Cinty Yñiguez: A Different Type of Plantita

With the new year comes renewed hope and firmer decisions to live a better life. Likely, a shortlist of related resolutions is inside a note in your phone or perhaps even carved in your mind. We live in currently delicate times when one’s safety and health must be secured. It will be no surprise that overall well-being takes primary consideration as we embark on 2021.

Cinty Yñiguez is a yogi, certified nutritionist, corporate executive in the hospitality industry, and the brains behind Naked Foods. She strives to nourish her well being not just through yoga but by focusing on the healing, meditative practice of handcrafting and creating healthy plant-based food alternatives.

While exercise may immediately come top-of-mind in resolving to be healthier, one’s diet should also be considered and complement one’s overall lifestyle. A person who has discovered this balanced combination is Cinty Yñiguez – hotelier, yogi, certified nutritionist, and entrepreneur.

Naked Foods founder Cinty Yñiguez found her way to health and wellness through her passion and love for yoga which she started nearly 20 years ago, now she holds private lessons under Yoga Academics by Cinty.
Naked Foods founder Cinty Yñiguez found her way to health and wellness through her passion and love for yoga, which she started nearly 20 years ago, now she holds private lessons under Yoga Academics by Cinty.

Living hectic schedules in Singapore and Hong Kong for 17 years as a top executive in leading hotel chains, Cinty took charge of her well-being to sustain herself in all her activities, including regular business travel globally. She discovered her passion for yoga and healthy eating. Driven to share the benefits of her practice and nutritional choices, she took up studies in Clinical Nutrition at Hong Kong University and also earned yoga teaching certifications.

Cinty grew up in a family of fantastic cooks, amongst them her sisters and late aunt, and by far her late Mom was her greatest inspiration. Spending precious moments in the kitchen allowed for her to cultivate her creativity and passion. She carries this discipline as she formulates and curates every Naked Foods product.
Cinty grew up in a family of fantastic cooks, amongst them her sisters and late aunt, and by far, her late Mom was her greatest inspiration. Spending precious moments in the kitchen allowed her to cultivate her creativity and passion. She carries this discipline as she formulates and curates every Naked Foods product.

Returning to Manila in 2015, Cinty continues to work in the hotel industry. She also teaches yoga and has founded Naked Foods, a line of plant-based food offerings that are handcrafted and preservative-free. Her vision is to help make it easier for people to nourish themselves and eat healthier with favorite local and international staples. Naked Foods started in 2017 and now has a growing base of customers who have chosen to inject nutritious and versatile plant-based alternatives to their diets.

Cinty started farming in a micro plot of land she rented near her home in Discovery Bay, Hong Kong. It was there, within the confines of five plant beds that she was able to get her hands dirty, learn from the local crop farmer and experiment with growing her own plants. Fresh green juices became a staple at her home.
Cinty started farming in a micro plot of land she rented near her home in Discovery Bay, Hong Kong. It was there, within the confines of five plant beds, that she was able to get her hands dirty, learn from the local crop farmer, and experiment with growing her own plants. Fresh green juices became a staple at her home.
Naked Foods plant-based products - savouries, sweets, and condiments, are inspired by Cinty’s travels around the world.
Naked Foods plant-based products – savories, sweets, and condiments, are inspired by Cindy’s travels worldwide.

The product line includes savories, sweets, and condiments. Among the favorites are plant-based Bacon (fondly called Facon), which has that distinct umami taste; protein-packed, nutrient-dense Filipino and Italian Sausages filled with flavors from herbs; Beyond Butter with proteins from almonds, sunflower seeds, and coconuts; and Edible Cookie Dough with Belgian chocolate morsels. Naked Foods also produces Vegetable Bouillon Powder, Sweet Pork Bites, Pulled Pork, Beef Strips, and Char Siu Pork.

Naked Foods uses only the finest locally sourced ingredients.
Naked Foods uses only the finest locally sourced ingredients.

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in plant-forward eating. This is a style of cooking and eating emphasizing plant-based food but not strictly limited to them. Meat may be present at meals but usually not the main highlight. The Permanente Journal published on the National Center for Biotechnical Information website in the U.S. stated, “A healthy, plant-based diet aims to maximize consumption of nutrient-dense plant foods while minimizing processed foods, oils, and animal foods (including dairy products and eggs).”

Personally created Naked Foods products are versatile enough to make eating healthy easy, more accessible, and enjoyable even at home.
Personally created Naked Foods products are versatile enough to make eating healthy easy, more accessible, and enjoyable even at home.

Plant-based food are tasty and nutritious alternatives. Cinty and her Naked Foods company aim to get consumers to replace some of their meat-based meals with healthier options. According to heart.org, consuming less meat decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, and many cancers.

Naked Foods Plant-based Italian Sausage
Naked Foods Plant-based Italian Sausage

Unlike the sometimes outrageous prices of plants sold and purchased during this pandemic, plant-based food continues to be well within reach of consumers. Naked Foods’ products are competitively affordable to their food alternatives without sacrificing taste and nutritional benefits.

They are currently available in Metro Manila at Real Food branches in BGC and Alabang, at The Vegan Grocer in San Juan, as well as in Cebu at Only Vegan Food Cebu. These nutritious products are also available online through nakedfoodsbycinty on Facebook and @nakedfoodsbycinty on Instagram.

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