Bibi moved to New Zealand from Toronto, Canada, with just a couple hundred dollars in her wallet for a fresh start – talk about brave! After moving around the country for years, she has finally settled in Christchurch and now has the pleasure of calling this beautiful city bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, her home.
Bibi founded VeggieFun in September 2015, which provides “plant-based Culinary Instruction offering delicious, nutritious, affordable menu ideas and skills to youth and their families across the nation.” Similar to Veggiecation, VeggieFun realizes the importance of educating children about the food they’re putting into their bodies. Her reason for starting this company comes from a very personal relationship she has with food.
Before founding VeggieFun, Bibi had been looking for a new career that she could feel passionate about, which would involve good health and wellbeing. Then, after watching the documentary “Fed Up” with her fiancé, she was brought to tears as it very much told the story of her own childhood.
Bibi flirted with obesity for the first twenty-four years of her life and her struggle can be traced back to poor eating habits she developed as a child. Ultimately, she educated herself about nutrition and learned invaluable plant-based food preparation and cooking techniques, which helped her create a skill set that can be easily taught to others. In the process, she lost over 110 lbs and has maintained this achievement for more than a decade!
Having gone through such a huge transformation - both physically and emotionally – Bibi has had many “aha!” moments. Together, these moments have led her to realize that she CAN have a positive influence on individual’s lives by showing them how vegetables can taste delicious and help them unlock a realm of creativity that can’t be achieved by tearing open a package.
After hearing Lisa’s interview on Jennifer Cornbleet’s free online summit, The Tasty Life, Bibi realized she could bring her passion to her community! Soon after taking the Veggiecation training, she began her own journey with VeggieFun and has already been featured in a local online publication – check it out here!
What has been the best thing about your Veggiecation training and VEN membership?
The Veggiecation training was very well put together and facilitated. So much was covered, and any anxieties I had to begin with were quickly put to rest. The VEN membership has provided me with easy access to marketing information, forms, templates, recipes, etc. It has been a goldmine of useful information!
What's your favorite anecdote about an especially cute or picky child?
I love it when kids ask their parents to stop at the grocery store on the way home from class to pick up the veggies and ingredients we used in class, so they can make more at home. It’s so rewarding and heartwarming.
What are your favorite recipes to use?
I love showing kids how to make smoothies with spinach and berries. They often begin with “Ewwwww”, but by the end of the class I can almost guarantee they will all be asking for seconds!
Also, the chickpea-avocado smash sammies and lentil tacos have become very popular.