If you can imagine meeting someone who reminds you of a bowl of sunshine mixed with love, rainbows, and unicorns balanced with a bold, feminine and warrior princess persona, this is how I would describe Angela Argentina.
When I met Angela just over a year ago at an event, she had just finished participating in the Veg Fest parade. Angela has many gifts and talents. She is a vegan chef, founder of Kindred Kitchens, an eco-sustainability activist, a meditation and yoga teacher.
Kindred Kitchens stemmed from a project called Kindred Spirits with a vision to partner with like minded people whose mission it is to reach a higher level of consciousness working collectively together to achieve abundance, equal opportunity, health, and prosperity. Angela believes that “Food is the ingredient that binds us together, no matter what your background, beliefs or religion are”.
Her unwavering passion drives the mission home: to educate and teach the world how we go about creating more sustainable options for food waste and packaging, how to nourish their bodies by eating more plant based foods and to empower and enlighten people as consumers – bringing awareness to human trafficking and supporting organizations or events like Compassion on the Streets, Echo Movement, Feed It Forward, Lilac Project, Pride Parade, and Veg Fest. Angela is one warrior princess who is constantly looking for ways to serve the community and humanity.
One of her newest endeavours is to create social change with food as the catalyst to support local businesses through her project Restaurant Revolution. With many local businesses suffering due to the pandemic, Angela’s intention is to bring more people together to participate in community kitchens with shared responsibilities. There are many logistical challenges and details to consider but Angela will not stop in finding the solutions necessary to make it happen.
Angela volunteers her time with Compassion on the Streets – a grassroots organization that delivers basic necessities and vegan meals to people living on the streets. She is committed to reducing the use of single use plastics and puts this passion to use in her job as Vegan Chef for Crisper. The company offers ‘zero waste’ meal deliveries
Angela’s passion for more sustainable options for food packaging and providing alternatives to reduce the use of single use plastics. Kindred Kitchens will launch Crisper Kits in October offering the first 100% plant based, zero waste meal service. Kits can be delivered to your door so stay tuned to her website for more details on this service. In her research, she found that we consume 30,000 tonnes of single use containers weekly when we order fast food or delivery.
During her research, she found that on average, weekly fast food or food delivery service accounts for 30,000 tonnes of single use containers and that these are mostly plastic. We must all do our part to reduce our carbon footprint, consume less single-use plastic, and continue to educate ourselves on the impact we can have if we pay more attention while making purchases, ordering food, and what type of plastic recycling is available in our own community.
If that isn’t enough, Angela has also partnered with a group of women building a site called Unity Grow where their mission is to empower others to start growing their own food. The site will serve as a resource and will include information on how to start growing microgreens and sprouting. Angela’s message is heartfelt “Your health is your wealth and if you do not have a lot of time, then having a connection to a source where you can purchase healthy prepared meals. Growing your own produce and making your own meals is another way to ensure that you are eating healthy.”
Angela is currently working on a cookbook which she hopes to complete by the end of 2020. It provides the reader with a holistic approach to food not just a cookbook with recipes. She will include information and resources to help people understand why and how they can cultivate a healthier relationship with food and explore different ways to prepare meals that can connect to your soul and heal your body.
Angela is a jack of all trades. She is a hero for Mother Earth, a hero to animals, and a hero to humanity saving the world one meal at a time, one community at a time, one project at a time, and one movement at a time.