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6 Tips for Cooking with Moringa Powder

It’s officially the holiday season and we are excited to welcome this special time of year in a healthy way. Winter holidays are notorious for unhealthy habits, especially indulging in many sugary and fatty foods. At Zokiva, we believe you can have a delicious holiday season while still making your health a priority. When it comes to baking, our Organic Moringa Powder is a terrific addition to many recipes to keep your holidays nutritiously scrumptious.

Moringa is one of nature’s most potent superfoods. With nearly 100 phyto-nutrients, Moringa is a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other wholesome compounds with a variety of health benefits that help keep bodies healthy and thriving. In fact, between the potential introduction of germs and late nights of holiday gatherings, Moringa is the perfect superfood to be working for your body during this season.

Incorporating Moringa Powder into your holiday meals is very simple. Moringa Powder is a wonderful added ingredient to amplify the nutrients of almost any dish. It’s earthy and nutty flavor blends naturally with both sweet and savory foods you’re already serving this holiday season. Here are some tips and ideas for cooking with Moringa Powder:

Tip #1: The absolute easiest way of cooking with Moringa Powder is to sprinkle it on top of a dish before serving. Moringa is an herb after all so you can think of it like a garnish or flavor topping.  This works particularly well for savory dishes such as soups, stir fries or curries, or atop chicken, fish or tofu.

Tip #2: Similarly, you can user Moringa as a nutritious spice and mix Moringa Powder into warm savory dishes. In addition to the examples above, try it in casseroles, stews, and roasted vegetables.

Tip #3: When baking with Moringa, replace a portion of flour with an equivalent amount of Moringa. Just as you would the flour, mix Moringa Powder with dry ingredients. Consider sifting it to ensure it is not clumpy and spreads evenly in your baked good. Try Moringa Powder in breads, pancakes, cookies, cupcakes and muffins for a superfood green delight.

Tip #4: Drink Moringa Powder in fresh juices or smoothies. For breakfast or snacks this holiday season, take the extra time to squeeze fresh fruits into juices and then add two teaspoons of Moringa Powder to rev up the nutrients. These fruit/Moringa blends can give you lots of natural energy for the day.

Tip #5: Moringa Powder is a wonderful addition to dips too. If your family enjoys snacking on veggies or crackers with hummus, guacamole, baba ganoush or other dips, mix in a teaspoon of Moringa Powder as well. Everyone will get an extra dose of nature’s best nutrients without even realizing it.

Tip #6: Even if the weather is cool out, you can enjoy a refreshing fruit and Moringa popsicle as a treat.  Puree your favorite fruits along with Moringa Powder and then freeze them with popsicle sticks. After a few hours you’ll have a delicious frozen dessert that is super healthy. Plus, a green hued popsicle is fun for everyone to eat. 

We hope you have a magical holiday season filled with joy, love and health!

 

 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult with a doctor before use. If you are on any medications check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any supplement.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, test, cure or prevent any disease.

 

What is Moringa + How to Take Moringa

What is Moringa

Moringa, or formally called Moringa Oleifera, is one of the most powerful, nutrient-rich plants in the world.  It is bursting with almost 100 different body-craving vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, proteins and essential fatty acids.  Moringa is a whole food perfectly balanced with healthy fat, muscle-strengthening proteins, complex carbohydrates and fiber.  Mother Nature’s unique formula offers the body amazing health and wellness benefits including increased energy, better mobility, healthier organs, more vibrant skin and an overall more youthful sense of self, among other fantastic advantages.

Found natively in the tropical and subtropical environments of Africa, Asia and South America, Moringa has sustained and improved health and vitality for centuries.  It has been used for nutritional, medicinal, culinary and therapeutic purposes by local cultures for thousands of years.  Now it’s available across the globe so that everyone can reap the incredible benefits of Moringa.

How to Take Moringa

Zokiva offers the finest Organic Moringa products including Moringa Capsules, Moringa Powder, Moringa Tea and Moringa Oil.  Each of our Moringa products are 100% natural with no fillers, binders or artificial additives. 

How to Take Moringa Capsules:  Much like a multi-vitamin supplement, Moringa Capsules should be taken daily for best results.  Take two capsules with your morning meal and two capsules with your evening meal, along with 1-2 glasses of water.  Moringa has the amazing ability to offer sustained daily energy, while also acting as a sleep aid to calm the body for rest and rejuvenation.  Naturally caffeine-free, Moringa’s powerful blend of nutrients supports both energy and rest.

How to Take Moringa Powder:  Moringa Powder is a terrific way to boost your daily nutrition.  Moringa Powder can be added to a variety of foods that you already eat everyday.  For breakfast, Moringa blends beautifully in smoothies, shakes and fruit juices, or can be stirred into hot oatmeal or cream of wheat or a bowl of cottage cheese.  At lunch, try adding a spoonful of Moringa to your soup or chili or whisk it into your salad dressing.  For dinner, Moringa can be cooked right into any type of sauce or casserole.  Trying to sneak in some extra nutrients in your kids’ dinner?  Try Moringa spaghetti sauce or Moringa sloppy joe’s.  You can even bake with Moringa by adding a teaspoon or two to breads, pizza crust or desserts.

How to Take Moringa Tea:  Moringa Tea offers an almost immediate burst of energy, making it a wonderful way to start your day.  Try replacing your morning coffee or afternoon soda with a cup of Moringa Tea.  Not only will you enjoy the all natural pick-me-up, you’ll also save a ton of calories.  Add your favorite tea toppings to Moringa Tea to spice up the flavor such as cinnamon, honey or milk.

How to Use Moringa Oil:  Pure Moringa Oil is a gift to your skin.  The lightweight oil spreads smoothly over skin and, due to its high oleic acid content, penetrates deeply without leaving skin feeling greasy.  Moringa Oil is known to improve skin quality, tone and texture by healing deeply and encouraging skin cell growth.  It acts as a topical solution for acne, dry skin, burns (including sunburn), cuts and scars. 

Start enjoying the amazing benefits of Moringa today.  Zokiva’s four varieties of Organic Moringa products are just what you need for a boost of all natural energy!

 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should consult with a doctor before use. If you are on any medications check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any supplement.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, test, cure or prevent any disease.

 

Moringa, a New Mom’s Superfood

As a mom, we know you are always on the lookout for what is best for your children. Whether you baby is still tucked away in your womb or you have welcomed her into the world already, the health of your baby is probably a top priority for you. There are so many decisions we make for the welfare of our babies, from the best diapers and creams, to developmentally appropriate toys and stimulating activities. But no decision is more significant than how you choose to support your baby’s development through nutrition. And we have an amazing all-natural superfood secret that will take nutrition for you and your baby to a whole new level. It’s called Moringa!

If you are an expecting mom, your body is changing in miraculous ways to create a temporary home for your baby. While the idea of “eating for two” is no longer accepted, getting proper nutrition is essential for your health and that of your baby. A baby’s development depends on the conditions created by the mother, including a well-balanced diet, a low-stress environment and avoiding toxins such as smoke or alcohol. Obstetricians believe moms-to-be only need about 300 additional calories per day to sustain their babies, but food intake should incorporate a range of nutrients in the form of protein, whole grains, dairy (or other forms of calcium), fruits and vegetables.

OBs also recommend daily supplements during pregnancy to ensure all of your baby’s nutritional needs are being met. Preparing for a new baby can be a hectic time, so adding an all-natural nutritional supplement such as Moringa is one of the best decisions you can make for you and baby during pregnancy. With the simplicity of Moringa capsules or Moringa tea, or perhaps baking and cooking with our USDA certified organic Moringa powder, you can boost your nutritional intake by an astounding degree. Moringa provides the vital nutrients – especially additional iron and calcium – an expectant mom needs. Plus Moringa’s array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein and other nutrients will satisfy and calm the body to reduce cravings and pregnancy nerves, while offering a boost of energy, the all-natural way.

Once your little bundle of joy arrives, you have the opportunity to choose the best way to nourish your baby. You have probably read about the incredible benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby. To name just a few, breastfeeding can help to foster smarter and more well-adjusted children, reduce the risk of diseases and create a stong bond between mother and child. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first year of a baby’s life because breast milk is the perfect food for babies. It is made of the exact combination of nutrients a baby needs and is easy for babies to digest. But the quality of breast milk is also dependant on a mother’s nutrition and there is no better way to boost your nutritional intake that eating right and supplementing with the best natural nutritional superfood, Moringa.

In the chaos of trying to figure out how to raise a new baby, new moms often neglect their own nutritional needs. But the truth is, they are also neglecting the needs of their baby. A mom who is getting the plenty of water and the nutrients she needs – through a proper diet and Moringa – will be better able to meet the demands of a newborn. Moreover, she will be passing along the best possible nutrients to her baby, which will help relax baby, make her sleep better and be more alert as she works towards developmental milestones. Many moms report that Moringa is a great all-natural resource to increase milk supply as well. Plus, Moringa can offer a much-needed pick-me-up that most moms could use, especially for those multiple middle-of-the-night feedings. And while you’re dropping the pregnancy weight naturally through breastfeeding, you’ll also support your weight loss goals through the power of Moringa nutrition!

Since Moringa provides wholesome nutrients for the entire family, it is a supplement that can be incorporated in your children’s diet for years to come. We recommend slipping a few teaspoons into your child’s smoothie, or adding several scoops to your next soup, stew or any type of sauce. Chances are your family won’t even notice it. And you’ll feel great about continuing to offer your family the most nutritious superfood on the planet.

Congrats on the newest member of your family! We wish you much health, happiness and nutrition for years to come!

5 Things You Should Do for Your Health Every Day

Our goal at Zokiva is to help you create your best self in every aspect of your life. That is why our line of Moringa products, nutritional supplements and energy teas contribute to not only your physical health, but also your mental and emotional health and wellness. We know that this holistic approach will yield the most positive results in a natural and sustainable way.  

To achieve vitality, there are basic elements of healthy living we should incorporate into our lives every day. Our bodies thrive on periods of energy and rest, both of which are important to overall health and wellness. We believe there are five things you should be doing daily to keep your body, mind and emotions in balance. As you will see, they are not difficult tasks. In fact, you’ve heard them all before and perhaps you already practice many of them. If not, we hope you’ll stop and think about how to put these easy steps into action in your life for your best self.

1)  Eat a Balanced Diet: Some of us eat to live and others live to eat. Whichever philosophy is yours, nutrition is vital to every facet of your health. Each of us has unique nutritional needs based on our size and amount of physical activity, but in general bodies need a balance of protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dairy. For many of us, the tricky part comes in trying to get enough of each of these food groups while also keeping our fat, calorie and sodium intake in check.

One of the best ways to ensure you are getting the nutrients your body needs is by taking a daily supplement. And of course, what better supplement could we suggest than Moringa! Moringa is nature’s best source of over 90 bio-nutrients that our bodies crave. From amino acids and proteins, to a range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, Moringa is the all-natural superfood supplement. With just two Moringa capsules in the morning and two Moringa capsules at night, you can round out your balanced diet for optimal health. Or try incorporating our USDA certified organic Moringa Powder or energizing Moringa tea into you diet for an extra boost of nutrition and vitality.

And don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Eight to ten ounces per day is recommended, or more if you exercise regularly or work in extreme weather conditions. One great way to get a burst of energy and nutrients while ensuring you fulfill your daily water needs is through nutritional teas. You’ll stay hydrated and benefit from the amazing nutrients that all-natural teas can offer. Plus, they taste great and have terrific weight loss effects.

2)  Be Physically Active: Some of us cringe at the word “exercise,” but maybe you just need to shift your perspective. Exercise includes any physical activity that increases your heart rate for at least 30 minutes. It’s recommended to have some level of physical exertion 5-7 times a week. That can be an interval class at the gym, a brisk walk in the park, swimming laps in the pool or playing a game of soccer. If time is your excuse, try to find ways to include spurts of activity in your daily routine. How about squats while you brush your teeth? Stairs instead of the elevator? Maybe some arm exercises while you listen in on a conference call? Be creative…and be active! Not only is physical activity good for your body, it keeps your mind agile, endorphins flowing and pumps up your energy level.

3) Find Ways to Unwind: You can love your life and still find it stressful. Most of us have some level of stress so it’s important to find time to decompress and let our bodies repair from long hours of concentration, emotionally draining situations and physical activity. Relaxation can actually reduce risk of heart disease, support healthier immune systems, improve memory and improve skin quality, among other benefits. So add some “time for me” on your to do list every day.

4) Be Kind: If simply being nice isn’t something you practice for others, do it for yourself. Studies show that being kind and having positive interactions with others can improve our health. Most of us feel good about showing kindness to others, which is the body’s chemical response to being altruistic and making an impact on another life, our environment or anything else that has value to us. These positive effects have been measured in actions as small as compassionate meditation and smiling at others. Even the small actions can have big results!

5)  Make Good Choices: Lifestyle factors play a large role in our health and happiness. Luckily, we have the choice to take good care of our bodies through our actions. For example, smoking and obesity are two risk factors for many life-threatening diseases including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Avoiding smoke or making the decision to quit can impact your health in a very positive way.

Also, being vigilant and taking personal responsibility for our own health is essential. Know your body and seek professional help when anything seems off kilter. This includes regular dentist visits, eye exams and breast exams. Many health issues are easier to resolve if detected early.

We know that every new day brings new challenges. As humans, perfection is unnecessary, but excellence is something we can achieve. Work towards these five lifestyle goals every day and we expect you’ll hit excellent in no time!