Sophie’s Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

We were on the road for pretty much the entire holiday season. The first weekend of December, we went to Washington, D.C. for one of Adi’s work talks. I grew up in D.C. and was so excited to see my bestie and her kiddos, who happen to be the same ages as my kids. The following week, we were in Colorado for the wedding of one of my other best friends from childhood. The event was truly lovely and the scenery was so beautiful! Shortly after we got home from Colorado, we headed out for a huge holiday trip to see family in Israel in mid-December. We spent two incredible weeks in Israel and a wild couple of days in Paris, where we transferred flights, on each end of our trip.

Traveling can be tough, especially when you have kids in tow, but that’s no excuse to let your nutrition and fitness routines slip. In fact, taking care of your body during travel is one of the best ways to ensure that you stay healthy, energized, and able to enjoy your trip to the fullest. Here are a few tricks that helped me stay centered and feeling my best during our busy travel schedule this holiday season.

 

Get Active in the Airport

Do simple, no-equipment-necessary exercises, like yoga, stretches, sit-ups, lunges, or squats, in a quiet corner while you have downtime in the airport. Go for a long walk to grab a magazine or water instead of grabbing something from the most convenient shop. There are so many simple ways to move your body and stay active during transit, which can help you avoid getting antsy or stiff during the flight. If you have an extra-long layover, like we did in Paris, get out of the airport and find a gym or indoor pool to get a little workout in. We did this with the kids in Paris and it really helped them get their energy out before the long flight home.

 

Map Out the Market

The minute we get to where we are staying, we figure out where the closest market / farmers market / health food store is and immediately stock the house with fresh veggies and fruit, almond milk and other necessities. I love seeing what's local and fresh wherever we go. It's so fun to introduce the kids to new fruits and veggies! If you're staying in a hotel or condo, request a mini fridge and a blender. Sometimes they will bring it with no extra charge! Start to scope out healthy places to go, juice bars, cafes, yoga studios, etc. on yelp, and definitely be sure to go where the locals go! 

  

Pack Healthy Travel Snacks 

One of the most impactful things you can do to stay on track while traveling is packing healthy food to nosh on. Fueling our bodies with good stuff keeps us feeling nourished and balanced while we trek around the world together. Having a snack can also be a great distraction for the kids when they start getting fidgety on the plane or in the car. When I'm packing the kids toys/our stuff for the plane, I also plan our meals and snacks for the plane. It's so simple. I just pack as if I’m taking lunch to work. If you don't have the time to prep a meal, go to whole foods and grab prepackaged foods, sushi, etc., or go to the salad bar at your local grocery store and pack a huge salad. I've yet to be on a flight where they provide an awesome salad, so I just bring my own so I can get plenty of leafy greens and healthy food (instead of overpriced junk food) while in the air. Before traveling, I make sure to stock up on tons of flight-friendly, nourishing snacks to have both while we are in transit and during our stay. Here are a few of my favorites! 

 

Homemade Trail Mix

Carob chips, almonds and Goji Berries can last forever in your suitcase and can be a real pick-me-up.  You can also carry some organic dates, prunes, unsalted walnuts, and unsalted cashews . These are the same kind of ingredients that you’ll find in most energy bars, but more natural and with far less packaging.  

Kaleifornia Love “The Lover” Cookie

This cookie is gluten-fee, vegan, non-GMO, and has no refined sugar. It’s made of cashews, dates, maple syrup, cacao, cacao butter, vanilla and sea salt. It’s totally organic and tastes very sweet! I also love that they use 100% biodegradable materials in their packaging. 

 

Detox Tea + Sleepy Time Teas

I always travel with detox tea because my tummy gets pretty weird the first few days after traveling. This is great to have while in the air, too for digestive help.  I also love the way sleepy time tea helps with jet lag be letting me get to sleep when I actually want to. 

 

Granola Bitch Granola

This granola is great to add to Greek yogurt or a parfait while at the airport or to top a smoothie with when you get to where you’re staying. I always request to have a blender in the room if we are staying at a hotel. Obviously staying with friends and family helps with this factor a lot. 

 

Gluten-free Oatmeal Packages

These are awesome when in a pinch. They provide a great source of fiber and you can easily to mix Philosophie Superfood + Protein Blends in for extra nutrients. All you need is hot water and, voila! 

 

Nib More Dark Chocolate

Any good dark chocolate makes a great travel snack and this one is my go-to for when I want something sweet or need more energy. This is an especially good option to have in place of the high-calorie, nutritionally empty desserts that are often served on flights. Just grab your delicious, antioxidant-rich chocolate bar, and pass on whatever is being offered.

 

 

Justin’s Organic Almond Butter

I love to get these in single serve packages. They are an amazingly easy, delicious snack that has filling healthy fats. Just open and squeeze into your mouth, add on a cracker, or add to a smoothie or oats!

Nana Joes Ocean Beach Bar

This bar is so delicious and is handmade in San Francisco. It has almond butter, coffee + Cacao nibs inside. It’s gluten-free, vegan, and made with delicious sea salt and oats. It serves as an awesome breakfast bar or a snack in between meals. I love all their granolas, too! 

  

Of course, I also always pack Philosophie Superfoods to add to smoothies, yogurt, oats, etc! 

  

How do you stay healthy when you travel? Share your tips in the comments below or on The Philosophie Facebook Page!

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Berry Bliss Toast Recipe

Nothing makes your day sweeter than a Toast Tuesday recipe and this one is loaded with extra sweetness. It’s the perfect snack after a long day of meetings, calls or whatever had you sweatin’ today.


Our Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend has ton of vitamin and antioxidant powers, which makes it a perfect mid-day boost. We slathered on some of our fave Kite Hill yogurt and topped with berries to make this totally blissful Berry Bliss Toast.

 

Gather This:

2 slices of gluten free bread (we love Canyon Bakehouse)

1 cup of Kite Hill unsweetened yogurt (sweetened with our Berry Bee Honey)

A handful of frozen berries

A sprinkle of shredded coconut

1 tsp Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend


Do This:

Toast bread. Slather on about ½ cup Kite Hill yogurt, sprinkle the frozen berries on top of the toast, along with the shredded coconut and Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend. Drizzle Berry Bee Honey and enjoy!

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Heart of the Week: Seed Phytonutrients // Sustainable Choices

This post is in partnership with Seed Phytonutrients, but 100% my opinions!

Earth Day is this Sunday! How are you going to give a little extra love to Mother Earth? I’m constantly looking for new and creative ways I can be sustainable in my day-to-day. Besides making conscious choices while grocery shopping, I choose health and wellness products that follow a more sustainable mission statement.

I’m so excited to share this brand with you, beauties. Not only do their products feel amazing on my skin, face and hair but they’re completely recyclable + compostable. Amazing, right?!

Seed Phytonutrients hair, face and body products are completely sustainable and full of phytonutrients, making them extra beneficial for your health. I 100% support their mission to protect organic farmers and seeds from over-commercialization, while promoting natural beauty + healthy living. Living sustainably doesn’t just only mean recycling or minimizing your waste (although, yes!) but also promoting and supporting brands that are fighting to protect Mama Gaia and all her wonders.


Lately, I’ve been using Seed Phytonutrients hair + body products in the shower. I love their Daily Hair Cleanser. It feels so natural and light. When you’re a girl that can go days without washing your hair this product is your best friend. I also pair it with their Body Cleanser. All their products are paraben free, non-GMO and all vegan. So magical.

These products really stand out because of their shower safe and downright beautiful packaging. Seed Phytonutrients have bottles that are compostable on the outside and recyclable on the inside. There’s absolutely NO waste with them. I feel so great doing my part while treating my skin + hair at the same time.

Beyond the products that you use and the foods that you buy, you can make little Earth conscious choices in so many ways! Here’s how I practice sustainability on the daily.


Compost, compost, compost - Some people think this is impossible when you live in a city like LA, but the city offers green compost bins all over and you can request to have one for your building/house. All you have to do is keep a small compost container in your home and take it out with the trash.

BYOB (bring your own bag) - It’s so easy to do this now in LA where grocery bags are now banned. No one wants to pay 10 cents a bag and it makes so much sense to leave your favorite totes/reusable bags in the car for the next time you have to run to the store.

Less waste - Go to grocery stores that offer grains, nuts, etc. in bulk and bring your own jars. It’s so cute to see them around your home, too! Turn to reusable products like our Philosophie Smoothie Jars. I’ll be going reusable with all of baby girl’s diapers and I’ve cut out sack lunches/ziplock bags for the boys.

Happy Earth Day, tribe!

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Spiralized Squash Noodles Recipe

Spiralized veggies make my ♥ so happy and the boys love them too! Squash makes delicious “pasta” especially mixed with superfoods.

If you pair spiralized squash with our Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend, you’ll have a simple, raw, gluten-free, + vegan dinner packed with protein, fiber, heart-healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamin C, + manganese (an essential mineral for bone health and brain and nerve function). Be sure to make extra—it’s beyond delish + makes a wonderful lunch for the next day!

 

Gather This:

Spiralized squash

½ sprouted beans

1 bag of Organic Spinach

1 cup Sun Dried tomatoes

¼ EVOO

1 tsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

2 tbsp Hemp Seeds

1 clove of garlic chopped

S+P


Do This:

Cook spiralized squash in a pan for 3-4  minutes with 1 tbsp EVOO. Add chopped garlic, bean sprouts, spinach,  and Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend then cook for another 3 minutes. Transfer to individual serving bowl. Top with Sun dried tomatoes, sprinkling of hemp seeds, and salt+pepper, also more green dream if desired!

 

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Sacred Pause // Time After Birth

Third trimester and feeling it all. Adi and I are so excited to welcome our newest Jaffe member into this world. This spring has been all about the transition and preparation from a family of four to a family of five.

I had a consultation with an amazing postpartum Ayurvedic doula, Jenna Furnari. She was gentle, understanding and so helpful as I prepare for the arrival of our baby girl.

Here’s a look at my transition into labor/birth and the plan for when baby girl arrives. As always, thank you for being a beautiful community that allows me to share in this space.

 

TRANSITION

As I progress through the third trimester of this little angel's pregnancy, I am starting to prepare mentally, emotionally and physically for what's to come.

We are preparing our home, making sacred space for baby girl, clearing out what we no longer need, and getting everything organized for the boys. I am working with the brilliant Dany from Spatial Soulutions who really understands our home and the inner workings of a mother (she was a preschool teacher for years). Taylor has also been helping us get organized and prepared by helping me pack my hospital bag, ordering candles for the birth, and making sure all our ducks are in a row.

I’ve held a couple new moon circles with my soul sisters. Welcoming in sacred, positive energy and clearing out the old, stagnant air. I’ve focused on a full mind + body connection as I work to create a magnetic and welcoming home for baby girl.

Watch my YouTube video for more about my third trimester of this pregnancy.


THE PLAN

My plan for postpartum is starting to become more clear. Since my life is so chaotic and FULL of beauty, work, passion and magic, I need to really set intentions that surround what I want to create.

I want to take a full month to bond with baby girl. Both in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, they promote taking a full month to 40 days to really heal and connect to this new chapter in your life.

I will be continuing to work with Jenna Furnari. She will be working with me two days a week for around 5 hours each session. During the days she is with me, she will help prepare Ayurvedic nourishing foods, help me with emotional and physical recovery, support me in breastfeeding, babywearing, and spending time with baby so I can rest. She will also do Ayurvedic birth recovery bodywork and help with the transition for the entire household to adjust to new roles (this will be very important for Kai and Leo).

She will make us lists of what to purchase and then we will get all our groceries and stock the fridge so she can come and help prepare nourishing foods for me. She has mapped out a food plan for everything from the first 24 hours that includes warmed/spiced milk and panchakola ghee to 3 days postpartum that includes stuffed dates, stewed fruits, Mama Chai tea, and Lactation Tea. She’ll also be delivering to the hospital for the first day or two. The time after having a baby needs to be nourishing as the body has undergone extreme trauma giving birth and the 9 months of growing the babe. I'm excited for a slow, mindful recovery.

During these 40 days we will only allow our inner circle family and close friends into our home. This will be a sacred time full of love, bonding, sweetness, recovery and intimate moments.

I'm so grateful Adi works from home now and will be on summer break from teaching at UCLA so he can be really present to this new addition into our world. Kai and Leo will be at a sports camp close by so they will be happy and exhausted when they get home and I can really get the time I want with this sweet baby.

Jenna sees clients virtually via phone and skype, if you would like to schedule a pregnancy consult with her pre or postnatal! I highly suggest it, she's an absolute angel.

Did you take a sacred pause after giving birth? If you're pregnant, are you planning on doing something like this? Would love to hear from you!! Please share x

Cacao Magic Smoothie Recipe w/ Kitchfix Grain-Free Granola

We're deep into a spring cleanse mood! Smoothie bowls are NEEDED and so freakin’ good. This Cacao Magic smoothie is a perfect brekkie loaded with superfoods, fruits and topped with my fav Kitchfix Grain-Free Granola.

Remember, we offer Philosophie cleanses and you can start anytime! They’re available here. If you have questions, concerns or want to talk it all out, please message us below!

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Gather This:

1 frozen banana

1 tbsp almond butter (or any nut butter)

1 tsp Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend

1 tsp Coconut Magic Coconut Butter

1 tsp Vital Proteins Collagen (extra magic!)

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¼ cup dairy-free vanilla yogurt (we love Kite Hill)

Handful of ice

½ cup granola (we used Kitchfix)

Drizzle of Cacao Bee Honey


Do This:

Blend all ingredients into the blender, saving the yogurt, honey and granola for the toppings!

Pour smoothie into the bowl, spread a bit of yogurt on top, a drizzle of Cacao Bee Honey, and a sprinkling of Granola.

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Sleep Sanctuary

Dropping in to give you a little friendly reminder to take care of yourself in all the ways! This doesn’t just mean in the kitchen. Take care of yourself in your bathroom, living room, and yes, your bedroom.

I’m an all about sleep! Seriously, it’s so needed. Your bedroom is supposed to be a haven and legit the coziest and comfiest room in your home, but often we let technology, work, clutter, stress and even food (guilty!) slip in between the sheets. There’s been a few nights where I treated my bed like my work desk instead of the sleep sanctuary it’s supposed to be. On my wellness journey, I’ve learned to truly treat my bedroom like a sacred space. It’s changed my life!

How did I transform it into a sanctuary?

I worked to create a space that activates all my senses while also limiting distractions and disturbances. It’s important to create an environment that doesn’t encourage overstimulation. That’s why my room is largely white and clean except for pops of color. I strive to create a space for relaxation, restoration, intimacy and deep, beautiful sleep.

My bed is at the heart of this and I’ve transformed it into the purest cocoon for Adi and I. We have a new Buffy comforter and I’m obsessed with it. It’s a literal cloud. Nights have been tough during this pregnancy and when baby comes, I know I’ll need to cherish the little sleep I’ll get that much more. You need a comforter that holds you, but doesn’t suffocate you. Buffy is also sustainable and environment friendly. It’s made of silk-soft natural eucalyptus fibers which is so soothing. Buffy also uses rejuvenated microfiber instead of down, which makes it ultra soft and light. No sweating during sleep here!

Use cofe “SOPHIEJ15” which expires at the end of April!

On my nightstand, I’ve put objects and treasures that each serve a purpose and work to soothe me to ultimate relaxation and sleep. The nightstand itself is from Joybird, which complements my sleek, clean style so effortlessly.

Here are my other treasures on my nightstand:

Books: Mastery of Love, The Book of Awakening, Nurture (a much better alternative to late night TV)

Crystals: Rose Quartz (a stone that promotes love + compassion; you can find them in our Magic Moon Satchels) + Crystal Quartz

Himalayan Sea Salt Lamp: Besides being so beautiful, it generate negative ions which help to improve mood + energy levels

Flowers: simple answer, spring!

Palo Santo: I light it when I’m feeling anxious, stressed or worried and need to regulate my energy levels.

Chrysalis Water: I spritz it on my pillows, in the air in my room or on myself in the mornings for an instant refresh

Flower Essences: Scleranthus, which is good for indecisiveness and tapping into your higher self + knowing (which I've been having this pregnancy)  

How do you create your own sleep sanctuary? Share yours with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove or #MyPhilosophie.



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