Recipes

My recipes are built with simple, whole, inclusive, and uncomplicated nutrition principles in mind.

This means I do my best to ensure that my recipes offer options for particular ingredients to be inclusive of a variety of eating styles (i.e. use almond flour versus wheat flour for those with gluten allergies) and to be mindful of different economic demographics (i.e. use cacao or cocoa, fresh or frozen fruit based on what fits your budget and you have access too).
Integrating simple whole foods into our daily lives can have a powerful impact on our overall physical and mental well-being. Therefore, my recipes primarily use whole foods, are family-friendly, and use ingredients you can get at your local grocery store.
My approach is to never label foods as “good” or “bad”. There is no one perfect diet. To respect the diversity of diets, you will find swaps and options within many of the recipes. In my recipe index, you will find choices to meet the needs of many lifestyles such as gluten-free, plant-based, raw, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and natural sugar-free options for inclusive recipes to respect the diversity and uniqueness of each person’s food story.
You will find simple & delicious recipes organized by category below or you can search recipes by ingredients or diet preferences (i.e. gluten-free) using the search option in the top right-hand corner of the navigation bar for ease.
From my kitchen to yours,
Xo Jo

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Berry & Beet Overnight Oats (gluten-free, keto, & vegan options)

Some of us are morning people that jump out of bed and are ready to take on whatever the day has in store for us, while others, maybe need a little more motivation to get out of bed. Whichever type of morning person you are a beautiful breakfast can fuel you and also mentally get you ready to take on the day. Beets are not often classified as a superfood but they absolutely should be. Their gorgeous red-violet pigment comes from phytonutrients known as Betacyanins. Betalains are known to have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecules. Beets are also heart healthy thanks to being rich in folate and vitamin B’s, which also support cellular metabolism. Beets are a good source of fiber and 1 cup of cooked beets has only 75 calories.

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10 Quick & Easy Back-to-School Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

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.

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Lemon Lavender Pound Cake (Gluten-free, Sugar-free & Dairy-free versions)

Whenever I see lemon lavender lemonade, cookies, or ice cream I cannot pass by, I have to buy some. The sweet citrus of the lemons paired with the earthy, floral undertones of mint in lavender  is one of the most perfectly paired culinary flavour duos in my opinion. It also makes this naturally gluten-free cake a light and refreshing dessert at the end of your summer meal or a delightful accompaniment to an afternoon ice tea with friends. The pound cake can also be made ahead of time and it freezes well. This means that if you have unexpected guests or are invited to a potluck you can take one out to thaw and decorate as desired. You can also make this cake Keto or sugar-free friendly but using an alternative sweetener and it can be dairy-free with coconut yogurt. These simple variations allows the cake to adapt to a variety of dietary needs.

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Coffee-Rubbed Jalapeno Bison Burgers

Burgers? Yes Please. Coffee? Always. Have you ever enjoyed a coffee rubbed burger? If not, you are in for a real treat. When I was in Hawaii, we hit up a burger place that had Kona Coffee rubbed burgers. It was amazing. The type of coffee you select can give the meat a distinctive aromatic taste and add acidity, bold aroma, bitterness, and sweetness to the meat. A dark nutty roast or a sweet espresso powder can completely change the taste of the meat. I like to pair the coffee rub with Bison. I find Buffalo has a lighter flavour, tastes slightly sweet and is deliciously tender. Buffalo meat is naturally lower in fat, calories and cholesterol than traditional beef. Plus, unlike conventionally raised beef, bison are typically grass-fed. Shake things up next time on the grill and try these burger patties. 

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10 Keto Friendly Must Have Condiment Recipes

Now, as the weather is getting nicer and patio season is upon us my clients want to know “What can I drink on Keto?”. The reality of going camping, enjoying your lake vacation, or hanging out with friends and not having an ice-cold drink can feel a lot like “diet restrictions”. What we know about restricting ourselves and saying “oh I can’t enjoy that I am on a diet”… is it’s very damaging emotionally, can make you feel defeated if you do not follow strict guidelines, and can increase binge eating. By taking a balanced approach we want to live our lives while aligning with our health goals in a seamless way.  Now, I am most definitely not saying that alcohol is apart of a healthy diet,  but what I am saying, is that for those that want to not feel restricted, not stress about what to drink at the BBQ while aligning with your low-sugar and/or low-carb lifestyle then there are ways to do both.

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Hey, I’m Jo! I specialize in Holistic Nutrition to help you Eat with Ease for Happy & Healthy Guts, Hormones, Mental Health, and Self! 
I’m a Whole-Living Educator, Mental Health Practitioner, Mindful Eating Coach, Chef, Life Coach, & Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant that is passionate about showing you how to Keep it Simple, Ditch Restrictions, & Level-Up to Rejoice in the Body, Mind, & Life you desire. 
I love creating simple, whole-food recipes & sharing holistic lifestyle habits that easily fit into your everyday life to bring you joy. I am committed to empowering you with tangible tools to nourish your body, mind, and soul to rejoice in the most vibrant life possible.

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