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Ask the Chef: What are some good superfood dishes to bring to a potluck?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 22, 2016

What are some good superfood dishes to bring to a potluck?

It’s still officially summer, which means it’s also officially potluck season! Between all the backyard barbecues and outdoor cookouts, there’s plenty of social eating occasions to enjoy… which despite their fun, can also be challenging if you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet. Luckily, potlucks also give you the opportunity to bring along something that’s extra beneficial for yourself, as well as your fellow guests! (more…)

Ask the Chef: What can I make in my blender besides smoothies?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 15, 2016

I’m thinking about finally getting a good blender. Is there anything else I can use it for besides smoothies?

A good blender can quickly become the most invaluable investment in your kitchen. Smoothies are really only a tiny fraction of what these incredible machines can do! Here’s some ways you can use your blender to create all kinds of healthy cuisine. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Why is chocolate considered an ancient food?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 9, 2016

When you’re grabbing your favorite chocolate bar at your local market, chances are its shiny wrapper, perfect angles, and delectable texture and flavor don’t suggest anything even remotely “ancient.” And yet chocolate’s history is truly as long as it is fascinating!

As you may know, all chocolate comes from cacao – a product that has understandably been one of the most popular items at Navitas Naturals for well over a decade! The amazing (more…)

Ask the Chef: What are some ways I can make chia pudding a little more exciting?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 1, 2016
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What are some ways I can make chia pudding a little more exciting?

There’s a reason why it’s so popular: chia pudding is one of the coolest culinary advances as of late. An amazingly healthy and delightfully fun breakfast, dessert, or snack, this crazy superfood-centric recipe has been a central part of chia’s upswing in popularity. (Still haven’t made this simple food yet?) (more…)

Ask the Chef: Is it possible to eat too many superfoods?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 25, 2016

Is it possible to eat too many superfoods? Is there a set serving size I should follow for certain foods?

Raised temperature. Headache. Nausea. Diarrhea. Vomiting. Even potential fatality.

These are some of the serious symptoms of hyponatremia. Or, as it’s more commonly known outside of medical circles: drinking too much water. (more…)

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…)