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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

Considering a New Protein Powder? Read This First.

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Oct 23, 2018 8:07:15 AM

If you've ever wondered how to better read a nutrition label or why certain formulas were created, we're here to explain. We believe you should know and understand what's in your food! So, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at one of our newest and most popular superfood formulas: our Protein & Greens Essential Superfood Blend, and the real deal on what makes it so good for you.

Not All Protein is Created Equal
You may know this product as a flexible way to incorporate more protein into your diet, thanks to its neutral flavor and low calorie count, but there's so much more to this easy-breezy powder than its 20 grams of plant protein! To begin with, not all protein is created equal, which is why you'll see five different types of proteins listed on the label of the organic protein blend: pea, pumpkin seed, sunflower, golden flax and Hemp. This compilation is used to give you an easily digestible, plant-based protein approach, while offering you a balanced array of all the essential amino acids you need at the same time.

Superfood Support Ups the Ante
What's more, the ingredients in Protein & Greens Essential Superfood Blend are way more than just protein! As superfoods, they each contain valuable minerals and fiber that count toward your daily quota and are a big part of the reason why you'll find minerals like iron and calcium listed on the package without synthetic nutrients added. Ah, the symbiotic power of nature! To further balance out the nutrition, we've added a powerful superfood blend made from some of our favorite ingredients. You'll find Goji, which naturally bumps up the Vitamin C content dramatically while keeping your immune system at its peak; Pomegranate for a slew of protective antioxidants and Maca to promote overall homeostasis in your body and provide natural energy.

Clean(sing) Greens Make it Clean
As far as the product's namesake “greens,” you'll enjoy a best-in-class inclusion of Wheatgrass, kale, spinach and spirulina. Using this blend of grass, land and water vegetables (technically, spirulina is an algae) ensures you're getting a wide spectrum of micronutrients along with a rich source of cleansing chlorophyll. And thanks to the powdered form of these power ingredients, you won't even taste them! Additions of acerola cherry and cinnamon help keep your immune system and blood sugar regulated, respectively, without being an influence on flavor.

Gut Health: Achieved
Lastly, you may notice on the package a long list of strange-sounding ingredients at the end – this is our probiotic and enzyme blend. Adding probiotics to a whole food powder like this has a twofold benefit: First, it helps your body digest, break down and make use of all the other gold-star ingredients found within. Second, regularly consuming probiotics is a good way to keep your microbiome in peak condition – an aspect of wellness which is connected to almost every aspect of your body's health that you can imagine – from immunity to cognitive function.

So, the next time you scoop out a serving of Navitas Organics Protein & Greens Essential Superfood Blend, feel great knowing there's a whole lot more inside than meets the eye. And thanks to its neutral flavor, you can add all these ingredients – and their benefits – to virtually any kind of recipe you can imagine, more conveniently than ever.

Click here for a super-easy (and super-delicious!) recipe to get you started.

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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

What to Pack for a Healthy Vacation

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Aug 28, 2018 3:15:50 PM

You're relaxed, soaking up an exciting new environment and crossing off a destination from your travel bucket list. There's only one thing missing from this epic vacation: your healthy lifestyle.

Anyone who's enjoyed the energy, clarity and enhanced glow from a healthier set of proactive measures can attest the rewards (like waking up feeling rested) are far greater than the sacrifices (apologies, double-stuffed pizza crust). But, for all their perks, vacations are notorious for throwing off our rhythm of self-care. As a result, many people return from vacations feeling bloated, tired and even sick.

But, you certainly don't need to sacrifice the wellness you've earned to satisfy your travel bug. With just a bit of foresight, you can keep your healthy priorities in the forefront while fully embracing the experience for which you've set aside valuable time and money. Here's how:

Keep Clean…ish
Between airplanes, gas stations, public transportation and questionable hotel remotes, you can definitely count on being exposed to a lot of new germs and bugs while on the road. Think you'll be fine? The average person touches their face 16 times an hour. That's about 16 times too much of dirty handrail-to-face contact, if you ask me. To help keep the bugs at bay, try keeping a travel-sized container of antibacterial spray or gel with you. By applying the solution even just a few times a day, you can reduce your exposure (and your chances of getting sick) tremendously.

Plan for Sweat
Just because you're off the clock doesn't mean you have to fully give up your fitness. While most people don't look to turn their vacation into an epic workout regimen, a little bit of movement thrown into the schedule (or lack thereof) can actually increase your energy, enhance your mood and help you relax even more. So, make sure you pack at least one set of workout clothes to enjoy your favorite sport, such as practicing yoga, heading out for a brisk jog or jumping in some water for a refreshing swim.

BYOT
Bring Your Own Toiletries! While it can be tempting to just use the hotel's shampoo or pick up a bottle of insect repellent on site, your chances of finding an organic, green product to use are usually rather low. Keep the new chemicals and toxins you will inevitably expose your body to at a minimum by using your own tested varieties – you're much less likely to suffer from allergies and brain fog due to unknown sensitivities.

Pack a Smoothie Stash
Enjoying local cuisine of wherever you're traveling to is more than just a perk of traveling – it's a huge part of the experience! And by no means should you feel the need to give up the opportunity to try the delicious new fare. To keep your digestive system happy though, try to keep at least one meal out of the day similar to the routine you'd enjoy back at home. A great way to achieve this is through bringing a superfood blend – a great mix of balanced nutrient-dense foods – to make a quick smoothie in a shaker bottle. Navitas Organics’ Protein & Greens Essential Superfood Blend is unflavored, so you can easily combine it with whatever beverage you come across in your travels, and it’s lightweight so you can pack a whole bag to cover your entire trip.

…And Maybe Bring a Few Healthy Snacks, Too
The worst feeling on a trip is feeling starving while not being able to find something to eat. Packing a small collection of healthy superfood snacks like Goji Berries, nuts or snack bars can sometimes save the day – or at least, save you from hanger – while giving you a quick dose of healthy sustenance that will energize you on both a caloric and nutrient level.

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Topics: wellness, workout, happiness, protein, Live Life Positive, positive vibes, travel, protein powder, healthy snacks

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