Magical Mineral Spotlight: Salt

One of my favorite trips of all time was visiting the Dead Sea in Israel. With water 8.6 times saltier than the ocean, fish and aquatic plants can’t survive in its harsh, high-salinity environment (hence it’s name!). However, the unique mineral content of the water, low levels of pollens and allergens, and high atmospheric pressure have transformed the Dead Sea into a space of healing and wellness, particularly thanks to its therapeutic salt.

Salt is, and has always been, an essence of life. It has fed us on long voyages, cured our bacon and our wounds, balanced sweetness, and helped us cook. While it has received a bad rap for its overuse in processed foods, it is still essential to our diet.

Let's break salt down a bit:

Kosher salt and table salt are both mined salts that are harvested by forcing water into salt mines and evaporating this brine into salt crystals (diamond-shaped crystals become table salt and Kosher salt is raked during evaporation to create long, flat crystals). These salt deposits are older and have lost most, if not all, of their mineral content and taste. Processing Kosher salt affects its shape and transforms it into flat, thin flakes, which are needed for koshering meats.

Sea salts, by contrast, derive from newly-evaporated sea or ocean water. These salts vary in color and flavor as well as mineral content. When purchasing a good grey salt, you'll find a mild moisture content when rubbing the coarse pieces between your fingers. This opens the door to infusing the salts with a variety of herbs and spices (try splitting a vanilla bean, rubbing it into a 1/4 cup of salt and sprinkling that over ice cream). You'll find a wide variety of salts from equally diverse bodies of water, from pink Himalayan salts to grey salts from France.

Tips for working with salt:

  • Great sea salts are best used as finishing salts. If you're salting your pasta water, stick with the mined salts and reserve the sea salt for plating or at the end of your sauce-making adventures.
  • When preparing a salad, you'll want to add the salt to your dressing and not on the lettuce, as it will encourage wilting and not dissolve evenly.
  • Read the recipe carefully— if it calls for 1 tsp of Kosher salt and you replace it with 1 tsp of fine table salt, you'll end up with too much.
  • Most often, you'll ignore what I said in #3 when baking, because salt is most important for balancing sweetness and often under-used in pastries. Don't be shy about it!
  • If you have some beautiful apples and pears and want to prevent them from browning, place them into lightly salted water.
  • Add salt to your workout water bottle to prevent cramps and replenish electrolytes. For 32 oz. of water, use about  ¼ to ½ tsp. of salt.

    Fennel Salt Recipe

    This blend adds a sweet earthiness to your food! Combine it with a bit of olive oil and use it as a rub for fish, sweet potatoes, or toasted hazelnuts.

    Gather This: 
    • 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
    • 1 tbsp ground fennel seeds
    • 1 tbsp coarsely ground pepper

    Do This: 

    Rub the salt, fennel seeds, and pepper together. Store in a jar, ready for magic sprinkling.

     

    What tips and tricks do you have for using salt? Share them with us on Twitter and tag #myphilosophie and #magicalmineral!


     

     



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    Manifestation 101 And a Ritual You Can Do Now

    You have the ability and the limitless potential to manifest the life of your dreams. It comes down to the limiting beliefs and THE ENERGY surrounding that magnetism/attraction and what you believe you deserve.


    It’s a matter of visualizing your highest self, or the thing you want, and how you will FEEL as that version of her/him. Once you can see that version of who you want to be aka WILL BE and start showing up as her/him now, tomorrow and every day until it just bleeds into who you become.


    There isn’t one way to manifest, it’s something that’s personal and real to YOU and your own innate powers. I’ve often found that what works is getting super clear on what it is I want to manifest, write it down and figure out the work I need to do to get there. 


    Settle with a cozy cup of tea + Berry Bee Honey and keep reading for my manifestation you can do right now!



    My Journey with Manifestation

    When I was a little girl I realized I had this secret power. I moved from house to house with my single mama and had to leave my friends over & over as we moved to different towns. I realized that I could be sad my dad wasn’t around and that I had to leave all my friends or I could choose to reframe my thoughts and see the beauty in the unknown and the adventure. I wanted to be happy so I decided to be happy (even though things were chaotic AF). 


    When I was a personal trainer in my early 20’s I helped people visualize their goals, their next best version of themselves, and once we really could get to that place I encouraged them to MOVE from that energy. To walk across the room with that lighter version of themselves. To carry themselves as that energy.


    Nearly three years ago I brought a magical little unicorn baby earthside. Before her creation, there was always this part of me that felt incomplete. I would dream of a baby girl. I imagined adventures together as a family of five, but life wasn’t in alignment. I called myself out on not fully showing up to this decision. That out of fear, out of wanting things to stay in the easy flow, I was denying myself one of the most rewarding pleasures in all of life: raising a little girl. It was then that I spoke my intentions into reality. I created a dream scenario/moving meditation that entailed waking up in my bedroom to the sound of our baby girl's coo from the basket beside the bed and envisioned her with me every step of the day. I believe I manifested, or womb-ifested, this dream into a reality.



    Do manifestations work? 

    Manifestations are the sum of our intentions and aspirations coming into fruition. Manifestations identify goals, aspirations and desires, and are created through pure intention. I’m constantly in awe of the magic of the whole thing and the ability to step outside your ego.


    Manifestations work because you consciously put in the work and the steps to align with your intentions. It’s a practice like anything else and it requires an input of energy. The best place to begin is meditating with a cozy cosmic tonic, calling them out, and speaking them to the Universe whether it’s on paper or in your heart. Begin planting the seeds for your manifestations and map out the steps to call them into reality with a manifestation ritual. 


    Manifestation rituals are a beautiful way to set intentions, clear out energy, gain clarity and connect through grounding energy. 



    What tools should you have at your manifestation ritual?


    Palo Santo or Sage

    A smudging and cleansing ritual is a great way to clear away any negative or stagnant energy in your space. Since manifestation involves making space in our lives for something new to enter, sometimes old energy needs to be cleansed. 


    Guided or silent meditation
    You can use ones found online or through apps like Calm and Headspace. Meditation is a great way to call in intentions and elevate your vibrations. Meditation and visualization will allow your subconscious to show itself to you so you can align it to what you’re calling in whether that’s more financial stability or a deeper connection in a relationship. 


    Vision boards.

    Vision boards are the best way to put your manifestations down on paper and help you clarify your intention and clearly visualize what you want. Set out poster paper, magazines, and craft supplies to dig through and get creative. 


    Gather your favorite crystals.

    Crystals help connect and ground your energy as you align with your intentions and call them out to the Universe. I’m a fan of citrine and clear quartz for manifesting.


    Make a soothing latte or tonic to sip.

    It feels SO good to lovingly care for your body and fuel it with nutrient-dense, healing food and drinks. Make a delicious detoxifying Cacao Magic latte or superfood tonics - I’m currently loving this Cacao Chamomile Elixir


    Use an angel card or tarot card deck.

    Angel and tarot cards are a great way to tap into your inner wisdom and receive support from spirit and magic of the Universe. I love The Wild Unknown and The Moon Deck. Use cards as a way of tapping into your intuition, inspiration and creative powers. 


    It’s amazing what happens when you really and truly step into your life, face your fears, process it ALL and show up 100%.



    What are you currently visualizing right here and now? Share below and let's work together to show up as that next best version of YOU!

    Eco-Friendly Grocery Shopping Tips

    Across the planet, we are waking up to systems in place that no longer serve us as a collective; we are pulling many things up from the darkness into light. The state of our Mother Earth has always been present and there are MANY doing all they can to fight climate change and spread more sustainable and eco-friendly practices, but more are joining the cause. 


    We can become part of the change by using more reusable products, shopping with reusable bags and totes, refusing bags and utensils if you order takeout, buying more sustainable products in your home to clean up messes, and become more mindful on your food consumption.  At Philosophie we're on a mission to make more conscientious choices so we can create the best environment for our little ones and the Philosophie community. The goal is to make lots of little daily changes to be more eco-conscious and choose goods, products and food with more intention. 

    Why do we run a sustainable wellness brand? 

    We don’t need to be the first to tell you that climate change is real and scary. It’s so important now more than ever to be part of the solution and not the problem. We want a world that our children’s children can grow up in and experience the beauty of this planet. 


    As the food we eat plays such a large role in shaping how we use and treat our planet, it’s essential that we make environmentally conscious choices while gathering all the ingredients for our yummy recipes. We make it a point to research who and where we source all our ingredients for all our superfood blends and infusions


    This is also important when it comes to your food waste within your own home. Mamas, I know how challenging it is to get your kiddos to eat everything on their plates. In our own homes, we are always looking for new and fun ways to use leftovers which often look like using leftover fruits and veggies in smoothies, soups or bowls. When you make your leftovers into an entirely new meal it makes it a new experience for the whole family to enjoy!

    Here are our top tips for shopping sustainable while shopping for nutrient-dense foods:


    Always ask questions about your food. What ingredients are used and where do these ingredients come from? Are they sustainably grown and harvested? This is so SO important, especially for ingredients like palm oil (which is oftentimes unsustainably harvested, harming natural ecosystems and beautiful creatures like orangutans).


    BYOB (bring your own bag) - including produce bags! While many stores have completely banned plastic bags or charge extra for them, produce bags remain a staple. You can find reusable produce bags made of nylon or cotton. 


    Shop the Farmer’s Market. By hitting up your local Farmer’s Market, you have access to an abundance of amazing fruits, veggies, seeds, and nuts AND you can learn exactly where and how they were grown. Local, organic produce has a much smaller carbon footprint than larger grocery chains that ship theirs from far distances. And make sure to bring your reusable totes wherever you go!


    Shop in season. Food can travel a long way to make it to your local grocery store and into your home. To help the environment, try shopping for produce that’s in season and it often saves you money too!


    Buy in bulk. 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.


    Practices in place

    A part of nourishing ourselves is respecting and protecting this beautiful planet that we call home, we feel it’s SO important to ensure that the Philosophie products also support the environment. All of our superfood + protein blends come in 100% biodegradable kraft paper, created with long, unbleached fibers from maritime pine that require minimal chemical processing and keep the wood’s gorgeous natural color. 


    The paper itself actually decomposes naturally, just like the leaves of a tree, and will return to its original state of cellulose fibers in several weeks—completely safe for the environment! And while these bags are green and can be put back into the earth, their fibers are super strong so they can be reused again and again! All our jars of supercharged raw honey and our superfood coconut butter come in reusable glass jars. 


    Do you make some of these eco-friendly grocery shopping choices in your daily life? We want to know! Share with us on Facebook. Use #PhilosophieLove or #MyPhilosophie

    Mental Health Check-In + Tools for Healing

    Mental health is just as important as physical health. You NEVER KNOW who is struggling and it’s our job as humans to show up with compassion, with love and support, and with understanding. You are not alone. You are not meant to do life alone and no matter what your home life, work-life or romantic life looks like there are people out there that support you.


    Let’s be remembered as kind, good humans who did our best, and spread love, okay?


    We created this community and our superfood blends to help you live a life of vibrancy and abundance. A major tool we use to experience the beauty of life is through our food. Food has the power to heal. It is so much more than survival. It is nourishment. It grounds you. It brings you back into your body and shows you how bountiful our beautiful home is here on Earth. 


    Well-being is more than the high vibrational food we eat. It’s mental health, physical wellness, and emotional stability. There are little daily habits you can incorporate into your routine to help you check in on your mental well-being.


    You are never too much or not enough. It’s okay to take a break and rest. Above all, it’s okay to ask for help. We love you!


    We’re sharing some of our favorite tools to check in on your mental health and whole being.



    Breathwork

    With all that’s going on in the world having a breathwork practice to still the mind and ease your stress is absolutely imperative. We rely on our bodies and our breath to keep us grounded and centered. The moments when you go really IN are when you focus on what’s going on underneath the surface. The best place to start? Your breath and lifeforce energy. 


    Try this exercise: Take a DEEP BREATH in through your nose and fill up your whole body. Exhale through your mouth and release any stuck or stressed energy. Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly then repeat. Take another deep breath in through your nose - the biggest one you’ve taken all day - and exhale it out with a sigh. Give yourself a hug and repeat as often as you need!



    Drink Water

    Drink your water! Our lives can be so full, chaotic, and beautiful that sometimes stress, fear, worry or anxiety arises because we aren’t caring for our physical needs. A big glass of cold water can be SO healing. We love ours with a little bit of sunshine. What about you?


    Journal

    Writing can be a powerful way to release your daily worries and clear your mind. Writing your stresses, worries or concerns physically on paper can be a mental tool to clear up your headspace and take the weight off your shoulders. 


    Check out this blog post for tips on journaling. 




    Yoga or Movement

    Yoga allows us to bring it ALL to the mat and greet every part of our bodies + true self. To feel all our power and light it. Try this pose to get out of your head and back into your body. 



    Try this heart-opening yoga pose:

    1) Lie prone on the floor. Stretch your legs back, with the tops of your feet on the floor. Bend your elbows and spread your palms on the floor beside your waist so that your forearms are relatively perpendicular to the floor.

    2) Inhale and press your inner hands firmly into the floor and slightly back, as if you were trying to push yourself forward along the floor. Then straighten your arms and simultaneously lift your torso up and your legs a few inches off the floor on an inhalation. Keep the thighs firm and slightly turned inward, the arms firm and turned out so the elbow creases face forward.

    3) Press the tailbone toward the pubis and lift the pubis toward the navel. Narrow the hip points. Firm but don't harden the buttocks.

    4) Firm the shoulder blades against the back and puff the side ribs forward. Lift through the top of the sternum but avoid pushing the front ribs forward, which only hardens the lower back. Look straight ahead or tip the head back slightly, but take care not to compress the back of the neck and harden the throat.

    5) Urdhva Mukha Svanasana is one of the positions in the traditional Sun Salutation sequence. You can also practice this pose individually, holding it anywhere from 15 to 30 seconds, breathing easily. Release back to the floor or lift into Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog) with an exhalation.

     

     

    Did you try any of the mental well-being tips? Share with us on Instagram and message us if you need extra support!

    Simple Family Passover Recipes

    Looking for healthy Passover dishes to bring to your Seder? These are delicious, nutritious, and won't leave you feeling too full after a plentiful meal! You can also enjoy many of these dishes at any time of the year for wholesome, healthy, balancing dinner dishes. 


    Passover has always been a symbolically intimate celebration in my life at the start of spring. Passover is a celebration of rebirth and freedom. What better way to celebrate than with homemade foods the whole family can enjoy?


    Carrot & Beet Latkes with Raw Savory Applesauce 


    Gather This:

    1 tsp fresh lemon juice

    1 tsp coarse salt

    ½ tbsp Green Dream

    ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

    ½ pound carrots (about 4 medium), peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater

    ¼ pound beets (about 2 medium), peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater

    1/4 pound sweet or russet potato (about 1 small or 1/2 medium), peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater


    Do This:

    Stir carrots, beets, potato, Green Dream, salt, pepper and lemon juice and toss until combined and evenly coated.

    Fill a large skillet with about ½ inch oil. Place over medium heat until oil is almost smoking. (To test, drop a small bit of batter into the skillet; it should sizzle upon contact.) Working in batches so as not to crowd skillet, carefully spoon about 2 tablespoons batter into oil for each latke. Lightly tamp down to flatten. Cook, turning once, until golden on each side, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spatula, transfer to a paper-towel-lined wire rack to drain. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve immediately with cashew cream and applesauce (recipe below).


     

    Savory Apple Sauce 


    Gather This:

    2 lb Granny Smith apples (4), peeled, cored, and chopped

    ½ cup water

    2 tbsp ghee

    1 tbsp Green Dream

    1 tbsp cider vinegar

    4 garlic cloves, quartered

    ½ tsp chopped fresh marjoram or thyme


    Do This:

    Simmer all ingredients except Green Dream in a 3-quart heavy saucepan, covered, stirring occasionally, until apples fall apart and garlic is tender, about 15 minutes. Mash garlic into applesauce. Add Green Dream, mix well. Season with salt + pepper.


    Matzah Pizza Recipe


    Gather This:

    PESTO & ARUGULA PIZZA

    pesto

    cherry tomatoes

    arugula

    bell pepper

    MEDITERRANEAN PIZZA

    tahini or hummus

    marinated olives & artichokes

    dairy-free, meltable cheese

    ITALIAN PIZZA

    tomato sauce

    baby summer squash

    dairy-free, meltable cheese

    SWEET PIZZA

    fig jam

    goat cheese

    Cacao Bee Honey


    Do This:

    To create a base, spread your sauce of choice (pesto/tahini/hummus/tomato sauce/jam) on the matzah. Add your favorite raw toppings, sprinkle on some cheese, and then pop your matzah pies into the oven. Bake until the cheese has melted and voila—your pizzas are ready!


    Simple Green Dream Roasted Carrots Recipe


    Gather This:

    1 bag of Organic Carrots (we used heirloom carrots)

    1 tbsp EVOO

    1 tsp Green Dream

    1 tsp Green Bee Honey

    S+P


    Do This:

    Slather carrots with Green Dream, Salt and Pepper, and roast on 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. Once caramelized, take out of the oven and drizzle with a bit of Green Bee Honey.


    Optional: Add our Green Dream Pesto on the side for that extra flava.


    Salted Chocolate Matzah Toffee 


    Gather This:

    10 matzah crackers

    2 cups coconut oil

    2 cups coconut sugar

    2 tsp kosher vanilla extract

    1 cup small sliced almonds

    1 cup shredded coconut

    1 cup cacao nibs

    1 cup goji berries

    2 ⅔ cups dairy-free, semisweet chocolate chips

    ⅛ cup of fleur de sel


    FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ON THIS POST


    You can serve the matzah toffee treats whole or break them into pieces. Arrange on a plate as a single layer with parchment in between and be sure to serve with love! 



    Raw Charoset Truffles Recipe


    Gather This:

    For the truffles:

    1½ cups pitted dates

    ½ cup dried apples

    ½ cup chopped walnuts

    1 tbsp Cacao Magic

    1 tbsp Cacao Bee Honey

    1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

    1 tbsp sweet red wine/dessert wine (for non-alcoholic truffles, use water)

    1 tsp cinnamon

    coconut sugar, for decorating

    TOPPINGS

    2 Fuji Apples, chopped

    1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

    ⅓ cup sweet red wine/dessert wine

    1½ tsp of cinnamon

    1 tbsp Berry Bee Honey

    1 tbsp dark coconut sugar

    ½ tablespoon orange zest


    Do This:

    FOR THE TRUFFLES:

    Pulse all ingredients in a blender or food processor until fully incorporated. Once the mixture comes together, form into balls and roll in coconut sugar. Place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour. Store in an airtight container. Truffles will last up to two weeks in the fridge!

    FOR THE TOPPING:

    Pulse all ingredients, in a blender of food processor until fully incorporated (your charoset should be relatively chunky). Serve with matzah, challah, ice cream, yogurt, or on its own!

     

    Rituals to Celebrate the Spring Equinox

    On March 20th, we welcome spring here in the Northern Hemisphere with the Vernal Equinox. As the Earth rotates around the Sun, the Equinox brings a peaceful equanimity to the entire Earth. It’s a day when all is in balance; a moment of equal light and darkness, giving us the ability to find balance in the hemispheres of our brain and the energies of our body. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the welcome of spring - a time of awakening, rebirth and growth and for those in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the welcome of fall - a time of death, inward being and slowness. Both indicate a time of change and new beginnings.  


    The Equinox allows a moment to reflect on the balance that the universe created for us. Many times our own personal lives and our role in our global life seem imbalanced; however, the Equinoxes are those sacred moments in nature’s cycle where we can tune in and come back into harmony.


    The shift of the season is full of meaning and potential. This is a beautiful time for setting new intentions, cleansing out aspects of your life and starting fresh. It’s a time for planting seeds - both figuratively and literally. Envision the miracles and magic you want to manifest and invite them to unfold. 


    Rejuvenate your body with a 5-day, 10-day or 14-day spring reset! We’re hosting a 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge on Instagram (@philosophielove)! Grab our recipe e-book by joining our community here.



    March 20th also means an astrological New Year as the zodiac begins again with the start of Aries season. We’ll all be buzzing with a sense of renewal and ignited with the adventurous, vibrant Aries spirit. Driven by competition and leadership, Aries season is all about taking the initiative toward new advances, turn up the confidence and embrace the fierce-loving, radiant being you are.  


    Here are ways you can tap into the energy of the Spring Equinox and Aries season for rebirth and reawakened spirit.


    Take your workouts outside.

    For months - and especially over this past year - you’ve been staying safe indoors and warm & cozy from the cold. It’s time to bring your yoga flow out to the grass at a local park or on the sandy beaches. Take morning walks around your neighborhood or go on a hike. No matter what your exercise routine looks like, you’ll feel so much more energized and refreshed by doing it under the sunlight. 



    Examine the energy leaks in your life.

    While the Earth is in perfect balance it’s a great opportunity to examine how you expel your energy in your life. Are you receiving as much as you’re giving? Have you created boundaries? Look at all aspects of your life - career, finances, love, relationships, health, diet - and ask if each feels in alignment with your highest self. What can you do to create more harmony in your life? This may look like saying “no” to people and projects that suck energy from you. This may look like bringing supporting more relationships that support you and lift you up. 


    Start a body reset and cleanse the physical space around you.

    The shift in seasons is a great opportunity to go on a mind and body reset. You can join us at Philosophie in picking up either our 5-day, 10-day or 14-day reset guides. A reset with your health and nutrition offers space to detox and heal your body. 


    You can also cleanse the energy in your home - maybe this means creating a space in your room for meditations or donating items in your home that are no longer in alignment with your life. It’s a beautiful opportunity to generate positive energy in your surroundings. Make sure to use Chrysalis Water in cultivating beautiful energy in your home!



    Journal about new intentions and new beginnings.

    The Spring Equinox is a potent time to re-evaluate your life and begin planting seeds for what you want to let in and release this season.


    Try the following journal prompts to get started:

    What are you thankful for? How can you celebrate these joys in your life?

    Where can you balance the masculine and feminine energies in your life?

    Where can you embrace your shadows and honor your light as we move forward in this Equinox?



    This season is a magical time of the year to celebrate all the vibrancy of life you have around you and show up to it. Each season brings energy with it to support you on your life journey. Embrace it!

    Why Your Home Doesn’t Feel Zen and How to Fix It

    As a double Taurus, this earth mama is obsessed with feeling grounded in my home surrounded by beauty. One of my rooms is my kitchen which is simple and I have grown to love our dark counters. My favorite way to start my day is making a mindful cup of superfood coffee. Shop the bundle.


    A comfortable, serene, and zen home is a place we all want to retreat to after a long day, especially during these times. We all want rooms filled with calming hues and simple, streamlined furnishings to add to that serene aesthetic, but did you know that there are little mistakes that could be preventing you from experiencing that tranquil, peaceful feeling in your home? 


    Creating a comfortable and grounded home with a relaxing atmosphere can be achieved by correcting a few key components to help infuse your surroundings with positive energy. To help make your home a peaceful sanctuary, Redfin reached out to experts, like me, from Los Angeles, CA all the way to New York, NY to share mistakes that could be preventing your home from feeling zen and creative solutions to solve them. 


    Check out the Redfin article I was featured in: Why Your Home Doesn’t Feel Zen and How to Fix It, According to Experts.

     

    How have you created zen in your home? Share your space with me on Instagram!