Last summer, I brought treats to my good friends over at Dana Rebecca Designs. They were one of my unofficial taste-testers for my A Year Of Cookies book. They instagrammed me delivering the treats and Tedi Sarah, a customer and follower of DRD, saw the photo. She clicked on me to see my deal and my story stuck with her. Ten months later, she decided to get a certification in plant-based nutrition too! She sent me the kindest email about how grateful she was for the inspiration to pursue it. But really, I’m the one that’s inspired by her.
Tedi is psychotherapist with a masters in counseling psychology and is a certified child life specialist (she’s a smarty-pants). She credits her pup Cody for her original interest in nutrition. She started looking into his diet to feed him the best food and took a deeper look into what was best for people too. You can’t look at Tedi and not smile. The girl literally beams. Her new site gives you a glimpse into why she’s beaming – great food travels, easy recipes, and bunnies! Yes, bunnies. She’s got two. You gotta check them out. After reading Tedi’s email (and seeing her bunnies), I knew she had to be the next Babes In Plantland. She’s not only beautiful, but kind. And I think she’s going to be huge. Here’s more from Tedi!
Name: Tedi Sarah
Relationship status (with plants): They’ve got me totally smitten!
Turn ons (food related): Greens, macro bowls, tacos, falafel, banana bread (all plant-based of course!)
Turn offs (food related): Foods that hurt our bodies, our planet, and our animal friends. And chemical-laden, preservative full, GMO foods…chemicals have no business being on our food!
Favorite way to eat almond butter: On plain Wasa crackers…how can something so simple be so good?
Favorite plant-friendly restaurant in NYC: Do bakeries count? Because if so I’ve got to say Babycakes. 100% vegan, 100% gluten-free, and 100% delicious.
Favorite plant-friendly restaurant in LA: Gracias Madre! 100% plant-based Mexican restaurant with great food and an amazing ambiance.
Best cookbook discovery: Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli. Her book is full of plant-based recipes for the foods we grew up loving. It’s my go-to cookbook when I’m cooking for people who don’t normally eat a plant-based diet. Her recipes are always a hit! I love the curried lentil, squash and apple stew, warm spinach and artichoke dip, and sweet potato gnocchi with sage butter. Yum!
Biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your new site: The biggest and best lesson is that there are so many kind, interesting people to meet in the blogosphere. When you put yourself out there on the internet you are opening yourself up to criticism, but you are also opening yourself up to a whole new community of like-minded people and that has been so amazing!
Restaurant you want to planticize (offer more plant-based options): I used to love afternoon tea at The Drake Hotel in Chicago. How great would it be to have a totally plant-based afternoon tea with plant-based baked goods and finger sandwiches??
Quote that inspires you: “The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” –Ann Wigmore
Fill in the blank. Without plants, I’d be…not nearly as healthy or as strong as I am today.
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