And A Serious Love Of
Good Food


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.

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 ended up losing over 100 lbs! I finally realized healthy could mean balanced (I was living proof!), and I knew it was my mission to help others.

Chef Kirsten Helle, creator of Mesa de Vida

After becoming a chef to professional athletes from diverse cultures, appearing on Food Network, the cover of Woman’s Day magazine, radio shows, and more, I began to notice how inconvenient it seemed to achieve this balance (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.

Instead of relying on excess salt or sugar found in many spice blends and sauces, I had been perfecting my sofrito and found the natural aspects provided by fresh vegetables and fruits combined with the pure spice blends 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 while also being easy to make and always fitting their healthy needs.

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 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. Most are nut free and soy free, so even families with a multitude of allergies can sit down to the same meal.

I invite you to experience diverse ingredients bringing more life to your table, 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.

Special thank you for the audio/visual content on this site and throughout our branding and channels: Audra Mulkern Photography, Decent at Best band (Tacoma, WA), Bolig Photography.