Aug. 30, 2022

The Rise of Plant-Based Butter with Lauren Montgomery

When did you notice the connection between your diet and the way you feel? Lauren Montgomery aka Monty, the founder of Monty’s, grew up on the Standard American Diet (SAD). She battled anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphia, but she never connected the dots that her diet was impacting her mental health. 

Lauren cycled between being a hardcore vegan and a pescatarian until she settled on a plant-based, whole food, and dairy-free diet. Today, she promotes bio-individuality and finding the diet that works for you.  Her business, Monty’s, creates clean, cultured cashew cream cheese and plant-based butter in NYC. Lauren believes plant-based butter is not just for vegans – it’s for everyone who wants simple, healthy, and delicious food. But running a business without preservatives comes with its challenges.

In this episode, Jen talks with Lauren about how she created her plant-based dairy essentials, became a health coach, and founded Monty’s. 

Key Takeaways

  • [00:50] - A brief intro to Lauren and Monty’s.
  • [02:23] - How Lauren’s entrepreneurial family influenced her to create Monty’s.
  • [04:53] - Lauren’s diet. 
  • [06:00] - Lauren’s thoughts on conventional dairy products.
  • [08:17] - How Lauren found alternative cheeses.
  • [09:43] - Lauren’s journey as a health coach.
  • [10:58] - Lauren's restaurant experience with inflammatory ingredients.
  • [13:00] - How Monty’s started.
  • [13:55] - Monty’s clean ingredients and shelf life.
  • [17:25] - Monty’s products.
  • [18:32] - Laurens's biggest challenges and successes in business.
  • [20:01] - Where to find Monty’s.
  • [20:58] - Lauren’s Wake Up moment. 


[06:48] -A lot of grocery store products are precarious in general but so many plant-based products, dairy butter alternatives, that try to emulate the texture and taste of real dairy, add a lot of highly processed, inflammatory oils, gums, natural flavors, and preservatives.” ~ Lauren Montgomery

[19:28] - “I just started doing farmer's markets in LA. And I have, you know, people coming up to me and being like, I eat your butter every day. It changed my life and you're a part of my daily habits. And, to me, that's everything, you know, that's why I'm doing this. I'm not doing this for monetary gain or anything else.” ~ Lauren Montgomery

[19:46] -I really want people to have a delicious dairy-free option that's clean and makes them feel amazing and is really a part of their daily life to make it better.” ~ Lauren Montgomery


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