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Ask the Chef: What Are Some Smart Choices for the Snack Jar?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
September 12, 2016

We’re officially in back-to-school season. What are some easy, smart choices for the snack jar?

Sometimes it seems school season should more properly be called snack season! Between making sure your child has healthy options in his or her bag on the way to school, to keeping a stash of “approved” grab-and-go foods at home between meals, the balance of keeping a steady supply of favorites and making sure that supply is actually beneficial can feel like (more…)

Ask the Chef: Can Any Superfoods Be Used Topically?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
September 6, 2016

Can any superfoods be used topically?

Whether you’re looking at the beauty scene with either a conventional product outlook or more natural eye, one commonality remains: chemicals are on their way out, while borderline culinary-sounding ingredients are on their way in. Dubbed as “functional ingredients” these special foods have been lauded for their beautifying and healing effects when consumed, (more…)

Ask the Chef: Do white foods have any benefits?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 29, 2016

Do white foods have any benefits?

We’ve all heard that one of the best methods to enjoy a healthier diet is to eat the rainbow. But what about white foods? Do they have any benefit at all? Turns out it depends on what kind of white foods you’re talking about.

Most of the time, when we hear nutritionists bad-mouthing white foods, what they’re really talking about is processed foods: White sugar, white flour, white rice, white bread, etc. (more…)

Ask the Chef: What can I make in my blender besides smoothies?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 15, 2016

I’m thinking about finally getting a good blender. Is there anything else I can use it for besides smoothies?

A good blender can quickly become the most invaluable investment in your kitchen. Smoothies are really only a tiny fraction of what these incredible machines can do! Here’s some ways you can use your blender to create all kinds of healthy cuisine. (more…)

Ask the Chef: Why is chocolate considered an ancient food?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 9, 2016

When you’re grabbing your favorite chocolate bar at your local market, chances are its shiny wrapper, perfect angles, and delectable texture and flavor don’t suggest anything even remotely “ancient.” And yet chocolate’s history is truly as long as it is fascinating!

As you may know, all chocolate comes from cacao – a product that has understandably been one of the most popular items at Navitas Naturals for well over a decade! The amazing (more…)

Ask the Chef: What are some ways I can make chia pudding a little more exciting?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
August 1, 2016
boost your chia pudding

What are some ways I can make chia pudding a little more exciting?

There’s a reason why it’s so popular: chia pudding is one of the coolest culinary advances as of late. An amazingly healthy and delightfully fun breakfast, dessert, or snack, this crazy superfood-centric recipe has been a central part of chia’s upswing in popularity. (Still haven’t made this simple food yet?) (more…)

Ask the Chef: Is it possible to eat too many superfoods?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 25, 2016

Is it possible to eat too many superfoods? Is there a set serving size I should follow for certain foods?

Raised temperature. Headache. Nausea. Diarrhea. Vomiting. Even potential fatality.

These are some of the serious symptoms of hyponatremia. Or, as it’s more commonly known outside of medical circles: drinking too much water. (more…)

Ask the Chef: What are the top smoothie ingredients to have on hand?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 18, 2016

I’m looking for simplicity: Can you give me a list of the very top, most-used, most beneficial smoothie ingredients I should have around?

There’s a lot of great smoothie ingredients out there. Perhaps that is exactly what makes smoothies so immensely popular: they are immensely diverse, making it easy to keep your blends constantly fresh and exciting. (more…)

Ask the Chef: What are anthocyanins and what foods are they in?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
July 11, 2016

What are anthocyanins and what foods are they in?

Anthocyanins are a special group of antioxidants. These flavonoid pigments show up as the purples, blues, blacks (and sometimes reds) that we see in certain fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The pigment is found inside of the plant tissues, which attracts pollinators and beneficial animals that eat them and disperse the seeds. (more…)

Ask the Chef: What is the Difference Between Heirloom and Organic?

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
June 28, 2016

What’s the difference between heirloom and organic?

You’ll often hear the words “heirloom” and “organic” used interchangeably when talking about high-quality produce. You’re not alone in questioning the titles - there’s a lot of confusion out there as to what heirloom and organic really are, as well as what sets them apart! (more…)