Use these power-packed foods to thrive this winter!
During our FP Escape to Yelapa, Mexico, powered by Yogascapes, guide Sophie Jaffe led us through a three-day food-based cleanse. Contrary to many popular cleanse programs, Sophie’s approach focuses on providing abundant nourishment, leaving you feeling satisfied as opposed to deprived. The regimen is packed with her own Philosophie Superfoods, as well as other favorite supplements from Sun Potion.
In a nutshell, you’ll be replacing no no’s, like coffee and processed foods, for fresh healthy vegetables, smoothies and superfood tonics. Let it be known, caffeine withdrawal will hit some harder than others but, in the end, you’ll feel more in tune with your body — stronger, brighter, and more grounded. Think of it as setting the baseline for how you want to live out the rest of 2016. It’s amazing what a focus on nourishment can do to change your approach to the world around you.
This is a cleanse you can replicate at home, 100%. Here’s how:
The Meal Plan
Early Morning: Upon waking, sip on warm lemon water with cayenne and ginger, then wait at least 45 minutes before eating breakfast. The time in-between is perfect for a gentle yoga practice, meditation, or journaling.
Breakfast: First and foremost, no coffee. Instead, replace it with the energizing Cacao Magic Morning Tonic found below under recipes. The buzz from this drink will make you forget all about coffee…almost. The remainder of breakfast should consist of clean protein and vegetables. Try scrambling up some eggs with a side of beans, peppers and tomato. Follow it up with an organic probiotic such as Garden of Life.
Lunch: All it takes is a superfood salad to replenish your body after a hard sweat sesh! Toss up salads with dark leafy greens, gut-friendly fermented foods, omega-packed nuts and seeds, sprouted brown rice or quinoa, a superfood dressing, and some berries or citrus slices for a touch of sweetness. Follow lunch with some bitters to aid with smooth digestion.
Afternoon Snack: Smoothies provide a daily oasis of protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and YUMMINESS! Throw together fruits, leafy greens, coconut water, nut milks and Philosophie superfoods in a blender for a filling, energizing pm boost. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, replace the smoothie with Sophie’s Banana Ice Cream recipe below.
Dinner: For dinner, serve up a generous portion of zucchini noodles with a homemade garlic-basil pesto sauce. You can also make wild salmon with a delicious sweet glaze (Sophie likes creating this with coconut aminos + Green Bee Honey) and finish it off with grains and a side of in-season local veggies. After dinner, sip on detox tea as you unwind from your day.
Foods to AVOID
Deli meat + red meat
White crackers and bread
Artificial sweeteners and colors
Foods to INCLUDE
Nuts and dried fruit
Grain alternatives such as quinoa and amaranth
Herbs and spices
Cacao Magic Morning Tonic
4oz hot coconut milk
1 tbsp Philosophie cacao magic powder
1 tbsp Sun Potion tocos
1 tbsp Philosophie cacao magic coconut butter
1 tsp Sun Potion reishi powder
1 tsp Sun Potion ho shu wu
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp Philosophie cacao magic honey
Blend all until smooth in blender. Serve warm.
Green Dream Smoothie
8 oz. coconut mylk
1 tbsp Philosophie Green Dream Superfood + Protein Powder
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp Philosophie Coconut Dream Coconut Butter
1 cup spinach
½ frozen or fresh banana
2 tbsp cinnamon
handful of ice
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth + creamy.
Banana Ice Cream
2 ripe organic bananas, 1 frozen
1/2 cup almond milk, plus 2 extra tbsp
1 dropper chocolate liquid stevia
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup soaked dates
2 tbsp Philosophie Cacao Bee Honey
1 tbsp Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Optional toppings: cacao nibs, goji berries, fresh raspberries
To prepare this treat, peel one ripe banana and cut into fourths. Place on a sheet of foil and wrap tightly. Freeze cut-up bananas overnight. The next day, unwrap the frozen banana and place in the food processor/blender with the freshly peeled banana. Add almond milk. Add the rest of the ingredients. Puree for about one minute until batter is creamy and smooth, like soft-serve ice cream. Sprinkle on your favorite toppings + ENJOY!
Photos by Naomi Huober