Meet Sophie Jaffe, the extraordinary woman behind Philosophie, a brand of superfood powders that are blends of the very best plant-based materials on earth. We sat down with Sophie to chat about her company, her body, and the women in her life that inspire her.
THE BODY BOOK (TBB): You’re a raw chef, nutritionist, trainer, wife and mother. How did you also become the genius behind the Philosophie superfood blends?
SOPHIE JAFFE (SJ): The Philosophie superfoods blends evolved completely organically in my own kitchen. My friends and clients wanted to feel the way I was feeling and I wanted to share it with them, so I began shipping the blends all over the world to those I love. From there, I began buying superfoods in bulk and putting them into perfect blends and mixes so you could just add a tablespoon or two and take your energy levels up with a mix of beautiful superfoods, no crash, and it has a good amount of non-soy, plant-based protein to keep you full and your muscles happy! I feed it to my kids, add it to their oatmeal, eggs, popsicles, smoothies, you name it! It’s easy and convenient and makes everyone’s lives easier – it is perfect for anyone who wants to take their nutrition and health up a notch.
TBB: Building a business from the ground up can be scary and thrilling. What motivates you to keep going?
SJ: Honestly, spreading my philosophie is something that keeps me living true to my own intentions, hopes and dreams. It keeps me aligned to have to check in with my community. Even while grocery shopping I’m asked questions and seem to always be in Philosophie Mama mode. My tribe motivates me to be my best self, so they can ignite their light, too. It’s scary at times, yes, but moving through that is what helps us grow.
TBB: You seem like such a strong woman. Did you grow up with strong women role models?
SJ: Yes. My older sister is 9 years older and basically raised herself. She moved out of my parents house at 15 and skipped two grades. She made up her own rules and lived her truth every step of the way. When she stumbled, she picked herself back up and kept on moving. My mother moved from place to place (with us in tow) on her own, without my dad or any other support. If she felt she was ever being treated unfairly she always stood up for herself. My stepmom, who I’m extremely close to and I’ve known since I was 8 years old, developed stage 4 cancer 5 years ago.
I watched her to kick that cancer in the ass with her willpower, strength and belief system. From a young age I was forced to be on my own, taking care of my brother and myself without a ton of guidance. Witnessing the women in my life have this bravery showed me I could do it myself, and by being that strong force from an early age (and a Taurus) I learned how to embody that strength every single day.
TBB: Describe your relationship with your body. Have you always been so nurturing to yourself?
SJ: My mother always told me how perfectly beautiful I was. She was always commenting on my face, body, personality… even the things I felt were my flaws she would explain why it was the opposite. I had a beautiful self-image from a young age and for that, I am forever grateful. It wasn’t til I moved to LA that I had anything other than pure love for my body/self. When I moved here a decade ago, going to school at UCLA, I was exposed to young women with eating disorders, obsessive tendencies, body dismorphic disorder and the like. It shocked me but also gave me a big wakeup call and an enormous amount of GRATITUDE for the way my mom raised me. I will forever praise my children and let them know how beautiful i think they are. It leaves a huge imprint in those first few years that can affect their lives forever.
TBB: What are your nutrition or fitness challenges?
SJ: Nutritionally, my typical fail is nighttimes. Kids are in bed, I can let go with a glass of wine and all I want to do is eat everything sugary and carby in sight. My go-to evening snacks that keep me on track are: baked sweet potatoes (satisfy my carb and sweet tooth at once), 2 scoops of my new coconut butters on an apple or a superfood pop or superfood ice cream in a big bowl. Fitness challenges are nothing new, lack of planning or scheduling is usually my downfall. As long as I schedule it as a meeting in my calendar I make sure to get it done.
TBB: What do you love about your body, as it exists right now?
SJ: My stomach. the fact that I’ve had 2 kids out of this body blows my effin mind. Our bodies are so phenomenal!
TBB: Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe you’d like to share?
SJ: This is my favorite OF ALL TIME chocolate smoothie/mylkshake.
RECIPE: CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE/MYLKSHAKE
- 1 C almond, flax, coconut or hemp mylk
- 2 heaping T cacao magic superfood + protein powder
- 1 T green dream superfood + protein powder
- 1 T Green Dream or Cacao Magic coconut butter
- 1 T macadamia nut butter or crunchy almond butter
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 frozen bananas
- 3 dates
- 3 figs
- 1 C leafy greens of choice (spinach is the most neutral in flavor)
- large handful fresh mint (optional, if you don’t love mint, omit)
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1 t peppermint extract (optional, if you don’t love peppermint + chocolate)
- 2 drops chocolate stevia
- Combine all ingredients in high speed blender. Add cacao nibs, goji berries, superfood granola or fresh berries on top + dig in!
- This could easily be made into a popsicle… just add to molds + stick in freezer over night.
- For less sugar, do 1 date, 1 fig + 1/2 banana.
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All images: Sophie Jaffe/ThePhilosophie.com