Amanda Rootsey is a vegan model and one of the founders of Vegan Era. We were lucky enough to catch up with Amanda recently who shared with us some of her beauty and health tips.
1. What do you feel are the main benefits for people who make the switch to a plant based diet?
There are so many benefits- on a personal level you just feel so so good! You feel great physically, your head feels clearer and you feel good because you know you are doing the most important thing for the planet and saving the beautiful animals.
2. What is your favourite vegan recipe?
Shepherd’s Pie! :
4 Large potatoes, diced
1 Cup rice milk
½ Cup vegetable stock
2 Onions chopped
1 Large chilli
2 Carrots, sliced
2 Celery stalks, sliced
½ Teaspoon Paprika
1 Can chopped tomatoes
Salt & Pepper
1 Can kidney beans
2 Tablespoons Tamari
Dice potatoes and steam until tender . Mash, adding enough soymilk so
it is smooth and spreadable. Add salt to taste, and leave to side.
In a large pot, heat vegetable stock and cook the onions f or 3 minutes.
Add the chilli , carrot, and celery and cook for 5 minutes over medium
heat. Cover, and simmer for a further 7 minutes, stirring occasional l y.
Preheat oven at around 200 degree Celsius.
Place the vegetables into a 9” x 13” baking dish and spread the mashed
potato evenly over the top. Sprinkle with paprika, bake for 25 minutes.
Recipe from Compassionate Cooking for a Vegan Era. http://www.veganera.com
3. Do you have a favourite vegan restaurant or cafe?
Loving Hut in Brisbane
4. What has been the highlight of your modelling career so far?
Working in Italy and Germany at the beginning of this year. It was such a great experience to live and work in another culture and explore a bit of the world at the same time.
5. Do you have any beauty tips you would like to share with our readers?
A balanced vegan diet without too many processed foods or sugar. For your skin and hair, make sure you include some Flaxseed Oil in your diet as well. I will have a book online soon called A Modern Girl’s Guide to Healthy Eating. It will be available at http://www.veganera.com. I also recommend using all natural, vegan products in your skin care routine, as your pores can absorb a lot of the chemicals found in many skin care products. There are many options available now that are inexpensive, such as Natural Instinct, Sukin, Pure Earth Noosa, etc.
6. What is your must-have beauty product that you do not leave the house without? Paw Paw Ointment
7. Please tell us a bit about Vegan Era?
Vegan Era was established in 2009 to bring the earth and animal – saving message to the world. Vegan era offers free starter kits and cook books, informative videos and nutritional information about leading this compassionate lifestyle. My partner, David Rafter and myself felt there was a need to lighten up the world with the latest news and opinions on transitioning to this beautiful life. We also love bringing like minded people together and watching the Vegan community grow. One of our main goals was to keep it pretty light and fun.
8. What kind of response have you had?
We’ve had an overwhelming response and it has continued to grow. We now have a large community who receive our regular e-newsletters and knowledgable contributors to the site from all over the world. We also have an online store selling fair-trade and hand made organic clothes and jewelry, all designed by us and created in the most earth-loving, people-friendly and, of course, animal-loving manner.
9. What’s coming up for Vegan Era?
Adopting the ‘think global, act local’ attitude by bringing our friends around the world together to share one common goal in issuing in a vegan era!
You can check out Amanda’s vegan website at http://www.veganera.com