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As a busy mom with an endless to do list, I was dependent on processed food.
By the time I reached 25, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and prediabetes. But one day, as I watched my 2-year-old daughter play, I knew if I continued down this path, she would follow in my footsteps. I needed to create a new family legacy – for myself and for her.
Growing up, healthy meant extreme – equated with exercise gurus and trendy diets – and considering my family’s history of heart disease, I wasn’t sure where to start. We loved food and flavor, so food had to be tasty. All of the diets I had tried over the years were making me sicker, and the food was terrible, so I knew I had to go a different direction. I began studying cultures from around the world where people were the healthiest, and lived the longest. I found one common theme – they ate real food.
I began by clearing out my cupboards – by eating real food. I focused on a healthy lifestyle, not a number on the scale, and I “accidentally” lost over 100 lbs. I finally realized healthy could mean balanced (I was living proof!), and I knew it was my mission to help others.
In addition, I’m a mom to two children that have a rare genetic condition that brings with it 100% chance of colon cancer by the time they are close to 40, as well as increased risk of other cancers. I’m a fierce believer that food is medicine, and I wanted to make products that are in alignment with that…and make it easier to live a healthier lifestyle.
Since then, my journey has led me becoming a personal chef to professional athletes, appearing on the Food Network, the cover of Woman’s Day and Woman’s World magazines, radio shows, and more. Being so busy, and working with so many people, I began to notice how inconvenient it seemed to achieve balance between healthy eating and living the full, beautifully chaotic lives many of us live (not to mention how expensive!)
Lacking the time and energy to cook a healthy meal seemed to be a common theme for just about everyone.
Prior to studying cooking, and the vibrant cuisines from around the world where many of my clients came from, I used to rely on salty, dried packet spice blends, or sugar, salt (and often chemical) laden sauces to achieve the global flavors I loved and admired. I found that to achieve the flavors I was going for in a healthy, authentic way, I had to often prep tons of ingredients, and spend a small fortune on pure spices and herbs. I had been perfecting my Latin sofrito, not only to flavor my dishes, but also to sneak more nutrition into some of my picky players. I found the natural balance provided by fresh vegetables and fruits, combined with the pure spice blends really allowed the flavors to “bloom”, and created something quite special and delicious.
My clients agreed. I tailored the spices and vegetables around their individual cultural background and flavors – bringing them a taste of home and honoring their cultures, while also being easy to make, versatile, and always fitting their healthy needs.
I would come home from cooking all day, and wish I had these healthy cooking sauces and flavor bases in my cupboard to be able to have something quick, healthy, and flavorful on hand to make dinner for my own family! I knew I wasn’t the only one with this need.
And thus, Mesa de Vida was born.
My Table To Yours
Delicious. Simple. Versatile.
Mesa de Vida sauces contain all the vegetables and spices you need, perfect for those who don’t have time to create a complicated meal. Plus, I provide you with step-by-step recipes to prepare your home cooked creation in minutes (you’ll feel like a gourmet chef – without the work!) and make it last for several meals throughout your busy week, saving you time and money while expanding your palate and creating more vibrant and delicious lives.
Flavor You Can Trust
Mesa de Vida healthy cooking sauces are all-natural and low sodium. Made simply with nutritious vegetables, fruits, and my signature blends of balanced spices and herbs, Mesa de Vida is free of GMOs, added sugars, preservatives, and dairy. They also contain no animal products, perfect for vegan lifestyles, as well. I hope to help families with a multitude of allergies and dietary needs be able to sit down to the table and enjoy the same meal. Our globally inspired, versatile flavor bases make it easy to enjoy the flavors of beautiful, vibrant cultures from around the world. You don’t have to be a chef to bring exciting, restaurant-worth meals to your table – we’ll help you look like a kitchen rock star!
I invite you to experience incredible flavor, less stress in your day, and a healthy way to find balance – all in one jar. That’s what Mesa de Vida is all about.
Mesa de Vida is proud to be a 100% woman, minority owned and operated family food business.
Special thank you for the audio/visual content on this site and throughout our branding and channels: Audra Mulkern Photography, Bolig Photography.