry and celebrate with a delicious superfood Maqui Cheesecake recipe below.

The Maqui Berry is an intensely purple berry that grows wild throughout southern Chile. Like many dark fruits and berries, such as Pomegranate, Acai, elderberries, blueberries and blackberries, Maqui Berries are very rich in anthocyanins, which give them their purple pigments and high antioxidant levels.

The Maqui Berry, in particular, contains high levels of anthocyanins called delphinidins, which is also found in violas, delphiniums, and Concord grapes. But these compounds are found in very high amounts in the humble Maqui Berry. The delphinidins are especially conducive at protecting cells from oxidative stress, supporting healthy immune function and reducing the risk of degenerative diseases that involve inflammation. They are also helpful in reducing blood sugar levels and decreasing glucose absorption.

These tart little berries are hardly ever found fresh outside South America, so we are extremely lucky to have Navitas carry them in an organic freeze-dried powder form. Tastewise, they resemble a mix of blackberries, blueberries and watermelon, and blend well with fresh juices and smoothies or mixed into desserts, yogurts and porridge.

And without further ado, I'd like to raise a spoonful of this gluten-free, dairy-free, superfood Maqui Cheesecake to a brand I can proudly stand behind, another 15 years!


BLUEBERRY MAQUI CHEESECAKE
You’ll love this completely raw recipe for the creamiest, berry cashew cheese filling with a dense, chewy, chocolatey crust made of walnuts, coconuts, dates and raw Cacao.

CRUST
1 cup Dates, pitted
1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
1 cup Raw Walnuts
1 Tbsp Navitas Organics Cacao
Sea Salt

FILLING
2 cups Navitas Organics Cashews, soaked overnight
½ cup Lemon Juice
½ cup Coconut Oil
½ cup Maple Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla

BLUEBERRY MAQUI LAYER
1/2 the Filling Mix
1/4 cup Blueberries
2 tsp Navitas Organics Maqui Powder

Add the nuts, salt, Cacao, dates and coconut to your food processor or blender and process to a coarse meal. Transfer the mixture to a spring form pan or individual tart shells and press down to form the crust. Place in the freezer to chill.

Add the filling ingredients into your high-speed blender and process. Add as little water as necessary to facilitate blending. Pour half the mixture on top of your crust and place in the freezer for one hour.

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Topics: blog, health, recipes, tips, plant based, healthy living, food blogger, healthy choices, maqui

Real Food. Real Life. Made Simple.

Posted by Erin Parekh on Sep 5, 2018 10:03:51 AM

Hi! I’m Erin Parekh, Holistic Health Coach, Culinary Nutrition Expert, and plant-based recipe developer.

My Philosophy
I believe that being healthy doesn’t have to be hard or complicated — that living a fulfilling life and eating the most beautiful, delicious, nourishing food is well within reach for all of us.

But, in order to do this, we have to cut through the noise (there’s a lot of it) and get back to basics. No diets or programs. No hours spent in the kitchen. No killing it at the gym every day.

Just Real Food. Real Life. Made Simple.

This little mantra is what I strive for personally. It’s how I develop recipes and how I coach my clients. Because at the end of the day, no one (not even a health coach!) is going to stick with healthy habits long-term if they aren’t enjoyable or easy.

My Story
I spent the majority of my early adult life struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem, disordered eating, and a 50-pound weight fluctuation. I tried every diet book, workout video, and weight-loss supplement available — thinking that if I could just maintain a certain number on the scale, everything would fall magically into place. But as I’m sure you can guess, that wasn’t the case at all.

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Topics: wellness, happiness, health, Live Life Positive, positive vibes, plant based, healthy living, food blogger

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