TNL: How would you describe eat well, feel well?
Anna: Eat Well. Feel Well. is a plant-based nutrition poster meant to help anyone to get an easy overview of all the goodness that plants like vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds offer. From learning the dose of vitamins and minerals in each food; easy access to the nutritional information of each plant, like protein, fat, fiber and carbohydrates; to understanding the role of each vitamin and mineral. Its like an at-a-glance reference to hang in your kitchen, to learn and grow from or to give it away as a gift.
TNL: When did you turn Vegan and why?
Anna: I gave up meat about 14 years ago, when I started a new career in the US. It was pretty standard at our office that everyone would bring their own lunch everyday. One of my co-workers was vegetarian and showed me that delicious + easy meals do not need to include meat. How simple and almost silly that sounds today! She gave me the inspiration I needed for new recipes therefore I finally felt like, "I CAN DO IT.” And since then I never looked back.
And then in 2018 I cut out all animal products [ although once in a while I can’t resist a good croissant ]. Books, cookbooks, blogs and podcasts have given me the knowledge, inspiration and gratitude which has moved me towards a plant-based diet. In 2017 I started a one-year program to become a Health Coach @ IIN [ Institute of Integrative Nutrition ] to further deepen my understanding of nutrition. I loved every minute of it and it showed me that we as individuals have the power to nourish our bodies. We only have one body, better to treat it with knowledge, respect and care.
TNL: Favorite supplement for you and your family ?
Anna: Our non-negotiables are Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. We usually start the day with a green smoothie and if it’s not possible because of traveling for example, we take a green powder which covers the basics (Vitamineral Green by Healthforce Superfoods or Athletic Greens ].
TNL: Favorite hotel you went to ? Favorite travel you did ?
Anna: Oh, its difficult to just choose one. We both love small, intimate hotels and did our honeymoon [ a year after our marriage ] in a tiny hotel with only 5 rooms on the Caribbean island of Mustique, which was unbelievably special. It was called Firefly but has closed its doors sadly.
TNL: Would you like to share a recipe with our community?
Anna: One of our most cooked dishes must be a crispy tofu recipe by @Sophia Roe
1 big block of tofu (500g)
2 tbsp of cornstarch
3 shallots, finely cubed
2 cm of ginger, grated
5 garlic cloves, grated
1/3 cup coconut aminos
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
Cut the tofu in 1cm slices. Spread on kitchen towel and wrap. Put something heavy on top so it squeezes out all the extra water. At least 30 min pressing time.
After pressing, cut into cubes. Then heat up avocado oil in the pan while mixing tofu cubes with corn starch (to get the tofu crispy). Get tofu brown and crispy on all sides. Once crispy, put tofu in a bowl and keep it warm in the oven.
Now onto the sauce: Saute shallots, garlic and ginger in coconut oil on low heat. Add a little bit of fresh grinded black pepper. Cook for 8-10 min. While cooking blend together: coconut aminos + mustard + rice vinegar and add to the shallot-mix. Mix well.
Add crispy tofu back into the pan. Add cilantro and serve with whatever makes your heart + belly full. It's so addictive.
TNL: which tips would you like to share for people who want to reduce animal products ?
Anna: Start by picking out 5-10 recipes you would love to try and replace 1 meal a day. Keep this habit for several weeks. Watching documentaries [ The Game Changers, Forks over knives, What the health, Cowspiracy, Food Inc. ] helped me enormously too. The visual force has some extra power.
TNL: Two things you do daily to make you motivated ?
Anna: I start my day with a breathing meditation, sometimes 10 minutes, on weekends - if I am lucky and in the mood - 20 min. And daily movement, usually a Melissa Wood workout. Can’t live without.
TNL: Your passion?
Anna: Food. Food. Food. But also ceramics, traveling, painting, interior design and podcasts.
TNL: Can you recall a moment in your life that NUDGED you the most?
Anna: When I became a mom for the first time, the realization to really be responsible for another human being and there is no turning back.
TNL: Favorite natural Vegan Skin care?
Anna: May Lindstrom
TNL: What nudge do you recommend for others to push themselves to do better or to break the routine ?
Anna: To believe in yourself that you are worth it.
Thank you so much for being part of The Nudge Lisboa <3