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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

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

Reflections on the Ride of 15 Years in Superfoods: Part 2

In Part 1 of my blog, I shared a glimpse into how we got started as a superfoods company and all the incredible people that contributed to our exponential growth. In this final installment, you'll learn about the inevitable challenges that tested our thriving business and how they only drove us to reach for new heights as we look toward the future.   

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Topics: history, nutrition, blog, health, superfoods, Live Life Positive, Navitas Organics, Superfood Blends, company

Reflections on the Ride of 15 Years in Superfoods: Part 1

When I think back to the summer of 2003, I remember the exciting, yet apprehensive feeling that settled in to permanently live with us when the idea of Navitas first came to life. Our friends Paul and Lisa had been importing Maca for sale in Australia and knowing we were in transition with work, thought it might be a good fit for us, too. Zach and Paul had a long history of traveling together in their twenties, sharing a profound curiosity about different cultures and traditional foods abroad. It was through these early experiences that Paul was introduced to the miracle plant Maca from Peru. As is typical of an entrepreneur, Zach saw infinite possibilities for a business beyond Maca and comfort with the risk, while I stared at my pregnant belly of six months with a mix of hope, trepidation and a fair amount of skepticism. After all, we had only been married for a little over two years, not yet ready to be parents, much less for the enormous responsibility of the “other baby” we were about to raise. But, we both came of age embedded within the Grateful Dead community and therefore the idea of starting a health food company fit squarely within our personal ideologies. Convinced that traditional superfoods would help Westerners be healthier, we forged ahead with nothing more than the vision of what could be and a nominal personal investment. We had no idea then that Navitas would evolve to become a wellness lifestyle brand supporting health seekers like us and helping to advance organic agriculture in the process.

As Navitas celebrates 15 years in business, I am amazed at how far we’ve come. So much has changed since the beginning, both within the industry and personally throughout these years. Several pivotal moments and instrumental people have helped to create a confluence of success for the company. As we celebrate this milestone, it seems fitting to honor each of those crossroads and the amazing people that share our story because without them, we wouldn’t be here today.

Timing is Everything

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Topics: history, nutrition, blog, health, superfoods, Live Life Positive, Navitas Organics, Superfood Blends, company

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

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