It’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon and I’m standing outside of Pulp juice bar, trying to figure out if it’s just simply a window or if there is a place to sit down inside. I look around, slightly panicked will I have meet The Plantiful’s Isabelle here and take her somewhere else? A sigh of relief comes across me as I realize that there are four tables inside for Pulp partons.
As I sit on the bench outside Pulp scanning the menu and the area around me waiting for Isabelle Strichen of The Plantiful, I spot a petite blonde in a black dress who seems to be glowing. For some reason, I had a feeling it was her, “Isabelle” I said timidly. I was correct and we placed our order, I ordered a refresher smoothie (full of tropical fruits) and she got a cold-brew coffee, as we chat it feels as if we are old friends.
We started to talk about our backgrounds, she studied Urban Planning at university which sparked her interest in the health industry. As she was studying city habits, she kept wondering how and why health in cities was constantly changing. She commented that cities can be good or bad depending on what we’re feeding them. What we eat and how we eat greatly impacts the health of a city.
Isabelle mentioned to me that she always loved veggies and was never interested in meat as a child, thus leading to her initially go vegetarian. Isabelle lived in Paris and was discriminated against because of her vegetarianism. Soon enough, she moved to New York City and made the transition to veganism in 2013.
Isabelle mentioned that with veganism is “ not about being perfect but it’s about giving as much as you can and saving lives”. Imagine just skipping meat once a week and think about how many lives it saves, even from just a day. A lot of people in United States are concerned if Vegans get enough protein and they do just from other sources. Isabelle prefers to get her protein from Beans especially chickpeas, she mentioned that she “ pretty much eat hummus every day”.
She was looking for resources when she first moved to New York City and came across a vlogger known as Sweet Potato Soul (AKA Jenné Claiborne). They ended up working together on a project for Isabelle’s job and became quick friends, leading them to the creation of So Buddhalicious.
As a certified health coaches, Isabelle and Jenné found that most of her clients wanted to make the transition to Veganism but were lacking in resources just like Isabelle (at first). They created this program in hopes that it will help those who want to transition to veganism. Their meal plan is based around something called a Buddha Bowl. A Buddha bowl is a “wholesome meal in bowl”which contains items from every food group, so it’s full of nutrients, flavor and textures. The girls have their full 30-day program as well as a weekend challenge for those who aren’t sure they want to make the time commitment. The programs focuses on seasonally-based recipes but some of Isabelle’s favorites are their sweet Potato falafel bowls as well as their French toast bowls. The program has taken off worldwide and it’s helped countless people finally make the transition to Veganism. How cool is that?
For more information on So Buddhalicious, click here.