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Here are the Top 3 Superfoods for All-Day Energy

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Jan 22, 2019 7:51:58 AM

When you ask most people what they wish they had more of throughout the day, one of the leading responses is always energy. Lots of things in life zap our energy, including stress, poor nutrition, not getting enough exercise and chronic health conditions – all of which affect daily wellness. However, one of the best (and easiest) ways to feel full-of-life from morning to night is to add superfoods to your diet, which boost your nutrition without a hassle or major commitment.

All superfoods will enhance how you feel in some way, but some really help you go the extra mile…or at least feel like you could! So, if you’re looking to feel a bit more energetic, here are the three superfoods to consider including more of in your diet.

1. Matcha
If you’re looking for a healthier and more nutrient-rich alternative to coffee, look no further than Matcha. This superfood is a finely ground powder made from high-quality green tea leaves that's packed with a delicate tea-like flavor and high nutrient density. In fact, just one cup of Matcha has the antioxidant and nutritional content of about 10 full glasses of regular green tea!

Matcha is a top pick for energy because it contains both caffeine and L-theanine to provide your body with calm energy and focus. The caffeine content of Matcha is minimal (only 16 mg per serving), which is just enough to get you going in the morning without making you jittery. Meanwhile, the L-theanine balances your body out by helping you remain calm and enhancing your concentration and memory. Warm up this winter with a Matcha Latte, and enjoy the cool-calm energy of Matcha all day.

2. Cacao
Cacao is another wonderful energy-boosting food, primarily because of its high theobromine content. Researchers have found that theobromine is associated with energy increases, while also decreasing the risk of high blood pressure. When combined with safe amounts of caffeine, such as that contained in Matcha, theobromine has also shown great promise in supplying the body with long-lasting energy during exercise.

This powerful superfood comes in many forms, including Cacao Powder, Cacao Nibs and even Cacao Butter – all of which have a rich chocolate taste with no added sugar. Energize your mind, body and spirit with a Cacao-rich Chocolate Cinnamon Latte in the morning or a bowl of Nutty Chocolate Oats to warm you up and help you feel satisfyingly full all morning long.

3. Maca
If you can only add one superfood to your regular diet for more energy, you may want to make it Maca. Maca is an amazing adaptogen that helps you fight stress – an important feature considering stress is one of the biggest causes of energy loss throughout the day. Also called Peruvian ginseng, Maca supports your body’s natural resilience and boosts the function of your endocrine system, making this ingredient the perfect food for an energizing breakfast.
Navitas’ easy-to-digest Maca Powder comes from finely milled whole Maca root that has been slow-dried at low temperatures. It can be added to pancake batter, cereals, nut butters and yogurt to give your favorite meals a superfood punch. Other fun ways to incorporate more Maca into your days is to embrace the smoothie trend and whip up an energizing Pitaya Maca Smoothie Bowl or a Crazy Monkey Smoothie for breakfast or as a quick pick-me-up snack.

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Topics: health, healthy choices, tips, superfoods, nutrition, Navitas Organics, clean eating, plant based, hacks, wellness, blog, healthy living, research, medicine, trend, trends, goals, breakfast, SuperStarts, SuperSwaps, Maca, matcha, cacao

This Mineral Can Help You Seriously Chill Out

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Oct 2, 2018 7:46:35 AM

Did you know that anxiety disorders affect at least 18 to 30 percent of American adults and that an estimated 43 percent of North Americans take mood-altering prescriptions on a regular basis?

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Topics: healthy living, health, healthy choices, tips, Live Life Positive, magnesium, cacao, superfoods, benefits, calming, nutrition

Happy Hormones: Little Changes with Big Impact on Hormone Health

Posted by Elizabeth O’Carroll on May 30, 2018 2:23:02 AM

As young women, we’re typically not presented with sufficient information that empowers us to proactively care for our bodies and support hormone balance as we flow from our first period to monthly cycles and through the various stages of our life. Most of us don’t learn much about hormones at all until something like PCOS, infertility, endometriosis or PMDD sends us running to our doctor. But, why wait until something is amiss to support our hormone health? Hormones affect everything from mood and digestion to skin and sleep, so we might as well do what we can daily to create greater balance. From puberty to menopause and at every stage in between, we can make little changes that can have a big impact on our hormone health – and that can mean the difference between surviving and thriving as a woman.

 

Here are a few things that have made a big difference in my life and the lives of my clients that I recommend:

Empower Yourself with Knowledge
Alisa Vitti’s WomanCode and Dr. Sara Gottfried’s The Hormone Cure are two quick reads full of validating eye openers, helpful distillations of the science behind our hormonal cycles, and most importantly, tools to help us better navigate them with holistic approaches. You don’t know what you don’t now, and unfortunately the women’s health knowledge gap is a huge impediment to achieving and maintaining optimal wellbeing. Pick up one of these books and bridge that gap!

Manage Your Blood Sugar
Little known fact: unstable and/or high blood sugar is the number one factor affecting your hormone balance. Because the standard American diet is loaded with added refined sugars and processed foods that wreak havoc on blood sugar, this is a factor that likely affects more women than not. The easiest way to balance your blood sugar without having to overthink it is to eliminate processed sugar and processed foods from your diet. Easier said than done, though right? Here’s a baby step in the right direction if that’s biting off more than you can chew. Balance your carbohydrate intake (fruit, starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, grains like rice or any sweets) with the protein + fiber + fat trifecta. Together, these foods will minimize the spike in blood sugar, provide valuable nutrients AND keep you full longer so you’re less likely to reach for empty carbs an hour later!

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Topics: blog, cacao, education, food, foods, goals, health, healthy, hormones, information, Maca, natural, superfoods, tips

Our Favorite Ways to Use Cacao

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Mar 19, 2018 2:15:20 AM

There's something about Cacao: no matter what time of day, it always sounds like a good idea to enjoy this tasty, nutrient-dense superfood. You may remember that Cacao is a top superfood for truly incredible reasons: it's full of anti-aging antioxidants, rich in vital minerals, and boosts cognitive health and neuroplasticity…to name just a few of its benefits! But Cacao is also a real hero in the kitchen as a healthy, delicious way to consume chocolate in a variety of applications. Here are some of our most favorite ways to use Cacao:

Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls – Fact: Cacao basically turns smoothies into chocolate ice cream. Amazing, right? Add a scoop or two of Cacao Powder to your next creamy blend and revel in having dessert for breakfast.

Homemade Chocolate – Few things are more satisfying than mixing together Cacao Butter, Cacao Powder and a sweetener of choice to make a healthy chocolate entirely from scratch. Let the “artisan” start with you!

Baked Treats – Cacao Powder can be used just like cocoa powder to chocolate-up your favorite baked treats like cakes and brownies. And for a nut-like crunch with a chocolate chip-like taste, try sprinkling Cacao Nibs into batters as well.

Porridges – Sweet breakfast porridges like oatmeal and chia pudding become renewed by mixing in Cacao Powder to create a chocolate-themed variation. We love this low-sugar application!

Hearty Stews – Believe it or not, Cacao can act like an earthy spice in stews that feature Central and even South American flavors. A spoonful of Cacao Powder is a great addition to chili or stew with tomatoes, sweet potatoes, lime and cinnamon.

Drizzles – Cacao makes the most amazing chocolate drizzle in the world, just begging for your next healthy treat! By simply combining Cacao Powder with nut butter and your favorite liquid sweetener, you'll create the perfect decadent upgrade for everything from smoothie bowls to fresh fruit to sundaes.

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Topics: blog, cacao, chocolate, food, health, tips, wellness

How We’re Facing Social Injustice Head On

Posted by Loren Cardeli on Feb 20, 2018 2:27:00 AM

Our food system is not broken.
In fact, global food production continues to steadily increase at a rate faster than population growth. We produce 17% more food per person today than we did 30 years ago – enough to feed more than 10 billion people!

Food System Challenges
But, there’s a catch. Food produced is different than food delivered. Although we produce enough food for 10 billion people, a staggering one-third of that food is wasted. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.2 billion people are malnourished and more than 795 million are severely hungry when they don’t need to be. What’s more, a majority of those starving are farmers.

Our current food system exploits the individuals and systems it purports to serve, and the outcome is destabilization on both social and environmental spheres. Neither the smallholder farmer in Peru who grows Cacao nor the chicken farmer under contract in Arkansas has the autonomy they deserve. Instead, our food system is designed to consolidate control of production. Four companies presently control over 75% of the world's grain production, and factory farms account for 72% of poultry production and 55% of pork production.

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Topics: agriculture, blog, cacao, farmers, social, superfoods

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