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Ask the Chef: Why is "Non-GMO" Important?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
October 5, 2015

Why is “Non-GMO” important?

As you’ve likely noticed, the conversation surrounding GMO’s continues to increase in volume, and with good reason: GMO’s are one of the single biggest, most important “food issue” in modern times.

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism, which can apply to any living being, flora or fauna. In some ways, humans have (more…)

Ask the Chef: What are some superfoods that are good for the brain?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
September 28, 2015

What are some good “brain foods?”

Likely, you’ve heard the claim that eating foods that look like the same parts of the body they’re good for is an easy route to better heath. In the subject of mental health, that food honor goes directly to walnuts, which look amusingly similar to a human brain. Walnuts are indeed a healthy choice, but supporting the brain extends far beyond simply popping a handful of nuts … or a pill: (more…)

Ask the Chef: Should I Soak Nuts & Seeds Before I Eat Them?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
September 21, 2015

Do I have to soak nuts and seeds before eating them?

Many nutritionally-minded cooks recommend soaking nuts and seeds in water -- anywhere from a couple hours, on up to overnight -- as a way to boost nutrient gains. But the soaking nuts phenomenon is a little more nuanced than claiming it as an “always” or “never” type of practice. (more…)

Superfood Maca Goes Beyond Libido Enhancement

by Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD
September 16, 2015

Maca is a native Peruvian plant that grows in the tropical Andes, dating back to approximately 3800 BC. Resembling a small rough stone the size of a walnut, maca is a powerful energy booster that that can be used to boost libido, increase fertility, treat erectile dysfunction, and the symptoms of menopause, improve concentration and memory, and enhance workout performance by increasing strength and endurance. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Can I Make Superfood Energy Boosters?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
September 14, 2015

Q: Is it possible to make a workout booster like a gel or energy chew from natural foods and superfoods?

Most of us who are impassioned with sports and fitness either use energy boosters like gels regularly, or at the very least have tried them. At their best, commercial gels are primarily composed of one or two different types of sugar, since the body digests different sugars at various rates, and using multiple sugars like glucose and fructose can provide both short- (more…)

Ask the Chef: How Can I Add Superfoods Into Back-to-School Lunches?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
September 7, 2015

Do you have any tips for adding superfoods into back-to-school lunches?

If you really want to turn a school lunch into a cool lunch, it’s all about the superfoods! Many of us worry about the sensitive palettes of our children, catering to them by using more neutral foods and flavors that we know won’t garner any complaints. The truth is, there are many superfoods that kids are surprisingly big fans of, and especially when combined with (more…)

Ask the Chef: What Are Some Unexpected Uses of Acai Powder?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 31, 2015

Aside from smoothies, what are some other – maybe more unexpected -- uses for acai powder?

So perhaps you’ve been diligently putting acai in your blender each morning. Or maybe you’ve been whipping up some acai powder with frozen bananas for a homemade acai bowl (delish!). But did you know the uses of acai powder go far, far beyond our beloved creamy drinks and smoothie bowls? (more…)

Ask the Chef: How Do I Make Superfood Popsicles?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 24, 2015

How do I make healthy/superfood popsicles?

When it’s the dog days of summer, there are few simple pleasures that beat a quick dash to the freezer for an icy, sweet popsicle. Many of us are rightfully wary of the colorful pops though: conventional popsicles often contain massive amounts of refined sugar, artificial flavorings and colorings, and little-to-no nutrition. But there’s no need to sit out on the fun! Making popsicles at home – which wins (more…)

Ask the Chef: How Can I Make Superfood Lemonade?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 17, 2015

Do you have any ways to make lemonade with superfoods?

Homemade lemonade: A summertime staple! If you’re a lemonade fan you are most definitely in luck, as not only is healthy, cleansing lemonade very easy to make, it can also be spruced up in all kinds of fashions to become more exciting with added superfood benefits! (more…)

Ask the Chef: What's a Healthy Road Trip Menu?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 10, 2015

What’s a good and healthy road trip “menu”?

Road trips are great, but road trip food has a notoriously bad reputation. Chips, cookies, the 2 pounds of taffy you bought at the roadside stand… it’s okay, we’ve all succumbed. These kinds of foods, combined with hours and hours of sitting, is a digestive nightmare, not to mention a quick way to leave the car a little heavier than when you got in while arriving at your destination feeling sluggish (and still hungry). (more…)