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Ask the Chef: Grilling with Superfoods

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 21, 2014

Navitas Naturals Grilling with Superfoods

Q: Is there any way to incorporate superfoods into my summertime grilling?

You bet! Just because you’ve got the grill fired up doesn’t mean you have to leave superfoods behind – there are many ways superfoods can enhance your favorite summer dishes in both flavor and nutrition! Here are a few methods to keep in mind: (more…)

Ask the Chef: Yacon

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

Navitas Naturals Yacon

What makes yacon so great?

Sliced thin and sun-dried and you’d think you were eating some type of fancy smoked apple. Boiled into a syrup and you’d swear that delicious drizzle was some kind of artesian caramel. The truth is, though yacon has all of the flavor appeal of a high-end sweet recipe, in reality, it’s simply a humble yet versatile root that looks like a potato … a root that’s been cherished by Peruvians for thousands of years. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Smoothies vs Juice

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 23, 2014

Smoothies vs Juice

Q: What’s the difference between a smoothie and a juice?

A: Both superfood smoothies and superfood juices are two of the most talked about healthy habits for the wellness-minded. Despite their similar “colorful liquid in a glass” motif, there is definitely a difference between the two, and understanding the basic principles of each will help you better support your health goals! (more…)

Ask the Chef: All About Electrolytes

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 30, 2014

All About Electrolytes

Q: What are electrolytes?

The term “electrolytes” gets thrown around a lot in health articles without most people really understanding what they are or how they benefit the human body. Athletes and fitness buffs generally know that they lose electrolytes in their sweat, and that these must be replenished to keep bodily fluids in balance. But while many people reach for the nearest sugary sports drink to refuel, (more…)

Ask the Chef: Dragonfruit

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 23, 2014

Dragonfruit

Q: What is dragonfruit, and how do I use it?

A: Ever since sun-dried dragonfruit slices made its debut in our product line, many people have asked that question! We’re thrilled about this new product because of its unique nutritional benefits, deliciously sweet flavor, and convenient on-the-go packaging.

On the surface, dragonfruit, also known as Pitaya, looks a bit like an extraterrestrial creature from an exotic planet, but is actually the fruit of a cactus! Native to tropical regions (more…)

Ask the Chef: Green Coffee Powder

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 16, 2014

Navitas Naturals Green Coffee Powder

How do I use green coffee powder?

Navitas Naturals headquarters is definitely buzzing. First, because everyone’s so excited about the launch of the new Navitas products, which include the amazing Superfood+ line of nuts and seeds, new flavors of Superfood Power Snacks, and last but definitely not least, the latest member of the Navitas family of superfoods, green coffee powder. Secondly, (more…)

Ask the Chef: Building Muscle

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

Q: I’m working out more and looking to build muscle. Any healthy superfood tips or recipes?

Hemp Protein: For an easy protein boost with plenty of fiber and antioxidants to boot, try Hemp Protein Powder, which is made from nutrient-dense hemp seeds. With 50% protein, this easily digestible powder is one of the richest plant-based protein sources you can find. The protein contained in this powder is incredibly similar to and compatible with the protein that your body naturally makes on its own. Since your body benefits from large amounts of protein the most after exercise (more…)

Ask the Chef: The Benefits of Sprouting

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
May 26, 2014

Q: What are the benefits of sprouting?

When you think sprouted, think “extra benefits!”

Sprouting is a process in which seeds are germinated – aka “born” into a baby plant. They are enjoyed by health enthusiasts and culinary pros alike as a way to bolster nutrients, add unique flavor, and enhance visual appeal. You can certainly sprout at home in your own kitchen to create a mini-garden that grows all year with legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Mulberries

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
May 19, 2014

Q: What’s so great about Mulberries?

There are a lot of different berries growing around the world, but mulberries are arguably amongst the most exciting varieties to consume. With an appearance like an elongated blackberry when fresh, mulberries grow on large shrub-like trees in the warm, temperate, and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Deliciously sweet, and versatile in recipes, mulberries are a beloved treat by everyone from chefs to children, but it’s their high fiber, protein, antioxidants, (more…)

Ask the Chef: Happy Foods

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
May 12, 2014

Q: What are the best “good mood” superfoods I can eat?

Sure. We all have “off days.” You know, those days when you’re just a little more irritable, tired, or seem to exude a sad-face emoticon for no reason at all? Often enough, this is the time when many of us reach for of favorite fatty, salty, or sweet comfort foods as something to “boost” our mood. In reality though, these foods often make matters worse, thanks to their biological effects of slow digestion, sugar crashes, and more! (more…)