Babes, I am so happy to have over the wonderful founder of HNINA Tea Time with Vanessa from HNINA Organic Healthy Gourmet Treats
I am so beyond honored to have you here with all of us today, as everyone knows I am a huge fan of HNINA, can you please introduce yourself?
Thank you so much, Andrea! All the honor and the pleasure is mine.!!! My name is Vanessa. I am a former International Business Development Executive who used to work in the cosmetic world after graduating in International Relations and Political Science from the Sorbonne in Paris. My life suddenly changed when I got pregnant with two babies. Twins are genetic in my family and my grandmother lost them. For me, it was a major issue because I have been all my life a huge fan of dark chocolate and had to stop any refined sugar one day after another while having to feed three persons in one. The whole dilemma started and I could not find alert, happy, non-crying little twins. I understand the nutritional power of those functional superfood raw dark chocolate truffles.
Wow, Vanessa. Thank you so much for being so open with us and sharing such an intimate part of your life.
Can you share with us part of your morning routine?
I wake up at 5:30, take a few minutes to be grateful to the world, stretch and start preparing the lunch boxes for my kids. Then I prepare their breakfast, my green smoothie and run to take them to school on time. (which can be a challenge sometimes.! ) When I come back that’s when I have some time to take a breakfast.
Your ideal breakfast, and I know you have chocolate and veggie cake all the time (from seeing your stories)?
Yes absolutely. Each morning I am having this incredible raw chocolate fondant which is like Hnina is super nourishing because composed of vegetables and dark chocolate. It does not contain any refined sugar, dairy or any grains. I add Nuts About Chocolate Hazelnuts + Almonds, Coconut + Brazil nuts + Almonds and Walnuts + cashews, Hemp + Pumpkin + Sunflower + Flax + Sesame Seeds on top and am trying to rotate them. I have seen lately that most studies are showing the power of healthy fat for breakfast which makes me understand why Hnina is so nourishing. Sometimes, I can even forget to eat lunch (I don’t recommend!) because I am still satisfied full and happy.
What are your thoughts when it comes to wellness, and living a more balanced and healthier life?
I think that trying to listen to our body is key. I learned this during pregnancy. I never had to do this before as I was just focusing on traveling, sports, and my carrier. Also, trying to make the maximum cooking rather than buying food already pre-made for you. Avoiding plastic, palm oil, ANY refined or processed sugar (fructose found in “healthier alternative” such as agave or even coconut sugar), dairy, wax, dairy, artificial flavors, soy, preservatives, and grains. Fermented and sprouted food is incredible!
Favorite mantra or quote?
Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”
Your favorite self-love practice?
Breathing, running and dancing.
You have two kids, and a growing business how do you balance it all and stay sane in the midst of a busy day?
I have the kids help me 🙂 They understand this way how important it is for a woman to be independent and how you need to work very hard to make it. They learn a lot by imitation and by the way we react more even than by the things we say.
What are you most excited about in 2018?
Spreading the word around Hnina and make sure that people understand more and more than gourmet food does not have to be inflammatory or bad for you. Health is found in the most delicious foods.
Do you have any exciting plans that you can share with us involving HNINA.? I do know from watching from Expo West that CBD is in the future.
Hnina is going to probably continue and pursue its local and global expansion within the next two years and you are correct we are developing products contains CBD. We are in owing to the abilities of very pure CBD and what it does to the body and to our mind. Between the 700 compounds of our raw dark cacao, the functional abilities of our delicious sprouted nuts and seeds, all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that Hnina and Nuts About Chocolate contain, can you imagine the bio-availabilities of what this pure super-food will be?
Where can people connect with you?
Best is to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. People can also contact me via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Babes you can check out HNINA and get some chocolate goodies by going to their website here.