Philosophie Choices for Los Angeles Healthy Restaurants

After living in LALA land for almost 10 years, I've discovered quite the enticing places to eat. I always love finding new spots to grab a bite, especially when the food is healthy & inspiring and the energy is positive.
Here are my top choices if I WERE visiting Los Angeles and wanted to grab a healthy snack or meal.

Santa Monica:

  • Euphoria Loves Rawvolution on Main Street in between Venice and Santa Monica, fun part of town, 2 blocks from the beach. They serve vegan and raw food, sell a few supplements and raw desserts to LIVE for!  I bring my laptop or a book here and cozy up on their couch. They have open mic nights and special events for the community. It's a very friendly environment, super casual and the staff are wonderful. 2301 Main Street, Santa Monica
  • Santa Monica Co-Opportunity this is a lovely place to go if you want to get snacks for a picnic or a smoothie after gallivanting at the beach. It looks like a grocery store, but ohhhh, it's so much more. You may not know that a supermarket can be cool, until you go here. Juice/Smoothie bar, best bulk variety items I've ever seen, and a whole refrigerated section dedicated to raw and vegan prepackaged foods. I'm here minimum 3 times a week! Corner of 16th and Broadway in Santa Monica.
  • Planet Raw (owned by raw chef Juliano) Couldn't leave this one out. To be honest, If I had the money, I would go nowhere else but here. It's super expensive but the MOST creative dishes in the raw food world. Friends/other planet raw frequenters complain of the service and staff, that they are snooty and give off a bad energy. "Planet Raw  is among the quintessential So Cal dining experiences-attempting to be causal with absurd prices and pretentious attitudes." from a past client.

HOWEVER, their food is OUT OF CONTROL. I highly recommended the Ariel Salad, which will give you your day's worth of greens and energy, and I crave it often.  I almost always get a Chocolate "milk" shake, which is beyond my comprehension in tastyness. This place has a great location, blocks from downtown Santa Monica but the energy is much calmer and you would never know it's inches from the famous 3rd St. Promenade. 609 Broadway, Santa Monica.

Silverlake/Hollywood:

  • Cru is a sit down restaurant, great for a nice dinner. You can bring your own wine for a small corkage fee. They have both cooked vegan dishes and raw vegan foods, and I have never had a bad eating experience! "Artfully weaving Italian, Japanese, Tunisian, Thai and Indian flavors into a fresh interpretation of life enhancing gourmet food, including desserts that even the most health conscious individual can indulge in guiltlessly." They also have uncooking classes here-which I will be teaching in June! Sundays 3-4:30p here's the link! 1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Silverlake.
  • Erewhon Natural Foods Market "Health Food Nirvana" is in West Hollywood. Similar to the experience of the Co-Op (see above) but a little more upscale. They have more of a selection (if it were possible) and the best part about this place is their tonic bar. You'll find super knowledgeable staff and drinks you won't find anywhere else.  Philosophie Green Dream and Cacao Magic superfoods are available to purchase here in their raw foods/superfood section!!! They have a great selection of raw living foods, vegan, specialty chef spices, local produce, macrobiotic diet and body ecology diet foods.  They also have great cheese, nut cheese and raw chocolate ingredients.  The bulk items are maybe 10% higher than whole foods for organics, but the selection is good. The tonics and vitamin selections are far superior to any juice bar I've ever visited in SF, NYC or London. They have tons of great events featuring organic gourmet chefs, raw foodists, and educational talks.  It is definitely more pricey than other "markets" so just be prepared. Don't come for a big shopping trip, come for an experience. 7660 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood
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  • Cafe Gratitude: I go here when I need a "spiritual uplift" as Woody Harrelson said about this Cafe. The menu has so many inspirational dishes that are deliciously healthy. For a raw/vegan entree, I'm a big fan of "I Am Terrific". The kelp noodles and the blend of basil, mint and cilantro really compliment the dish. For a cooked vegan dish, I highly recommend and love the "I am Whole"...a bowl made with quinoa, sea palm, kale, carrots, homemade kimchi, candied almonds. I think that's it. I get it every time I go there. It's just the perfect balance of flavors and it's filling and healthy. Apart from that I get a smoothie "I am Cool" with cocoa nibs and hemp cashew mint ice cream. mmm!!! It can get a bit crowded but go during non peak hours to enjoy.Larchmont/Hollywood: 639 N Larchmont Blvd, 90004 and a new location in Venice: 512 Rose Ave. Venice, CA 90291

Beverly Hills:

M Cafe features Macrobiotic Cuisine—balanced, nutritious, creative cooking which can be enjoyed by everyone, not just vegetarians or people with dietary restrictions. The chefs prepare each item fresh daily, using only the finest ingredients without any refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat or poultry. Easy items to grab and go, or sit and have a bite to eat in the center of Beverly Hills: 9433 Brighton Way.

Urth Cafe: For beautiful lattes, organic specialty salads and sandwiches, visit Urth Cafe. This is a good place to go with non-vegan friends because you'll be happy and so will they! Something for everyone. 267 South Beverly Drive.

Lemonade is a new discovery of mine. They have delicious salads to chose from, and the secret is to have them take one scoop from each salad choice so that you get more options. (you get 2 scoops for each salad) Another good place to go with non-vegan friends, sandwiches and fish/poultry dishes.. but everything is clean and healthy! Oh, and definitely try their house-made lemonade! Peach Ginger was my fave!  9001 Beverly Blvd. (also in Venice on Abbot Kinney: 1661 Abbot Kinney Boulevard  Venice, CA 90291)

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Heart of the Week: Waldorf Schools

I love Kai’s Waldorf School so much! We actually moved to our new beautiful home in Culver City last fall from the Valley just so that he could attend. Since Kai was in utero, I've been slightly stalking Waldorf schools. I would go online, research, and dream. The cost for Waldorf schools is typically between $20-30k per year, which is not a real option for our family. I filled out financial aid forms and never turned them in, dreaming on my own, slowly planting the seeds.

When Kai was 5, I went to the local kindergarten near our school in the Valley for a tour and went through all the motions of meeting the teachers, touring the classrooms, etc. I was crying the entire time. The school didn't feel right. Everything inside of me felt like screaming. I knew Kai would be amazing anywhere and survive, but I know he's meant to thrive. I then found out via a close friend about a Waldorf school on the Westside, that is *FREE*. It's a LAUSD public charter school, specializing in WALDORF! I couldn't believe my ears. Adi and I immediately went for a tour and applied, putting our names down for a lottery. That was last February. In June, they called to let us know they were opening a new kinder class and asked if we wanted Kai to be included. I snatched up the spot immediately and cried tears of gratitude.

The school was over an hour and 15 minutes each direction so we moved in the fall. My heart is so complete. With their vibrant gardens and outdoor play area, baskets of wooden toys, and rows of books, they’re incredible at promoting creativity and encouraging active, hands-on learning.

At Waldorf, the kids sing songs, tell stories, do dramatic performances, and memorize fun rhymes and verses! I like that the teachers also pair language arts and music with specific movements, games, and patterns to boost coordination, concentration, and support different types of learners.

They weave math organically throughout the day with fun activities so that the kids learn to love it at an early age and really see its value! Kai and his class play with shells, stones, and beans to learn patterns of organization and also get to design necklaces, finger knit, sew, and count with circle games.

And of course, art is huge at Waldorf. Kai absolutely loves drawing and watercolor painting time! They also offer modeling with BEESWAX. (What other school does that?!)

As I mentioned earlier, gardening and the outdoors is integral to the Waldorf curriculum and serves as a beautiful intro into the science world. As a zero waste school (where EVERYTHING is reusable!), they cultivate an early appreciation for nature and teach the kids that the world is innately good and needs us all to work together to protect and support it. This has helped ME be less wasteful and more mindful of every single thing we use and don't use in our home.

Leo will go there as well in the fall as a T-K student, and the school goes until 8th grade. I feel so content and at peace. When I pick Kai up in the afternoon, he’s always bursting with excitement to tell me what he did that day – I couldn’t ask for more in a school.

If you have any interest in learning more, I encourage you to look into Waldorf-inspired preschools/schools in your area. You'd be surprised how many schools there are (or even after school activities with a similar theme). Please feel free to ask any and all questions – I hope this helps!

I'd love to hear what you do as mamas + papas to give your kiddies the best education possible! Please share with me on Facebook with #MyPhilosophie! 

Green Dream Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl Recipe

I loved how dreamy + nutritious last month's Cacao Magic Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl was, so this week I decided to whip up a Green Dream rendition. I also decided that I wanted this one to be super coconutty, so I added a cup of coconut milk, shredded coconut, AND Coconut Dream–one of our luscious coco butters supercharged with the detoxifying powers of Green Dream

And it did not disappoint! I recommend creating this oh-so-yummy bowl when you're looking for an ultra nutritious breakfast or when you know that you'll be eating out later in the day and want to ensure your bod is super happy + nourished. 

 Gather This:

Do This:

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Top with cacao nibs, hemp seeds, bee pollen, shredded coconut, and sliced berries and bananas! 

What veggies do you like to sneak into your smoothies or smoothie bowls? Let me know on Twitter with #MyPhilosophie!

3 Dreamy Philosophie x Cafe Gratitude Brunch Recipes

Last month, we teamed up with Cafe Gratitude and had the most magical brunch that I’m still in awe over. I’m pretty positive the Acai Berry Bliss Parfaits were made of unicorn poo (aka: Berry Bliss, wild berries, frozen acai, gluten-free granola, and pure love!).

I’ve been going to Cafe Gratitude for 9 years, when the only location was in San Francisco. I would visit my older sister when she lived there and take a public transportation adventure through the city to get there.

When they came to LA, I burst with excitement. I’ve probably been to the Larchmont location 500 times. It’s been a huge part of my world for a decade, and now I’m collaborating with them in the most dreamy of ways!

And now I’d love for you, my ever expanding Philosophie family + community, to try this trio of beautiful brunch superfood recipes created by Cafe Gratitude’s Chef Dreux Eliis.

Acai Berry Bliss Parfait

For the Berry Bliss Coconut Yogurt:

Gather This:

Do This:

Mix together in a bowl.

For the Parfait:

Gather This:

  • 1 teaspoon Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend and 3 goji berries (topping)
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • 1 RS mixed berries
  • 1 GS acai
  • 1 RS mixed berries
  • 1 GS Berry Bliss Coconut Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • 2 tablespoons Berry Bliss Coconut Yogurt

Do This:

Layer it up, starting from the bottom of the ingredient list and working your way up. Garnish with the Berry Bliss and 3 goji berries.

Green Dream Chopped Salad

Gather This:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup blanched broccolini
  • 2 pieces blackened tempeh, rough chopped
  • 1 RS sun-dried tomato and olive tapenade
  • 1 cup chopped romaine
  • 1 cup chopped massaged kale mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked salt
  • 2 ounces ramekin escabeche, chopped
  • 1 ounce ramekin toasted pistachios, chopped
  • 1/2 ounce Lucky Vinaigrette, mixed with 1 teaspoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend
  • 1 PS cashew mozzarella
  • 1 teaspoon gremolata
  • 1/2 teaspoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

Do This:

Saute the olive oil, garlic, salt, and broccolini. After heating well, add the tempeh and tapenade. Transfer to a bowl and toss together with the romaine, kale mix, smoked salt, escabeche, pistachios, and vinaigrette. Garnish with the mozzarella and gremolata and dust the plate with the Green Dream.

Cacao Magic Buckwheat Pancakes

Gather This:

  • 4 ounces Cacao Magic Buckwheat Pancake Batter
  • 1 ounce maple syrup, swirled
  • 1/2 ounce maple syrup, on pancake
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1 half banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon shredded coconut
  • 1 ounce chocolate sauce

Do This:

Grill the batter on a flat top. Transfer the pancake t’o a plate, add ½ ounce of maple syrup, and then swirl 1 ounce of maple syrup on top. Garnish with the bee pollen, banana, almond butter, coconut, and chocolate sauce in stripes.

I can’t wait to see your gorgeous brunch pics! Please share them with me on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie + #PhilosophieSuperfoods!  

A 10 Minute Yoga Flow to Put A Spring In Your Step

Today is the first day of spring!!!
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There are so many beautiful ways to open and welcome this revitalizing season of transformation + growth. I encourage you all to:
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1) Set spring intentions by asking what you want to bring into this new season. Envision the miracles + magic you want to manifest and invite them to unfold. 
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2) Release old energy and anything that is no longer bringing light, joy, and radiant energy into your life. Spring's a wonderful time to recognize a mindset, habit, or relationships that is no longer serving you and to let it go.
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3) Rejuvenate your body with a 5 or 14 day spring cleanse! We'll help guide you on a gentle, food-based cleanse that detoxifies and energizes your body. 
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4) Put a spring in your step by moving your bod to this easy, energy-boosting 10 minute flow:
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How are you welcoming in the new spring season? Share with us on Twitter with #MyPhilosophie? 

Superfood Shamrock Shake Recipe

Fuel up for your St. Patty's Day shenanigans with this Superfood Shamrock Shake!

A serving of our Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend, along with a handful of spinach or kale, gives this detoxifying drink its vibrant green color. Then the 'nanas, cashew butter, and Coconut Dream make it plenty filling + SUPERB as a sunrise smoothie!

And what would a shamrock shake be without that fresh minty flavor? We double up on this magical ingredient by adding a drop of peppermint extract (it's powerful stuff) and mint leaves.

Last not but not least, top with coconut flakes and a sprinkling of bee pollen "gold" for you and your favorite little leprechaun friend to enjoy! 

Gather This:

  • 8 ounces canned coconut milk, refrigerated for 30 minutes prior
  • handful fresh mint leaves
  • 1 drop peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Dream Coconut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup spinach or kale
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes for topping
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen for topping 

Do This:

Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Pour into your favorite glass, garnish with coconut flakes and bee pollen! 

Is there shenanigans in your kitchen? Share your #GreenDream creations with us on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie!

Sophie's 6 Dinner Recipes for March

Have you ever heard that funny saying that March comes “in like a lion and out like a lamb”?

Since the weather often stays pretty chilly, I wanted to create plenty of grounding, warming dishes like Smoky Sweet Potato Soup and Roasted Spaghetti Squash and then close out the month with a lighter Quinoa Salad to embrace the Spring Equinox. 

I hope you keep up the home cooking + join me in creating these 6 wholesome, supercharged and super flavorful dinners for March!


Smoky Sweet Potato Soup


Gather This:

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 organic green apple, de-seeded and chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 pounds of sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 6 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 medium canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend
  • salt + pepper
  • shaved parmesan (optional)

Do This:

Combine garlic and onion with EVOO and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add in all of the other ingredients and turn the temperature up to high, until it begins to boil. Let it boil for 10 minutes, cover, and then turn to medium-low for another 25 minutes. Once everything is softened, turn off the oven, and add an immersion blender to blend until smooth and creamy! (You can also carefully pour into your regular blender as well if you don't have an emersion) Top with shaved parmesan, if you like!


Roasted Spaghetti Squash


Gather This:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 jar of your favorite marinara (I love Rao’s!) or Green Dream Pesto
  • ground turkey or meat addition (optional)
  • Spoonful of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt + pepper

Do This:

Slice spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the inside, drizzle EVOO on top, and roast in the oven on 400 degrees for 55 minutes.

Once the squash is soft, use a fork and scrape out the insides and watch as the squash takes on a spaghetti-like texture. Combine with your favorite sauce, add in meat if you are using it, and top with salt and pepper.

 

Cauliflower Steaks


Gather This:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • Your favorite sauce (like our Green Dream Pesto) or chopped herbs
  • spoonful of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt + pepper

Do This:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut off stems and leaves from the cauliflower and slice like you would a piece of bread, in 1-inch sections. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil, salt + pepper, and roast for 30 minutes. Add your favorite sauce or chopped herbs.

Black Bean Enchilada Bake


Gather This:

  • 2 bags of Siete Foods Tortilla Chips
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 bag of blackened corn
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 1 bag of organic spinach
  • ½ of onion, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 can diced green chillies
  • 2 large jars of enchilada sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend
  • cheese (or vegan cheese) of your choice

Do This:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put some olive oil on the bottom of a large rectangular pan to grease it. Cover the bottom of the pan with the enchilada sauce. Then layer the grain-free (or corn!) Siete Tortilla chips on top of the sauce. Sprinkle chopped onion, corn, tomatoes, spinach, green chiles, black beans, ½ of the jar of salsa, and salt + pepper. Then layer another round of chips, follow with the above items until the ingredients are used up, stacking the layers. It should be about 2 layers! Top with cheese of your choice, sprinkle on the Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend, and bake for 30 minutes. Top with cilantro + avocado to finish!


Prawn, Sun-dried Tomato, and Artichoke Salad


Gather This:

  • ½ pound wild prawns (optional)
  • 1 jar of artichoke hearts
  • 1 package sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 head of organic butter lettuce
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • feta cheese (optional)
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Green Bee Honey
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt + pepper

Do This:

Grill shrimp for 5 minutes on medium heat. Chop lettuce, onion, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, and combine all ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, Green Bee Honey, EVOO, and salt + pepper. Drizzle over the salad and top with grilled shrimp and crumbled feta.


Chicken + Red Apple Quinoa Salad


Gather This:

  • 2 cups of quinoa
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 organic chicken breasts, shredded (optional)
  • 1 chopped red apple
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1  teaspoon Berry Bee Honey
  • salt + pepper

Do This:

Cook quinoa according to package directions. I love cooking it in chicken or veggie broth, instead of water, for added flavor! Shred the chicken breast and chop the apple, walnuts and cranberries. Combine all ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the EVOO with the honey, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and top with crumbled blue cheese.

 

I'd love to see your supercharged dinners this month! Please share them with me on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie!