Good fats are IN! Coconut oil, omega 3 fats and DHA!

Did you know that eating "GOOD FATS" can help you lose weight? That's right folks, GOOD fats can get rid of BAD fat! Although fat used to get a bad rep, it's finally getting it's due! The fact is: we all need fats.

We now know that some fats, specifically the omega fatty acids (also known as Essential Fatty Acids-EFA's) are vital for health.

Omega-3 Fats

The king of the EFA's are the omega-3 fats: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic aicd (DHA). Unfortunately, although DHA is  also an omega-3 fatty acid, it is NOT found in the other fats, so you have to find it elsewhere. (see below)

Plant sources of omega-3's include nuts and seeds, especially flaxseed oil or ground flaxseeds. they are also found in lesser amounts in legumes, whole grains and green leafy vegetables. Coldwater fish like wild salmon are a great source as well. The adequate intake guideline developed by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine recommends that men consume 1.6 grams of omega-3 fatty acids a day, and that women consume 1.1 grams daily. (unless pregnant or lactating, see below)

DHA's and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, developing babies rely on their mothers to get needed DHA. Since DHA is derived from the foods we eat, the content of DHA in a mother's diet determines the amount of DHA passed on to her developing baby. Unfortunately, the majority of pregnant women in the U.S. fail to get the recommended amount of DHA in their diets and DHA is not found in most prenatal vitamins. The good news is leaders in maternal health are beginning to educate women about the importance of DHA and some food manufacturers are starting to come up with creative ways to help people - pregnant and non-pregnant- get the DHA they need.

Current research suggests adequate levels of DHA may help increase a developing baby's cognitive functioning, reduce the risk of pre-term labor and decrease the risk of postpartum depression.

Why do pregnant and lactating women, who so critically need DHA, find it difficult to get the recommended amount of this crucial nutrient in their diets? There are two primary reasons. First, during pregnancy the daily requirements of DHA increase from 220 mg to somewhere between 300 and 1,000 mg (depending on which expert you consult). Second, DHA isn't easy to get in your diet, especially when you are pregnant. Significant amounts of DHA are found in animal organ meats and fatty fish.

My advice? Get a good DHA supplement from your doctor or from a health foods store. According to Dr. Barbara Levine, associate professor of nutrition in medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, "the purest source of DHA is not the fish itself, but rather what fish consume: the ocean's vegetarian plant algae." Taking DHA supplements produced from marine algae is therefore a safe way for pregnant women to boost their fatty acid stores. (like the spirulina which is inside Green Dream powder!)

Another good fat: Coconut Oil

Organic coconut oil is an unrefined, non-hydrogenated plant oil that's produced from fresh coconut kernel without the use of harmful chemicals. The production process retains a maximum amount of the active medicinal compounds in this organic oil, including lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid. Modern research studies have found that these coconut oil compounds provide a number of benefits.

Possible Weight Loss

Coconut oil can be a healthy source of dietary fat when you're trying to lose weight, according to Bruce Fife. In his book “The Coconut Miracle,” he writes that it contains fewer calories than most oils and has no toxic trans-fats. Furthermore, the saturated fats in coconut oil are in the form of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are more easily metabolized than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) and are less likely to get stored as body fat.

True story:

My girlfriend, who had a baby the same time as I did, couldn't lose the last few pounds 6-9 months after having her baby girl. She tried everything. She connected with me about the stubborn last pounds, so I asked her what she was eating each day, when, and what her activity level/exercise was like. Everything seemed fine.  She was breast feeding, so that should be doing the trick. After I was stumped, I said, "just as an experiment, try having 1-2 Tablespoons of coconut oil each day in addition to the rest of the stuff you're eating/doing. Don't change anything else, only the coconut oil each day." She DID, and 2 weeks later she reported in that she had lost that last 5-7 lbs!!! With NO other change but the coconut oil. Yeee! Love success stories!

Improves Immune Function
Functional Benefits

Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a compound that supports immune function, according to Jon J. Kabara, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University. He writes that when you take coconut oil, the body converts the lauric acid in this oil into a compound called monolaurin. Kabara reports that monolaurin is a potent immune system stimulant that can also be obtained from human breast milk. It helps nursing babies to fight off infection while their immune systems are developing.

According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil is classified as a functional food because it provides a number of benefits beyond those provided by its nutritional content (also known as a superfood). Fife notes that more than half of the fatty acids found in coconut oil are in the form of lauric acid and capric acid, two compounds that have potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoal properties that aid in treating genital herpes, influenza, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and gum disease.

My son AND my dog LOVE coconut oil. They will eat it by the spoon full, which is the best way to consume it. If you (or your family) don't love it that way too, no biggie, just add it to any smoothie or substitute it for other oils when cooking. You'll fall in love, trust me!

HERE is a smoothie recipe including coconut oil!

and the majority of my desserts contain coconut oil, check out those recipes, too!

references and for more info:

The Coconut Miracle, Bruce Fife, 2004

Jon J. Kabara, Ph.D: Health Oils From the Tree Of Life

The Coconut Research Center: http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/

She Knows-Pregnancy Website

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Thanks for your research on coconut oil. This will hopefully redeem millions of Filipinos relying on vast regions of coconut plantations who got mired into poverty for the last half a century when Western medicine bad mouthed the coconut and its byproducts like coconut oil. Thanks again and Godbless! :-)

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Heart of the Week: Athleisure

In an age of influencers, it’s so much harder to find brands you can trust and separate the truth from the sell. I’m bold and true in everything I do; if I don’t truly believe in something then I’m done with it. That said, here are a few of my all time favorite athleisure brands. They’re mostly smaller, fair trade companies that give back and empower you to be your best self. 

 

Athleta

Support fair trade businesses! Especially ones as amazing as Athleta. Everything about this brand is perfection, from their unique colors to the way their fabrics sculpt your body. You deserve to feel beautiful even when you’re lounging around eating yummy Philosophie superfood smoothie bowls.


Year of Ours

I love this brand because it’s one that I can trust. Not only are their clothes comfy and stylish, they’re all made in America by a group of boss women. They sell everything from sports bras to velour sweats, giving you a variety of chic activewear style options for any occasion. My favorite thing about Year of Ours is the way they’ve designed their clothes to fit any body type, including one that gets rounder every week!


Electric and Rose

I’m in LOVE with this athletic gear. I found them a few years ago and can confidently say at least half my wardrobe is Electric and Rose. They’ve got it all: bras, leggings, hoodies, tanks, pants, shirts and dresses. I adore their vibrant patterns and designs that bring out my energy and encourage my body to move. The co-founders are an adorable couple from Venice with a simple story and big manifestations. Small businesses are able to capture a signature look and voice that truly inspires authenticity.


Varley

As a mom-preneur myself, seeking brands with the same kind of foundermade as my own is so important to my everyday life. I go out of my way to seek brands that fit so nicely into my own beliefs and values as a social impactor. Varley was created by a young, London-based mom who fell in love with Santa Monica and wanted to blend the two worlds. She’s a mom who put so much love into her brand that Varley is now carried by retailers worldwide. She’s an inspiration and her clothes are supportive for a mama to be.


Outdoor Voices

This one is simple. They have a section for dog walking! Need I say more? They’re all about getting your body moving in any way possible no matter how small the activity is and I support any brand with that mission statement.


Here are some honorable mentions that don’t shine like the ones above, but still offer a good deal.

Lululemon

ALO

Show Me Your MuMu

Spiritual Gangster


At the end of the day, finding your athleisure brand requires listening to your body’s needs. Follow your intuition before you throw money and energy at a brand that doesn’t support you back.


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Toast 4 Ways Recipe

I’m feeling extra rejuvenated after the long weekend spent away with my family. Escaping with Adi and the boys allows us to relax and take things slow all the while making memories together in pure bliss. I always leave these trips ready to tackle the week ahead with newfound energy and ambition. Of course, I take this energy to the kitchen. There’s really no other better food base to experiment on than a warm toast. It’s the perfect canvas, especially when you still need to go grocery shopping and have to use whatever is still lying around.

A good toast is a perfect snack after a long weekend and you can make a wide variety (as I did here) for your whole family. For these toast variations we used all different spreads and toppings for whatever mood you or your family + friends are in! You can break this out after a sleepover or a workout class with the girls and everyone can mix & match! All of these toasts use Philosophie Superfoods in some form for an extra superfood + nutrient boost.


Gather This:

4 slices of toast (we love Canyon Bakehouse GF or BarelyBread)


1 tbsp Almond Butter

1 sliced banana

1 tbsp Cacao Bee Honey


2 tbsp Beet Hummus (RECIPE)

1 tbsp Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning 

A sprinkling of bean sprouts

Sprinkling of Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend


1 tbsp Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese

½ avocado sliced

Green Dream pesto (RECIPE)

A handful of sprouts


2 tbsp Hummus

2 roasted carrots, sliced

A handful of sprouts

1 tsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend


Do This:

Toast all bread.

Slather almond butter, sliced banana and a drizzle of Cacao Bee Honey on one piece of bread. Spread beet hummus, bean sprouts seasoning, and Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend on the second. Add cream cheese to the third piece, a sliced avocado, a dollop of pesto, and a sprinkling of both Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend and sprouts. Lastly, spread hummus, slice the roasted carrots, and a sprinkle of sprouts and Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend.

ENJOY

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Spoiling Your Inner Valentine

Hallmark cards, candy hearts, rosebuds, chocolates - the list goes on and on for your hubby, mom, sister, kids, classmates, and friends, but what about your true #1? Loving yourself is not about being selfish or a narcissistic. It’s not about telling the world what you want and complaining when you don’t get it. Self-love is about looking at yourself through the eyes of a loving mama, a loving spirit. It’s looking at yourself from the outside and asking “how can I treat this soul with the most love and care it deserves?”

Self-love is simply about wielding your power to act from a place of kindness + respect toward your entire SELF.

So on a day all about love, how do you honor your true valentine? You spoil and treat yourself all day! Play your favorite song in the morning, wear your favorite outfit, take yourself out on a date, and above all else indulge in some sweets and self care rituals. Act as if you're having a love affair … with yourself.

Take your morning slow. Light some Palo Santo and journal a love note to yourself. Talk about your favorite physical attributes and what you’re proud of to show off. Write all of your dreams over the month + year and all the qualities you possess to accomplish these goals.

Bake something sweet and decadent. Here’s a round up of my favorite Philosophie sweets.

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Superfood Donut Recipe

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First: Take 1-2 tsp of Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend mixed with water in your hand and apply to your face for 15 min.

Second: Take 1-2 tbsp Berry Bee Honey and apply to clean face for no less than 30 min.

A true lover wants to take care of you in every way possible. So take care of yourself by putting yourself first. Life is meant to be good. Crazy, sexy, ridiculously good. When you take care of yourself, everything improves dramatically and the romantic partnership, body confidence, and dream career … all come naturally.

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National PIZZA Day!

 

Today is National Pizza day and you know we're all about BALANCE here at Philosophie Superfoods, so without a doubt we're celebrating this holiday hard! Our bellies did a serious happy dance once we started noshing on this yummy combination! PLUS this stunner is loaded with tons of health benefits thanks to the addition of Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend, arugula and cauliflower. 

 

Check out this majorly flavorful gluten-free/dairy free Superfood Pesto Pizza, and let us know what you think!

 

Gather This:
1 Cauliflower crust plain or with toppings on (extra credit for making your own!)
1 batch of roasted cauliflower florets
1 cup sauce of your choice (we love Rao's)
Shredded good quality cheese or a dairy free blend (Daiya makes a great vegan option)
a handful of arugula
Philosophie Green Dream Pesto: recipe
drizzle of Truffle oil (optional)
salt + pepper to taste

 

Do This:
Roast Cauliflower florets on 400 for 15 minutes, take out and set aside once cooked. Cook pizza crust according to directions. Spread on sauce, sprinkle of cheese and cook until melted. While thats in the oven, whip up our favorite Green Dream Pesto recipe found here: Take pizza out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Top with cooked Cauliflower, fresh Arugula, pesto, (optional truffle oil drizzle too for extra noms!) a sprinkling of Green Dream, S+P! enjoy!
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New Moon in Aquarius

We’re anxiously preparing ourselves for the New Moon in Aquarius on February 15th. What will happen?

The moon is born again preparing for her new cycle. It’s a time to set intentions for the next cycle. Each New Moon offers the space to tap into a new version of ourselves and depending on the sign it lies in you can experience different versions of yourself and reach into the dark corners of your soul to better bring them into the light.

I partnered with Jill Wintersteen of Spirit Daughter and created a beautiful yoga flow for her New Moon workbook. Jill took the time to breakdown the workbook and the magic behind this New Moon. 

For millions of years there has been a natural cycle of energy that flavors our atmosphere, the Lunar cycle. The Moon is as present in our world as the Sun and highly predictable once we learn her rhythm. Her energy is strong and pulls on our energetic body the way she pulls on the tides of our seas.

So why not align with the Moon’s energy and use it to help you build your dreams? We have the information to do just that. Starting and ending each cycle with the New Moon, we can create a map for our manifestations.

The Moon, like the planets, is flavored by the zodiac sign it’s traveling through. The New Moon is always in the same sign the Sun is currently in, making this unique energy extra potent during this period. We can align our thoughts and energy with the qualities of the zodiac to best utilize the energy and information available to us. This is what the New Moon Workbook guides you to do.

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After you’ve given yourself time to work with the questions, it is time to dream. Dreaming is the form of intention setting taught in this book. You are guided to explore your dreams and create visions of your future. It’s important to feel into your dreams and allow your intuition to guide you to your true desires. After you’ve created your dream, the workbook invites you to set powerful intentions to call in the energy needed to manifest your dreams. It’s all about holding the vision and allowing yourself to receive the energy from the universe to live your best life.

The mission of the New Moon Workbook is to give you a monthly check in, and a reminder that anything you want is possible. The Workbook’s intention is to hold space for the parts of you that need healing and light shone on them. When we can truly witness every part of us, we can love every part of us. With this love, anything is possible and you become the true designer of your destiny.

Set the space and pair this workbook with our Magic Moon Satchels. You can purchase the workbook at: bit.ly/newmoonsophie  

Photo by Spirit Daughter

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Body Bliss Collard Green Wraps Recipe

I’ve been all about self-care lately. Growing little baby girl inside me has offered the space to reflect and take time to care for my body deeply. I want to make the perfect little home for her and that starts with taking the best care of myself. Daily naps, exercising, beauty + skin treatments, and an endless supply of yummy nutritious food.

Philosophie Babe, Amrit-Sadhan from Body Bliss Life created this amazing green recipe, which not only satisfies you, but also includes ingredients that help keep your body moving and glowing on the outside.

Coupling collard wraps with peppers, carrots, tempeh and mint leaves is a perfect lunch when you’re starting to feel a mid-day crash. I love reaching for extra veggies during the day as I’m usually bouncing from place to place and need all that extra fuel. Drizzled on top is a peanut sauce made of organic peanut butter, Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend and Green Bee Honey. Philosophie Green Dream superfoods are made with chlorophyll, which is basically ingesting liquid gold; super good for your digestive system + body.


Gather This:

1 cup quinoa

1 bunch collard greens

1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper

2 carrots

2 handfuls fresh mint leaves

8 oz tempeh

2 T coconut amino acids


GREEN DREAM PEANUT SAUCE:

1/4 cup organic peanut butter

2 T toasted sesame oil

2 T rice wine vinegar

2 T coconut amino acids

1 tsp Green Bee Honey

1 tsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

1 clove of garlic, grated

1 tsp fresh ginger, grated


Do This:

Preheat your oven to 350.. Slice the tempeh into 1/4 inch slices and lie on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Drizzle with coconut amino acids and place in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden on the edges.

In a small bowl whisk together all the ingredients for the peanut sauce and set aside. If the peanut sauce is too thick for your liking, add a bit of filtered water.

Wash and dry the collard greens. Take a knife and carefully cut the stem off. Thinly slice the bell pepper and shred the carrots.

To assemble the rolls: lie the collard green out on a clean cutting board. Place a large spoonful of cooked quinoa, 2 sliced of tempeh, a few bell peppers, carrots and mint into the center of the leaf. Tuck both sides over the filling and roll

These can be made several days ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you don’t like tempeh you could use tofu or leave it out completely.


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