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Ask the Chef: Upgrade Game Day Dips

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

Upgrade Game Day Dip

Can you suggest some ways to upgrade my superbowl dips with superfoods?

Game Day is pretty much the unofficial snack day of the year, but everyone knows it’s really the “Superbowl Dip” that’s arguably one of the most important items on the table. Whether you serve your famous bean dip or just stick with salsa, there’s plenty of ways to boost your favorite recipes with superfoods! (more…)

Ask the Chef: More Fiber

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
January 19, 2015

More Fiber

Q: How can I get more fiber in my diet?

If you’re looking for more fiber, you’re in good company! Many of us are seeking additional fiber in our diet, for a variety of reasons. Not only does dietary fiber help the body feel full and maintain a healthy weight, it can also help prevent chronic diseases, as well as maintain heart health and blood sugar levels. Even so, studies show many of us only get about half of the amount of fiber our bodies really need daily. The good news is, getting more fiber in your diet is as easy as selecting (more…)

Ask the Chef: Top Superfoods

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
January 5, 2015

Top Superfoods

What are the top superfoods I should have in my kitchen?

There will always be debate about what are the “best” superfoods – an impossible question really, as every superfood offers its own unique spectrum of benefits. Nevertheless, this has to be one of the most popular questions I get. So, in the spirit of establishing a do-able superfood base, here are the top 6 superfoods I would recommend always having (more…)

Ask the Chef: Healthy Holiday Entertaining

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

Healthy Holiday Entertaining

Can you offer some simple healthy tips for holiday entertaining?

It’s no secret that the holidays have an indulgent reputation. Between stores brimming with treats around every corner, and enthusiastic family members making (or requesting) their most decadently delicious recipes, the holidays are not exactly set up to be our “healthiest” time of year. Even so, there’s several ways you can spruce up the table with clean recipes and superfoods, (more…)

Ask the Chef: Holiday Drinks

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

Holiday Drinks

What are some delicious warm winter drinks I can make using superfoods?

Cozy. That’s the theme of pretty much everything right now – from wardrobe to activity to (most definitely) food! And nothing says remedy to chilly weather better than a delicious drink that’s warming from the inside out. So, grab your favorite mug, and try these superfood (more…)

Ask the Chef: Everyday Cleansing

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
December 1, 2014

Holiday Cleansing

Q: Can you recommend some easy ways to incorporate healthy cleansing into this busy season?

A: Have the holiday’s ubiquitous cookies, pies, and rich foods made their presence known yet? Superfoods to the rescue! Here’s a few simple and inexpensive ways to gently cleanse, the healthy way: (more…)

Ask the Chef: Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes

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

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes

Q: What are some good healthy dishes for Thanksgiving?

A: What better time of year to show off your superfood prowess than one of the years’ most ultimate foodie festivities! Here at Navitas, we have so many delicious options all ready for your kitchen endeavors in our recipe bank, that frankly, choosing a list might just be the most daunting task of all! Nevertheless, here are some of my personal favorite Thanksgiving recipes, each boosted with the finest (more…)

Ask the Chef: Different Antioxidants

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

Different Types of Antioxidants

Q: Are all antioxidants the same?

A: Wonderful question! The world of antioxidants is a surprisingly vast one: in fact, there are thousands of varieties, with researchers discovering new antioxidants on a regular basis. The term “antioxidant” refers not to a type of nutrient, but rather a quality of a nutrient – vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, etc. that have the ability to help stabilize abnormal cells and free radicals generated by stress and aging. While free (more…)

Ask the Chef: How to Use Goji Berries

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
November 6, 2014

How to Use Goji Berries

Q: What are some ways to use goji berries?

More often than not, goji berries are often referred to as a “super-charged raisin.” I get it: they’re about the same size as a raisin, and sweet and chewy (although their bright red hue defers any real confusion). The “super-charge” part comes from the fact that unlike raisins, goji berries offer enormous (low sugar) nutrition … ranging from body-building protein, to immune-boosting vitamins, to longevity-promoting antioxidants. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Healthy Halloween Treats

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

Healthy Halloween Treats

Q: Is there really such a thing as healthy Halloween treats?

A: Never fear, there’s plenty of tricks to make amazing treats that taste totally spooktacular without the notorious Halloween sugar load! Like we’ve covered in the past, making our own desserts and treats is a sure-fire way to cut calories, sugar, and processed foods out, while still satisfying cravings. With complete control over our ingredients, it’s pretty amazing what we can do! Here’s a hand-picked round-up of some of my favorite superfood (more…)