In this latest feature, we speak with Haifa Hamad, a recipe creator who openly shares her journey (struggles & successes) with her
followers and helps them better understand the relationship between food and good health.
Haifa creates epic recipes that she shares on her website and Instagram and in her popular
In this recent chat, we find out where she likes to eat locally in Melbourne as well as abroad (plenty of top-notch Bali picks in there). Enjoy the chat and look out for the link at the bottom to download her FREE E-Book!
Enjoy the chat.
Tell us about your vegan journey until now and who has helped inspire it?
Why I initially became vegan was for health reasons. I was training five days a week at the gym and ate a lot of animal protein and products. I didn’t feel great, but that’s what I thought I needed to get fit and strong back then, which is obviously not true. So 2.5 years ago, I decided to not eat any animal products for one week. After that week, it was so easy that I extended week after week, until it became something that I knew I was going to do for a long time. In the first three weeks, I met my current partner, who was already vegan for over five years. Through him, I learned what Veganism is actually about, and that it’s so much more than health alone. I soon realised it was one of the most beautiful and life-changing decisions that I had made for myself, the animals and the environment, and I’ve never looked back.
Healthy plant-based food is your passion, what are some ingredients you think everyone should try and incorporate into their meals?
It’s all about the spices! I always have international spices ready to go and a lot of fresh and dry herbs. Here are a few of my favourites:
– Curry powder
You had a difficult time with your relationship with food earlier in life but have now overcome this. if someone is struggling now, what advice would you give them?
No matter where you are in life, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. If your relationship with food is unhealthy, remember that it is not about how much you eat, it’s about what you eat. I recommend sharing your struggle with friends and family members that you trust and feel safe with – it is important to talk about it and release the emotions that might be holding you back from healing.
What is your ‘lazy’ go-to vegan dinner meal?
My favourite lentil soup recipe or any kind of potato dish. Just not deep-fried 🙂
You moved to Melbourne a few years back, what are some of your favourite vegan eateries in Melbourne?
– Urban Projuice, Albert Park (sadly, it closed due to COVID-19)
– Yong Green Food, Fitzroy
– Noi Thai, Collingwood
– Red Sparrow Pizza, Collingwood
– The Vegan Shack, Richmond
– Gojé Frozen Yogurt, Yarraville
– Transformer, Fitzroy
Favourite vegan eatery from around the world?
Alchemy, Ubud, Bali
Soma Cafe, Ubud, Bali
Moksa Ubud, Ubud, Bali
Peloton Supershop, Canggu, Bali
Broccoli Revolution, Bangkok, Thailand
Veggie SF, Hong Kong
Lia’s Kitchen, Berlin, Germany
Secret Garden, Berlin, Germany
What has been your most popular recipe and why do you think that was?
Hummus with Pomegranate, Parsley and Tomatoes – because everyone loves hummus 🙂
You have a Middle Eastern Cookbook, what are some easy Middle Eastern recipes for new vegans?
– Foul (fava beans)
If you could leave everyone with one statement about ‘healthy eating for a healthy mind’ that you have learnt so far, what would it be?
Your body is your home, take care of it.
And finally, who should we interview next?
Feña Luengo (@fernandorainbowwarrior on IG) – he’s a very close friend of mine and one of the most beautiful vegans I’ve ever met.
We hope you enjoyed our chat with Recipe Creator Haifa Hamad!
If you did and you would like to see more of her awesome vegan recipes, you can download her FREE EBOOKS HERE today.
To see more of our vegan chats, visit the vegan chat page here!