I can’t say enough how excited I am that you’re here and how happy I am to share my low carb keto recipes with you.
I was born in Russia and moved to the United States when I was five years old. Now, I live in Minnesota with my husband and two little girls. Work and family keeps me busy, but travel is another passion of mine, when I get the chance.
I have a degree in computer science and am a former senior software engineer. It may be less known, but software engineering is as much an art as a science.
So, being both a scientist and a creative at heart, I love that cooking allows me to combine both. Since 2010, I have been addicted to experimenting with healthy low carb recipes and discovered that they can be just as (if not more) delicious while improving my well-being.
I had an online magazine as a teenager, so I thought this blog would be a perfect way to return to my passion of creating online content, keep track of my recipes, and hopefully help others in the process.
About Wholesome Yum
Wholesome Yum started in 2015 and has been my passion ever since. I’ve always had an interest in business and have had side projects in the past. As Wholesome Yum evolved, I was surprised to discover that running a blog is the perfect hybrid of business and content creation. I love that I get to wear so many hats in doing this, and have a wonderful team to support me. In March 2018, I made the difficult decision to leave my software day job and jumped in to run Wholesome Yum full-time.
The most rewarding part of this website is helping others. I am grateful, humbled and excited that millions of you are viewing it each month. My goal is to make Wholesome Yum a trusted keto resource for you – with all information backed by scientific studies, and all recipes tried and tested.
Wholesome Yum has been featured in Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Yahoo Health, NBC News, Google News, MSN, NerdWallet, Fitness Magazine, Parade, Wayfair, and more.
Food Philosophy Backed By Science
A little bit about my food philosophy… my recipes are:
- Paleo-inspired (but do include dairy)
- Low in carbs (especially sugar)
- Free of gluten and preservatives
- Packed with simple, natural ingredients
Since I started eating unprocessed, low carb food, I have noticed a big improvement in my energy levels, mood, mental clarity, and body composition. This is how my whole family eats, including my young children. What we put into our bodies plays such a huge role in our well-being.
Just like any project I take on, following a low carb lifestyle was a decision I made based on scientific research. I frequently peruse the latest research in the scientific community about how and why eating this way is beneficial. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and I strongly believe we should be looking at controlled studies and real data instead of people’s opinions.
If you want to learn more about getting started with low carb or keto, check my guide on how to start a keto or low carb diet, which includes scientific references.
No less important, every recipe on this blog has 10 ingredients or less. I believe that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring or time-consuming. My 10-ingredient theme plays a large role in demonstrating that.
Check out all the 10-ingredient low carb recipes in the recipe index here.
I also create and develop healthy gluten-free and paleo recipes with less emphasis on carb count at my other blog, Wicked Spatula.
I believe that almost any recipe can be converted into a healthier version and enjoy the challenge of doing so. It’s also crucial to me that these recipes don’t take too long. Working full time and taking care of my family means that time is precious.
Low Carb & Keto Meal Plans
Each week, I make a meal plan and stock up on loads of fresh veggies, eggs, meats, and healthy fats. These are my staples and I love to experiment with new ways to prepare them. I do throw in some berries, nuts, cheese, and the occasional keto friendly treat.
If you’re interested in low carb meal planning without the stress or much effort at all (meaning I do it all for you!), try my low carb & keto meal plans:
My main focus with meal plans is saving time by incorporating meal prep and leftovers in practical ways, plus easy dinner recipes that don’t have you slaving away in the kitchen all day. Plus, they are family friendly and come with options for a single person or family of 4.
I hope you enjoy these recipes and meal plans as much as I do.
Launching Wholesome Yum Foods
In 2019, I decided that I was unsatisfied with the selection of great-tasting, low carb, keto friendly and clean ingredients for my recipes and meals. So, I embarked to develop my own!
I was tired of all the processed junk in food products these days, not to mention lack of low carb options…
And so many people were asking me to make my recipes available for purchase, or for clean ingredient options in making them…
That’s why I developed my own line of low carb ingredients and low carb staples.
I’ve been relentless in sourcing the most premium, real food ingredients to make your meals easier and cleaner – without sacrificing taste or quality.
Finally in 2020, I am thrilled to bring them to you!
(Or learn more about Wholesome Yum Foods here.)
Connect with Maya
I LOVE hearing from my readers – you are the reason that I do this! You can contact me here. I read and reply to every email, but get so many that it may take me a while.
If you have a recipe question, you’ll get a faster response by posting a comment directly on the recipe page. Thank you for understanding. 🙂
You can also find me on:
We even have a private low carb support group and would love to have you join!
Work With Me
Are you interested in working with Wholesome Yum? Let’s chat!
You can learn more here.