Vanessa Oliveira and Thiago Miquilino are the two faces of Soul – Alimentação Saudável e do Bem (Healthy Food and Welfare). Concerned about the health of their customers and the environment and society in which they live, they have developed a set of alternative, inclusive and healthy recipes. Every day they work to make the project more sustainable.
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In order to provide its customers with healthy and tasty food,…
… Vanessa and Thiago run Soul, a cafeteria and pastry shop 100% based on plants and also without gluten, refined sugar and artificial preservatives. It also has some sugar-free options. They also hold workshops, lectures, activities such as coffee talks and events that always focus on food, health or sustainability.
… cow’s milk protein allergy and gluten intolerance, led to a change in life and eating habits of Vanessa and the birth of Soul. Vanessa, together with Thiago, took advantage of this change and turned Soul into an awareness project for a more sustainable world and the need to take care of the planet we inhabit and our health. “It all starts with food”.
… intends to support people to acquire a more inclusive, healthy, conscious and balanced diet. The promotion of inclusive diets is a way of not “discriminating” in terms of food, any individual. That is, it will not be due to the fact that a person has some food restriction, either due to allergy, intolerance or lifestyle, that they will not be able to acquire healthy, tasty and conscious food.
“Our mission is to contribute to the construction of healthier human beings and to remember that conscious choices are important and so the focus on the search for more health and a better world".
… it’s a concern for Vanessa and Thiago. They demonstrate it through their alternative products 100% plant-based and seasonal and with their concern for the environment and for the life that exists in this Planet. In addition, the Soul space was built with 90% second-hand items and made by the couple. They reuse glass bottles to serve drinks and have an application that allows them to reduce food waste.
They are responsible for the “Bring your little pot” campaign to encourage customers to bring their jar from home to take take-away food to avoid environmental pollution with packaging.
Food residues are reused, for example, almond milk residues are used to make the seasoned almond ricotta, the chickpeas cooking water is used to make aguafaba and the hazelnut and peanut milk residues are used to make cookies and muffins.
They are working day by day to be a zero waste cafeteria. J
The challenges that Soul is going through, at this moment,…
… there are some, for example, the impossibility of using compost because the place where they are does not allow it. Sometimes they still have to use plastics to freeze and pack products. The disposal of coffee capsules is also a problem, being looking for projects that reuse the capsules. The lack of capital to invest in the realization of some more sustainable and healthy ideas is a huge “pain” to Vanessa and Thiago.
Vanessa’s perception of the alternative food market in Braga, Portugal…
… is that there is still some resistance to this type of food and, on the other hand, there is a certain radicalism on the part of those who raise the banner of “being vegan”, which ends up hampering the relationship with the most conservative and resistant people. Unfortunately there is also a certain individualism, which prevents everyone from walking together to achieve the same goals.
In Portugal, large cities are more receptive to this type of market, eventually attracting more consumers. Vanessa being Brazilian and comparing this market in Brazil with the Portuguese one, note that the concern with healthy eating is much greater in Brazil than in Portugal.
For Vanessa, a way to promote more sustainable food systems would be…
… the generation of proposals to encourage this kind of subjects, on the part of governments at the global level and end the lobbies that exist between governments and some industries with a lot of economic power. It is necessary for societies to reflect and become aware of the importance of achieving a “greater good and for all” and not just generating profits.
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