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Ask the Chef: My Daily Diet

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
March 23, 2015
My Daily Diet

Q: What does your daily diet look like?

As a superfood chef, I’m often asked what my daily food intake looks like. It makes sense there’d be a curiosity: as someone who lives and breathes superfoods professionally-speaking, one might assume I consume nothing but superfoods 24/7. While I love superfoods (obviously), I’m also a huge foodie in general: I’m all about attending to cravings (more…)

Ask the Chef: What is Chlorogenic Acid?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
March 16, 2015
What is Chlorogenic Acid?

Q: What is chlorogenic acid?

This is a question that I’ve been hearing a lot lately, probably because of this nutrient’s growing popularity in health-conscious circles, thanks to its many distinct benefits. Chlorogenic acid is a natural compound, photochemical, and antioxidant that’s found in plants and plays a part in plant metabolism. However, it is also beneficial in the human body and exists in many of the foods that you already eat every day. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Superfood Immunity Boosters

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
February 23, 2015
Superfood Immunity Boosters

Q: What are some good foods to have on hand to boost the immune system?

When it comes to warding off illness, little compares to the power of superfoods! As the most potent foods on the planet in the realm of micronutrients, consuming superfoods is a terrific way to stockpile health benefits like antioxidants and anti-inflammation, while supporting the body as a whole and keeping wellness at its peak. Additionally, (more…)

Ask the Chef: Cocoa vs. Cacao

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
February 13, 2015
Cocoa vs. Cacao

Q: What is the difference between cocoa and cacao?

If you’re a fellow chocolate lover, you’ve likely noticed that chocolate ingredients vary between containing cocoa and cacao, and both products are sold individually on the shelf as well. Though they look similar both in name as well as in their deep brown powder form, there are in fact several (more…)

Ask the Chef: Coconut Love

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
February 2, 2015
Coconut Love

Why is coconut considered such an incredible food?

Once upon a time, coconuts were unfortunately looped into the anti-fat craze, and were considered a food to be avoided. Today, we not only know there’s nothing to fear with coconuts (or plant-based fats at all, for that matter), but it seems that the coconut is almost something of a miracle food. Because there are so many types of ingredients that can be produced (more…)

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…)