Meet Jo


Born and raised in Austria, Jo Svendblad was a gymnast, cross country runner and avid horseback rider from an early age. When she moved to the United States as a teenager, she continued to explore her active lifestyle through food creations, and eventually falling in love with the practice of Yoga.

A successful Stevie Award-winning human resources executive and professional coach, Jo has traveled throughout Europe, Central, South America and Thailand, experiencing different ways of life and amazing people along the way. Passionate about healthy living and her philosophy of “cooking for life”, her approach to food honors the need for introspection while improving overall health and fostering a sense of community.

Jo is certified in the Ashtanga/Vinyasa Flow tradition and currently studies Prana Vinyasa with Shiva Rea. She is a devoted Yogini, and imparts her wonderful passion for life and well-being through her teaching and food creations.

Jo views the art of food creation as a path to self-exploration, an elevation of human consciousness, and a much-needed counterbalance to the stresses of modern life.

…a word from me: 
“As a teen I was able to attend  four years of a weekly five-hour cooking class, in which I learned how to cook every course of a meal, including table etiquette, menu planning, food shopping and how to keep a budget. It was really then when I developed my love for creating dishes.
I believe that food should be one of the most important areas of focus in life. It is the fuel for our mind and body. Without proper nutrition, we potentially open ourselves to invite different diseases, which more often than not can create a domino effect. Those diseases, unfortunately, can get passed on to some of our children. So together, let’s cook for life!”
Feel free to contact me with any questions pertaining to our recipes via e-mail:

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Martin Handl says:

    Hi Jo,

    how are you. I hope your flight back home was not to bad. Before you left Austria we talked about puzzle books. It would be great when you can send me a crossword puzzle book. With this I can improve my vocabulary.
    The aim of glute free life is still runing!
    In the next days your dad will visit me to go swimming. After the last weekend where it was not so fine the temperature sank to 26°C (=78.8°F)

    best wishes


    1. Hi sweetie,

      please send me some examples of what you’d like to my email at, and I will get you some. Keep gluten free my friend – you can do it. xo jo


  2. Hi Jo: We follow each other on twitter which lead me to your blog. Great recipes and info!! Since you are into Gluten Free & Paleo, I thought I would check to see if you have looked at my Paleo Granolas that I sell across the globe & in stores. You can view on my website at: I am a former Crossfit Affiliate who branched out into the Paleo Snack Biz and its going really well. Let me know your thoughts Jo & keep up the great work on yout blog!


    1. Hi there, thanks! I have seen your goods and they look great. We haven’t tasted them yet, we will have to in short order :-). Great site as well. Awesome to be connected. Jo


  3. Mary says:

    The world surely is a small place. I appreciated your bio, having lived in Germany as an exchange student years ago, and later in Austria. The food was truly incredible. Having been a gardener all my life, I can also share your passion for wonderful food.

    I’m following the Perfect Health Diet to try to recover my health and it is working! In my search for excellent health, I made the mistake of buying into the vegetarian/then vegan way of eating. What a change the Perfect Health Diet has been for the better.

    As I said, the world truly is a small place, as my son formerly worked also for Quest Diagnostics!

    Keep up the excellent “Nutty Kitchen!”


  4. Christine Noah says:

    I came across your blog from viewing your coconut milk whipped cream recipe. I can’t wait to try it. I noticed your oils page. Most people only use Olive oil and many over cook it as you mentioned. Grape seed is my favorite and I’d like for you to check out Wildtree’s Grape seed oil, if you have not by now. I love all the infused All Natural flavors we provide. Garlic and Butter are wonderful. Our oils are expeller pressed which is better for you. Check out my site
    Love your site and will visit often.


    1. thank you Christine. I like your site, and hope that you are doing well. Good luck with your business!


  5. Sarah Trejo says:

    Hi Jo! I found your website through your coconut milk whipped cream recipe (currently being circulated through Pinterest), and I am so glad I did! We went Primal at the beginning of the year, and I am currently about halfway through Primal Blueprint. I couldn’t be happier, and we have both noticed a huge change in how our bodies feel on a daily basis from the way we eat now. I’m always looking for new recipes and you have a ton of delicious-looking recipes on here!

    I can’t wait to try them out. Thanks so much for sharing your Primal journey with the rest of us.



    1. Wow, Sarah! I am honored. Thank you so much and I look forward to many of your comments. jo and henry


  6. Kristina says:

    Hi Jo, I grew up in Germany so it’s nice to see some of your European recipes. Great site!!



    1. Hi Kristina, nice to cyber meet you! Looking forward to seeing you onsite. Jo


  7. Risa1 says:

    Hi Jo, you possess alot of good knowlege. I am just surprised that given all your wisdom you still consume ‘animal’ products. Just as most grains, gluten wheat, soy, artificial sweeteners and so much else is terribly distruptive to our GI system, so are the proteins/acids found in animal products/by-products. This comment is not meant to be critical or judgemental in any manner (I would ‘never’ do that to anyone) – it’s simply a question I pondered… Be healthy and take care


    1. Hi Risa. First and foremost, thanks for your comment and sorry for the delayed reply. Not only am I still healthy whilst consuming “animal products” but in fact I am HEALTHIER because I consume them. We have been doing so for thousands, millions, of years. Why should we experiment with not eating them? There are critical nutrients that can NOT be found in plant foods. But we are all so different so if that works for you, so be it. This is what works for me and I have the medical results to back it up, for me.


      1. jaya says:

        yes yes yes , healing from disease with stocks and offal, loved the kidney recipe, Thanks


  8. herhealthness says:

    Hello Jo,
    You met my husband, Bruce Rodin, today at the Fort Lauderdale airport; he was eating a salad. He called me to let me know of your website which I have looked at and appreciate the time and effort you put into the recipes and photos. We will have to try the THAI soup as we love soup, THAI food and prepare simple vegetarian Chinese hot pot soups in the winter here in Virginia. EAT ORGANIC! Cheers,


    1. Hello Sandra!

      This is a really nice surprise to hear from you. Your husband is a very nice man – we enjoyed our brief chat. I will surely bookmark your email. I would love to see some of your favorite recipes. Wonderful to meet you both! Jo


  9. plovercove says:

    Hi Jo,
    Was looking for Paleo blogs in Asia and stumbled over your blog through your Paleo ube reicpe. Loved it. Really like the mix of European and Asian recipes you are posting and that you are including offals as well (am German of Filipino descent). Looking forward to try them out. Keep up the good work.



    1. Hi, and thank you! You must have some amazing food in your family, German and Filipino? wow – delicious. My husband spent about a month in Manila a couple of years ago, and he raved about the food. I am sure that you’ve seen our Ube post.

      Thanks again and visit us often! Jo


  10. Hi Jo: Made your coconut salmon today. I didn’t have basil (well, I DO, but they are babies, and there aren’t 8 leaves yet) so I used cilantro. I omitted the tomatoes (didn’t have), added organic broccoli, onions, some hot pepper, onions. It looks great! can’t wait to taste it. Thank you! Leslie


    1. Leslie, thank you! In my view you can never go wrong with cilantro. 🙂 the beauty about cooking is that you can try new things to please your palate. All my best Jo


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