Superfoodie Sophie Jaffe is a yogi, wellness expert, founder of superfood brand Philosophie, and mama to three beautiful children here in Los Angeles.
It’s a Tuesday morning and you’re already running 10 minutes late for everything. If you’ve ever tossed your kids a snack bar on the way out the door and told yourself you’ll just wait until lunch, I get it and I’ve been there.
Juggling our full, yet abundant, lives can leave us with little time to focus on the nourishment we’re really craving. Busy mornings and hectic schedules make it all too easy to fall into unhealthy, but convenient patterns that leave us feeling less than vibrant.
These are the time-saving meal hacks I put to work from week to week that make life a whole lot easier. They enable me to eat with intention, even when I don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen during the week. Take away a few of my favorite tips and tricks as a mama of three for enjoying delicious, nutritious meals with minimal effort.
6 Time-Saving Meal Hacks with Sophie Jaffe
01 make Your Blender work for you | One of the most versatile kitchen appliances you can own is a blender. Leave your blender out on the counter and whenever you’re in a rush, turn to it for a quick smoothie, blender bread, waffles or pancakes, superfood coffee, or quick pesto sauce!
Maximize your blender’s potential by preparing smoothie ingredients in bulk, portioning them into resealable containers, and freezing them. When you’re in a hurry, simply grab a bag, add liquid, and blend! No need to wash a ton of dishes every morning.
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02 Add Nutrients To Your Morning Coffee | I can’t start my day without a superfood coffee. I find that daily rituals like coffee, meditation, and movement are absolutely CRUCIAL for my sanity — even if I only have ten minutes to devote to them. I’ve been adding my Philosophie Cacao Magic Superfood Blend to my coffee for years now with our Coconut Magic Coconut Butter for an energizing hit of nutrition. Because of the healthy fats, there’s NO crash which I really appreciate and it brings me joy and sanity when I’m feeling off-balance.
You can easily adapt a coffee like this to whatever you need for the day by adding extra mood boosters. If you’re looking for a high-vibe, uplifting boost without the crash, this does the trick!
03 Freeze Smoothie Ice Cubes | Love a smoothie or functional latte in the AM, but don’t feel like you have time? Again, all you have to do is a bit of prep in advance. Combine ingredients (including the powders) into a blender with just a tiny bit of liquid, such as water and then spread the thick mixture into large ice cube molds using a spatula or spoon. Freeze overnight and when you are ready to enjoy a quick smoothie, you’ve got all the ingredients waiting for you in the freezer. Just pop the smoothie cubes into your blender with some water or a plant-based milk, and blend. Rinse the blender and you are done!
04 Try Sheet Pan Meals | Sheet pan meals involve roasting all your ingredients on a single baking sheet. It’s a quick and efficient way to make a complete meal, with minimal cleanup. Think vegetables, salmon, but also pancakes! Freeze them in reusable Stasher bags for easy morning breakfasts! Pop in the oven to rewarm.
05 Prep Your Snacks | The reason most of us grab a bag of chips or a morning muffin is because it is instant. Plan for the week by making your own snack bags that are just as convenient when hunger strikes!
Make your own granola, trail-mix, or veggie sticks in advance. Store snacks in zip-up bags or small mason jars ready to go. Spend some time chopping a variety of fruits and storing them in bags in the fridge. This way, you’ll have a stash of healthy snack option that require just as little effort!
06 Focus On Elevated Hydration | Keeping your body hydrated is key to staying energized throughout your day. I love to elevate my water on the daily with the detoxifying power of concentrated liquid chlorophyll and mint essential oils. Staying hydrated keeps us well-balanced and overflowing with energy. When you harness the power of plants you provide your body with vibrant skin, optimal digestion, a strong gut, and immunity.
Using time-saving food hacks can help you maintain a nutritious diet, even on the busiest days. By preparing snacks in advance and utilizing clever techniques like pre-freezing your smoothies into ice cubes, you can eat with intention, even when you’re short on time. So, instead of being overwhelmed by meal planning and preparation, embrace these tips to make your meals more manageable and enjoyable. It’s all about finding that beautiful balance that lets you explore, but never explode.
My Graceful Aging Beauty Smoothie
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ frozen banana
½ cup frozen raspberries
1 cup coconut water
2 handfuls fresh greens (spinach, kale)
1 tbsp Philosophie Berry Bliss Superfood Blend
1 tbsp coconut nutter
Blitz all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth. Add more ice or milk as needed. Either pour in your favorite glass or transform into a smoothie bowl + top with more bananas and berries!