Ani Phyo's Veggie Girl Power Interview!

Today's inspiring Veggie Girl Power lady is raw food book author and chef Ani Phyo!

Four words I'd use to describe Ani: creative, charismatic, talented and vibrant. Get to know Ani!..

Ani Phyo is one of my favorite raw food authors. Many at-home cooks (omnivores and vegans!) are mystified by raw food cooking. Nuts, seeds, coconut oil, dehydrators, vegetable noodles, raw bread, kale chips, algae and more can leave the average at-home cook overwhelmed and ready to reach for the microwave!

..But it's authors like Ani that bring us into the light and truly make it all "look easy" - and most of the time raw food 'cooking' is actually easier than we think!

Raw Vegan Chef! True story! I sat down to watch a few of Ani's YouTube videos while preparing this post and I got blissfully lost for a few hours viewing Ani's recipes, TV appearances and raw food insights. Just by listening to her stories and watching her cook I picked up a few awesome tips and tricks - and was inspired to try more raw food cooking in my own kitchen! Bravo Ani. Check out a few of these fun videos (many more on her YouTube channel)...

Yummy Raw Layer Cake..

Awesome Test Kitchen event prep video (w/ a Top Chef and Next Food Network Star Chef-testant)...

Veggie Girl Power Interview: Ani Phyo

1. DRIVE: Yawn, sunrise, what is the first food/drink you reach for to start your "Veggie Girl Power" day?

Ani: Matcha, maca, cacao, spirulina, moranga smoothie made up of some or all of these ingredients.

2. SKILLS: What foods/veg products have you discovered that you simply couldn't live without?

Ani: Sea Vegetables and blue green algaes like cholorella.

3. HEART: As a "Veggie Girl Power" trailblazer you inspire many girls, who or what has inspired you?

Ani: Connecting our children to their food sources and the earth.

4. EXPERIENCE: When people ask you why you 'went VEG' what is your usual answer?

Ani: Meat just grossed me out, it was too close to human flesh, I didn't like the taste or texture.

5. CREATIVITY: Anyone can eat carrot sticks and hummus, but give us your most creative/oddball vegan snack idea!

Ani: Power balls made of ground flax, cacao, mesquite, maca, almonds, splash of water to hold it all together, sometimes I add gojis.

6. DEDICATION: When you first "went veg" what was the hardest part? - and how did you overcome those obstacles?

Surprised to discover how many prepared foods use meat stock or even for example bacon fat in hummus! Always ask how food is made before ordering. I tell people I have an allergy, this makes them take it seriously.

7. WISDOM: Words to live by: what is a favorite life tip or quote of wisdom?

Ani: Gratitude and counting our many blessings.

8. GRACE: How do you respond to negative comments from critics, in real life or online?

Ani: Everyone has their point of view. We all have unique paths in life. It's their opinion, they're entitled to having an opinion. I like to try my best to take them into consideration to help me grow. I actually love and welcome criticism.

9. PASSION: What is the one message that you always try to project to your fans/followers?

Ani: Be happy, have gratitude, be love.

10. PERSONALITY: Who would you award the "Veggie Girl Power" label to? And what have you learned from them?

Ani: Stella McCartney for creating vegan fashions I love.

Bonus Holiday Question: Veggie Girl Advice! - How do you get through the (not-always-veg-friendly) holiday season smiling and feeling fabulous from the inside-out?

Take food with me to gatherings that I want to eat, make extras to share with everyone else.

Hear more from Ani on her website:

Twitter: @AniPhyo
Ani Phyo Facebook Fan Page
You Tube Channel: Ani Phyo
Also see,

Complete VGP Series Schedule 2010
Last Years VGP Series 2009

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