BLISSFUL BABE HANNAH DENHAM JONES
That beautiful face is the woman behind The Vegan Box, and today you get to meet her! Hannah started her business out of pure passion, and it shows in all that she does. It's amazing to watch Hannah play such an active role in the wellness revolution happening right now!
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Tell us a little bit about who you are.
Hi! I'm Hannah, an animal loving, vegan naturopath, and owner of The Vegan Box. I grew up in beautiful Tasmania amongst rolling green hills, and a menagerie of rescued pets, before exploring the world and settling here in Melbourne with my love, Trent. I really dig live music, coffee, raw chocolate, reading books in a hammock, Melbourne summer sunsets, babysitting my niece and pretending she's mine when anyone comments on how cute she is, and travelling our beautiful globe. I hope to shake the world in a gentle way, and to have fun while iIm doing it!
How did you get here? Was there a moment where everything changed?
Animals (and my love for the environment) have always been my 'thing'. I remember even early in primary school I'd spend my lunch time getting the whole playground to sign my latest petition against animal testing, or protection of the Tarkine forest. At a young age I realized I couldn't love animals and eat them too, and so naturally I became vegetarian. It wasn't until around 4 years ago though that I made the transition to veganism overnight, and I've never been happier or healthier. All animals have the right to a life free from oppression and exploitation, and it became very obvious to me that this needed to be my next step.
I don't think anyone who knew me when I was a kid would be surprised that I grew up to own a vegan business. haha!
The Vegan Box allows me to share my cruelty-free, healthy, eco friendly finds with a really wonderful community of like minded souls every month. It also allows me to 'plant the seed' and show people that living a kind life is not as hard as they may have imagined it to be.
What does a regular day looks like for you?
My day usually starts at 6 with a quick jog around my neighbourhood, followed most days by a 'dateorade' (bananas and dates, yum!) or a green smoothie, then some quick kitty cuddles with my fur baby Jiji in the backyard, whilst I check out what vegies are almost ripe for the picking in our garden. I love mornings, it's such a peaceful time of the day. Then I get into all of my emails, before heading out the door. I work in another job as well as running The Vegan Box, so my days are pretty jam packed and always changing, but I generally get to my office around 5pm - where I meet with suppliers, Skype with business buddies and mentors, try out new products that have arrived in the post that day (my favourite part!) and peruse instagram and facebook for way too long!
I love cooking, so when I get home I'm usually pretty excited to whip up a huge vegie creation and settle in for a relaxing evening with Trent and Jiji.
Weekends however are a completely different story - I love nothing more than a MEGA sleep in, vegan pancakes and shopping it up at my local organic store. I wish it could be Saturday everyday, but I'd spend way too much money and get very overweight, haha!
What are your favourite ways to get active?
I absolutely love riding my bike. How else can you get exercise, sunshine, beat traffic, and have a coffee all at the same time?!
I'm also a big fan of pilates and iyengar yoga.
What are the three most important things that you do each day?
- Breakfast smoothie. My brain doesn't work if I don't swig down a smoothie before I leave the house
- Checking in with myself. I often ask myself out loud how I'm doing. If things are getting too much, I take myself to a park or a patch of grass, take off my shoes, and stay there until I feel grounded and connected again.
- Drink 3 litres of filtered (fluroide-free) water. Sometimes it might feel like hard work, but your body really does love it!
In your eyes what does a Whole Housewife look like?
She nurtures and protects her loved ones, which spreads to her community, and to the environment.
It’s my dream to …
Inspire others to live a kinder and more compassionate life
I believe that…
We are on the verge of a huge consciousness shift, people are starting to wake up. It's an exciting time!
Today I’m grateful for…
My husband Trent. He makes me laugh, even when I don't want to. He is my best friend and twin flame.
For a better tomorrow we must …
Practice Ahimsa - respect and compassion for all living things, and the avoidance of violence (both in thoughts and actions) towards ourselves and to others.
What is your favourite meal of the day?
Breakfast for sure! I always start my day with a huge smoothie using whatever's in season. I absolutely LOVE summer fruits and berries, we are just coming into my favourite 'food' time of the year, yay!. If it's the weekend there's usually a second breakfast, featuring tofu scramble or some smashed avo action.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
You can do anything, but not everything - so never be afraid to ask for help, it doesn't mean that you've failed.
Hannah's Tofu Scramble
I hear a lot from people who are trying to find a good replacement for their weekend scrambled eggs, so here's one of my favorite 'DIY' brunches, Tofu Scramble!
- Coconut Oil, 1tbsp
- Onion, 1lge, diced
- Organic Tofu (firm) 400-500g, crumbled
- Kale 1cup, chopped finely
- Tomatoes 2sml, diced
- Parsley 1cup, chopped finely
- Veg Stock Powder, 1tsp
- Tinned Tomatoes, 1 can
- Turmeric, 2tsp
- Cumin (ground) 1/2tsp
- Paprika, 2tsp
- Nutritional Yeast, 1tbsp
Pop all ingredients into a pan (in the above order) and simmer for 7-10 minutes on medium then low heat. Add some salt and pepper (and tabasco if you like things a little more exciting), and serve with delicious fresh bread, avocado, mushrooms, a wedge of lemon, and a generous handful of fresh herbs!