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Conversations with the Inspiring Angela Mavridis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Mavridis.

What is Tribalí?
Tribalí is a real foods company that invites you to eat well and live well in a busy, tasty world. Gathering ingredients from nature, we create effortless mealtime solutions with a commitment to exquisite taste, relentless nutrition, transparent sourcing, and an adventurous palate. We’re here to make the world healthier — one plate at a time.

What is the Tribalí mission?
At Tribalí, we make ancestral eating easy. Like conscious consumers everywhere, we want to connect to our authentic past by eating foods that have sustained human beings for generations. Our mission is to deliver real foods that make it easy to eat healthfully, mindfully, and deliciously.

Providing high quality, clean protein is our passion. We source organic, nutrient-dense, humanely raised proteins from the land and sea. We develop our recipes using only ingredients you’d find in any cook’s pantry — never additives, preservatives, binders, or fillers. Each ingredient is raised, grown or gathered as humanely and sustainably as possible.

Our commitment to nurturing you means fitting effortlessly into your busy lifestyle. That’s why we put real foods in the freezer section! Cooked from frozen and ready in minutes, we globally inspired, home-cooked classics are here to change the way you eat — one real meal at a time.

Who is Tribalí?
Tribalí is the vision of Angela Bicos Mavridis. As a kid in her grandmother’s kitchen, Angela discovered the nurturing power of real foods. Today, as a single mother of 3, her recipes are a flavorful celebration of simple ingredients — gathered from nature and seasoned with loving care — that make healthier eating easier for everyone.

Growing up in a Greek household, Paleo cuisine was often on the plate — though Angela and her brothers had no idea. The kids spent summers in Greece, where Angela watched her grandmother happily cooking from morning until night. Everything was made from scratch — using real organic, local, and heirloom foods — according to traditional recipes passed down through the generations.

Before deciding what to make for dinner, Angela’s grandmother would check to see what fresh fish was caught that very day from the village fisherman. Angela vividly remembers grocery runs through the village — the first stop at the “manavi” (vegetable grocer) for fresh tomatoes, zucchini, dandelions, or other fresh vegetables grown and picked fresh that week. Next up, a visit to “Kiria Eleni” (Mrs. Helen) for fresh eggs. Lastly, a stop at a neighboring farm for raw goat’s milk or cheese. Whole, fresh, real, caught, gathered or grown – that’s the food that made up Angela’s plate growing up.

Ironically, back in the states, Angela’s dad owned a fast-food hamburger drive-thru
serving up yummy but less health-minded burgers, fries, and shakes. With the family’s busy schedule, the kids ordered dinner from the restaurant more often than not. On her quest for healthier eating options, Angela became a vegetarian at the age of 13.

As an adult, Angela’s journey into health and wellness deepened when she became a Holistic Nutritionist. An expert cook, lifelong fitness aficionado — runner, cyclist and cross-fitter — and 35-year vegetarian, Angela grew tired of fueling her body with endless combinations of protein powders, shakes, supplements, and bars. She quickly came to realize that clean proteins and honest ingredients are simply better for our physical and emotional wellbeing.

When Angela noticed she wasn’t alone in her quest for delicious, healthy meals that connected back to a more ancestral way of eating, she decided to get cooking. She made it her mission to capture the magic of her grandmother’s kitchen in ways that make it easy for everyone to eat more healthfully, mindfully, and deliciously.

Angela’s company, Tribalí Foods, seeks and sources 100% organic high-quality proteins — from grass fed and grass finished beef to free-range chicken, pasture-raised pork, and wild-caught seafood — to create a flavorful, versatile, and nutrient-dense centerpiece for effortlessly wholesome, satisfying meals. Welcome to ancestral eating made for a modern world!

What makes Tribalí better?
Real foods that fuel us without added stress are better for our physical and emotional well-being. Tribalí sources the finest ingredients — then grind and seasons with herbs, spices, veggies, and purees — to offer you the simplest, most satisfying mealtime solutions. That’s why we say, “you’ve got a friend in the freezer department.”

What’s the Tribalí eating philosophy?
Eating the Tribalí way is pure and simple. Join our tribe to discover healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming — and CAN taste delicious. We say feel good about what you eat, and eat what makes you feel good. Trust your body to tell you what it needs — listens to how you feel, how you look, and how you perform. Create your perfect plate with one endlessly configurable formula: Start with high-quality animal protein, add an assortment of colorful vegetables, a splash of fresh fruits, and sprinkle on a dose of healthy fats. That’s it!

Clean Protein. Make clean protein the centerpiece of your plate. Choose protein that is raised humanely and sourced sustainably — 100% grass fed and finished beef, free-range chicken, pasture-raised pork, and wild-caught seafood. Center your plate with 4-6 ounces of clean protein per meal, and layer on favorite flavors from there.

Colorful Fruits + Veggies. Variety is the spice of life. Add a rainbow of veggies and a splash of fruit to vary the taste, texture, and visual appeal of your plate — and get a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, too. From fresh and tender leafy greens to the natural sweetness of carrots or sweet potatoes, to the crunchy spice of a pepper or radish — focus on seasoning and sautéing to bring out the best of each produce you pick.

Good Fats. Fat is fuel. Our bodies need good fats — and there are so many healthy, delicious possibilities. Dress up your plate with coconut, avocado, or olives. Sprinkle on your favorite cheeses, nuts, or seeds. Add a dash of pure olive or avocado oil or a favorite healthy dressing. Treat yourself to good-for-you fats, up to 2 tablespoons per meal!

What’s the Tribalí vibe?
We are fun loving, foraging foodies. We are continually inspired by finding delicious, nutritious ways to nurture people with effortlessly real foods. We’re here to make the world healthier, one plate at a time.

Flavorful. If food doesn’t taste amazing, it can’t deliver health because you won’t eat it! Our endlessly curious palettes constantly crave adventure. As we explore the land and sea, we’ll bring back ingredients gathered from nature and flavors gathered from world cultures — all prepared in the freshest, simplest ways for your everyday mealtime celebrations.

Effortless. If food isn’t easy to get to the table, it can’t deliver health because you won’t cook it! Just like you, we have incredibly full lives. Our goal is to offer the simplest, most satisfying mealtime solutions. Tribalí is here to feed you and your loved ones in minutes and keep you on track with your healthy eating goals.

Healthy. When a food label reads like a chemistry experiment, it’s not good for your body! We develop our recipes with ingredients you’d find in any cook’s pantry. Binders, fillers and refined, highly processed vegetable oils cause oxidative stress and inflammation. These irritants are difficult for your body to process and digest — so we avoid them.

Transparent. When food isn’t raised or grown as nature intended, it’s not good for your spirit! We serve conscious consumers with single-source ingredients and provide complete transparency in our food chain. We seek brands that share our kind of values that we can trust to deliver, healthy, delicious solutions that work in modern life. We support sustainable farming practices that prioritize animal welfare. We source organic, happy, and sustainably raised proteins so you can feed your body what it needs to thrive — physically and spiritually.

Who’s in the Tribalí tribe?
As we awaken to the idea of making real, healthy food choices for our families, and ourselves it is comforting to feel a part of something bigger. Our clean food values are shared with a movement of people who care about feeding their loved ones healthfully and are connected back to the authentic past and to foods that have sustained human beings for generations.

Tribalí welcomes conscious consumers and eaters of all descriptions who embrace a simple, high-quality, protein-centered approach to healthy eating.

True Believers. We believe in eating the way humans did before modern-day processed foods entered our food system. People who aspire to an ancestral way of eating — including Paleo or Whole30 diets — can trust Tribalí to deliver the highest quality whole, nutrient-dense foods. We believe that high-quality, clean protein is the centerpiece of a healthy diet. We value honest, wholesome ingredients. Our entire product line is made from single-source ingredients that are raised, grown, and gathered as nature intended.

Icon Seekers. We believe that healthier eating is for everyone. Whether you follow a specific way of eating or just try to make healthier choices whenever you can, we’ve got you covered. In addition to being Paleo Certified and Whole30 Approved, our promise to you is that our proteins are 100% organic, always raised without antibiotics or hormones and that all our products are non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free for your health.

Busy Bodies. We believe in making healthy eating easier for everyone! That’s why we put our real foods in the freezer section. Whether you need faster ways to fuel your busy lifestyle or to pull off mealtime miracles for a hungry family, we’ve got mealtime solutions you’ll love. Delicious flavors. Endless variety. Ready in minutes — and healthy, too!

Taste Adventurers. Globally inspired and locally sourced, we season our proteins with flavors gathered from around the world. Wherever we go, we’ve got our taste buds at the ready. When we discover a new ingredient, flavor combination, or cultural inspiration, we bring it all back to you.

Whatever way you come into our tribe, we welcome you to eat well, live well, and taste adventurously. Join us!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Be very passionate about why you are doing what you are doing. Know your WHY and be able to articulate it concise and clear in 1-2 sentences. Be persistent, have perseverance and be passionate.

What should we know about Food Brand? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
What makes Tribalí better?
Real foods that fuel us without added stress are better for our physical and emotional well-being. Tribalí sources the finest ingredients — then grinds and seasons with herbs, spices, veggies, and purees — to offer you the simplest, most satisfying mealtime solutions. That’s why we say, “you’ve got a friend in the freezer department.”

Food you can feel good about. We use protein that is raised humanely and sourced sustainably — 100% grass fed and finished beef, free-range chicken, pasture-raised pork, and wild-caught seafood. When animals are raised as nature intended, it benefits both the animal and you. Grass fed and finished beef delivers a wonderful balance of Omega 3s, high levels of Vitamins A & E, and is rich in conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs). Free-range chicken is more flavorful due to a varied, natural diet including insects and bugs.

Ingredients gathered from nature. Count on our commitment to wholesome ingredients gathered from around the globe sourced fresh from the land and sea and prepared simply and deliciously. Constantly curious, we’ll never stop foraging for the freshest ingredients, the most adventurous flavors, and the finest cultural inspirations we can bring to your plate.

Nothing more. Fuel your active, busy lifestyle with honest foods that cook from frozen and are ready in minutes. Packaged foods are often filled with preservatives, additives, and ingredients that are harmful and inflammatory to the body. Our commitment is to never, ever feed you anything that won’t help you feel, look, and perform your best!

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Find out what brand is successful in your category and reach out to them. Everyone is willing to help in this industry. It’s wise to find someone who is in your space on the shelf, i.e. snack aisle, grab-n-go, freezer, drinks, better-for-you brands etc.


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