How Nutrition Know-How Helped a Healthy Granola Entrepreneur Succeed
“TNS Success” is a new column highlighting the incredible accomplishments of The Nutrition School alumni. We’re showcasing the healthy products our grads have created, the better eating habits they now consider second nature, and other ways TNS helped them find healthy, happy success—in life and business.
If Yasaman Vojdani had to name her diet, she says she’d call it the “Short Ingredient List Diet.”
“I try to eat as many ‘real foods’ as possible. I don’t like to buy anything that has an ingredient I can’t pronounce,” she explains.
Which is why she decided to leave her career in fashion three years ago to create Oat My Goodness Craft Granola. Oat My Goodness as in…“OMG! It’s really good granola,” made with clean, healthy ingredients like nuts, olive oil, and spices.
And in Spring of 2016, she enrolled in The Nutrition School, a decision she says enhanced her company and made her even more passionate about the topic of nutrition. We asked her to share more about her experience with TNS and her own healthy company and habits.
TNS Success: Yasaman Vojdani
What inspired you to sign up for The Nutrition School? I have had an enthusiasm for health and nutrition for a few years now. I wanted to learn more about it, especially since I get asked a lot of nutrition-related questions from our customers. I also wanted to have more knowledge to be able to share with them.
Did The Nutrition School change your personal eating (or overall wellness) habits? It definitely made me more aware of what I was eating and how. For example, I always try to have proteins, carbs, and fats on my plate at every meal to keep it well-balanced. Keri also taught me the importance of mindful eating.
Were there specific lessons from The Nutrition School that helped you grow your business? The basics we learned in “Nutrition 101” (carbs, proteins, fats) helped me share balanced breakfast options with our customers, since that is a question we get asked all the time. Customers always want recipe ideas that can keep them going through lunchtime.
What was your favorite lesson, and why? That’s a tough one because there were many topics I was so interested in learning more about. But if I had to choose, it would be the lesson about common nutrition myths, since this one was so relevant to my business. My goal through OMG is to show my audience that eating breakfast is so important and easy even if they are running out the door in the morning. I want to see our customers excited to wake up just so they can have their delicious bowl of granola!
What’s the one food you always have in your fridge? Plenty of apples.
The one snack you always have when traveling? I make my own trail mix, and OMG of course!
Your favorite conscious food indulgence? Ice cream!
What’s your workout of choice? SoulCycle.
What’s your go-to tool for managing stress? I put my headphones in and go for a walk.
What does it mean to you to “live consciously”? To be aware of the decisions you make on a daily basis; to be present and live in the moment as much as possible; to live life in moderation.
Which healthy habit do you wish you had more time for? Meditation.