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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…)

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…)