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5 Steps to a Healthier (and Stress-Free!) Holiday Season

Posted by Megan Faletra on Dec 19, 2018 8:43:37 AM

The holidays are one of the most exciting times of the year, but they also come with travel, indulgent foods and unwanted stress that can leave us all feeling depleted at times. But, with a little planning, you can fully enjoy the holidays from beginning to end. Protect your health and keep your stress levels low this year by following these five simple steps to a healthier (and stress-free!) holiday season.

1. Plan Healthy Meals and Snacks
While there’s an abundance of delicious holiday food around at all times throughout the holidays, you shouldn’t forgo your usual healthy meals and snacks. One of the worst things you can do during the holidays is skip meals, as that will leave you feeling ravenous and incapable of making mindful choices. Instead, make a promise to continue feeding yourself well throughout the holidays by planning regular meals and snacks that keep you full and satisfied. This will help you make healthier choices that aren’t fueled by uncontrollable hunger when you’re exposed to holiday indulgences.

2. Practice Mindful Eating at Parties
Holiday parties are hard to navigate, especially if you’re trying to continue healthy eating practices throughout the holidays. Rather than putting limitations on what you can and can’t have at holiday parties, try practicing mindful eating habits like these:

• Have a satisfying snack at home before going to a holiday party so you make better choices once you’re out.
• Tune into your cravings and choose what you truly desire at the party, versus what’s sitting in front of you.
• Eat slowly and save the alcohol for when your stomach is full, so you can enjoy a holiday cocktail without it impacting your eating choices.

3. Support a Healthy Gut
Nothing puts a damper on the holidays like getting sick, so it’s especially important to support your digestive system during this time. Since 80 percent of your immune system lives in your gut, keep it feeling it’s best by adding Vanilla & Greens Essential Superfood Blend to your daily wellness routine. Loaded with plant-based protein, digestive support, essential minerals and antioxidants in one easy-to-use mix, it’s a great way to boost your nutrition and support your gut at the same time.

4. Prioritize Sleep
While the holidays are busy, this is not the time of year to skimp on sleep. Getting enough sleep will help keep your immune system healthy and make it easier to stay motivated to continue your mindful movement and healthy eating habits throughout the season.

5. Add Adaptogens
Lastly, adaptogens are a great addition to your daily wellness routine throughout the holiday season (and beyond!), as they help the body adapt and respond to external stressors that help it maintain a state of balance. A simple way to incorporate adaptogens into your day is by adding a teaspoon of Maca Powder to your morning smoothie or mixing it into your oatmeal.

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Topics: nutrition, health, Maca, superfoods, tips, plant based, healthy choices, plant protein, Navitas Organics, Superfood Blends, holidays, clean eating, party, holiday recipes

6 Must-Have Superfoods for Your Holiday Table

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Nov 22, 2018 7:53:53 AM

Although it may seem counterintuitive, the holidays are actually a perfect time to enjoy more superfoods. That's because this is the time of year we find ourselves invested a bit more in the kitchen, taking pride in creating home-cooked meals and treats, and sharing these creations with those that we love. That also means we can take ownership of what’s put on the table and look for ways to make this year the healthiest yet!

With a bit of creativity, you can technically incorporate any kind of superfood into your holiday spread, but there are a few varieties that are true must-haves. Easy to include, widely popular and harmonious with other holiday ingredients and flavors, these healthy picks are true staples for the upcoming winter festivities. Here's what to put on your list:

1. Cranberries
One of the few true native American fruits, cranberries are not only a mainstay of many holiday tables, they're also a superfood! Although most people know them for their high vitamin C and fiber content, it's really cranberries' antioxidants that make them such a powerful tool. In particular, their polyphenol antioxidants called proanthocyanidins are highly antibacterial (which is partly why cranberries are famous for their effects on promoting urinary health) and heart-friendly. Cranberries on their own contain remarkably low sugar, so to take advantage of this benefit, try combining them with other fruits in place of refined sugars or use natural sweeteners. They're also great when baked into stuffing and loaves.

2. Goldenberries
Notes of citrus can brighten up the heaviness that often comes with holiday foods and that's precisely the flavor role that zesty Goldenberries can play. With their loud sweet-and-sour taste, Goldenberries provide a “special touch” to almost everything in which they're added. Plus, their incredible content of vitamin A, calcium and anti-inflammatory antioxidants makes them a great tool for bolstering nutrition. Double up on the superfood power by adding them to a cranberry sauce or sprinkle them into a salad.

3. Kale
Leafy greens often get lost in the holiday excitement of breads, cookies and casseroles, which is a shame because all that great green nutrition is missed! Although kale is probably the most popular variety, other “heavier” leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage or collard greens are excellent additions that help to balance out a meal. Bursting with antioxidants that are good for your eyesight, heart, brain and bones, green vegetables should always be kept in mind when you're planning your menu and should be the base of at least one dish.

4. Hemp Seeds
As one of the healthiest, most sustainable forms of protein on the planet, Hemp Seeds are an ideal addition to satisfying comfort dishes that feel as good as they taste. Hemp Seeds offer all the essential amino acids, making them a complete protein, as well as an array of important vitamins and minerals like iron and vitamin E. Incredibly versatile, Hemp Seeds seem to pair well with just about anything: mix them into your salads, stir them up with potatoes or even bake them into muffins and breakfast breads. They'll add a light, nutty flavor to all your favorites.

5. Cacao
If you're planning to have chocolate this holiday season, make sure it's Cacao! Cacao is the simplest upgrade to regular chocolate you can make – this raw form maximizes the antioxidant potential while imparting no sugar, leaving you with full control of the type and amount of sweetener you use. Cacao Powder is a perfect substitute for cocoa powder, while Cacao Nibs make baked goods with (or instead of) chocolate chips even better.

6. Goji Berries
We may have a lot of berries on this list, but every berry offers a different array of benefits and Goji Berries are no exception. With a wide range of micronutrients, Goji Berries are deeply saturated in all kinds of essential vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, vitamin C and vitamin A. They’re also an incredible source of many types of antioxidants, such as xeazanthin, a nutrient well-studied for its protective activity in degenerative eye diseases, amongst other things. Because of their poppy red color, Goji Berries look festive all winter long and are a beautiful addition to roasted vegetable dishes, sweet potatoes and desserts.

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Topics: holiday, nutrition, Goldenberries, health, superfoods, Thanksgiving, tips, healthy choices, Navitas Organics, SuperSwaps, holidays, Hemp Seeds, clean eating, Goji Berries

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