The Benefits of Philosophie Superfoods

People often ask us which one of our Superfood + Protein Blends is right for them. We may be a little biased, but we can’t imagine not having a dose of each one every day! That’s because each of our blends is a unique combination of some of the world’s most potently nourishing foods and each ingredient has a host of health benefits. Check out this list of the incredible ingredients that make up our superfood blends and how each of these potent foods can help you achieve a glowing state of optimal health.
  
Spirulina
The spirulina in Green Dream is an antioxidant-rich blue-green algae that is packed with nutrients including iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, chromium, vitamin B-12, and protein. Spirulina has been cherished for its healing properties from centuries and has been shown to help detoxify the body, reduce bad cholesterol, lower blood pressure, promote healthy digestion, and prevent depression, diabetes, and cancer.
Vanilla
When you think of vanilla, you probably think of cupcakes and ice cream, but besides imparting a warm, sweet flavor and aroma to foods, natural vanilla has a host of health benefits. It is derived from the long, thin bean pods of the vanilla orchids of Mexico and Central America and is an excellent source of antioxidant-rich phenolic compounds, including vanillic acid and vanillin, as well as vitamin B2, manganese, and potassium. Vanilla has been shown to help protect the body from free radical and toxin damage, inflammation, anemia, fungal infection, hypertension, and elevated blood pressure which is why it is included in our healing Cacao Magic Blend and our Detoxifying Green Dream Blend.
 
Chia Seeds
If you ever had a Chia Pet, then you’ve probably already sprouted chia seeds, but long before chia seeds become a pop culture item, they were a diet staple of the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Chia seeds, which have a mildly nutty flavor, are incredibly nutrient-dense and pack high levels of protein, fiber, magnesium, and calcium in each serving. The nutrients in the chia seeds that are included in Green Dream and Cacao Magic can help create and maintain strong, healthy bones, lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and promote healthy weight loss.
Hemp Protein
Both Green Dream and Cacao Magic include hemp protein, a complete plant-based protein that contains high levels of all nine essential amino acids and is made from milled hemp seeds. Hemp protein is also an excellent source of fiber and gamma-linolenic acid and healthy fats. Diets that include hemp protein have been correlated with cardiovascular health, increased muscle mass, enhanced immunity, improved digestive health, stable blood sugar levels, proper cellular repair, heightened mental function, and improved kidney health. Because hemp protein is particularly easy to digest, it is an excellent protein source for athletes who want to repair and build muscle mass after intense training sessions.
 
Cacao Nibs
Cacao nibs are the least processed form of cacao that is available for human consumption and are made by simply crushing the cacao beans into granules. Cacao was so highly valued by the indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica that it was used both as a currency and as an ingredient in food and drinks during ritual celebrations. We include cacao nibs in our Cacao Magic Blend because they are particularly high in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that may protect against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Cacao nibs also contain healthy fats and caffeine making them an excellent and natural way to boost energy levels.
 
Açaí Berry
The acai berry is a small, round, deep purple berry that grows in Trinidad and northern South America on the acai palm tree. This antioxidant-rich fruit contains high levels of B-complex vitamins, vitamin K. Acai Berry has been a primary component of the diets of Amazonian tribal people for thousands of years and is known for promoting healthy, glowing skin, combatting stress and threats to the immune system, decreasing visible effects of aging, and increasing metabolism, which is why it is one of the berries in our Berry Bliss Blend.
 
Cacao Powder
Our Cacao Magic blend gets its delicious chocolate flavor from raw cacao powder, which is made by grinding cacao beans into a paste and then removing the oils to create a fine powder. Cacao powder is rich in fiber, sulphur, magnesium, calcium, and the neurotransmitters dopamine and phenylethylamine (PEA). Dopamine and PEA have been are known to promote weight loss, increase mental alertness, and to have anti-depressant effects.
 
Goji Berry
The goji berry plant is native to Asia and is the source of the bright orange-red berry, also known as the wolfberry. The goji berries in our Berry bliss Blend are packed with fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron and have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. These nutrient-dense berries have been linked to increased brain function, decreased risk of heart disease, and enhanced immune response.
 
Mesquite
Mesquite powder is made from the pods of the mesquite plant that grows in South America and in the southwestern United States and this lightly sweet ingredient is in both Green Dream and Cacao Magic. Mesquite is rich in fiber, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, and potassium and can help promote heart health, proper nerve function, muscle maintenance, blood sugar stability, and headache prevention, while curbing hunger and boosting immunity.
 
Pomegranate
The pomegranate has been part of food cultures through the world since ancient times and has been recently touted for its high levels of antioxidants such as tannins and anthocyanins. Pomegranate consumption has been correlated with lower cholesterol, decreased blood pressure, and decreased susceptibility to blood clots that could lead to heart attacks and strokes. Our Berry Bliss Blend is a quick and easy way to get your daily dose of this potent superfood.
 
Maca Root
Maca is a root vegetable that is native to Peru and is an excellent source of calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and vitamins E, C, B1, B2, and B12. Maca has been used for centuries to increase energy and focus, boost immunity, promote emotional health and mood balance, and to regulate hormonal health, increase fertility and enhance libido. This superfood is so incredible that it is included in all three of our superfood blends!
 
Camu Camu Berry
The cherry-like camu camu berry can be found on bushes in the Amazonian rainforests of Peru and Brazil and is one the ingredient that gives our Berry Bliss Blend its delicious tart flavor. This berry has an extraordinarily high level of vitamin C, making it one of the most immunity-boosting foods on the planet. It is also an excellent source of a variety of amino acids including valine, which promotes healthy nervous system and cognitive function, leucine, known to promote muscle and bone growth and recovery, and serine, which helps the body absorb nutrients during digestion.
 
Reishi Mushroom
The Reishi mushroom in our Cacao Magic Blend may be one of the most incredible superfoods of all and has been revered in Asia for thousands of years due to its myriad of health benefits. The Reishi mushrooms has been shown to have neuroprotective properties that help prevent degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. The reishi mushroom has also been shown to have anti-cancer properties, anti-allergy properties, and has been linked to cell regeneration and longevity, as well.
 
Mangosteen
Mangosteen is a tropical evergreen tree that grows primarily in Southeast Asia and bears a round fruit that, when ripe, is purple on the outside with soft white flesh on the inside. The mangosteen in our Berry Bliss Blend has incredibly strong antibacterial and antifungal properties as well as high levels of vitamin C. Mangosteen is also rich in xanthones, antioxidants that dilate blood vessels, which increases blood flow and decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
 
Sprouted Brown Rice Protein
When allowed to germinate, brown rice attains a higher level of bio-available nutrients as the proteins, vitamins, and enzymes that naturally occur in brown rice become unbound from the grain and easier to absorb during digestion. With high levels of fiber and absolutely no saturated fat, sprouted brown rice is a heart-healthy, plant-based protein that can help build and maintain lean muscle mass. Sprouted brown rice is also an excellent source of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which promotes emotional balance and feelings of wellbeing. The light, creamy flavor of sprouted brown rice made it the perfect protein source for our beautifying and immunity-boosting Berry Bliss Blend.
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Comments (2):

Barbara on

Hi what are the amounts of sugar, sodium, carb, calories, etc. in your Cacao Magic and other products and why aren’t they listed or are they?

Thank you,
BH

Anne Beemsterboer on

You say that there is just enough to make your green protein sweet but do not mention what type of sweetener you use. I don’t see a sweetener listed in your ingredients. Can you verify?

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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

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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!

 

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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!

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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!).

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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. 

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