1 London vegetarian cook & 1 raw organic vegetarian restaurant = one happy American

Reporting in from InSpiral Lounge- London, England

I'm writing this review as I sit in this lively raw organic vegetarian restaurant (and Vegan) in Camden Town, London. I'm sitting at a small wooden table with uneven chairs, by the glowing Himalayan sea salt figure light source, while the energetic African music smiles in my ears.

I just finished eating a raw nut burger, what they call their "Sunfood Burger". It was a little dry, but overall very tasty and I basically swallowed it whole.With every dish you purchase, you get 3 sides included, so I chose 3 raw salads with bright, vibrant colors and distinct familiar tastes. It's been 3 days since I've had this food I love so dearly, so I practically licked the plate.

My husband and I drove back to London today from Belgium in order for me to work for this restaurant, InSprial. This is our "honeymoon", or at least our version of it. It's not that we aren't enjoying each other, or totally infatuated with each other: it's just that we love our jobs that much. We are in Europe and by day we walk around on the bustling streets and go have European cappuccinos (mine with soy obviously) and for a few hours each day we bring our computers and tap into our clients, blog readers and the jobs we love so dearly.

Which brings me to this moment:

At first I thought it was oxymoronic to say "healthy food in London" BOY WAS I WRONG!

I emailed InSprial before leaving for England, after finding them on the internet, explaining I was coming to London for two weeks and would love to do a workshop for them on raw food or help in the kitchen. A week later, I received an enthusiastic reply, indicating they would put me in touch with their head chef. A few days later Enzo, their vegetarian cook, wrote asking if I could help the restaurant recreate their raw menu for the New Year. I obviously said Yes... with zero attempt at hiding my zealous vigor.

I met with Enzo last week and we discussed his ideas and what he needs from me. In the quickest hour of my life, I told him what I thought of the dishes they already have, he told me what he thought, and within 60 minutes we had a plan. He needed 7 new raw salads with superfoods in the dressings or in the salad & 2 new entree's-one raw sushi dish and one random dish using my incredible imagination :)

We decided on my hours for this week (so that Adi and I could go to Paris and Belgium for a few days) and voila! Here we are! I showed him all my work--the 7 new recipes and 2 entrees--and he loved all of them.

Here's a sneak preview on my ideas:

  • Sprouted Mung Bean Salad with Sesame Seeds and a Raw Tahini Lime Dressing
  • Edible Flower Mixed Greens Salad with Fresh Raspberries, Agave Soaked Goji Berries and a Creamy Lemon-Maca Dressing
  • Raw Caesar Salad with Baby Jam Lettuce, Raw Parmesan and Capers with A Cacao-Balsamic Dressing

for my "creative" entree I decided on a Mock Loaf with a Raw Mushroom Gravy...

PICTURES TO COME!!!!! Things may change a bit once I get into the kitchen, but that's when the fun & gratification really begins!

Stay tuned. :)

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Glowy Berry Bliss Acai Smoothie Bowl Recipe

It’s been heating up in LA so I’ve been whipping up acai smoothie bowls as a dreamy, filling snack whenever I need to cool down and re-energize. Created with Berry Bliss, Green Dream, and Coconut Bliss, this recipe will result in the most beautifying + detoxifying bowl you’ll ever meet! On top of the acai, I added a spoonful of almond butter to impart some lovely nuttiness, along with Green Bee Honey for a touch of high vibrational sweetness.
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If you like your bowl on the thicker side, I recommend starting off with a small amount of almond milk and adding it in increments until you get your desired consistency. You can also add more ice or use a frozen banana to make it even thicker :)

And NO smoothie bowl is complete without an assortment of superfood toppings so go wild when it comes to layering on the granola, seeds, coconut, cacao nibs, and fresh fruit!

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Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender and then pour into bowl. Top with whatever superfoods your heart desires! My favorites are granola, chia and hemp seeds for omegas, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, or organic berries!

How do you like your smoothie bowls? Thin? Thick? With a TON of berries? A dash of bee pollen? Share your bowls with me on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie!

Taurus Moon Magic

I’ve been thinking about the moon a lot lately...my birthday is coming up on April 30th, my moon + sun signs are in Taurus, and the New Moon is in Taurus on the 26th! Over the past 3 years, I’ve actually done a lot of personal study on the moon and just signed up to be officially trained in June! I couldn't be more excited. I've been hosting moon circles – both full moon and new moon gatherings – for the past 2 years, and I want to continue offering such a beautiful ritual to my sisters and community.

Keep reading though to learn more about the Taurus Moon + how you can harness its powerful energy! 

This is a general reading, as your sun sign is going to interact specifically with this moon in more unique ways. In astronomy, the New Moon is the first phase of the Moon, when its orbit is seen from the earth –  the moment when the moon + the sun have the same ecliptic longitude. During this phase, the moon is farthest away from us on earth.

The New Moon is therefore a great time for setting new intentions, for attracting new people into your life, for beginning new projects, for interviewing for jobs, and for simply allowing new opportunities to unfold.

This earthy new moon in Taurus is here to help you ground and reconnect with your inner pleasure goddess and passionate being. We are taking the energy and seed that was planted from the Spring Equinox and are beginning to crack open and extend our intentions toward the warming sun. Take the energy of Spring and allow it to inspire you, like a strong beautiful tree.

How can you make your world more beautiful? How can you make your life more beautiful? Start with your home and work outwards. Spring cleanse your entire home, ridding yourself of what no longer serves you. Haven't worn it in months? Donate it. Haven't played with it in awhile? Give it away. From there, start to work through your behaviors and patterns. What isn't serving you any longer? Maybe this is a time to do a 5-Day Philosophie cleanse.

Really take this New Moon energy in Taurus to challenge yourself to grow into a new being. You have the opportunity to connect with a new version of yourself. This will include some uncomfortable moments, as healing and change always does, but it will be so worth it. Give yourself permission to be free and create a life of joy, something that only YOU know to be your dream reality.

During this time, use our Magic Moon Satchels to connect more deeply with the moon and her power. The moon is a celestial anchor that will help you make more sense of your world, both inner and outer. All you have to do is tune in.

What magical new beginnings are you creating while the New Moon is in Taurus? Share with me on Facebook with #MyPhilosophie!

 

5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Love Mother Nature

My home extends beyond my house and into the world – into this incredible, vast earth. While I do love the concrete jungle of L.A., I can never get enough of nature, of days spent on the beach, in the forest, and anywhere that I can touch the soil and soak up the sky.

Just as I look after my house and fill it with positive energy by lighting candles, keeping it nice + tidy, and decorating with magical items that give me and my family so much joy, I feel the same way about our planet! We need to protect, preserve, and nurture our world so that it can continue being a lovely home for all of us, as well as for our kids and their kids.

One of the best ways to ensure that our earth stays beautiful is by teaching our babies to love and care for it as much as we do. Here are 5 ways that I share my passion for Mother Nature with Kai and Leo and hope to pass it on to them:

1) Play with your kids OUTSIDE.

Nature walks. Beach sandcastles. Wave jumping. Yoga in the garden. Camping trips. These are all fantastic ways to get your kids to learn that some of the greatest moments are when we connect to our roots and play outside, wild + free.

2) Cultivate their curiosity and sense of wonder.

Take you kiddies to natural history museums, science centers, and national parks. Make the library a weekly treat and help them check out books on their favorite animals or faraway places. Snuggle up and watch Planet Earth or March of the Penguins. Ignite their love for the world and all it has to offer.

3) Show your kids where their food comes from.

Take them to a blueberry farm. Swing by an aqueduct on a family road trip. Make your kids regulars at the farmers market. While this sparks an early appreciation for earth and its super yummy gifts, it also helps kids eat more nourishing, colorful fruits + veggies!

4) Teach your kids to thoughtfully collect, use, and let go of items.

Guide them in choosing quality over quantity, show them that less is more, and explain that we must take care of what we do own so that it lasts longer. Fast fashion and takeout containers aren’t good for our world so we should teach them to opt for goods that last, can be repaired, or can be thoughtfully given away, recycled, or composted when it’s time to part ways.

5) Share what’s going on in the news.
Point out the honey bees in your yard and explain how their hard work connects to the food we eat.Talk to your kids about climate change. Explain the positive impact we have on the drought when we take a shorter shower. Most importantly, remember to explain that no matter how sad or frustrating the news can be, there’s ALWAYS something we can do to help and make a difference :) 

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I’d love to hear your tips on how to pass on a love for the planet to the next gen–share them with me on Twitter with #MyPhilosophie + #EarthOptimism!

Cacao Magic + Chameleon Cold-Brew Smoothie Recipe

Head over heels for cold brew AND nourishing superfood smoothies? I partnered with Chameleon Cold-Brew for National Cold Brew Day to bring you this special sponsored post featuring a super energizing, utterly divine Cacao Magic meets Chameleon Cold-Brew Smoothie!

Whip up this dreamy, dairy-free smoothie as a nutrient-dense breakfast or midday snack when you want to boost your energy levels, sans any jitters. Plus, the low acid levels ensure no tummy troubles whatsoever. This high-vibrational cold brew seriously helps me make the most of my day and HUSTLE to share Philosophie love with the world.

I especially love that Chameleon Cold-Brew steeps their organic, consciously-sourced beans for 16 HOURS. It definitely shows in the high quality flavor profile. The ultra smooth taste is why this is hands down my favorite cold brew, which makes perfect sense since they’re from Austin, Texas – a leader in all thing things hip + amazing.

For this protein-packed cacao cinnamon smoothie, I poured in a couple ounces of the Chameleon Cold-Brew Vanilla Concentrate, which actually features ZERO SUGAR. I love this because I can control the sweetness of my smoothie (or iced cold brew drink) and add a touch of our Cacao Bee Honey, if my sweet tooth calls for it.

If you happen to prefer a warm, soothing drink over an iced cold brew or frosty smoothie though, you can also heat up their cold brew and make a magical tonic or elixir!

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Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blitz. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!

I’d love to see your superfood shakes, iced lattes, and tonics featuring Chameleon Cold-Brew! Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest + tag us in your pics with #PhilosophieSuperfoods and #ChameleonColdBrew!

 

Zola Acai Smoothie Bowl Recipe

When I have a particularly busy day ahead, I whip up an acai bowl first thing in the morning to help me power through my morning and afternoon. Not only does this dreamy blend of bananas, pineapple, coconut water, Coconut Bliss Coco Butter, and acai whisk your taste buds off to the tropics, it's also super filling, energizing, AND anti-inflammatory. 

If you don't have frozen acai on hand, you can always use a bottle of acai juice. I love Zola's, which features organically grown and sustainably harvested acai berries bursting with antioxidants and omega fatty acids. It also contains zero cholesterol, preservatives, gluten, dairy, GMO or BPA, so I know I'm getting nothing but the good stuff. 

I also like Zola's Coconut Waters, which are full of essential electrolytes including potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. On top of the fruit and the juices, I toss a handful of leafy greens into the mix and add a spoonful of Berry Bliss. This potent blend of superfoods packs more vitamin C than 10 oranges and is a phenomenal immune system booster. 

Once your smoothie's in the bowl, be sure to sprinkle on an assortment of superfoods like cashews and dried coconut for a satisfying crunch!

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Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender, pour into your favorite bowl, and top with superfoods like chia seeds, coconut shavings, + blueberries!

I'd love to see pics of your gorgeous acai bowls! Please share them with me on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie + #PhilosophieSuperfoods! 

Heart of the Week: Yoga Books for Kids

I'm often asked what yoga books I use with my kids so I wanted to share my favorites as today's Heart of the Week!

I've been reading these 4 books with Kai since he was a baby. Now he and Leo read them together, and I'll often come in and join them for a flow. It's so fun for all of us! 

When Kai was 4, he was even LEADING Leo through 25 minute yoga classes without any breaks! It's been one of the most beautiful + impressive things I've ever witnessed and just goes to show that it's NEVER too early to teach them.

Get started with your kiddies with these 4 incredible yoga books: 

1) Yoga Pretzels by Tara Guber and Leah Kalish

 

2) You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo

 

3) Babar's Yoga For Elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff

4) Little Gurus - A Yoga Discovery Book by Olaf Hajek (gorgeous pictures, no words but great for imaginative yoga)

I'd LOVE to see cute pics of your kids doing yoga. Please share them with us on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie!
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