This month in the Vegan Box we feature a very special and relatively new brand to the Australian vegan market – Tonika.
We sat down and spoke to Tonika founder, Michele Scarce, to find out more about her brand, her philosophy and the amazing benefits her products provide users.
Q: Michele tell us a little bit about yourself and your mission
My beautiful Mum (Francesca) is Italian which means I have grown up in a culture where food is a big part of my family and everyday life. Cooking delicious and nourishing food from scratch means you always know what goes in it and into the bellies of your loved ones.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As time went on, I have continued to explore the link and the importance of choosing healthy and nutrient dense foods at all stages of our lives. This ignited a passion to deliver products with proven health benefits that can easy fit into everyone’s lives, no matter where you are on that journey.⠀⠀
Diving into a world of Adaptogens, Medicinal Mushrooms and Tonic Herbal combinations, I have quickly realised the amazing benefits on the body when incorporated into your lifestyle and how they can truly transform your life.
I am passionate about health and providing nutrient dense food for the whole family. I’m on a mission to support busy modern families to access the incredible health benefits of natural adaptogens. I truly embrace life with open arms and an open heart and would love to help many others do the same⠀
Q: Can you explain what Adaptogens are and why they are important?
Adaptogens are a select group of herbs that support the body’s natural ability to deal with stress. They are called adaptogens because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to the specific needs of the body.
Simply put, they adjust or adapt to internal or extremal stressors in your body or environment and support you to respond and regulate naturally.
They literally help the body to recalibrate itself depending on our emotional and physical surroundings. So, for example, they can help calm in times of stress. They can bring peace to a racing mind in the middle of the night. They can give clarity when everything around is in turmoil. They can provide energy when we are tired.
Some examples of the types of stressors adaptogens can support you with are, a compromised immune system function, gut related digestive issues and inflammation and healthy weight management.
Q: How do your products support your brands mission?
It has always been a clear ambition of mine; “To Teach, Inspire and Connect with people, sharing my knowledge and passion of the importance of health starting from within YOU”. ⠀
Our powdered blended products are low carb, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, have no added sugar, plant based and are packed full of incredible adaptogenic herbs and medicinal mushrooms to change the way you look and feel from the inside out.
Our range includes products for every stage of life and utilises herbs such as Lions Mane to support cognitive function and improved mood, Chaga for anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory, Reishi (also known as the mushroom of Immortality) for the ultimate hormone balance, and this is just to name a few.
We also have blends that combine beauty herbs such as Tremella, Schisandra Berry, Camu Camu and Bamboo Silica –ingredients high in Vitamin C which is mandatory for collagen synthesis in the body.
Ultimately, Tonika has been created to educate, inspire and connect with people about the incredible benefits of quality ingredients being added to their daily routine and lifestyle.
We want to support you in the pursuit of your ultimate health and well-being goals and give you our assurance that we will not compromise on quality as we continue to formulate and balance products to assist with the maintenance of your body’s natural healthy state.
Q: Our November box features your delicious Coffee Creamer, can you tell us what health benefits we can expect from this product?
Tonika’s Coffee Creamer is a perfect addition to your coffee, hot chocolate, tea, smoothie and baking.
Our creamers are gluten free, plant based, thermogenic, dairy free, with a base of coconut milk, added MCT’s and some of the world’s best adaptogens carefully selected to help us manage stress, calm our minds, help us with anti-ageing and overall boost our immune system.
They are very low in carbs and there is no added sugar, we use a little monk fruit powder to give it a little sweetness. Also being very high in MCT’s, this then helps to effectively support ketosis
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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adaptogen with many benefits. Ashwagandha may help support mental focus, clarity, mood and help boost energy. It is commonly used to reduce levels of fat and sugar in the blood.
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a powerful mushroom extract that may help boost our immune system and fight inflammation. Chaga may also help lower our blood sugar.
Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum) is the most popular tonic herb known for its calmness and ability to help us de-stress, elevate mood and can help promote better sleep.
Ultimately, it gives you a kick start to the day, a pep up in the afternoon or assists for a restful sleep at night and is good for the whole family.
It is a part of my morning ritual and I truly notice if I ever have to go a day without it – it provides me with brain clarity, puts me in a great mood and allows that caffeine hit to travel through my system for longer with the added MCT oil powder. It is the BEST !
Q Thanks so much for your time Michele, can you tell us how we can find out more about the rest of your wonderful products?
We have great giveaways up until Christmas and FREE delivery, Australia Wide.
And of course, if you haven’t purchased the November Vegan Box yet with a very generous packet of Tonika Coffee Creamer inside, you can do so here while stocks last!