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3 Ways to Start Your Day Without Sugar

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Mar 19, 2019 7:57:11 AM

From packaged cereals to doughnuts to toast covered in jam, traditional breakfast foods are notoriously packed with sugar. Some people think a sugar rush in the morning is just what they need to feel energized and ready for the day. But, eating loads of sugar for breakfast can actually slow you down and set you up for bad habits all day long.

Many people crave sugar in the morning because they have low blood sugar levels when they first wake up (this is especially true among adults with diabetes). Morning sugar cravings are also the result of not getting quality sleep the night before or simply because you’ve established a routine over time of eating sugary breakfast foods. However, eating these sweet foods day after day, and particularly right after waking up, can lead to some pretty dire health consequences. Numerous research studies have linked excess sugar in the diet to health concerns such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, increased risk of heart attack, lackluster skin and weight gain...just to name a few! Sugary foods also have some addictive properties, which means you are more likely to crave even more sweet snacks throughout the day if you start your day off with sugar.

But, fear not! There are plenty of low-sugar alternatives you can add to your morning menu, and with a little planning, ensure your breakfast meals are as healthy as they are delicious. Here are three easy ways to start your day without sugar:

1. Veggie Scrambles
There are so many amazing savory breakfast options that cut sugar out of your morning routine entirely. Veggie scrambles are high among them: tasty, filling, quick and easy to make, these one-pan dishes nix the sugar and can help you tackle your daily requirement of vegetables to start your day on the very best note.

Scrambles often have a protein-rich base of eggs, but you can also use crumbled tofu for a fully plant-based version. Just stir-fry a mixture of onions, peppers, mushrooms, spinach or any other veggies you love, add eggs or tofu, and finish off with any seasonings you're craving until cooked through. Top it all off with added superfoods to give your veggie scramble extra flavor and health benefits using versatile varieties such as Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds and even low-sugar Goji Berries.Vanilla

2. Toast with the Most
Long gone are the days when toast is boring, dull and tasteless. Today’s toast creations feature lots of healthy and delicious toppings that fuel your body with nutrients and protein instead of sugar.

Toast is also an excellent place to get your daily dose of healthy fats with sliced or mashed avocado, coconut oil, olive oil or nut butters. Add some sliced tomatoes, shaved radishes or marinated mushrooms if you'd like, too. And of course, toast is also a wonderful opportunity to start your day with superfoods: try textural and aesthetically pleasing toppings like seeds, nuts, sprouts and spices.

3. Low-Sugar Smoothies
Low-sugar smoothies in the morning are perfect on days you’re rushed or just want something satisfyingly sweet to take on-the-go. In fact, you can make your morning smoothies savory or sweet using Navitas Organics Protein & Greens Essential Blend. This comprehensive plant-based protein powder has a whopping 20 grams of protein per serving and also packs in antioxidant- and mineral-rich superfoods with no sugar (the same applies to the Vanilla and Cacao varieties in case you’re wondering). The Daily Superfood Boosts are also free of added sugars and work great with a smoothie base of sweet potatoes, avocado or even low-sugar fruits like strawberries and blueberries.

With all these amazingly delicious flavors and effortless health benefits, you’re not likely to miss sugar a bit with your new-and-improved breakfast routine! Need more ideas for healthy, low-sugar or sugar-free #SuperStarts? Head to our Recipe Library for all the goods.

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Topics: wellness, hacks, nutrition, blog, health, superfoods, tips, plant based, healthy living, healthy choices, Navitas Organics, clean eating

4 Ways to Identify Food That’s Good for You AND the Planet

Posted by Megan Faletra, MS, MPH, RDN on Mar 13, 2019 8:10:00 AM

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we’re taking a closer look at all the amazing ways that our food can be an incredible tool for both supporting our health and the health of the planet. Thanks to our global food system, we have access to some of the most nutrient-dense and traditional foods grown around the world. Just take a look at the labels of your favorite foods the next time you’re shopping! You can travel around the world just by wandering the produce section, yet when was the last time you really took a moment to think about not only where your food was coming from, but how it was grown?

In today’s modern world, we also have access to a wide variety of food cultures, which has opened our eyes to so many wonderful possibilities when it comes to our food. This enables someone living in the United States to experience a small part of the culture of another country halfway around the world. This connection is what makes our food such a powerful unifier, but this access also comes with great responsibility.

While it’s a unique privilege to experience superfoods like Cacao, Matcha, Turmeric and Maca easily and at low cost, this privilege shouldn’t come at the expense of the local communities where they’re grown — something that is very important to us here at Navitas Organics. This is where the sustainable food movement comes in and why it is so important to support sustainable practices that back the social, environmental and economic wellness of the communities where these traditional foods are grown and sourced.

But, how do you know what to look for? Luckily today, there are a number of ways that you can determine if a company is using sustainable sourcing practices. Keep reading to learn some of ways that we choose to support a sustainable food system and what you can look for the next time you’re wandering the aisles of your local market, wondering how to make the best choices for your health and the planet.

1. Look for The Fair Trade Label
Fair Trade is a label that represents the fair and equitable treatment and wages of farmers and workers that produce many of our favorite foods — like Cacao! In order for a product to be Fairtrade Certified, producers must have met the global minimum prices and wages for fair trade products.

2. Choose Organic
The USDA Organic label makes it possible for consumers to tell the difference between products that were grown with pesticides and those grown without. Choosing organic is an excellent choice both for your health and the health of farmers and communities where your food is grown. Pesticides can contaminate ground water, negatively impact soil health and often impact the health of the farmers and workers growing your food. So, when you choose organic, you’re not only thinking about your health, you’re thinking about the health of communities and people you may never meet.

3. Opt For B-Corporations
B-Corporations are an incredible network of socially responsible and sustainability minded companies of which Navitas Organics is proud to be a part. In order to be certified as a B-Corp, companies must go through a rigorous multi-step process and meet a set of social, environmental and economic standards that prove the company is balancing profit with purpose. So, if you’re looking for companies to trust when making your purchases, then B-Corps are a great place to start.

4. Know Your Foods Carbon Footprint
Our agricultural industry has a significant impact on our climate, but it can also be a large part of the solution to stop and reverse climate change. Sustainable food systems using traditional and regenerative growing practices can actually sequester carbon from the atmosphere into the soil, which is an incredible means of combating climate change. When it comes to your food choices, look for companies that choose to support traditional farming practices and that make a commitment to further reduce their carbon footprint with carbon neutral-focused programs and policies.

With these few things in mind, you’re well on your way to supporting a more sustainable food system and can be a part of changing the way your food impacts not only your health, but the world around you.

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Topics: nutrition, blog, superfoods, sustainability

Beyond the Hype: Why Cannabidiol (CBD) Should Be the Next Tool in Your Wellness Toolbox

In our steadfast commitment to supporting a healthy lifestyle, Navitas is excited to announce the addition of CBD-infused Superfood Wellness Shots. Navitas has been providing Hemp products for over a decade because of its exceptional nutrition profile. We are excited to extend our Hemp offerings to include all parts of the Hemp plant, including CBD. The new Wellness Shots are the next generation of nutritional support to help you feel great and live each day to the fullest.

We asked Meghan Adelman, RN, BSN, MPH, about her take on CBD and here’s what she shared:

What you need to know about the latest buzz coming from the Hemp plant: CBD.

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts: Hemp
CBD is a Cannabinoid, or nutrient, that comes from the Hemp plant. Both marijuana and Hemp are a part of the larger family of the Cannabis plant and both have active compounds called Cannabinoids. It has been reported that there are at least 85 different Cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant working together to produce distinct therapeutic effects, whether excitatory or inhibitory, depending on the location in the body. The two most commonly known and routinely studied are THC and CBD. The main attraction to the marijuana plant is THC, the Cannabinoid associated with sedation and psychoactive properties. As a basis of comparison, marijuana flowers range from 3 to 15 percent THC content where agricultural Hemp must have less than 0.3 percent, and in many cases is non-detectable. CBD is distinct from THC and does not induce psychoactive effects.

What it Supports: The Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was discovered in the mid 1990s. ECS receptors were found in abundance throughout the human body on virtually every organ system. Cannabinoids, including CBD, bind with the receptors and support the ECS. Since that discovery, we’ve learned that the ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body by communicating with the nervous and immune systems to regulate important vital functions like sleep, pain, digestion, inflammation, brain function and more. While there is more to learn about the exact mechanism of action of the ECS, it has been reported that the quantity of these receptors has a strong correlation to healthy or disease states.

Your Wellness Plan: Plant-Based Tools
Understanding the distinct components of the plant and how they affect the human body is primary to overcoming misconceptions. Generalized anxiety and chronic pain are widespread, afflicting 18 to 20 percent of the population respectively and costing millions of dollars in lost wages and healthcare costs on an annual basis. Moreover, inflammatory-mediated chronic disease is undoubtedly the biggest threat to public health with more than 60 percent of the population dealing with one or more chronic diagnoses. Perhaps the most compelling argument in favor of the use of CBD is that it shows promise in regulating generalized anxiety, chronic pain, muscle spasms and inflammatory disorders, all conditions for which we currently don’t have good therapeutic options. Whether CBD will prove to offer widespread neuroprotection for complex diseases like multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease remains to be seen, but there is enough evidence to suggest routine use can be a great complement to living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. The World Health Organization reports that there is no evidence to suggest that there is any public health concern over the use of pure CBD. Provided that you buy the products from a trusted source, you can be assured that quality and dose will be sufficient to obtain a positive result. Moreover, CBD is a safe, plant-based alternative that has the potential to enhance well-being like eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly also will.

It’s time we think differently about the importance of healthy lifestyle behaviors and plant-based remedies that can effectively improve these conditions without the risk of undesirable side effects.

Navitas Wellness Shots
Our full spectrum Hemp oil is pressed directly from the Hemp plant, offering the full range of naturally occurring Cannabinoids designed to synergistically work together in the way that nature intended. With the addition of our classic functional ingredients like Acai, Matcha, Turmeric, and Goji combined with herbal giants like chamomile, rosemary, ginger and magnesium – these Wellness Shots offer an array of health benefits to handle many of life’s challenges.

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Topics: blog, superfoods, cannabinoid, CBD, Endocannabinoid System

New to Smoothies? Here’s How to Make Your Blend a Balanced Meal

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Feb 20, 2019 7:41:04 AM

Smoothies are used for all kinds of reasons: as a way to eat more healthy foods, as support for an athletic endeavor, as an answer to “I literally have only five minutes for breakfast” and so much more. But, if you’re not in the routine of making your own blends, making a balanced smoothie may seem a little ambiguous. After all, we’re saturated with photos of smoothies in every color, featuring every flavor and full of all kinds of healthy (and sometimes not-so-healthy) add-ins. So, what makes a good smoothie so “good?”

The easiest way to create healthy and delicious equilibrium in your blender is to keep a simplified nutrient checklist. Here are the general ingredient guidelines to make sure you’re getting the most out of every blend:

Checklist Item 1: Fruits
Packed with vitamins and dietary fiber, alluring fruits make an ideal base for smoothies. While bananas are a tried-and-true favorite due to their sweet neutral flavor and creamy texture, almost every fruit under the sun can be a part of your smoothie lineup, including mangoes, berries, pears, pineapple and melons, among others. You can use fresh or frozen fruit, just aim to keep the overall quantity in check. One to two servings of fruit (like a banana plus a handful of blueberries, for example) is usually an ideal amount for most people.

Checklist Item 2: Vegetables
We all know we should eat more vegetables and smoothies are the ultimate “sneaky” way to up your daily quota without even tasting a difference! Not all vegetables work well in the context of your blend, but some, like cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers and leafy greens like spinach and kale can be added seamlessly. If “adding a salad” seems too inconvenient, you can also lean on vegetable powders – a concentrated and usually more mildly flavored version of fresh veggies. A few particularly versatile varieties include beet powder, Wheatgrass Powder and kale powder. What’s more, these powders are not nearly as perishable as fresh produce (lasting months in the pantry), while containing all the same nutrition.

Checklist Item 3: Protein
Protein is the satiating macro-nutrient you crave in a balanced meal and smoothies are no stranger to the benefits of its contribution. Adding protein to smoothies ensures you obtain the valuable amino acids your body needs, while keeping you fuller, longer. As you can imagine, many sources of protein you might enjoy on a plate won’t work in a smoothie, which is why most smoothies rely on protein powders (and occasionally nuts and seeds, too). You can choose multi-functional superfood varieties of protein powders like Navitas Organics Essential Superfood Blends, which cover several items on your checklist with every uber-healthy scoop.

Checklist Item 4: Fat
The one element most people forget while making a smoothie is fat. Adding a little bit of healthy, plant-based fat such as Chia Seeds, Cashews or avocado helps to balance both the flavor and texture of your smoothie, while also providing long-term satiation. You don’t need much – just a spoonful or two of your favorite fat-rich ingredients will do the trick.

Checklist Item 5: Functional Boost
Let’s face it: smoothies are the perfect opportunity for you to fine-tune your health via nutrition. Looking to boost your immune system? Aiming for glowing skin? Seeking faster recovery after a workout? Superfoods are at your service! If you’re unsure of how to use certain superfoods, smoothies are the perfect place to start. If you’re still trying to wrap your head around the benefits of individual superfood ingredients, try a superfood powder containing multiple superfoods like the Navitas Organics Daily Superfood Boosts. You don’t have to add every superfood under the sun to every blend you make, but adding one or even a few of your favorites is a carpe diem move every time.

Checklist Item 6: Hydration
If you’re struggling to meet the eight-glasses-of-water-a-day hydration demands of your body, let smoothies assist you! You’ll need to add some kind of liquid to help the blender mix all your ingredients together, so make it a healthy choice with a plant-based milk, coconut water, a small splash of juice or even just plain water.

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Topics: hacks, blog, recipes, superfoods, tips, smoothies

Eat These 3 Superfoods for Glowing Skin—No, Really!

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Feb 13, 2019 8:23:38 AM

As the years speed by and the inevitable effects of aging ensue, you’re likely to begin looking for ways to hold onto wrinkle-free skin, untouched by time. While eating a clean diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, getting ample sleep and drinking plenty of water are the obvious foundations for getting there, there’s one more critical action that can help you continue on your path to aging gracefully – both inside and out: eating superfoods that specifically nourish your skin!

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Topics: hacks, beauty, blog, health, superfoods, tips

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