Integrating simple whole foods into our daily lives can have a powerful impact on our overall health and wellness. 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 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 bar for ease.
From my kitchen to yours, Xo Jo
Beautiful Banana Splits. Chocolate Drizzle on a mountain of whipped cream. Dipping fresh fruit into warm chocolate sauce. A decorative topping to your cakes and pastries. These are a few ways I like to use a chocolate sauce to elevate your dessert when you are wanting to serve something special or just because you want to indulge a little. It is amazing how excited everyone gets when you add a bowl of warm chocolate sauce with a platter of fresh strawberries at your patio party than simply serving the strawberries alone. It takes it from a plate of fruit to a fun and delicious dessert.
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.
I dared to ask the question, “can I healthify that greasy diner skillet?”. I set out and after a few failed attempts I have 4 Healthy Breakfast Skillet recipes for you that balance nutrition and taste. From the loaded veggie skillet to the cleaned-up meat-lovers skills, or the quick and easy Turkey Skillet for weekday morning to a gut-loving greens skillet which supports digestive functioning thanks to the fermented sauerkraut. There is something for everyone.
So I finally caved and bought an Instapot. Now my hesitation has been the high pressure and high heat we know from food science destroys delicate minerals, enzymes, and vitamins. So I was really hesitant to purchase one since I felt my slow-cooker was able to produce the same convenience but gave me control over the slower temperatures to keep my nutritional value higher. However, more and more nutritional clients kept asking me for Instapot recipes, so I figured I better break down and buy one to meet the needs of my clients and learn more about it.
‘Fat Bombs’ and weight loss may not sound like they belong together in the same sentence but they actually do. The 1980’s-1990’s diet industry marketing did a great job of placing fear in the hearts of everyone where fat is concerned. The old idea that “fat makes you fat”, has been a hard one to shake off for many people. You can still see “low-fat” products lining the grocery store even though we know now that fats are essential for hormone balance, brain health, energy, and metabolism. Now, the catch is that NOT all fats are created equal and higher fat diets work best as it relates to weight-loss goals when used strategically in a low carb diet.
Many of my nutrition clients come to me and ask for Keto meal plans and programs to align with their goals. At first, my temptation was to decline as the default in my head was when I heard “Keto”, I just heard “Atkins” and longterm “heart disease”. However, one thing I have learned in the field of nutrition is that the “It” diet is always evolving and as a nutrition & wellness lifestyle consultant it is my job to look beyond the trendy diet and search for good ‘food science’ that supports it.
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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