We've heard so much about the virtues of eating more plants- everything from improving your diet to benefiting the planet- so we wanted to dig into the plant-based movement with Silvana, the chef and founder of Soul Cocina. We talked about the inspiration behind her tasty and colorful meals, and why she believes everyone can benefit from incorporating more veggies into their diet. She specializes in plant-based & gluten free meals that are wholesome and delicious, and you can find her menu on Supper Meals each week.
SM: What inspires you to cook?
Silvana: At Soul Cocina, we understand the time and effort it takes to eat healthy. Our aim is to deliver ready-made meals that both taste amazing and are rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. All you need to do is reheat and enjoy!
I'm originally from a Latin American culture that is centered on community and agriculture, so I wanted to bring that to North Carolina with Soul Cocina, a culinary experience that focuses on healthy, mindful eating.
SM: How would you describe your nutrition philosophy?
Silvana: We don’t believe in stringent calorie counting. Instead, we believe in counting the quality of nutrition. Good fats are essential to optimal body function. Your body cannot live without fat! If you eat wholefoods, sugar-free, plant-based food, your body is going to process it quickly and efficiently, converting it into a vital energy source. It’s going to heal your body, nourish your cells, increase your skin elasticity and boost your brain function.
All of our products are 100% free of refined sugar, gluten and wheat free, no added MSG, artificial coloring, additives or preservatives and 100% fresh. Our meals do not contain eggs, dairy, or any other animal products. We don’t believe in fad or short-term diets; instead, we believe in creating long term, sustainable and healthy eating choices to give you a renewed vitality and the natural tools to thrive and feel the best you possibly can.
SM: We're loving your packaging! Can you talk a little about how you think about eating plant-based in the context of sustainability?
Silvana: Healthy food deserves healthy packaging. We use sustainable, compostable, biodegradable and recyclable packaging. Our packaging is made from plant fibers, is free of harmful chemicals and is safe for the environment. Our containers are microwave, oven and freezer safe. The lids are microwave safe but not oven safe.