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Ask the Chef: Different Antioxidants

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

Different Types of Antioxidants

Q: Are all antioxidants the same?

A: Wonderful question! The world of antioxidants is a surprisingly vast one: in fact, there are thousands of varieties, with researchers discovering new antioxidants on a regular basis. The term “antioxidant” refers not to a type of nutrient, but rather a quality of a nutrient – vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, etc. that have the ability to help stabilize abnormal cells and free radicals generated by stress and aging. While free (more…)

Ask the Chef: How to Use Goji Berries

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
November 6, 2014

How to Use Goji Berries

Q: What are some ways to use goji berries?

More often than not, goji berries are often referred to as a “super-charged raisin.” I get it: they’re about the same size as a raisin, and sweet and chewy (although their bright red hue defers any real confusion). The “super-charge” part comes from the fact that unlike raisins, goji berries offer enormous (low sugar) nutrition … ranging from body-building protein, to immune-boosting vitamins, to longevity-promoting antioxidants. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Healthy Halloween Treats

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
October 24, 2014

Healthy Halloween Treats

Q: Is there really such a thing as healthy Halloween treats?

A: Never fear, there’s plenty of tricks to make amazing treats that taste totally spooktacular without the notorious Halloween sugar load! Like we’ve covered in the past, making our own desserts and treats is a sure-fire way to cut calories, sugar, and processed foods out, while still satisfying cravings. With complete control over our ingredients, it’s pretty amazing what we can do! Here’s a hand-picked round-up of some of my favorite superfood (more…)

Ask the Chef: Acai vs. Maqui

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
October 20, 2014

Acai vs. Maqui

Q: What’s the difference between acai berry powder versus maqui berry powder?

A: Ah yes, you’ve likely noticed these two popular Navitas products have some undeniable similarities! Indeed, both are purple berries hailing from South America. Fresh out of the bag, they look similar too: both are very dark (almost black!) fine powders. But make no mistake, acai and maqui have some distinct differences that put them more in the family category of cousins rather than twins. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Cooked vs. Raw Superfoods

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
October 13, 2014

Cooked vs. Raw Superfoods

Q: From a health aspect, are superfoods better used in raw or cooked recipes?

A: Before looking at specific superfoods, the bigger question here is what happens to nutrients when they are cooked. And, well, the (not so) simple answer is different depending on the nutrient itself. The subject may be a complex one, but here’s the core to keep you in the know! (more…)

Ask the Chef: Superfoods for a Low-GI Diet

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
October 6, 2014

Q: I need some new foods for a low GI diet. Can you recommend some superfoods?

Let’s start at the beginning: The main source of energy for cells that make up muscles and tissues is sugar, also known as glucose. This glucose comes from carbohydrates in the foods we eat (sugar, starch, and fiber), and is stored in the liver and muscles. Though glucose is vital, consuming too much can cause imbalances in blood sugar levels, and a myriad of health problems including insulin resistance, can result. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Can I Make Juice in a Blender?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
September 22, 2014

Can I Make Juice in a Blender?

Q: Can I make juice in a blender?

A: Great question! First things first, let’s discuss the difference between the two types of machines, as many people use their terminology interchangeably. A blender is a countertop machine with a large base that houses the motor on the bottom, and has a large clear pitcher that attaches on top. To use a blender, you put your ingredients in the pitcher, seal the top, and power on your device. (more…)

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…)