Meet Jesse Lane
Jesse Lane Lee, BSc, CNP is a cheerful Holistic Nutritionist, motivating speaker, cookbook author and wellness writer. She is the founder of JesseLaneWellness.com.
She’s also a recovering sugar-a-holic. After suffering from candida, she started eating homemade sweets that were made with alternative sweeteners. Jesse Lane had so much fun creating healthy dairy free dessert recipes that she started writing them down so she could share them with you in her cookbook.
Jesse Lane Wellness Cookbook: Healthy Dairy Free Desserts contains over 30 holistically delicious dessert recipes (with stunning images) that you can enjoy guilt-free! All of the unique recipes are nutritionist approved, made with whole food ingredients and do not contain any soy, dairy, white flour or processed sugar.
I had a chance to chat with the bubbly Holistic Nutritionist and find out more about how sweet can be both healthy and fun!
Q&A with Jesse Lane
What is your definition of vibrant?
To me being vibrant means having the energy and drive to do what you love. It means feeling awesome in your own skin and enjoying life every day, even the bad days. When someone is vibrant they are bursting with excitement and enthusiasm for whatever they are doing.
Growing up you lived with a Japanese exchange student who was shocked by the amount of sugar, dessert, and candy that you and your sisters ate. Looking back, is there anything that he taught you about food and healthy eating?
He didn’t eat dessert which was a shocking notion for me and my sisters! But the biggest food related thing he taught us was how to properly use chopsticks. When you eat with chopsticks you can only hold so much food, so you are forced to slow down and actually enjoy your meal instead of shoveling it into your mouth. He taught us the first step of mindful eating.
How does healthy dessert fit into a holistic lifestyle?
It is really important to throw away the labels that come with different types of foods. For example desserts are “bad” or “cheating” when you are on a diet. Once something is “bad” you start craving it more and more. When you “give in” and eat it, you tend to feel guilty and beat yourself up about it. This creates a really negative relationship with food. When desserts are made using healthy and filling ingredients, you can enjoy them whenever you want guilt-free!
Do you have any go-to tips or tricks for healthy baking?
I have lots of healthy baking tips and tricks in the cookbook! The easiest tip to implement is to start using coconut sugar when a recipe calls for sugar. Coconut sugar is almost half the glycemic index of regular sugar and can be substituted one-for-one.
What are the most common health challenges that your clients face?
I work with a lot of clients who want to learn how to eat healthy but really don’t know where to start. They are motivated, but lack the tools and direction. I help them discover that eating healthy food can be fun, easy and most of all delicious. I also work with clients who are suffering from digestive issues. I had my own digestion problems, so I can relate to these clients really well and teach them how to heal their gut.
Name three ways this cookbook will help transform the life of someone who is looking to take charge of their health and wellness.
It will teach them how to turn family favorites into healthy desserts, teach them when to enjoy desserts and provide them with an arsenal of healthy dessert recipes their family will love.
Top three favorite recipes in this cookbook?
My favourite recipe hands down is Carob Cake with Fudge Icing (pg 25), which is why I put it on the cover. I was so excited when I created this carob recipe and people loved it! Choosing two more is so hard because they are all so yummy. You Wish Tim Horton’s Donuts (pg 26) are pretty awesome and I love Real Food Gingerbread (pg 30).
Any must-have kitchen staples?
There are so many, my pantry is always bursting! I always like to have coconut oil on hand because it is so versatile. It makes a great butter substitute in baking and I use it as moisturizer. I also always have carob, raw cacao, stevia, honey, maple syrup, coconut, and the list goes on!
How would you like to be remembered?
I have never been asked that before or even thought of it! I guess I want to be remembered as someone who helped others feel awesome and bursting with energy. As someone who created yummy and healthy recipes. And as a fabulous and caring friend, sister, wife, daughter and (hopefully) mom.
What can we look forward to next at Jesse Lane Wellness?
I have 5 more cookbooks planned! The recipes have all been tested and they are delicious, I can’t wait to share them with you. I also have another exciting project in the works but I can’t say anything else quite yet… Sorry to leave you hanging!
I can vouch for how amazing the recipes in this cookbook are – I LOVE the Protein Power Balls (p 35). If you want to be known for making the healthiest yet tastiest desserts, get your own copy here.