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Ask the Chef: Hemp & THC

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
September 15, 2014

Navitas Naturals Hemp & THC

Q: Should I be concerned about eating hemp before my drug test or while working?

Understandably, this is a common question we get about our hemp line of food products, and can be an equally sensitive subject matter amongst various employers -- in fact, some agencies even discourage the use of hemp altogether, regardless of the origin of hemp. Much of this confusion stems from grouping the various forms of cannibus (more…)

Ask the Chef: All About Yacon Syrup

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
September 11, 2014

Yacon Syrup

Q: How does yacon syrup taste and what are the best ways to use it?

A: Thanks to its low sugar content and low Glycemic Index rating, yacon sryup is steadily gaining ground as one of the healthiest sweetener options around. While many people have jumped on the opportunity to bring it into their kitchens, you’re definitely not alone in wondering how it should best be used! (more…)

Ask the Chef: Essentials for Travel

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 29, 2014

Superfood Essentials for Travel

Q: How can I maintain a superfood lifestyle while traveling?

A: You know how it goes – just a few days on the road and suddenly even just the healthiest of intentions go out the window, replaced with readily available processed snacks, local indulgent eats, and comfort foods. We’ve ALL been there! The worst part of it is, the more our diet becomes less-than-optimal, the more our (more…)

Ask the Chef: Resveratrol

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 18, 2014

Resveratrol

Q: I've heard a little about resveratrol lately – what is it and how do I get it in my diet?

Excellent question! Resveratrol has been a hot topic in all kinds of nutrition studies and news reports lately. It’s been linked to the prevention of everything from heart disease to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. Plenty of manufacturers have capitalized on the resveratrol supplement market, but did you know that you can actually get resveratrol from the foods you eat? (more…)

Ask the Chef: Superfood+ Snacks in Recipes

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 11, 2014

Using Superfood+ Snacks

Q: How do I use the Superfood+ Snack line in recipes?

It doesn’t take much convincing to agree that each flavor in the new Superfood+ snack line of nuts and seeds is truly exceptional straight out of the bag. In the mood for something mildly sweet? Try the Maca Maple Cashews or Goldenberry Ginger Almonds. Have a hankering for something more savory? Grab a scoop of Rosemary Chia Pepitas, or Goji Basil Cashews! (more…)

Ask the Chef: Internal Sun Protection

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 4, 2014

Internal Sun Protection

Q: What can I eat to protect my skin from the sun?

For many of us, summer is synonymous with trips to the beach, afternoons by the pool … and unfortunately, sunburns. Of course sunscreen and summer pretty much go hand-in-hand, but did you know that you can further protect your skin through what goes IN your body as opposed to simply on it? It’s true: scientific studies have shown that we can actually channel the power of some pretty special superfoods to protect our skin (more…)

Ask the Chef: Camu Berry Powder

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 28, 2014

All About Camu

Q: What is camu berry powder and how do I use it?

Reddish-purple camu berries grow on small shrub-like trees in tropical wet climates, like the Peruvian Amazon region, where Navitas’ camu is cultivated. Amazonian natives have used camu berries as a natural medicine for centuries. Today, we think of camu as “nature’s vitamin C pill." Camu berries are one of the world’s most abundant natural sources of vitamin C, boasting quantities that are over 60 times that of oranges! Vitamin C is an incredibly important micronutrient: it (more…)

Ask the Chef: Grilling with Superfoods

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 21, 2014

Navitas Naturals Grilling with Superfoods

Q: Is there any way to incorporate superfoods into my summertime grilling?

You bet! Just because you’ve got the grill fired up doesn’t mean you have to leave superfoods behind – there are many ways superfoods can enhance your favorite summer dishes in both flavor and nutrition! Here are a few methods to keep in mind: (more…)

Ask the Chef: Yacon

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 14, 2014

Navitas Naturals Yacon

What makes yacon so great?

Sliced thin and sun-dried and you’d think you were eating some type of fancy smoked apple. Boiled into a syrup and you’d swear that delicious drizzle was some kind of artesian caramel. The truth is, though yacon has all of the flavor appeal of a high-end sweet recipe, in reality, it’s simply a humble yet versatile root that looks like a potato … a root that’s been cherished by Peruvians for thousands of years. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Smoothies vs Juice

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 23, 2014

Smoothies vs Juice

Q: What’s the difference between a smoothie and a juice?

A: Both superfood smoothies and superfood juices are two of the most talked about healthy habits for the wellness-minded. Despite their similar “colorful liquid in a glass” motif, there is definitely a difference between the two, and understanding the basic principles of each will help you better support your health goals! (more…)