FEMALE FOUNDERS WE LOVE ❤️

ROMA PATEL:
FOUNDER OF TEJARI

As a working mom, finding ways to sneak in the healthy stuff is the name of the game!

Not just for the kids, but for us too!

Most days we're ill-prepared for meetings running overtime, errands sticking us in traffic right as hunger pangs start, or finding 'filler' snacks for both the kids when doinh after-school activities, so when we were introduced to Tejari a lightbulb went off.

We especially love the convenient single-serving packages of really yummy, plant-based super-food proteins that are packed with vitamins and minerals.

And the best part? Tejari is a woman-owned and run company! In an industry as competitive as 'Protein Powders', we are so excited to shop-small and support another mama making a difference. ✨

Q. What does ‘Tejari’ mean and what is its significance to you?

A. Tejari is named after my two boys, Ari and Tej, and it drives me so much more to create change and be resilient. The inspiration behind Tejari was honestly a mix of my own childhood and how I wanted to raise my boys. Nutrition and wellness have always been incredibly important to both me and my husband, so we wanted to make it a priority for our family. However, with a hectic lifestyle, traveling often and limited time for self-care, I desperately needed ‘healthy’ to be easier. So, I looked for convenient options that didn’t include empty calories, tons of added sugar, or cheap ingredients. Easy, right? Not so much.

Unfortunately, this pursuit failed miserably. So, just like that, I decided to partner with the most incredible nutritionists and food scientists I know with the intention of pushing all the boundaries. The result? Organic, vegan protein blends with simple ingredients that are delicious, good for you, and beyond enjoyable to incorporate into your day in a variety of ways.

Food is overwhelming for many of us, myself included. I know how hard it is to plan for every meal, and it’s great to be able to offer a solution to families.

"The possibilities are endless when it comes to our Tejari blends... As we’re spending more time at home, we’ve been able to experiment with vegan cheesecakes and protein-filled energy balls. So yummy! Our 4-ingredient cookies are a go-to for the summer."

Q. The last two years have been a struggle for most, if not all of us…how did you get through the worst of it and how is life different now for you and the business?

A. It’s definitely tough! I realized I needed to adapt to this new way of living and working. So, I completely rearranged my calendar to allow time with my two young boys, as well as efficiency with my work. Naturally, my husband and I are sharing the juggle, which is why having a strong support system is invaluable! In addition, at the heart of our brand is a commitment to giving back—starting from day one. We’re excited to support Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.


Q. Your business was created from the need to nourish your family, so how else has motherhood changed your life?

A. Being a mother has taught me to be present and embrace change. I absolutely love our bedtime routine and story time together, for more reasons than one. Aside from the snuggle sessions, my oldest, Ari, is now learning how to read, so he’s beginning to read short stories to his younger brother, Tej. As you can imagine, it’s so heartwarming to see their bond grow as they get older.

Q. Your website is packed full of recipes, we’ve got the delicious (and so easy to make) cookies on this blog, but what are other favourite go-to recipes that you recommend that the entire family loves?

A.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to our Tejari blends! Smoothies are a household favorite, hands down. My five-year-old, Ari, grabs his go-to ingredients while Tej, my two-year-old, always finds some way to participate. It’s an undeniably easy way for us to get our nutrition for the day. Plus, it’s so filling! I also love incorporating Tejari into energy bites and even our favorite baked goods. As we’re spending more time at home, we’ve been able to experiment with vegan cheesecakes and protein-filled energy balls. So yummy! Our 4-ingredient cookies are a go-to for the summer. (recipe below)

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world (sans COVID) where would you be & why?

A. We fell in love with Switerzland and have always dreamt of what it would be like to live there. Beautiful mountains, better work life balance, emphasis on sports and almost free education! And, not to mention, the food, wine and chocolates.


@TEJARIANDCO's 4 INGREDIENT BREAKFAST COOKIES

These healthy and delicious 4-ingredient banana oatmeal cookies are ridiculously healthy, subtly sweet, and vegan! Made with Tejari Golden Banana Blend and no flour, these cookies are great for both breakfast and dessert! Oddbird Founder, Ceren, whipped this recipe up with her youngest daughters at home in LA and loved them, so we wanted to share it with you!

INGREDIENTS:

ORGANICE BANANAS (RIPE)
TEJARI ORGANIC BANANA BLEND
ROLLED OATS
WALNUTS (CHOPPED)

METHOD:

1. START BY PREHEATING THE OVEN TO 350°F.
2. IN A BOWL, MASH TOGETHER THE BANANAS UNTIL SOFTENED
3. ADD TEJARI ORGANIC BANANA BLEND AND MIX UNTIL SMOOTH AND COMBINED
4. GENTLY FOLD IN THE OATS AND CHOPPED WALNUTS.
5. ON A PARCHMENT-LINED SHEET PAN, CAREFULLY PLACE  SPOONFULS OF COOKIE BATTER AND FLATTEN THEM OUT WITH A FORK, KEEPING THEM ROUGHLY 1″ APART.
6. BAKE UNTIL FFOLDEN BROWN, ABOUT 18-20 MINUTES

TIPS:
– STORE THE LEFTOVER COOKIES IN AN AIR-TIGHT CONTAINER FOR AROUND 5 DAYS.
– TO FREEZE THESE COOKIES, TRANSFER THEM TO A FREEZER-SAFE STORAGE CONTAINER OR BAG AND FREEZE UP TO 6 MONTHS.

Ceren and her fam get enough of these cookies! Ceren wears our new Kardeş Loungewear in Kahve
A fun activity for the whole family! Ceren wears the Emine Robe