Today I’m chatting with the lovely Amanda Meggison who is the founder of Tarian Pantry. Amanda is a plant lover who is passionate about sustainable, local and organic produce. She’s not just a pretty face either. Amanda has been working in the organic food industry for the past 8 years and has a certificate in nutrition and diet and a certificate in sports nutrition. Amanda created Tarian Pantry to help others achieve optimum health and wellbeing through diet and exercise. Tarian offers beautiful healthy hampers and health and lifestyle coaching with more to come! Meet Amanda…
Tell us about your journey, what sparked your passion for the health and wellness industry?
Our journey started with the desire to help change people’s perceptions about vegan diets or as we like to refer to them as, plant based diets. We knew we were living proof that you could eat a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, grains and legumes and still have your cake and eat it too!
Tarian Pantry is about a healthier lifestyle and one that is open and available to everyone. You like us, just have to choose to follow it. This thought process continually sparks our enthusiasm for the industry.
What’s your number one wellness tip?
To believe, you are what you eat. We need to be more mindful when it comes to the foods we eat, that buying and eating fresh vibrant and seasonal foods is doing nothing but good for your body from the inside out. Eat well and your health and body image will reflect this.
What’s your one non-negotiable when it comes to your health?
To consume food in their natural state, foods that have had little to no processing. Nature has provided us with an exceptional range of foods, it seems so wrong that we add preservatives and additives in order to make them taste better i.e. add more sugar and salt in order to make them last longer. Foods should be enjoyed fresh and seasonal, that’s the way nature intended us to eat them and how our bodies best respond to what we are eating.
What motto do you live by?
Eat well. Be well.
What is your proudest achievement?
Launching Tarian Pantry of course. Our passion and love for food is well documented in words and images via our website and social media pages. We longed to be able to have an avenue to promote the benefits of a plant based diet and help people realise; you can eat more than just lentils & tofu when going Tarian.
What are your goals for the future?
Tarian Pantry has many goals for the future; our immediate one is the launch of our online store selling a range of Tarian hampers. Our online store will go live in October but we are now selling them in a very organic way in order to test the waters.
We then hope to grow our business by opening a café & market garden; we plan to do this along with our twin sister, Rebecca who owns a business called Greenhill Living which promotes the benefits of growing and developing your own organic vegetable garden. The future is full of growth and good food.
Tell us something not many people know about you?
We love our sport and exercise as much as we love our food. We know that in order to feel well and be well you have to eat and train well. We are powered by plants and believe our diet is what helps us continue to set our physical goals.
We train best to a plan and whatever time of the year, we are always ticking off our daily check list after a session of running, cycling or swimming. Our next major goal is the Melbourne marathon in October where we hope to run 42.2km in less than 3:30.
Can you share with us one of your favourite recipes?
If you follow Tarian, you will know we love soup almost as much as we love our husband!!! Soup to us is so much more than just a starter, it’s a nutrient packed meal that ticks all the boxes. Our favourite soup to make no matter what the season is our Tomato, Kale and Quinoa soup; it’s a one-pot soup that is full of flavour not to mention full of key nutrients such as iron and protein.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 leek, finely sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
½ tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp smoked paprika
1.5L vegetable stock
400g can organic whole tomatoes
Handful French green lentils
60g kale, roughly chopped
125g white quinoa
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Handful parsley, roughly chopped
In a large saucepan over a medium to low heat, gently fry leeks, garlic, chilli and paprika in the olive oil until leeks are soft, around 10 minutes. Add the vegetable stock, whole canned tomatoes and French green lentil and bring mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat and add the kale and quinoa. Season to taste. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked i.e. resembles ‘curls’. Stir through the parsley. Serve.
Where can we find you?
You can find Tarian Pantry at:
Facebook: Tarian Pantry (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tarian-Pantry)
Twitter: Tarian Pantry (https://twitter.com/tarianpantry)
Instragram: tarianpantry (http://instagram.com/tarianpantry)
Do you believe that we are what we eat?