Just my Cup of Tea – Alessandra Savoia

‘ello ‘ello ‘ello. So, did you know that you can make friends on Instagram? Yeah, me neither. Apparently, it’s a thing. And it’s actually pretty cool and totally fun! Alessandra (aka @myvegansuperpowers) posted a picture of a meal she had at Hibiscus in Toronto and we bonded over our mutual love of the place (seriously, their salads put all the other salads to shame). Then I checked out her blog and found out that, not only did she have an amazing Instagram feed, but she backed it all up with recipes. She’s also using her vegan superpowers to take her creations out into the world. I was super impressed and wanted to learn more about this splendid lady, so I was chuffed to bits when Alessandra agreed to be the first of Peaches and Green’s friends to feature in ‘Just my Cup of Tea'; a little glimpse into the lives of the fabulous people leading the plant-based revolution! I asked Alessandra to share a little of her story, and well, prepare to be motivated and inspired!  Anyway, that’s enough from me, so put the kettle on, make yourself a cup of tea, and get cosy, because it’s about to get real! 

My Vegan Superpowers 1

Tell us your story!: I’ve been following a plant-based diet for about five years. After researching, listening to speakers, and completing my Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University, I adopted whole food, plant-based diet. Eating clean, organic, nutrient-dense food has a positive impact on both your health and the environment. On top of that, a healthy diet will make you more productive, and more energetic. How could I not adopt this lifestyle?!

As nutrition and fitness go hand in hand, you could say the past few years have been a health journey for me. I’ve become extremely passionate about running. It amazes me how adopting a whole food, plant-based diet has helped me achieve my fitness goals. Eating nutrient dense foods provides me with more energy and a faster rate of recovery – which means more training!

But this applies to any goal in life. Whatever your goals are, they will be much easier to achieve if you are more energetic and productive… You’ll feel superhuman! This is the lifestyle that my protein bar company, My Vegan Superpowers, promotes!

My Vegan Superpowers started as a blog (which is still frequently updated! – www.myvegansuperpowers.com). I created this website so that I could share my plant-based recipes, fitness tips, and information about events and restaurants in the Toronto area.

I got a positive response online so I decided to offer some recipes as retail products. If I wanted to see a change in the food industry, I had to act! The more companies selling good-quality, natural foods, the better! I want to inspire as many people as possible to live their healthiest, happiest life. I want to make convenient, healthy food options available to everyone!

I began with three products: Trail Mix, Trail Bars, and Energy Balls. I rented out kitchen space and made and packaged everything myself. My products were then sold at farmers markets and cafes in Toronto. I am currently undergoing a transition in my product line. My Vegan Superpowers’ all-natural, plant-based protein bar is scheduled to launch this summer. It’s called the Superpower Bar. So stay tuned!

My Vegan Superpowers isn’t just a food business though; it’s an organisation that supports healthy living. It’s based on the belief that proper nutrition coming from plant-based whole foods can transform an average lifestyle; you’ll feel healthy, confident, and energetic… You’ll feel superhuman!

My Vegan Supapowas

#1 Health Tip: Can I give five health tips? (of course!) 1. Fuel your body with nutritious, organic, whole foods 2. Get 8-9 hours of sleep per night 3. Exercise regularly and get outside 4. Spend time with friends and family that you love 5. Practice positive thinking and don’t let others limit your possibilities.

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Top of my reading list: Eat & Run by Scott Jurek. This book is one of my favourites! Jurek describes his journey to becoming an ultra-marathon champion, and he includes running tips and plant-based recipes at the end of each chapter!

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Go to Snack: Homemade vegan protein bars or an apple and trail mix (Superpower trail mix of course: Almonds, pumpkin seeds, sacha inchi seeds, goji berries, and cacao nibs).

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Pantry Staple(s): Hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sacha inchi seeds, goji berries, maca powder, coconut oil, and cacao nibs.

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My Health Philosophy (in a nutshell): Whole food, plant-based, organic food. Anything you would find in nature… Nothing processed!

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Daily Breakfast: Warm water with lemon and ginger, followed by a smoothie. My morning smoothie recipe is usually something like this: Almond milk, kale, banana, blueberries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, maca powder, and coconut oil.

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Plant-Based Cookbook you love the most: Raw Food, Real World by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis. This book will always be special to me; it’s the first plant-based cookbook I ever purchased! It’s great because it has insights about the plant-based lifestyle, amazing photographs, and delicious, gourmet-style recipes.

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Plant-based Blog you’re totally in to: More of a plant based website, but I love HappyCow.net! It’s a ‘Healthy Eating Guide’ that helps travellers and people all over the world find vegan, vegetarian, and healthy food! I find it extremely useful; whenever I go on a trip, I know I don’t have to worry about finding a plant-based restaurant that I can trust!

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Natural Beauty Tip: Mix some jojoba oil in your conditioner! It will make your hair silky smooth!

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Latest Healthy Discovery: The power of positive affirmations. Our thoughts really are closely linked our physical bodies.

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How do you take your tea?: I can’t get enough of Mad Hatter Tea Co.’s Hatter blend. I love anything with lavender in it!

Check back later in the week to learn more of Alessandra’s superpower secrets!

2 comments

  1. LL says:

    Obvs the Hibiscus reference hooked me. I miss Toronto!! I enjoyed the interview and am looking forward to more installments of Just My Cup of Tea :) Off to check out Alessandra’s website…

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