The study of nutrition is always evolving. It can often feel overwhelming trying to keep up with what is right for you. From the newest fad diet to the next “it” superfood or even simply what you should and should not eat. It all seems to change daily accompanied by contradictions and food politics at every corner. Here I will provide down-to-earth, ways to eat well on a budget, where research is cited PubMed articles are always linked for accuracy, and simple How To’s to support your health, happiness, and vitality.
I strongly believe in the diet and disease connection. My passion is to work collaboratively with you to identify what foods make you and your family feel your best and how to make them work for your lifestyle & budget. I want to pull back the curtain to show that nourishing meals that taste delicious and make you feel your best are easy to fit into even the busiest lives. As a busy working parent, I empathize with how balancing dinner can feel overwhelming with limited time, contending with picky eaters and/or diagnosed food allergies, while wanting it to nourish you inside and out.
I love hearing from you and want to provide you nutrition information that answers your questions! So if you want to know what the best alternative flours are? How to sprout? What’s the deal with Chia seeds or have a nutrition topic you want to know more about, just drop me a line and I will be happy to explore it here.
In great health, XO Jo
From Breakfast to Dinner, and Drinks to Desserts, get into the St.Patty’s Day spirit with these green recipe ideas. Often St. Patrick’s Day recipes use green dyes which do not work for lots of people, especially many kids who are sensitive to dyes and additives. This should not mean that they can not join in the fun of the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Here are some fun and healthy green food recipes that use whole-foods instead of green dyes. Enjoy!
Over the past few days, I have spent a great deal of time on the phone coaching my nutrition clients through their concerns and fears as it relates to the coronavirus. What do I buy? How can I stock up on the foods that will keep me and my family well? How do I get the nutrition I need to support my immune system from non-perishable goods?. After about a dozen weekly coaching calls I thought it would be beneficial for others to have some tangible information that can help guide them while they shop. The is a difference between overpreparing and panicking though, the best thing we can do for our health, our families, and our communities health is to implant best immune-boosting practices for resilience and vitality. Some of the basic include:
We have all been there. There are still a couple of hours until bedtime, dinner is most definitely over, and yet… you are hungry. Not starving or anything, but just peckish enough that you would not be able to sleep, and if you tried you know you’d be heading downstairs in the wee small hours to help yourself to whatever sinful treats can be found… A lot of the most common go-to snacks such as chocolate, ice cream, and cereal contain high levels of caffeine which will keep you awake. So instead head off that path immediately by deliberately choosing to have a small but satisfying snack that will pinch off any cravings without breaking your diet. Pop your pajamas on and see which of these guilt-free snacks is the one for you:
Why does food always taste better when it’s cooked over an open fire? There is something primal to me about cooking over fire that makes me feel like I am a great explorer in the wilderness, even if I only am 45 minutes from the city at a public campsite! LOL. Now, if you work all week long and want to slip away for the long-weekend you don’t always have a ton of time to prep and cook things before hand. This is where I want to provide you some simple healthy recipes for all your camping meals, plus easy portable snacks. I have 5 breakfasts, 5 Mains, 5 Sides, 5 Snacks, and 5 Drink recipes for you below. I have given you a range of recipes that take less than 5-minutes to throw together, foods you can make or buy based on your time, and then recipes that take a little more prep but are well worth it. You can mix and match based on how much time you want to dedicate to camping food so its flexible.
One thing I have learned is that the majority of my clients love shopping at Costco! They can get lots of food for a discounted price. Costco has also done a much better job in the past few years in getting better quality foods, they have a more whole foods diverse section, and have a huge organic selection. Whether you are a Costco veteran or are thinking about joining, here is a grocery list that can help you as you navigate the large warehouse:
Kombucha was and still is a big trend, however Water Kefir may be taking over as the new popular gut-loving fermented drink due to how simple it is to make. I get a ton of questions about Water Kefir? Water Kefir is a probiotic beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. Water Kefir grains are a complex polysaccharide blend of good bacteria cultures and yeasts that live in a symbiotic relationship. Cultures of Health does a great job of outlining the composition of water kefir grains if you are interested in the science behind them through their Water Kefir Grain Composition article.
Hey, I’m Jo! As a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Practitioner and Raw Food Chef, I am passionate about creating simple, whole-food recipes that easily fit into your everyday life. I am committed to empowering you to find fulfillment in fueling your body to regain balance, reclaim health and rejoice in the most vibrant body possible.
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