Guest Foodies, Kath and Jade from Panaceas Pantry share tips on life, conscious eating and making our chai look incredible!

Matcha Cha Smoothie

Matcha Chai Coconut Smoothie

If you haven't seen these guys on Instagram, take a look. With an 180K strong following that's growing exponentially, you'll soon see why.

Kath and Jade are the Panaceas Pantry. They produce beautiful posts that not only look amazing, they tell a very authentic story of living a conscious healthy life.

I caught up with them (between recipes!) to get an insight into what makes them do what they do. It was a lovely chat, here's what they had to say.

Tulsi Turmeric Chai

Tulsi Turmeric Chai

You guys seem to live a fairly low impact life, why is that important to you?

It's difficult to pinpoint that exactly because, for the most part, it is simply what comes naturally to me. Of course, there are obvious factors involved (I care about other people, the planet, and our future immensely), but it's a real natural course for me. I honestly think it would be for everyone if they had means and opportunity. I grew up in a semi-rural area, with conscious, loving parents, vegetarians who loved the outdoors, gardening, giving and reducing, reusing, recycling. It is an easy path to love and to follow. 

Further cementing that, I love to travel. It's when you step outside of your comfort zones and see how other people live, and what they live without (and how happy they are), well- you question how simply you could and should live your life. As I get older, spirituality is a growing factor.

I know that living low-impact improves my happiness, and I cherish that.

Rooibos Turmeric Chai

Rooibos Turmeric Chai (released this week) 

What do you see as the major issues in food in Australia at the moment?

First of all- marketing. Food is such an integral part of every society, and it is pretty heart-breaking to see that that has been completely broken down in Australia.

We have lost our connection to, and knowledge of, what is good for us, and a lack of control on food marketing, advertisements, and bad advice only makes that more problematic. People are confused about what their body needs, what is actually in their food, and what they should be eating.

After that- waste (especially of animal products) and greed. I'm terrified of Australia following in the footsteps of the U.S, especially concerning big business and genetically modified foods.

Matcha Chai

Iced Matcha Chai Coco Frappe 

If you were to make one change to the Australian diet, what would it be?

Eat more plants, and ban 'diet' products- let's eat real food again.

Any words of wisdom that you live by?

I don't have any mantra that I live by, but one of the most important parts of my spirituality is gratitude. Focusing on what you do have, rather than what you don't have, turns the proverbially half empty glass into the half full.

Gratitude takes practice, but if you want to fast-track it, I highly recommend a long trip to India (or anywhere where poverty is rife) ;) 

Alistair Schuback
Alistair Schuback