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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4 Rituals for the Fall Equinox + Jewish New Year!

Happy Fall Equinox + Jewish New Year!
This is a time for reflection and refinement. Let the light pour in on this Autumn Equinox and New Moon in Virgo. This period marks the transition from old into new. We now have the opportunity to release old thoughts, beliefs, and habits as we let go of the old year.
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Together we can ride the rush of the new energy of the Lunar New Year to renew, reset, and rewrite the story of our lives. Here are 4 rituals you can do to bring in the new year with grace + intention:
1) Light a candle. The candle's glowing light will symbolize the reflection of your past year.
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2) Free write or journal about a few things you want to let go of from the years past. As we move into Fall, shorter days, and darker energy, what shadows do you want to embrace and focus on in this moment? Write a few sentences about your shadows and what you've learned from them.
3) Set intentions for the coming year. How can you utilize the Virgo moon + sun energy to create healthy new rituals for the New Year? 
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4) Light palo santo and walk around your home, to every single corner, saging yourself, your family, your entire space to start fresh and new. Take time for self care + reflection. 

We love you all so much! Please give yourself the time you deserve to celebrate this oh-so-special moment 
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Celebrating the New Moon

I always find the New Moon to be such a magical time for setting intentions, listening to your intuition, and allowing yourself to cleanse + reset. Tomorrow night I'll be doing a  Full Moon Celebration + New Moon Temple with Free People in Santa Monica. I would absolutely love to see you beauties there, especially if you're new to celebrating the beautiful changes that come with the moon!
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Read on to catch my interview with Free People, where I share everything from my favorite crystal to how the new moon affects us!  
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Your astrological sign:
Taurus Moon, Taurus Sun, Virgo Rising (earth mama!!!)
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Your spirit animal is:
 My son, Leo the Lion
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You are a yogi, raw food chef, healer, health coach, mother. What can you NOT do? 
We can all do anything we want. Truly. We are all standing in our own way because we think we have to do it perfectly or "right". There is no right. There is just showing up and doing.
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Best piece of advice you ever got:
Learning the word "no". That saying "no" to others is actually oftentimes saying "yes" to yourself. 
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Worst piece of advice you ever got:
I get all sorts of unsolicited advice from other mothers. They loveeeee to share their two cents even when it isn't asked ;) 
Go-to superfood:
My Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend. It's packed with Vitamin C so it works on supporting and strengthening our immune system while helping our skin glow from the inside out. I add it to smoothies, juice, oats, yogurt, and just about anything else! 
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Your upcoming workshop in Santa Monica is about the new moon. How does it affect us?
As women, we are all affected by the moon and her shifts. The new moon is a time to start fresh, set new intentions for the month ahead, connect inward, and check in with our shadowy side. This is a time to journal, take long baths, meditate, rest, and cleanse. Solo time is necessary. 
What should we be learning from this experience?
That it's completely normal to feel more emotional around the new moon, that it's vital to connect with other women to be truly "seen" and felt, and that we are always supported and held by our sisters, even if we don't always see it or feel it. 
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Free means expressing + living without restrictions – mentally or physically – so that I can feel open, vulnerable, and fully connected. Free is a state of mind, and I can get there as long as I'm focused on the moment + not future tripping or living in the past. 
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5 Tips for Cultivating a Walking Meditation

The simple act of walking can be one of the most blissful and serene moments in your day. It’s an opportunity to clear your head and be mindful of your surroundings – to celebrate and savor the small, beautiful things in your community. The vibrant marigolds, the toddler and her mother playing in the sprinklers, the mailbox with the flamingo whirligig bobbing up and down in the wind. The sweet things that are not to be missed and won’t be missed when you fully embrace the practice of walking.

To cultivate a walk that is both meditative and rejuvenating (and in every sense, a chance to stop and smell the roses), follow these 5 tips before you step out the door.

  • Hydrate with a nourishing superfood smoothie. It’s important to keep your body properly hydrated, especially if you’re taking a walk in the heat of summer–nor do you want to be hungry! Blend up coconut water, leafy greens, a frozen banana, mango, and pineapple, along with some chia and flax seeds, for a nutrient-rich, tropical drink that will help you focus on your walk.

 

  • Wear cute, comfortable clothes and shoes. Slip into a workout top and tights that will let you move freely (and not overheat), along with a pair of kicks with good support.

  • Keep your phone at home (or in your pocket). When you begin you walk and step outside, think of it as entering your yoga studio. Let your phone rest. Leave your list of to-dos, your dinner plans, that spreadsheet you’ve been working on all morning behind. Limit distractions that would bring you back into the daily grind of your life and – instead open yourself up to the “distractions” of the outside world – the fireflies, the oak trees, an old jazz tune floating out of a neighbor’s cracked window.

 

  • Set an intention for your walk. Again, think of this as a yoga practice, where you set an intention, a guiding light that helps you stay on the path you’d like to walk. It could be an intention to find gratitude, to be open and receptive to your surroundings, or to find calmness and serenity during your steps.

  • Walk with a friend or your four-legged pal. Ask a friend to join your walking meditation. Instead of swapping work stories or recapping the latest episode of your favorite show though, take the time to explore your environment together. Dogs also make wonderful buddies for walking meditations since they’re fully tuned into the moment (squirrel!) and can help you connect to it as well. If your dog is being extra good on your walk, be sure to reward him or her with these Superfood Doggy Biscuits!

Do you ever go for oh-so-calming, meditative walks? Tell us on Twitter with #MyPhilosophie! 

Green Dream + Berry Bliss Layered Pudding Recipe

This spectacularly layered yogurt pudding recipe brings together the detoxifying, beautifying powers of Green Dream + Berry Bliss! Make this dreamy creation on a weekend morning when you have plenty of time to savor the gorgeous green and magenta hued pudding OR as a midday treat when you need to boost your energy levels, fight any hunger pangs, and allow your mind to meditate on the relaxing task of preparing a high vibrational food.

So what goes into making this beauty? It's actually quite simple! Each layer only features 4 ingredients – a superfood blend, a superfood-infused honey, yogurt, and leafy greens or juicy fruits. Just blend up each protein-packed layer and pour into a tall glass, along with any granola or fave toppings! 

Gather This:

 

Do This:

In the blender, combine one cup of yogurt with spinach, Green Dream, and Green Bee Honey. Set aside. Blend a separate cup of yogurt with the berries/pitaya, Berry Bliss, Berry Honey, and set aside. Layer a jar with the two yogurt blends + sprinkle with granola or more fruit! 

It always makes my day to see your beyond beautiful superfood creations – especially when they feature lovely layers! Share yours with us on Insta with #PhilosophieSuperfoods! 

Philosophie Babe Recipe: Hazelnut Cacao Cookies

We have another ridiculously delicious Cacao Magic cookie recipe this week from talented Philosophie Babe, Caroline of Caroline's Kitchen! Not only do her chewy chocolatey cookies pack in the protein, they're also filled with crunchy bits of hazelnuts and cacao nibs. DREAMY. 

These Hazelnut Cacao Cookies are slightly cakey, rich in flavor, and have the perfect amount of sweetness. The base of these cookies is a mix of almond flour and coconut flour. The combination of these two flours keeps them from being dry or dense like many “healthy” cookies, and they’re also grain free!

I added Cacao Magic, a mix of cacao, superfoods, and hemp protein with no added sugars, to add more protein and nutrients to each cookie. Unlike most protein powders, the Cacao Magic is completely unsweetened and contains no additives, fillers, or emulsifiers, just 100% pure goodness!

The flavor of these cookies is seriously amazing! The cacao powder gives them an amazing rich chocolate flavor, while the coconut sugar, one of my favorite low glycemic sweeteners, adds just the right amount of sweetness. Each bite contains bits of chopped hazelnuts and cacao nibs that add the best texture and crunch. Hazelnuts and chocolate is always a winning combination. Nutella fans, this is for you. 

Gather This:

  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts

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Do This:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Mix the almond flour, coconut flour, cacao powder, and Cacao Magic in a large mixing bowl.

3. Add the coconut oil, egg, almond butter, coconut sugar, and vanilla to a medium mixing bowl, and whisk to combine. Make sure the coconut oil is cooled and the egg is at room temperature, otherwise the coconut oil will harden!

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fold with a spatula to combine until a dough forms. Add the cacao nibs and hazelnuts and fold again.

5. Scoop the cookie into 11 or 12 balls, depending on how big you want them, and place on the lined baking sheet. Flatten the balls slightly with your hands. The cookies will spread a little, but not a lot due to the coconut flour.

6. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, then place them on a cooling rack to cool. Enjoy!

Do you have a Philosophie Babe recipe that you'd love to share with our tribe? Share it with us on Insta with #PhilosophieSuperfoods + send it to sophie@thephilosophie.com!