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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    Affirmation Toast Recipe

    Affirmations are such a huge part of my life and I believe that living a life you love is all about reaching for it and manifesting it. An affirmation is a positive, hopeful statement that can help you to overcome challenging, self-sabotaging and negative thoughts.


    There are two parts of yourself. Your inner lover, best friend, true soul AND your inner critic. Sometimes your inner critic is loud and may be the only thing you can hear. Sometimes it tells you everything you’re doing wrong in life.


    Affirmations, if you repeat them often and truly believe in them, can start to make positive changes and change your mindset. Self-affirmation may also help to soothe the effects of anxiety + stress (so important during the holiday season!). The best part about affirmations is that they can show up EVERYWHERE and can be used EVERYDAY. From the clothes I wear, to the journals + mugs I use, to the way I speak out when I’m faced with a challenge—affirmations show up constantly in my life.


    At Philosophie HQ, we decided to put our affirmations on our morning toasts for #ToastTuesday, which is not only fueling us from the inside out but also makes us feel GOOD emotionally and mentally. I AM LOVE reminds me to continue to show up to life from a place of love - love for others, for my job and most importantly, for myself. What are you putting on your morning toasts? I’d love to know!

    Gather This:

    Canyon Gluten-Free Bread (or any other of your favorite piece of bread)

    1 tsp Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend

    Wild Friends Almond Cashew Super Butter

    A sprinkling of coconut flakes

    Optional: a sprinkling of edible gold tiny hearts to make it extra magical (you can also use any other topping you want!)

    ½ banana


    Do This:
    Toast bread and spread on almond butter mixed with Cacao Magic. With alphabet cookie cutters, cut out your affirmation with a banana and place them on the toast. Finish with a sprinkle of gold hearts and coconut flakes. ENJOY!

     

    What are your affirmations? Did you put them on your superfood toast? I'd love to see! Share with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove or #PhilosophieSuperfoods.

    Green Dream Latkes Recipe

    Last night we celebrated the 8th and final night of Chanukah! In our family, we celebrate Chanukah with a menorah and all the tasty traditional treats - including this fav, Green Dream Latkes dish. So good!


    It’s made with a ton of nourish veggies, vegan sour cream, and the star ingredient, Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend. These oh-so-delicious latkes offer a superfood twist on the classic Chanukah staple!


    As we end the holiday with so much love + light, we welcome in Christmas blessings + magic. Last night we put up a tree + stockings. I truly love this season and the fluidity of celebrating how we want to in our home and with the most important ones, my family.

    Gather This:

    LATKES -

    1 flax egg (mix 1 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp water)

    2 small potatoes (russet or sweet, grated + peeled)

    ¼ medium yellow onion (grated + squeezed)

    ½ small zucchini (grated + squeezed)

    ½ tbsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

    1 tbsp ghee or cooking oil

    ¼ tsp baking powder

    1-2 tbsp coconut flour

    S + P

    Optional: a squeeze of fresh lemon

    TOPPINGS -

    Applesauce

    Honey (I love using Green Bee Honey)

    Lemon Zest

    Vegan Sour Cream (blend 1 cup of soaked cashews, ¼ cup lemon juice, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, ⅓ cup of water, and 1 tsp nutritional yeast in a high-speed blend for 5-6 min. Or until thick and creamy. Add s + p to taste)


    Do This:

    Grab a pan or skillet, add a tablespoon of ghee or cooking oil, and bring to a high heat. Place all ingredients in a small bowl, reserving 1 tablespoon of flour. Once all of the ingredients are combined, check the consistency of your batter. It should be relatively thick, and if it's too runny, add the extra tablespoon of flour. Drop the batter into the pan, and cook on both sides until golden brown and crispy. Top with applesauce, sour cream, a drizzle of honey, and some lemon zest if you'd like!


    How do you transform traditional holiday dishes into superfood dishes? Share your recipes with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove or #PhilosophieSuperfoods. We may share it on the blog!

    Heart of the Week: 5 Day Reset Cleanse

    The holidays can be grueling on the body. Between all the sweets, stress and exhaustion it’s a wonder you manage to pull it off by the time the new year comes around. We celebrate Hanukkah but also participate in the fun + magic of Christmas traditions like putting up a tree.


    To say our home is a bit crazy right now is an understatement and I’m FEELING it. That’s why it’s SO important to kick my health into high gear and fuel my body with all the nutrients + sustenance it needs. You may not think to take the time during the holidays to participate in a 5 day or 10 day cleanse is worth it, but that is absolutely not true. I especially love the magic of the 5 Day Reset Cleanse to help keep me on track during the holiday season.


    This holistic, revitalizing cleanse will not only support you in detoxing from the taxing energies of the holidays, but will also make you feel rejuvenated, refreshed, lighter, and truly ready to celebrate all that’s to come.

    Benefits of the 5 Day Reset Cleanse

    This type of cleansing is unique in that it doesn’t promote deprivation, but rather focuses on giving your digestive system a well-deserved break.

    Since we all get busy and don’t always have time to shop for and prepare healthy, wholesome foods, we’ll often turn to picking up fast food or ordering a pizza (guilty!). The issue with this is that we’ll be filling ourselves with foods that are much more likely higher in trans fats and high-glycemic sugar, possibly sprayed with pesticides, and lower in nutrients.

    A food-based cleanse like this 5 Day Reset Cleanse provides just the opposite and consists of protein-rich smoothies, nutrient-dense salads, whole food snacks, superfood energy bars, fresh juices and fiber-filled soups—all of which are gluten-free, vegan, low in sugar and high in plant-based proteins.


    Let your intuition guide you and take this time to fully explore your needs – think of yourself as part scientist, part researcher, and part healer as you do a deep dive into what is working for your body and what isn’t. Remember, it's a journey that requires patience.


    How are you supporting your health + body during the bustling holiday season? Share your tips + tricks with me using #PhilosophieLove or #PhilosophieSuperfoods.

    Crush-Your-Cravings Classic Cacao Magic Fudge Recipe

    Anyone else have a sweet tooth during the holidays? Between all the hot coco and sugar cookies, my craving for sweets + chocolate is on some other level! Philosophie Babe, Marissa Cohen, whipped up an AMAZING Cacao Magic Fudge recipe to help satisfy all the cravings with a healthy, good-for-you twist.


    A fudge recipe that requires one bowl, is ready in thirty minutes, and is superfood spiked? Yes, please. The other day I came home with a deep craving for a piece of creamy, decadent fudge. In order to satisfy my sweet tooth, I whipped up this recipe using Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend and a few other simple ingredients in no time.

    Unlike other treats that may leave you with a bit of a sugar hangover, this fudge will make you feel amazing. The Cacao Magic provides the rich, chocolatey flavor with healing adaptogens and energizing nutrients. I sweetened it with the Green Bee Honey for a hit of antioxidants and cleansing powers of spirulina, and the Coconut Magic makes it oh-so creamy.

    Feel free to get creative and add fun toppings such as goji berries, bee pollen, coconut flakes, extra cacao nibs, and chopped nuts or seeds to your liking. Enjoy this fudge at the end of your meal with a warm cup of tea or mid-afternoon for a quick boost!

    Gather This:
    1 tbsp of melted coconut oil
    ½ cup melted Coconut Magic Coconut Butter 
    ½ cup creamy cashew butter (can sub with any other nut or seed butter of choice)
    ¼ cup Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend
    2 tbsp Green Bee Honey
    pinch of sea salt

    Do This:
    Melt the coconut butter and coconut oil on medium-low heat. Add the cashew butter until it is incorporated. Remove from the heat and stir in the Cacao Magic, Green Bee Honey, and sea salt. Pour mixture into square pan (I recommend using a glass pan that has been sprayed with a coconut oil spray or rubbed with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil) and sprinkle on any toppings your heart desires. Chill in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, cut, and serve!

    Note: This recipe can keep in the fridge for up to two weeks in an air-tight container (not that it will last you that long).


    If you make this recipe or any other creation using Philosophie products tag your creations with #makeeveryfoodasuperfood and #philosophiesuperfoods!

    A Note on the Final New Moon of 2018

    Happy first week of December loves! I’m loving the cold, rainy weather here in LA. All I want to do is stay home, snuggled up with my family. Did you all know that Noa is now 6 months?! Time is flying by! Feeling it ALL.


    This week we are greeted by an ever-expansive and mind-opening New Moon in Sagittarius in the early morning on December 7th. This moon is energizing and fueled with a spirit that challenges your expansion and growth, perfect for switching your intentions and manifestations to 2019.


    New Moons are a beautiful time for new beginnings and new cycles. It’s a time to turn inward and set intentions whether emotional, physically or spiritually on the cycle ahead. This moon is challenging you to dream. Dream bigger than you’ve had all year.

    New Moon in Sagittarius

    The Sagittarius New Moon challenges us to seek optimism and expand your mind outward. You may feel a new sense of hope and uplifting. The eternal wanderer and traveler that is Sagittarius, offers us with mystical New Moon energy to expand our horizons and experience new experiences and new truths.


    This is the time to allow yourself to leave the painful parts of your past behind and take hold of the inner work you did during Scorpio season and branch out, visualizing a brighter and more fulfilling path ahead. If you find yourself suffering in emotional, physical, or mental ways brought on by the struggles of the year - this New Moon offers hope and small joys in the magical little wonders of life. Instead of seeing a situation as it is, you will be able to imagine what your situation could be.


    Full of adventurous and impulsive energy, this Sagittarius New Moon could give you that final push to move ahead on a big decision you’ve been troubled over or book that trip you’ve been longing for.


    The Sagittarius New Moon this week encourages us to celebrate all that we have done and all that we have achieved over the year. It asks us to recognize the inner growth we have completed and to celebrate where we stand today. I can’t think of a better way to welcome in the final month of 2018.

    New Moon Ritual

    This ritual is to help you step into a more relaxed and positive state of mind for the final month of the year. It is going to use the energy of the New Moon to help you celebrate where you are, and all the hard work you have achieved throughout the year.

    Inner growth was a huge part of 2018, so even if you feel like you haven’t done much, know on the inside you have been transforming + growing.


    Tools

    Palo Santo

    Candles

    Crystals (choose one that calls out to you for the upcoming cycle)


    Begin by cleansing yourself and your space with your Palo Santo. Light your candle and place it directly in front of you. Take your crystal, hold it in both your hands and press it against your heart center. Take 10 deep breaths here. Take in the energy pulsing around you and the energy of the crystal. Imagine yourself inhaling and exhaling with this vibrant energy.


    Recite a mantra or affirmation while you’re doing this, such as -


    I open myself so I may see the path to my highest destiny. With my gift of openness, I offer joy. I will fill my life with joy, love, and laughter.


    I will turn big ideas into action.


    Allow yourself during this New Moon to find happiness and give yourself love. Do something that brings you joy and fills you up. There are no limits and it can absolutely be something simple. Make yourself a healing + nourishing superfood smoothie like the Cacao Magic “JOY” Smoothie or baking warm chocolate chip cookies. Maybe it’s dancing around the living room with your littles or quieting your mind in a healing detox bath. Whatever it may be, allow your heart to completely fill up.


    What are your intentions for this month + new cycle? Share yours with me in the comments below or on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove.

    Sophie's Thoughts on Navigating the Societal Landscape

    This past week has been an absolutely magical one. My family and I spent the holiday weekend with my love, Eva Shipp and all her kiddos. Experiencing all the kid’s love + joy for each other and watching the magic of life through their eyes is such a blessing. It has such an impact on our family to be able to escape for the weekend, reconnect, and experience the magic of play + imagination.


    Coming back home I’ve been reflecting on all we’ve gone through as a society especially us here in Southern California. In one week, there was a shooting in Thousand Oaks and then devasting wildfires near Malibu. These were so close to home. I’m sincerely grateful every day that our home is okay and my family is safe + comfortable.


    When tragedies like these hit so close to home they have an effect on your mental wellbeing and her kids’ emotional + mental health. My boys are at an age now where they know the seriousness of these events. There are elementary schools practicing active shooter drills. My boys wake up in the middle of the night from a nightmare about a fire or a shooting. This is our reality.


    I’ve always loved the holiday season because of it’s magical quality to transcend reality and create a bubble of comfort, joy and love. You're able to spend time together as a family, curl up with a movie, and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate or yummy chocolate chip cookies. But as a mom, I know that tragedies are just that because of there nature to happen unexpectedly with serious effects. How do we navigate it? How do we stay prepared + responsible, but still remain optimistic + elevated for our kids?

    Here are some ways we’ve made changes in our home to help navigate the societal landscape.


    Create a code word with your kids.

    As an entrepreneur and a mama with a little babe, I’m perfectly comfortable asking for help with my boys’ schedules. Whether they have a casting call, yoga class or want to go play at the park, they may be accompanied by Adi or I or any of my the beautiful souls in my support system. When I need to use a babysitter or carpool service like Kango (use my code “Sophie20” for $20 off a ride!), the kids and I created a code word that means this person is safe and you can trust them. It gives us all comfort.

    In times of tragedy, heal yourself first.

    It’s so important to take the time and process whatever happened in your own way. Maybe that looks like a really intense workout class, a long soak in a bath, or a night out with your girlfriends. Connect with your community, escape for a bit, let out your emotions so you can come back to your kids and approach them in a more grounded, level manner.


    Digest the scary topics at their level.

    Take the time to talk with your kids and explain what happened in a way they can digest. Talking to them about it early on allows them to process it in there way, ask questions and allow the space to heal as a family. This way they don’t learn about these events in the media or at school where it can be misconstrued.


    Above all, show up to the world the way you want to. I show up with love - love for everything and anything. When I show up with love, my kids see it and hold on to it. They, too, know how to give and receive love.


    Hold your families close this holiday season. It’s truly a magical time and a wonderful time to teach and connect with your kids.


    How do you stay present + grounded as a mama? I’d love to know! Share in the comments below or connect with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove.



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