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The One Small Act That Can Help You Crush Your 2019 #Goals

Posted by Kate Harveston, Author of So Well, So Woman on Jan 17, 2019 7:53:06 AM

We've all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Instinctively, most people understand eating something healthy at the beginning of the day can help them feel strong and energized. Unfortunately, many people still fill up on sugary cereals or skip breakfast altogether. Though it may be tempting to ditch a traditional breakfast and pick up coffee on the way to work, poor choices could be holding you back from your best potential.
No, but really, it’s true! Making a healthy breakfast takes more effort than skipping your morning meal, but the effort pays off by keeping you full, boosting your energy and providing multiple health benefits. Let's look at why breakfast matters and how you can create meals to make your whole day better.

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Topics: health, healthy choices, tips, superfoods, nutrition, Navitas Organics, clean eating, plant based, hacks, wellness, blog, healthy living, chiaseeds, chia, acai, research, medicine, trend, trends, goals, breakfast, SuperStarts

5 Superfood Trends You Need to Know in 2019

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Jan 8, 2019 8:14:58 AM

If you're currently using superfoods, you're already in the know of some of the best wellness tricks of the trade. Here's what to look for in the upcoming year and how to make the most out of your healthy efforts.

Simplification with Specialty Blends
Long gone is the dubious time where learning about which superfoods to use – and in what perfect combination – meant locking yourself up in the library with mountain-sized stacks of research books. These days, there's a vast amount of scientific exploration on how various individual nutrients (and the superfoods that contain them) can work together in harmony to produce a greater whole effect…and this summation has been realized in a variety of easy-to-use products. For example, every serving of Navitas Organics Protein & Greens Essential Superfood Blend offers 20 grams of plant-based protein, the healthy benefits of green vegetables, antioxidant-rich superfoods and even probiotics to help you digest everything. It's no wonder they're on the rise: specialty blends make eating healthier simpler than ever with a one-and-done approach to nutrition that's immensely attractive for those with busy lifestyles.

Prioritizing a Happy Gut
As it turns out, your stomach does far more than serve as just a biological fuel tank, alerting you of “empty” or “full” status. Your gut, and specifically the microbiome (which is like the inner environment of your gut), is of increasing interest to many health professionals as a key element of whole-body health, affecting everything from your immunity prowess to your energy to your mood. Furthermore, a healthy microbiome is key to properly absorb and utilize all other foods and nutrients you consume, and without a healthy gut balance, your healthy efforts literally go to waste. That's why you'll often see prebiotics, probiotics, enzymes, as well as fiber – all core components of a happy gut – included in so many Navitas products, such as the Daily Superfood Detox Boost or the Vanilla & Greens Essential Superfood Blend.

Choosing the “Quality Matters” Credo
Marketing can be pretty savvy at times, and while superfoods have become more popular, it's sometimes the uses of these ingredients that have not always been so credible. Often scribbled onto packages of products with high amounts of sugar, additives or other highly processed ingredients, some superfood products certainly don't offer the kind of health benefits most of us would hope for. But consumers are wising up, and there's a significant uptick in truly conscious products that are clean from start to finish and packed with functional foods every step of the way. Of course, Navitas has been a “quality matters” company since day one, which is why you'll find that every ingredient is always 100 percent organic, minimally processed and rigorously reviewed for quality – and without added sugars, fillers or artificial additives, of course!

Food for Thought
Newly emerging is a class of superfoods and healthy ingredients that can actually help improve the performance of your mind. As mindfulness, meditation, productivity, mood and mental health continue to be a more widely discussed point of overall health, new foods are rising to the surface that can help the process of enhancing these cognitive points of interest, too. While many superfoods are considered in the “best-of-class” of brain foods already (such as Acai and Chia), Navitas Organics' Daily Superfood Focus Boost is rapidly becoming a fan favorite for helping build a better mind and enjoying a more optimum state.

Going Beyond Smoothies
If you love superfoods, chances are you're a fan of smoothies, too. And why not? Smoothies are undeniably once of the easiest and healthiest ways to incorporate so many of our most choice power ingredients. But with superfood's rise of popularity, we're also seeing an increase in culinary creativity, and it's safe to say superfoods are no longer just reserved for the blender. The New Year promises an influx in this trend, taking superfoods to new, delicious heights. Look out for irresistible superfood items you can make and buy like bars, lattes, soups, salads, dressings, dips and desserts. We have a feeling superfood cuisine is just getting started!

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Topics: health, healthy choices, tips, superfoods, nutrition, Navitas Organics, clean eating, plant based, hacks, wellness, blog, healthy living, chiaseeds, chia, acai, research, medicine, science, trend, trends

3 Superfoods to Beat the Winter Blues

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Jan 4, 2019 8:07:59 AM

The “winter blues” aren’t just a hypothetical idea or something you hear about in country songs. Wintertime depression can be a very real and devastating condition, and many people find themselves affected when the days are shorter, drearier and colder. In fact, it's estimated that at least 10 million Americans experience some form of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and an additional 10 to 20 percent of people have mild symptoms of SAD. These symptoms may include feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, a dip in energy levels, avoiding social situations and weight gain.

Luckily, there are many ways to alleviate seasonal depressive symptoms and a nutrient-rich diet is certainly high among these remedies. Here are three foods you can incorporate into your everyday meals to help treat the winter blues, benefiting both your mind and body in the process.

1. Acai
One particularly tasty way to fight the symptoms of SAD is to incorporate more Acai into your winter diet. Acai is one of the healthiest berries on the planet, best known for its high content of antioxidants, which also support and protect the brain. These special antioxidants have been shown in numerous studies to improve mental function, boost energy, reduce irritation and even encourage a healthy libido. All these benefits contribute to better mental health in the winter and throughout the year, for that matter! Some winter Acai Powder recipe favorites include Acai Berry Truffles for a sweet after-dinner treat and Acai Energy Bowls to get a super start to the morning.

2. Maca
Hormones also play a key role in mental health and really affect how you feel emotionally during the winter season, which is why the adaptogen Maca is such a great ingredient to eat in the winter time. Maca helps balance your endocrine system, thereby encouraging your body to achieve a natural state of hormonal equilibrium and overall health. Maca Powder is rich in micronutrients that aren’t found in most other foods, including trace minerals and protective flavonoid compounds. Some scientific evidence even suggests that Maca is an effective anti-anxiety supplement, and even boosts your brain’s capacity to learn and remember new things. Regular consumption of Maca is also helpful in maintaining a healthy libido in both men and women! Try packing some of these tasty Protein Bars in your travel bag this winter or create a Cacao Maca Energy Elixir to warm up on a cold winter’s day.

3. Chia
Chia serves as a mood-improving hero because of its high amounts of omega-3s and important minerals, such as iron and magnesium. These nutrients are essential for brain health and a better brain translates to lowered risk of depression and happier days ahead. Meanwhile, both Chia Seeds and Chia Powder are high in fiber, which helps to support a healthy gut – yet another essential component of maintaining a positive mood. Best of all, Chia is such a versatile superfood that it’s impressively easy to incorporate more Chia into your daily life: simply toss it into soups, oats or smoothies for a recipe-free boost. For a special winter indulgence, try making a loaf of Zucchini Protein Bread, which contains a quarter cup of Navitas Organics Chia Powder to treat yourself and your loved ones to better mental health this winter!

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Topics: health, healthy choices, tips, superfoods, nutrition, Navitas Organics, clean eating, plant based, SuperSwaps, hacks, wellness, blog, healthy living, Maca, chiaseeds, chia, acai, depression, mood, research, medicine, science

Superfoods 101 with Miranda Hammer: Chia Seeds

Posted by Miranda Hammer on Apr 18, 2018 2:22:53 AM

Chia Seeds are the focus of the next installment of my Superfoods 101 Series. This series was created with the intention of diving into some of my favorite superfoods, discussing their nutritional benefits and showcasing a simple recipe to highlight the versatility of superfoods.

What are Chia Seeds?
Chia Seeds are now mainstream and can be easily found in supermarkets and on restaurant menus. Chia is an herb that is part of the mint family and is of Central American origin. Similar to Goji Berries and Maca, Chia Seeds have been consumed for thousands of years and are thought to have been a staple in the Aztec, Mayan and Incan diets.

Chia Seeds are multidimensional and incredibly absorptive. They become gelatinous when mixed with liquid and can serve as a thickener in recipes. The gel-like consistency is ideal for making a pudding or overnight oats, they can be sprinkled in raw seed form on yogurt, oats, vegetables or salads, or they can be added to a smoothie for a boost of nutritional benefits.

Aside from their versatility, what makes these little seedlings a superfood? They are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation occurs as a result of environmental and internal stressors that cause the body to react defensively. Over time, an inflammatory state can be detrimental to one’s health. Gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, such as Crohn’s, IBS and celiac disease, along with arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer's, are all related to inflammation.

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Topics: antioxidants, blog, blogger, chia, chiaseeds, fiber, food, health, healthy, superfoods, wellness

Chia Chat: How the Trend-Setting Superfood Made its Claim to Fame

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Mar 23, 2018 2:22:26 AM

For some, Chia's history jumps from a present time of culinary celebration and extends back to the 1980s, when Chia was nothing more than a decorative component of “pet” terra cotta figurines covered in Chia sprouts. But all joke gifts aside, Chia has enjoyed a drastically more significant usage and much longer narrative than just a desk ornament!

Historical Treasure
From a botanical standpoint, Chia is considered an herb, and is a member of the mint family. It is native to central and southern Mexico, including the region of what is now Guatemala. A hearty plant that thrives in heat, the first cultivation of Chia was by the Aztecs around 2600-3500 B.C. From that point onward, Chia was highly treasured, often incorporated into religious gatherings and even considered a valued form of currency.

Dietary Staple
Beyond celebratory rituals and trade deals, Chia was first and foremost a staple food crop that was used as regularly as maize and beans in the Aztec diet. Chia Seeds were eaten whole or ground into a fine flour and used in a variety of ways: mixed into water as a drink, made into a gruel, incorporated with other grains and baked into flatbread, and even used as medicine. Although Chia was commonplace in the Aztec diet overall, it was most famously consumed by warriors and athletes as a go-to source of energy and endurance. Often consumed in competitions and situations of extreme perseverance, it was purported that an athlete could sustain intense physical output by eating nothing more than a tablespoon of Chia every few hours.

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Topics: blog, chia, chiapudding, chiaseeds, eating, food, foods, health, healthy, superfoods, wellness

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