Who has time to read food labels? One of the reasons I became a vegetarian is because I got tired and disgusted of reading labels with things I couldn’t even pronounce. Seriously, what the hell is formaldehyde and why would it be okay for me to consume it if it can be used to embalm people? If you have to eat food that comes in a wrapper or packaged; the less ingredients, the better. Just remember, if you can’t read it, don’t eat it.
Ingredients do matter. Plant-based, seasonal and local ingredient meals do a body and the community good. Food With Thought highlights food artisans and specialty food creators who are committed to producing authentic exceptional food that is good for you and produced with the community and environment in mind.
Delicious Yogini founder Nancy Wadsworth created the Two Chocolates Mint Cookie. It is baked with organic chocolates, organic sugars, organic eggs, family farm butter and are non-GMO. Being an animal lover and also a consumer of animal products, Nancy discovered a more humane way to produce her products without factory-farmed ingredients. Mindful purchasing is the most effective “pebble in the pond” and her Delicious Yogini’s Two Chocolates Cookies are baked using butter and eggs from free-range family farms. The dairy cows graze in a pasture and the chickens are given space, air, light and access to the outdoors. Nancy says, “Differences can be made with small thoughtful steps becoming something bigger resulting in compassionate change.”
Tell me a little more about life before you started Delicious Yogini?
Well, let’s see. I guess there are few reinventions in there. But I have been a yoga instructor for many years and I guess what you call an “actor,” in these modern times. I just wanted to start a cookie company. I have a background in many things and I’m trying to tie it all into this really nice cookie with thoughtful purchasing.
Tell me about some of the products that you have under the Delicious Yogini.
Well, were just a bar cookie at this point. But we have our Two Chocolates Mint that just went crazy at Christmas time and in two weeks we are debuting our Two Chocolates Orange.
I notice that on your website you actually post and share your due diligence, why was that important for you to do that?
Well, you know, for a number of reasons. The kindness, of course would be vegan. That’s fantastic if people are vegan, I am not, and many people are not. So, I thought that the biggest “pebble in the pond,” and I do say that in my mission statement, would be to offer and point out that you can buy things with a little more thought. If you need two-dozen eggs, why not buy the free-range? It’s so much kinder. The chickens, they have access to the outdoors. They have air, light, space and that’s just true in some mass production; although they have changed that in California with Proposition 2. That’s cage-free, they haven’t gotten to the range free, yet.
It’s funny. I priced them. You can price them. The free-range, you can get at Trader Joe’s now. It’s only about a dollar more and I’m not trying to get into anybody’s budget, it’s just information I’m giving.
What’s a day in your life like now? Are you still practicing your yoga business?
Every morning. Yes, five mornings a week I still teach yoga. Right now, I’m doing sales calls, fulfillment, shipping and I’m meeting with a rep tonight. I’m hoping to get another agreement. I kind of do everything. It’s a busy day that starts at 5:30am.
Is this the best time of the year (Valentine’s) for you?
Valentine’s isn’t that busy for us. As I said, the holidays are crazy! Next month we’ll be debuting our two chocolate orange.
How can people get your product? How can they reach out to you? Stay connected?
We sell our retail gift box online at our website www.deliciousyogini.com, which is a fantastic gift by the way. And is very … listen to me talk about my own business, but it is. We’re starting to get on local store shelves in Los Angeles and one of the really nice stores in Brentwood, Vicente Foods. We’re in their cookie aisle. Starting tomorrow, we’ll be at this really wonderful coffee shop in Burbank called Romancing the Bean. Isn’t that a cute name? We just keep adding coffee shops and stores to our roster and you can check those out on our website.
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