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Inspiring Conversations with Chinara Smith of Spiced Living

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chinara Smith.

Hi Chinara, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I believe that food has power! I know that sounds weird, but food has the power to unite people and families. It has the power to heal and transform bodies. It has the power to make us feel good! So I created Spiced Living to help the everyday cook to gain confidence in the kitchen.

You can always find me teaching someone how to make their first-holiday meal at home, or teaching a college student how to eat well on a budget. My flavor and my purpose are to give inspiration through my spice blends and recipes. Spiced Living is dedicated to providing distinct custom spice blends, as well as home fragrance, bath delights, and home decor that is unparalleled!

In addition to providing products for the home. I am also a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, and I offer nutrition counseling and meal planning guidance.

I started off just by hand blending spices in my kitchen to help my Nutrition clients add some pizzaz to their meals. They would often ask me, “How many ways can you season chicken?!” And I literally showed them the possibilities! People on wellness journeys must stay intrigued or they will give up. I used my blends to show them how to keep that baked chicken breast poppin’ so they could stay focused on their goals!

I also have a soft spot for Moms who have to face the dreaded daily reality of “What’s for Dinner?” My gosh, that question will raise the blood pressure of any Mom and some Dads! Especially if you have a family like mine where each person has a different taste. I created spice blends that take the guesswork out of cooking. Simply look into your spice cabinet and grab one of my blends and carry it through your entire meal!

If you are in the mood for Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, grab that blend and roast chicken with it, season your potatoes with it, and transform your Brussels Sprouts with it. No need to purchase or use tons of ingredients. I’ve saved you the time and blended about 6 different spices for you to create this delicious blend.

Cooking shouldn’t be stressful. I believe that if anything, it should bring peace to your spirit, bring peace to your home. I feel a great deal of privilege knowing that my spices and my recipes assist in bringing families, friends, and lovers together.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Of course, entrepreneurship comes with challenges. I love challenges because that is when growth takes place. I’m blessed in that I come from a family of entrepreneurs.

The lessons learned from them have proven to be invaluable. The biggest challenge for me is to take my time in expanding the business. I want it all now! And there have been times when I bit off more than I could chew and I needed to scale back.

Spiced Living currently has 30 different Spice blends and that is ambitious, to say the least. I love my customers and I want to give them the world but I’ve had to learn to pace myself especially when it comes to adding on new product lines and expanding to the entire home.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I love to connect with local restaurants, caterers, and chefs.

I guarantee your clients will love the freshness and superior quality of my blends. Wholesale is available at great prices. Home cooks: I’m here for you too! Feel free to email me: at Chinara@spicedliving.com.

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