Interview by Garden-eats today!

This is a repost from the lovely Garden-eats website! They just published this interview with moi + I wanted to make sure you all saw it! xoxo

 

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Today we’re joined by new friend and raw food chef, the beaming Sophie Jaffe, founder of Philosophie Superfoods. We’re always gushing over the photos Sophie shares of her adorable kids on Instagram. When we’re not going, “awhhhh” at those cute photos, we’re feeling inspired by her live-freely-in-the-moment lifestyle. Because of her dedication to helping others live well through real food we wanted to introduce you guys to her.

Sophie created Philosophie to bring vitality and vibrancy to people near and far with her superfood powders. She offers newcomers the superfood challenge- “add a superfood blend to your diet every day for a week to experience increased energy, clarity and balance.” And, in case you’re wondering, Sophie and her beautiful family are living the Philosophie every day. We had an opportunity to chat about Sophie bonding with her kids over food, how her travels help shape Philosophie and what sustainability means to her family.

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Garden Eats: Did you grow up around food and plants?

Sophie: Yes! My mom always, always had a garden. We moved around a lot while i was little, but no matter the house, no matter how long we stayed, we had a garden. We always had fresh herbs and vegetables, and we LOVED helping her in the garden and getting dirty! One of my favorite games as a child living in North Carolina was pretending I was from the 1800s and collecting veggies from the garden in my long skirt (a quilt wrapped around my waist) and dipping water from our pond into a pail. I think those early experiences “planted” a deep reverence in me for the nourishing power of fresh, whole foods from the earth.

GE: Sophie, you’re a world traveler. How have your travels shaped the Philosophie brand?

Sophie: Traveling is always a fun challenge for me when it comes to food and eating. Figuring out where to get my staples, navigating around town to different markets and healthy stores, deciphering the language and how to communicate what I’m looking for, etc! Then of course the MOST fun is discovering new foods. The majority of the superfoods in my blends are inspired by the foods I learned about across my travels and research about other parts of the world. Cacao was very popular in Guatemala during my time volunteering. We would go out at night for hot chocolate as a social activity. We learned all about the antioxidants and benefits of chocolate in its pure form. Most of the ingredients in Berry Bliss were influenced from my experience in Thailand. I would eat mangosteen daily after purchasing from the back of a local farmer’s truck. My mantra is to “Make Every Food A Superfood” and I truly feel with my superfood blends you CAN, no matter where you are in the world and what ingredients you have available.

GE: We love that Philosophie focuses on creating fresh, small batch superfoods. Can you remind readers why small batch is so vital to everyday wellness.

Sophie: We create small batches of our superfood blends because I strongly believe the energy of the people creating the product affects the person consuming it. Each person on the Philosophie team is handpicked and trained by me. They are all loving, inspiring people who are part of the team because they believe in what we do and love doing it. They were already using the superfoods all the time on their own, so finding me and becoming an integral part of Philosophie was a seamless transition. We also believe creating small batches ensures the absolute highest quality of PURE and POTENT ingredients and products. That’s the point of my product line: there are zero preservatives or fillers. If we were mass producing, I’m not sure how that could stay true.

GE: You know we love connecting kids with real food through everyday experiences out in the world. Do you take your boys to the farmer’s markets with you? What’s it like when they’re in the kitchen?

Sophie: Kai and Leo (3 1/2, 1 1/2) LOVE helping in the kitchen and ADORE the farmers market! They can’t get enough. Kai and I usually have a mommy/son date every Sunday where we sneak away and check out new produce and sample everything. It’s such a special time for us and we cherish it. Leo LOVES making smoothies and helps me on the reg – he insists on putting all of the ingredients in and pushing the button (with supervision of course). They both have very adventurous palates and will pretty much try anything if they see me eating it first–the key is to start them early on a variety of pure foods.

GE: We agree! We love helping our clients get creative with new ingredients and superfoods. Because the warmer weather is coming, what’s one of your favorite ways to incorporate Philosophie into kid’s meals?

Sophie: Popsicles and smoothies! Nothing is more nutrient-dense and refreshing and FUN to eat when it’s warm outside!

GE: Connecting with real food inspires people to live their healthiest. What tips can you share with busy parents who are also trying to carve out time to reconnect with fitness?

Sophie: When kids are really young and still taking naps, that’s the best time for a workout. Online yoga and Pilates is so easy to access. Be consistent with your workouts just as you are trying to be consistent with your food. Start every day with a smoothie, for example. And each day give yourself the gift of 20-30 minutes of activity while they nap. In just a few short days you will notice a huge shift in your energy levels, mood, and body! And within a few short weeks, your routine will be second nature and easier than ever to follow.

GE: How does your family practice sustainability?

Sophie: My family practices sustainability by being mindful in how and what we spend money on, how and what we expend our energy on, and how we give back to our mother earth. They are still very young so I try little things each day to teach them. We rarely use paper towels, instead use reusable cloths to clean. I teach them how to recycle and most importantly to reuse. We talk about why it’s so important not to litter and we pick up garbage in our neighborhood or on hikes. I explain why we turn off lights when we aren’t using them and why we walk places instead of driving, if we can. I always explain the “why” of things and attempt to give them a sense of the bigger picture. They may not understand it all right now, but the point is to introduce a way of seeing and interacting with the world. Give them the framework, and they’ll fill in the blanks as they grow. It’s so inspiring to watch a sense of care and responsibility for the world unfold in such new little souls, and it’s a great feeling to know you had a part in instilling such beautiful values!

GE: Any new partnerships or news you’d like to share?

Sophie: We are now selling on Amazon.com, which is very exciting! It will make it easier and more convenient than ever to get nourished! We are also coming out with new products this year–the newest one is a delicious, organic coconut butter mixed with our superfood blends, vanilla bean, and a touch of maple syrup. It’s going to be sublime. I’m also selling all my sister’s handmade, gorgeous healing products for body, which are wonderful for all ages, completely pure, and stunningly effective. Right now my faves are her Detox Bath Soak and the Healing Face Oil!!! I won’t use anything else on my face–it does it all. She’s also coming out with a multi-balm for pain, inflammation, and skin issues next month, and we’ll add it to the site–you don’t want to miss it.

GE: Thanks for stopping by Sophie! Can’t wait to try the coconut butter and check out your sis’ new goods!

Want to get a taste of the Philosophie? Take Sophie’s challenge here and stop back to let us know how great you’re feeling!

 

 

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6 Wellness Essentials for Your Handbag

When you’re nesting at home, you have your comforting oasis of apothecary bottles, superfood treats, and swoon-worthy prints of uplifting mantras. But the moment you step out the door into the hustle and bustle of the outside world, it helps to have more than your keys, wallet, and smartphone–especially if you’re trying your best to maintain zen vibes throughout the whole day. To help you stay on top of your wellness game while you’re doing the 9-5, are at the gym, or on the subway, make sure you’ve got these 6 must-haves on standby in your favorite tote or handbag.

1) Organic Lip Balm

We’ve all been there. You’ve left the house and realize your lips are chapped and badly in need of some TLC–and the kicker is you won’t be home for hours. While ducking into the drugstore is always an option, it helps to have your favorite coconut or mango butter balm on hand to instantly smooth things over and have you ready for any kisses that might be coming your way.

2) Nourishing Snack

Nothing derails a clean eating plan like ravenous hunger. Always have a wholesome, protein-packed snack tucked into your bag (like an Elemental SeedBar, a DIY trail mix of goji berries and almonds, a few spoonfuls of coconut butter saved in a small container, or a baggie of spirulina kale chips) to hold you over until your next meal and save you from caving for a cheese-covered pretzel.

3) Bottle of Essential Oil

When your inbox is out of control, your desk a mess, and your stress levels on the rise, a quick reset is essential. Keep a mini bottle of a revitalizing scent that’ll whisk you away to a serene state of mind while you take a breather and find balance. A drop or two of lavender, peppermint, or rose essential oil can work wonders, especially if you pair it with a 5 or 10 minute meditation.

4) Lucky Crystal

Carry a crystal or gemstone with you throughout your day to serve as a lucky charm and also remove any old or negative energy you may be holding. If you’re placing it in your prized handbag (or one that is especially delicate), it’s best to use a tumbled crystal that’s smooth and shaped like a small skipping stone. Plus, they’re so lovely to hold!

5) Extra Hair Tie

Whether you’re prone to busting out handstands wherever you feel like it (the yoga studio, the park, or the steps of your bank–why not?), are one to do an impromptu workout, or just happen to be at a happy hour that turns into a dance party, a hair tie is a must for no-holds-barred flowing, spinning, lifting, moving, dancing, or sheer living.

6) Your Favorite Jam

Find the song that makes you feel like you can take on the world and make sure that it’s downloaded on your phone. Even if you find yourself in a spot with no service, you can still summon the power of music to put you into a carpe diem, “life is beautiful” mood.

Sophie’s 6 Tips on Starting Up Your Own Company

More than anything, I LOVE supporting people in making their mark on the world. And I know that we’re best at sharing our incredible gifts + talents when we’re full of energy, which is why I created Philosophie. Today, I’m sharing six tips I’ve learned while building my company that I hope will help all of you incredible entrepreneurs in our Philosophie Tribe!

1 When inspiration strikes or you have that “a-ha!” moment, take it and RUN WITH IT.

Philosophie began with me simply wishing that I could have an amazing blend of superfoods and proteins together in one, convenient jar. I didn’t want to run out of camu camu or another individual ingredient and then feel like my smoothie wasn’t complete, so I went all over LA searching for high quality, fair-trade, organic superfoods and began packing them into mason jars and little bags. Hoping to share the magic of superfoods with others, I then started giving the blends to friends and family and making everyone workout and nutrition guides.

One day, I was in the sea in Tel Aviv with my husband, Adi, and he turned to me and said, “You should really grow what you’re doing and share it with more people, make it a company.” And since that day, Philosophie has blossomed into something much bigger than I had ever imagined. Our products have helped everyone from George Clooney to my own dad and are continuing to help so many more people discover wellness and feel as vibrant + alive as they can.

2) There’s no need to get overwhelmed at the thought of creating your own business–break everything down into BABY STEPS.

Once I got home from Israel, I started simple. What did I want to call my company? After I created the name “The Philosophie,” I got the domain for my website. Then I ordered business cards. From there, I created free events on Meetup.com so I could make treats in my kitchen and introduce superfoods to new people.

While some days, it may seem like you have 500 things you need to do all at once, simply take a deep breath, find a notepad, and write down the top 3 things you want to tackle that day or week. Baby steps every day lead to miles over time.

3) Stay authentic to your vision and mission.

Build a dream team and support system that lights you up with energy. Work with brands and people that align with your overall vision. Co-create magic with others who have the same values and principles as you. Don't say yes to everything. The moment you don’t love something, stop to think about how you can either pivot or let go.

5) Slow and steady wins the race.

I never brought in an investor, which made it really hard to build quickly, so I often feel like the tortoise of the tortoise and the hare. However, moving slower helps me also do things with greater intention, so that everything I do is right for Philosophie and right for me. It’s definitely been a blessing in disguise! 

3) Create a gratitude journal to track your wins, whether it’s talking to a new person about your company or making your first sale!

Having your own business can definitely feel frustrating or like a constant uphill battle, but when you carve out 5 minutes to reflect on what’s going right and what you HAVE accomplished, you’ll see how far you’ve come and also how limitless your potential truly is!

6) Balance your personal life and your business.

This is SO important. To avoid burn-out, you must find and draw boundaries. You have to actively plan out personal time. Take out your calendar and choose time that is for self-care and time for friends and family. Weekends are sacred, and I usually don't work on them at all if i can avoid it. I work when my kids are at school and then be really present in the afternoon and evenings until they go to sleep–then I go back to work or spending time with my hubby! You’ll always be more productive and more successful when you feel well-rested, fully nourished, and full of love.

 

Are you thinking of starting your own company? Or are you an entrepreneur with amazing tips for others? Comment on our Facebook page and tell me what you’re working on!

Berry Melon Collagen Smoothie Recipe

If you like beautifying smoothies, you’ll love this berry melon drink featuring collagen. By adding it to my morning smoothies on a daily basis, it gives my skin a glow, combats inflammation, and is also a natural anti-ager. As a busy mama, I will take all the help I can get when trying to look and feel my best!

I’ve been a fan of Vital Proteins for quite some time and was seeing their new Beauty Water add-ins all over Insta! While I was playing around in the kitchen with a tropical Berry Bliss flavor profile, I decided to add in the Melon Mint packet, which has marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, AND probiotics. It’s essentially an elixir for gorgeous skin–and it works!

For this smoothie, I also wanted to include healthy fats by blending in our Coconut Bliss Coco Butter and this yummy Berry Almond Butter from Jem Organics. To top it all off, I added in tocos! This magical ingredient not only gives smoothies their creamy texture, but is also exceptional for your skin and connective tissue!

 

Gather This:

 

Do This:

Blitz all ingredients in a high-speed blender, pour into a beautiful glass, and top with your favorite superfoods!


Let me know what benefits you experienced by adding this anti-aging smoothie into your routine! Share your story on Facebook with #MyPhilosphie!

Berry Bliss Vegan Cheesecake Recipe

As the weather starts to warm as we move closer to summer, I start to crave super light, cool treats to top off a nourishing dinner. These raw, vegan Berry Bliss Cheesecakes made with wholesome ingredients hit the spot EVERY time.  

I love the crispy crust on pies and cakes, so I created a guilt-free version by combining raw nuts, dates, and coconut. Not only is this crust absolutely delicious, it's also full of fiber and essential minerals!

To make a vegan "cheese" filling, cashews are my go-to! Once they've been soaked for 1 hour, they can be blended into a beautiful cream that tastes delicious once whipped up with lemon juice, Cacao Bee Honey, coconut oil, vanilla, Berry Bliss, and a dash of sea salt. 

Finally, frozen berries and dates make for a divine sauce to spread on top of your cheesecake, before pilling on fresh berries + bee pollen! 

Makes: 24 slivers of a large pie (or 4 smaller pies with 6 slices)

Gather This: 

 For the Crust:

  • 2 cups raw macadamia nuts OR a blend of almonds, walnuts, and pecans
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup dried coconut

 

For the Filling:

  • 3 cups chopped cashews, soaked for at least 1 hour
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (or lime juice –I used limequats for this!)
  • 3/4 cup Cacao Bee Honey
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt (optional)

 

For the Berry Sauce:

  • 1 bag frozen raspberries (or blackberries/strawberries)
  • 1/2 cup dates

 

For the Toppings:

  • fresh berries of your choice
  • bee pollen

 

Do This:

1) To make the crust, process the nuts and dates in the food processor. Sprinkle dried coconut onto the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch springform pan. Press crust onto the coconut (this will prevent it from sticking).

2) To make the filling, blend the cashews, lemon, honey, gently warmed coconut oil (don't microwave it!), vanilla, sea salt, and 1/2 cup of water. Blend until smooth and adjust to taste.

3) Pour the mixture onto the crust. Remove air bubbles by tapping the pan on a table. Place in the freezer until firm. Remove the whole cake from the pan while frozen and place on a serving platter. Defrost in the refrigerator. The more defrosted it is, the better the taste will be!

4) To make the raspberry sauce, process raspberries and dates in a food processor until well blended. Don't use a blender for this or the raspberry seeds will become like sand ;) Spread the sauce on top of the cakes, sprinkle with more fresh berries, and enjoy!

 

We'd love to see your gorgeous superfood treats! Share them with us on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie + #PhilosophieSuperfoods!

A Day in My Shoes!

I never know what magic my day will hold. Given my ever-changing schedule, I may be sharing the power of superfoods with new friends, teaching a vinyasa yoga class, or cooking up a storm with my two boys and hubby. 

MORNING

The first 30 minutes are when I meditate + stretch to start my day off on the right foot. I then step into the kitchen to whip up a nourishing smoothie filled with our Philosophie Superfood + Protein Blends, nut mylk, leafy greens, and a whole lotta fruit!

I then get ready – LOVE a cute pair of overalls and YOU by Skechers shoes. They’re so versatile, comfy, and cute that I can go from home to a photo shoot to a superfood demo to a beach walk with friends!

Once I drop the kids off at school, I’ll head to the gym for a HIIT workout or go for a sprint through the park, followed by a short + sweet yoga flow. From there, I’m back home to freshen up, knock out some emails, and write up a new recipe or wellness article for my blog.

AFTERNOON

For lunch, I like to really fill up with tons of nutrients so I can power through the afternoon. If I’m at home, I’ll toss up a huge salad the size of my head, with tons of fresh greens and sprouted nuts and seeds. If I am getting something on the go, I love Fala Bar in L.A. for their yummy veggie burgers. 

Afternoon’s are for creative brainstorms when I meet up my team or collaborate with wildly gifted photographers or friends, who have their own amazing companies. A lot of the times, I’m on my feet – especially if I’m doing a Facebook Live to share a new recipe, demoing how to use our superfoods, or teaching a yoga or HIIT class! Afterwards, I’ll pick up the kiddos, help them with their homework, make a wholesome snack, or do some yoga on the lawn together – they love poses like Warrior 1 and “Airplane”!


EVENING

For dinner, I’ll make our family grilled salmon or a filling soup, and lots of greens and roasted veggies. Since I have such a sweet tooth, we’ll also have a heavenly dessert like vegan ice cream or chia pudding.

If there’s still a bit of light outside, we’ll go for an evening walk. Beyond fresh air and light exercise, these walks provide a space for togetherness and reflection that allow us to truly reconnect. I definitely think my family feels that freedom—we talk about moments in the day we’re grateful for and what our hopes are for the next!

What's a day like in YOUR shoes? Let me know on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie!

Heart of the Week: Frank Body

On Sunday evenings before bed, I love having at-home "spa time" where I turn on relaxing music, light up a few candles, brew a cup of tea, and spend time pampering my skin. 

I just found out about this Peppermint Coffee Scrub from Frank Body, and I am IN LOVE. It smells so yummy that I want to eat it (if you add mint to this Coffee & Cacao Magic Smoothie, you'll have a delish smoothie that smells just like it!).

This scrub does a fab job at exfoliating, leaving you with oh-so-soft skin. Created with coffee beans, peppermint oil, olive oil, and aloe vera, this vegan scrub is also free of any icky parabens or PEGS. Just like going organic is important with your food, avoiding dirty ingredients is a MUST for your skincare products!

After I've exfoliated, I apply their Body Balm, a super silky balm made of coconut oil, grapeseed + almond oils, coffee arabica seed oil, and beeswax. The coffee in this balm is a super smart add. The high caffeine content gets your blood pumping, which helps tone and firm your skin. Plus, the vitamin E makes your skin feel super soft!

Once my skin is nourished + happy, I make my way to bed for some calming, restorative yoga poses that helps me drift off to dreamland. 

What are your fave skincare products for supercharging your skin? Tell me on Twitter with #MyPhilosophie!
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