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Ask the Chef: Flax Seeds vs. Chia Seeds

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

Q: What is the difference between flaxseeds and chia seeds?

We certainly love both chia and flax, as some of our most favorite “mini-seeds.” They have many similarities, but some valuable differences as well!

Ever since flaxseeds burst onto the natural health scene, they’ve become increasingly popular in breakfast cereals, oatmeal, bread, and crackers. These seeds come from one of the oldest fiber crops in the world, known to be cultivated in Babylon, Egypt, and China (more…)

Ask the Chef: Calcium

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

Q: I recently ditched dairy products. What are some good ways to get calcium?

Many health-conscious consumers decide to cut dairy from their diets for a variety of reasons: perhaps you’re concerned about indigestion, lactose intolerance, allergies, pH balance and inflammation, cholesterol, or antibiotics and hormones in the mass production of milk. Whatever the reason, take comfort in the fact that you don’t need dairy products to get your daily dose of calcium. (more…)

Ask the Chef: The Power of Nuts & Seeds

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
March 17, 2014

Why are nuts and seeds considered so healthy?

Talk about a primal food choice – nuts and seeds have been a staple energy source for humans in every culture since … well … since the beginning of humans! Our instincts to eat these foods are positively justified: both raw nuts and seeds are tiny embryos – little capsules that contain a highly nutritional “recipe” to make a baby plant. With a nature-approved “just add water and sunlight” instruction, (more…)

Ask the Chef: Superfoods & Gluten–Free

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
March 10, 2014

Good news for the gluten-free community: not only are Navitas Naturals superfood ingredients 100% gluten-free, but they can be used to enhance gluten-free recipes as well. You may notice that even our wheatgrass powder is in fact gluten-free – although it originates from the wheat plant, Navitas wheatgrass powder is made from 100% wheatgrass juice and does not include the wheat germ, which is where the gluten is. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Cashew Butter

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
February 17, 2014

Cashew butter is one of those delicacies that understandably earns its cult following. Creamy, nutty, and naturally mildly sweet, this special spread is a coveted upgrade to peanut butter, and a welcome change-up from almond butter. Plus, the health benefits of cashews abound: in addition to protein, the nuts also provide important minerals like zinc, manganese, magnesium, copper and phosphorous. And though a jar of cashew butter can go for a steep price at the store, (more…)

Ask the Chef: Romantic Superfoods

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
February 10, 2014

I need some healthy romantic recipes! Any recommendations?

The experience of making and eating superfood-infused food is an exceptional way to set the tone for a romantic evening. Often decadent (and always delicious), vibrant-looking foods engage the senses, enchanting aromas excite, and beautiful flavors are a bonding adventure. And of course, let’s not forget that healthy micronutrients can stimulate both the mind and the body! (more…)

Ask the Chef: Superfood Pantry

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
February 3, 2014

Once a person has stocked up with a few (or many) favorite superfoods, the process of superfood recipe-making is usually quick to follow. Why? It’s fun, easy, tastes great, and feels even better. If you need any inspiration in the culinary direction, just check out the hundreds of free superfood recipes offered here on our site!

In the quest to respect the healthy integrity of the superfoods, I like to ensure the entire cast of ingredients within a recipe is as healthy (more…)

Ask the Chef: Alternatives to Dairy

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
January 27, 2014

What are some good plant-based alternatives to dairy products?

In the very same moment a person decides to phase out dairy, usually comes a second, much more foreboding thought “whatever am I going to do without my [favorite dairy product in the world]?” It’s hard to deny, many products made with dairy often make the list of our most loved foods. So, if you’re wanting to take advantage of some of the health benefits associated with cutting down dairy in your diet (such as lower cholesterol, decreased allergies, and better (more…)

Ask the Chef: Oatmeal

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

How do I add more oomph to my breakfast bowl of oatmeal?

I once went to a breakfast place while on a road trip in southern Oregon and, feeling boring, ordered oatmeal. What I expected was a bowl of oats with some maple syrup. What I received instead was a bowl of oats topped with a mountain of fresh raspberries, sliced almonds, golden raisins, and almond milk. It was one of the best oatmeals I’ve ever had, and proof (more…)

Ask the Chef: Using Superfruit Powders

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

New Years Cleanse

Q: Outside of drinks, how can I use Navitas Naturals superfruit powders?

Acai powder. Maqui powder. Pomegranate Powder. Goji Powder. Goldenberry Powder. Lucuma Powder. Camu Powder. At Navitas, we offer quite a few of these specialty, high-antioxidant products that are often a “secret favorite ingredient” of in-the-know healthy chefs. (more…)