HOMEMADE NOURISHING + EXFOLIATING BODY + FACIAL SCRUB:
2 t granulated (i like brown/sugar in the raw) sugar
- 1 t green dream powder
squeeze of a fresh lemon
follow with our homemade detox soak formula!
follow with our homemade detox soak formula!
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!
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.
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!
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:
Mix together in a bowl.
For the Parfait:
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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!