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Ask the Chef: What are the top smoothie ingredients to have on hand?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 18, 2016

I’m looking for simplicity: Can you give me a list of the very top, most-used, most beneficial smoothie ingredients I should have around?

There’s a lot of great smoothie ingredients out there. Perhaps that is exactly what makes smoothies so immensely popular: they are immensely diverse, making it easy to keep your blends constantly fresh and exciting. (more…)

Ask the Chef: What are anthocyanins and what foods are they in?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 11, 2016

What are anthocyanins and what foods are they in?

Anthocyanins are a special group of antioxidants. These flavonoid pigments show up as the purples, blues, blacks (and sometimes reds) that we see in certain fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The pigment is found inside of the plant tissues, which attracts pollinators and beneficial animals that eat them and disperse the seeds. (more…)

Ask the Chef: What is the Difference Between Heirloom and Organic?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 28, 2016

What’s the difference between heirloom and organic?

You’ll often hear the words “heirloom” and “organic” used interchangeably when talking about high-quality produce. You’re not alone in questioning the titles - there’s a lot of confusion out there as to what heirloom and organic really are, as well as what sets them apart! (more…)

Ask the Chef: 5 Ways to Boost Your Coffee

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 20, 2016

How can I boost my coffee?

In some ways, it’s a funny thing that the idea of boosting something like coffee would even be a thought, let alone a trend – the whole purpose of coffee is to get a boost in the first place, right? Nevertheless, as our coffee culture has evolved, new tricks have been discovered to not only mix up what goes in your morning cup of joe, but also improve how it makes you feel and interacts with your body. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Foods for an anti-aging diet

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 13, 2016

What exactly is an anti-aging diet, and what foods should I include?

We’ve heard a lot about anti-aging diets these days – in fact, it seems to be a go-to qualifier in many new products and up-and-coming dietary plans. While some claims may be over-exaggerated (no food is going to 100% turn back time), there’s a lot to be said for eating foods that can support a body functioning at its best. (more…)

Ask the Chef: What is the purpose of an alkaline diet?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 6, 2016

What is the purpose of an alkaline diet?

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “alkaline” thrown around in the context of a food’s attributes. Often voiced by nutritionists and dietitians, alkaline has deep origins in both the study of medicine and science. As you may remember from your high school chemistry class, all water-based substances register somewhere on the pH scale, which measure how acid or alkaline they are. (more…)

Ask the Chef: What Should I Eat in the Springtime?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
May 31, 2016

What foods should I be eating in the springtime?

Each month, we have the exciting edible opportunity to take advantage of nature’s freshest and most special produce: the foods that are truly seasonal. But there’s more to eating seasonally than just buying what’s on sale at the grocery store. This activity is dependent upon a combination of both utilizing the newest crops, and eating the foods that most support our body during (more…)

Super Easy, Superfood Cleanse

by Lauren Felts, CN, Guest Blogger
May 24, 2016

It looks like it’s that time again! It is time to get your cleanse on!

With the turn of the season comes a chance to refocus on health. Our new year’s resolutions are long gone, old bad habits have reappeared again, and we are craving a revival of health and vitality. With summer shorts and tiny bikinis on the horizon, let’s start preparing by cleaning up from the inside out! (more…)

Ask the Chef: How to Spring Clean Your Kitchen

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
May 16, 2016

I want to extend my “spring cleaning” into my kitchen, making it more healthy. What do you recommend I do?

Spring is the perfect time to do more than just a pantry clean, but also to take a bit of a personal assessment of how you’re feeling. What have you been doing that’s working for you? What would you like to improve on? What can you add (or subtract) from your kitchen space to support your goals? (more…)

Ask the Chef: How Do I Incorporate Flowers Into My Food?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
May 8, 2016

There’s a new trend in fresh food these days, and it’s extremely pretty: flowers! (more…)