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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

What's the Difference Between Cocoa and Cacao?

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Dec 13, 2018 7:22:15 AM

If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ve likely noticed that chocolate ingredients vary between containing cocoa and Cacao and that both products are also sold individually on the shelf. Though their names are similar and they are derived from the same source, there are actually significant differences between the two—in processing, flavor and nutritional value!

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Topics: hemp, nutrition, nuts, health, superfoods, tips, plant based, healthy choices, plant protein, Navitas Organics, SuperSwaps, Hemp Seeds, clean eating, cashews, Navitas Organics Cashew Nuts, party

Here’s How to Win at Hosting Holiday Parties

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Dec 6, 2018 7:47:52 AM

Snacks and parties go hand-in-hand with the all-important munch-while-you-mingle tradition.

Unfortunately, most party snacks are far from healthy due to busy hosts who may not have time to make involved recipes or research all those popular diet-friendly plates. So, when looking to create healthier snacks, consider these simple tricks to keep your to-do list light while benefiting your guests with superfoods.

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Topics: hemp, nutrition, nuts, health, superfoods, tips, plant based, healthy choices, plant protein, Navitas Organics, SuperSwaps, Hemp Seeds, clean eating, cashews, Navitas Organics Cashew Nuts, party

All the Amazing Benefits of Cashews You Never Knew About

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Nov 23, 2018 9:01:18 AM

Nuts are some of the healthiest and most satisfying snacks you’ll find anywhere in the world and there are dozens of different types to choose from. However, one of my absolute favorite nuts is the mighty cashew. You may know cashews as a great-tasting snack or a good way to make a plant-based cream, but here are some of the other many amazing benefits of cashews that you might not be aware of!

Lower Cholesterol Levels
Many people struggle to keep their cholesterol at a healthy level because of dietary habits and genetics. Research shows that cashews help to decrease total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, which ultimately supports a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. Since high cholesterol leads to many other serious conditions, eating a few cashews a day is a great preventative measure for long-term health.

Control and Manage Diabetes
Another huge benefit of cashews is how these nuts help control and manage diabetes when eaten as part of a healthy diet. There is strong evidence to suggest that the bioactive components of these nuts help manage diabetes because of how they affect glucose and insulin responses and reduce inflammation. Better yet, cashews help prevent the onset of diabetes because of their inflammation-reducing properties.

Prevent Various Chronic Diseases
Cashews are also rich in many of the vitamins that keep chronic diseases away, including B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin D, magnesium, zinc and phosphorous. Cashews are also packed with fiber, protein and iron to provide an even more well-rounded nutrient profile to fight chronic disease. Obesity is a major cause of chronic disease and cashews can help prevent obesity by helping you feel fuller longer, while curbing unhealthy food cravings.

Maintain Bone Health
Something that many people don’t realize about cashews is that they also help to maintain good bone health. This is because cashews contain potassium, calcium, magnesium and vitamin K – all of which support strong bones. By adding more cashews to your diet, you can help reduce your risk of breaks, sprains and osteoporosis later in life.

Promote Brain Functioning
I also love cashews because of their brain-boosting benefits that help you think clearer and feel more positive. Your brain is largely made up of fat, which means that it needs healthy fats, like the ones contained in cashews, to function well. Deficiencies in the minerals of iron, zinc and copper can lead to anxiety and depression, but fortunately, cashews contain these mental health-boosting minerals, too.

Not All Cashews Are Created Equal
Despite the amazing benefits of cashews, it’s important to remember that not all cashews are created equal. Navitas Organics Cashew Nuts are processed with the ultimate care and undergo a low-heat extraction process. This ensures that all the cashews’ incredible nutrients, healthy fats and delicious flavors are preserved for your snacking pleasure. To see just how versatile cashews really are in smoothies, salads, stir-fries, trail mixes and desserts, browse our cashew recipes to find a new way to enjoy this amazing nut!

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Topics: nutrition, nuts, health, superfoods, tips, plant based, healthy choices, plant protein, Navitas Organics, SuperSwaps, clean eating, cashews, Navitas Organics Cashew Nuts

4 Simple #SuperSwaps for Healthier Holiday Recipes

Posted by Megan Faletra on Nov 13, 2018 7:42:51 AM

The holidays are upon us, and with the cooler weather and celebrations come our favorite traditional holiday recipes. While there are so many ways to put healthier twists on holiday classics, I personally believe that fully embracing the holiday season and all the traditional recipes that comes with it is the best way to celebrate your family’s food culture during this special time of year.

Food has an incredible way to connect us across cultures and generations, and there is something really wonderful about celebrating the holidays with traditional recipes that have been passed down year after year.

And while the recipes we make during the holidays can still be rooted in tradition, the ingredients we use can evolve to better align with both our health and environmental beliefs. Today, we have access to incredible ingredients that are sourced with the highest sustainability and nutritional standards. So, rather than miss out on a favorite family holiday recipe, I encourage you to instead focus on and amplify the ingredients you already use with these easy swaps.

1. Coconut Palm Sugar in Place of White Sugar
Most of the sugar used in holiday recipes is refined white sugar that really isn’t all that good for your or the environment. Instead, simply swap your usual refined white sugar for Coconut Palm Sugar using a 1:1 ratio. This is such a simple swap that can work for most holiday recipes (especially baked goods like breads and muffins). Coconut Palm Sugar has a richer taste, which I prefer in baking, and was recognized by the Food and Agriculture Organization as the most sustainable sweetener in the world. Pretty sweet, right?

2. Homemade Coconut Cream Instead of Canned Whipped Cream
Canned whipped cream is a traditional topping for many holiday recipes (especially pies). Unfortunately, it’s usually loaded with preservatives and is not made from high-quality organic dairy sources. Instead, opt for making your own whipped coconut cream to top your pies and holiday beverages.

Here’s a quick way to make it:
Simply refrigerate one can of full-fat coconut milk overnight and then scoop the cream from the top of the can (discard the liquid). Whisk the cream until it is the consistency of whipped cream and serve as a topping for your favorite desserts!

3. Organic Nuts Over Conventional
Nuts and seeds are staples in so many holiday recipes, but unfortunately conventional nuts are typically sprayed with pesticides and known for having poor labor practices. Instead, opt for organic and Fairtrade-certified nuts and seeds for your holiday recipes. You will feel better knowing that they are both healthier for you and better for the farmers and laborers who brought them to you.

4. Fairtrade Cacao Powder as Alternative to Cocoa Powder
Once you start using Fairtrade Cacao Powder, you will never go back to processed cocoa powder. Cacao Powder is incredibly nutrient rich and loaded with antioxidants and minerals that make it my favorite superfood to use in baking recipes. Since the Cacao industry is an incredibly corrupt and labor-intensive industry, I firmly believe in only using organic and Fairtrade Cacao for all my recipes. Simply swap your basic cocoa powder for Navitas Organics Cacao Powder using a 1:1 ratio and enjoy your decadent dessert or holiday beverage knowing you are supporting a more ethical Cacao industry.

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Topics: nutrition, greens, health, protein, superfoods, tips, Live Life Positive, protein powder, healthy living, healthy choices, plant protein, Navitas Organics, Superfood Blends

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