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Ask the Chef: Superfoods to Reduce Stress

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 27, 2015

Are there any superfoods that can help reduce stress?

We’ve all been there: it’s a stressful day, and suddenly reaching for a bag of chips or a plate of cookies becomes borderline instinctual. Although comfort foods might give us an instant feeling of satisfaction, nutrient-dense foods have the ability to fight stress on a much deeper level. So many of our favorite superfoods (packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients) can support the body (more…)

Ask the Chef: Symbiotic Superfoods

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 20, 2015

What are some symbiotic superfoods?

Can combining certain foods actually enhance their nutrient absorption? The answer is a resounding yes.

Like many things in the world, the human body relies upon symbiotic relationships to function properly. In terms of food, this is really just a fancy way of describing the beneficial interactions that occur between nutrients you consume every day. In fact, there are even (more…)

Ask the Chef: Slimming Superfoods

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 13, 2015

What are some good slimming superfoods?

With summer finally here and swimsuit season in full swing, many of us are gearing up to get in shape, enhance our health, and look and feel our best. We know superfoods have the power to prevent disease, but what if they could enhance our efforts to build a great body too? (more…)

Ask the Chef: How do you make nut butter?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 6, 2015

How do you make nut butter?

Gone are the days where the only choice in nut butters was either creamy peanut butter… or crunchy peanut butter. Today’s nut butter landscape shows that these delicious spreads can be made out of virtually any nut or seed, or a combination of several! Things like almond butter boosted with flax, or flavored cashew butters spiked with cinnamon spices, are beginning to pop up all over -- including some (more…)

Ask the Chef: What is souping?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 29, 2015

What’s souping?

Great question! “Souping” has been a subject that’s come up more and more in both culinary and health circles. Call it a trend if you must, but don’t look past it’s many potential benefits! (more…)

Ask the Chef: What's So Great About Lucuma?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 22, 2015

What's so great about lucuma?

From ice cream to baked goods … is there anything lucuma can’t enhance?

Though lucuma isn’t a superfood that’s considered mainstream in North America (yet!), it’s actually been harvested and consumed for thousands of years in South America. This ultra-nutritious fruit is native to Peru, and packed with vitamins, minerals, and a delicious sweet taste. Get ready to meet your new favorite fruit! (more…)

Ask the Chef: Superfoods for Super Men

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 15, 2015

What are some great superfoods for men?

Thanks to our ever-evolving knowledge of nutrition, one thing is clear: men and women require different nutrients! Sure, we all need fat, protein, and micronutrients, and should be focusing primarily on nutrient-dense whole foods. But just like in our recent post about women, not only are there plenty of nutrients men should particularly focus on for peak health, but studies show that most men are actually quite deficient! (more…)

Ask the Chef: The Benefits of Berries

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 8, 2015

What are the benefits of berries?

Sure they may be small, but don’t be fooled: berries are incredibly powerful for their size! Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, folate, and lots of anti-aging properties, the motivating medical studies abound: showing berries can do everything from helping slow the effects of free radicals and inflammation as we age, to aiding in the control of cholesterol and blood pressure to maintain a healthy heart. Read on to explore the benefits of some of our favorite berries… (more…)

Ask the Chef: Superfood Snacking

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
May 25, 2015

How can I incorporate more superfoods into my snacks?

There’s so many ways to truly enjoy a healthy diet, and many of us find it encouragingly easy to incorporate smart breakfasts, smoothies, juices, and nutrient-dense meals. It’s snacks, believe it or not, that are often our biggest downfall – I hear from family, friends, and clients all the time the struggle that surrounds what to munch on outside of structured meals (more…)

Ask the Chef: Chia Powder

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
May 18, 2015

How do I use chia powder in recipes?

I’ll admit something to you: I’m a bit of a chia freak. If had my way, I’d be putting chia on and in everything! In fact, whenever people ask me what my top superfood pantry staples are (a profoundly difficult question!), I always include chia. It’s so beneficial, and just so, so versatile! (more…)