Los Angeles by way of downtown New York City, Amanda Chantal Bacon is the green juice goddess. No really, she swears by the stuff and after realizing her love for all things green and good-for-you, this healthy hot mama decided to make it her business. In 2012, Amanda opened the first Moon Juice in Venice Beach, CA and the company is now a cult favorite of health conscious celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley. Celebrity followers aside, the real reason heymama loves Amanda Chantal Bacon is that she has taken her passion for a healthy lifestyle and used it to help others feel better through food! Read on to learn more about Amanda, Moon Juice, and why YOU should start rubbing carrot oil on your face.
1. How did you go from chef to making juice? Was this an easy jump to make or did people think you were crazy?
I started Moon Juice in 2012. I was a chef and had worked with Alice waters and Suzanne Goin and was poised to open a restaurant in LA. Through divine inspiration I took a brief pause to really open myself up to what was truly needed in the world and how to use my voice to change it. I wanted to bridge the gap between the healing world and the foodie world as I had done for myself.
2. How do you start your day? What is a typical breakfast like for you?
A warm morning chi drink on way to school drop off, I drink it in the car! It contains more than 25 grams of plant protein, thanks to vanilla mushroom protein and stone ground almond butter, and also has the super endocrine, brain, immunity, and libido- boosting powers of Brain Dust, cordyceps, reishi, maca, and Shilajit resin. I throw ho shou wu and pearl in as part of my beauty regime. I chase it with three quinton shots for mineralization and two lipospheric vitamin B-complex packets for energy.
3. What’s your advice on staying healthy when you’re really busy?
I work non-stop and have a three-year-old, I’m on a mission and its go, go, go. My body and brain couldn’t keep up with my life if I were on a low fat diet. I have personally felt the effects of getting enough good fat into my diet and it has radically enhanced my energy, stabilized hormones, and nourished the nervous system. Also, setting your pantry up with a bunch of the staples and eating a lot of live food is easier than cooking meals every day.
I have personally felt the effects of getting enough good fat into my diet and it has radically enhanced my energy, stabilized hormones, and nourished the nervous system.
4. I just read an interview where you outline your meal plan for the day and felt instantly jealous and inadequate thinking about my carb and take out filled food day. What are two quick healthy changes a New Yorker on the go can make to her diet?
Eat more live food – even if that means sprinkling some fresh herbs on your pasta. Also, adaptogenic herbs are the most important group of herbs to take in the now age; they’ve been treasured in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries, to boost energy and resilience. Adaptogens not only increase the resistance to the negative effects of long-term stress, but can relax you and energize you at the same time, while also being tonic, meaning they are immune-stimulating and increase your peace. I am always snacking on adaptogenic herb mixes. You start your day with something that’s so heavy with these herbs that have so many minerals, aminos and adaptogens that really get into your system. Something like my morning drink which is loaded with good, raw, healthy fat, so you’re feeling great. You’re not feeling like you need to have that bagel and cream cheese or the crash after coffee. So it’s snacking but it’s a purposely potent snacking. All you need in most cases in ½-1 tsp so a jar can last you months!
Adaptogens not only increase the resistance to the negative effects of long-term stress, but can relax you and energize you at the same time, while also being tonic, meaning they are immune-stimulating and increase your peace. I am always snacking on adaptogenic herb mixes.
5. What are some things we can keep in our pantry to create healthy simple meals?
Fresh herbs and organic vegetables, fermented veggies, good quality olive oil and sea salt.
6. What’s been your biggest pinch me moment?
Every day on this ride of my life called Moon Juice!
7. You opened you first store while you were pregnant? What was that experience like? How did you juggle everything with no sleep?
I found out I was pregnant with my son Rohan a week after I signed the lease on the first Moon Juice Shop, on Rose Avenue in Venice. It was the size of a shoebox, but as a New Yorker, I knew that small and cramped could work. What I didn’t know was how I could possibly nurture and give birth to both a human and a business at the same time. Once Rohan was born, I barely slept, I would get up in the middle of the night to feast on juices, avocados, and coconut yogurt to feed my own body as I was providing sustenance to my ravenous baby boy. I was completely energized by the bliss of birth and meeting Rohan and of seeing my dream become a reality, I will never be able to separate the birth of my child from the birth of Moon Juice, but it was a time that really pushed me to put these foods and herbs that I believed in really on the line.
Once Rohan was born, I barely slept, I would get up in the middle of the night to feast on juices, avocados, and coconut yogurt to feed my own body as I was providing sustenance to my ravenous baby boy.
Clair de Lune – it’s a collaboration I did with Odacite. It’s a box set that comes with a little spray made of Bulgarian organic rose and fresh aloe that you spray on your face. And then I take two to three drops of the pressed wild carrot seed oil and I spread it with my fingertips on my face. It’s like juice for your face. It’s not cut with anything. It smells like a perfume-y dirt. I put this on three times a day and it just sinks in and is on par with my advocating for us to be eating good raw fat internally, we should also be putting pure essential oil onto our face. I think that we were all taught in the ’90s if you eat fat you get fat and if you put fat on your face, you get pimples. Both of those things are incorrect. Part of doing this collaboration was to get the re-education of anointing ourselves with oil.
I think that we were all taught in the ’90s if you eat fat you get fat and if you put fat on your face, you get pimples. Both of those things are incorrect.
The other thing I drink all day long is Beauty Dust, which has schizandra, pearl and goji mixed with water. I just tap it into a water bottle, though you can do it hot or cold. Skin and hair love it. I don’t brush my hair or put anything in it. I feed my hair from the inside and the Beauty Dust keeps it shiny and lustrous throughout the seasons. It’s like drinking the new-age version of Snapple iced tea all day.
I feed my hair from the inside and the Beauty Dust keeps it shiny and lustrous throughout the seasons. It’s like drinking the new-age version of Snapple iced tea all day.
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