Welcome to The Roasted Root! A food blog where I share nutrient-dense recipes that are gluten-free, with plenty of options for paleo, keto, and vegan eaters alike.
My name is Julia Mueller, and I’m here to make you water at the mouth and satisfy that bodacious body of yours.
I’m passionate about the great outdoors, fitness and nutrition and strongly believe we can live a vivacious life, infused with foods that serve our needs, taste amazing, and support our lifestyle in a health-conscious manner.
When I’m not developing healthy recipes for this site, I’m off in the mountains snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, trail running, hiking, or laying in the sun. I live and work in Reno, NV and play in Lake Tahoe.
After getting my Masters Degree in Finance in 2011 and coming to terms with the fact that I didn’t want to pursue a career in the field, I began this blog as a side hobby while I was working (read: struggling) to figure out my life. I realized fairly quickly that this hobby was a true passion, and I took The Roasted Root full-time in 2014.
And that brings us to today!
Each recipe fits under one or more of the following categories:
You can access all of my recipes by checking out my Recipe Index.
A Little Something Extra About Me:
I battled IBS and disordered eating patterns for nearly a decade and learned the hard way that implementing too many tools at once (over-exercise, cutting calories, orthorexia, staying too low-carb for too long, intermittent fasting, etc.) can cause much more harm than good.
After working with a holistic RD starting in 2019 to uncover the root cause of my GI issues, I was able to completely get rid of my IBS.
Similarly, after working on my relationship with my self, my psychology is less driven by aesthetics and more inspired by strength, overall health and self-growth.
Read How I Healed My Gut, Part One: My Gut Healing Protocol and How I Healed My Gut, Part Two: Healing Through Mindset to learn more about my experience healing my gut and also the shift in perspective that I needed in order to stay well.
While experimenting is great and it can be beneficial to implement certain tools at very specific stages of our body’s changing seasons, rarely is it the case that hitting everything too hard for too long is helpful. In fact, in my experience, pushing your body too hard can prolong the process of reaching your goals if not executed with care.
Our human experience is all very individual so uncovering what works for our own bodies from a nutrition and exercise stand point is personalized.
It can be tempting to mimic what another person does to achieve a certain goal, but ultimately finding what is right for you is the golden ticket to long-term health and happiness (in my humble opinion).
While falling back into old habits is extremely tempting from time to time, my big picture is that I want to live a nourished, impactful life and give as much love and energy to my people as I can.
My Food Philosophy:
My food philosophy is rooted in a middle ground I found between a childhood of overly processed food and an adulthood of orthorexia.
Like most things in life, homeostasis is achieved once balance is found, and in the dietary sense, that means providing my body with the building blocks it needs for energizing my mind and body and for overall health and hormonal balance.
The way I see it, I need to enjoy life fully, and with that comes a responsibility to my body and spirit. A responsibility to provide quality nutrients to feel energized and to also enjoy simple pleasures.
Everyone’s relationship with food is imperfect.
Whether we are striving for the perfect macros to hit fitness goals, lean towards under-eating, or tend to over-eat, we all face our own personal struggles that are both unique but also massively common.
Transparency is a top priority for me and I want to be very clear that I do not follow a paleo, vegan, or ketogenic diet (or any diet) even though you will find plenty of recipes falling under each of these categories on my site.
After having firsthand experience with the healing power of food and also orthorexia, I do find paleo to be a nourishing lifestyle but I also have found it to be unsustainable for the way I choose to live my life.
Similarly, understanding the root cause of disease is inflammation, I am mindful of my intake of excess sugar and excess carbohydrate.
I have family members who are obese or have diabetes, and I know many people who have benefitted from a ketogenic diet.
In this sense, my recipes that come with a label are not to encourage a fad diet or to profess any sort of food indoctrination, but to serve those who are looking for inspiration to maintain their own lifestyle of choice.
My food philosophy comes from years of discovering which foods make my body feel great and work in tandem with my metabolic health.
What we put in our bodies is so personal and unique to our genetic makeup and epigenetics.
I eat a diet that’s rich in variety and doesn’t cut out any major food groups, but I do tend to steer clear of gluten, un-aged dairy, and excess sugar.
Gluten and dairy still cause me gastrointestinal issues and sugar messes with my energy level, gives me a short fuse, makes me depressed. Because I seem to thrive on meat and veggies, I still focus the majority of my meals around whole foods.
My Favorite Recipes:
Some of my personal favorite recipes from this site that I make time and time again are:
- Almond Flour Pancakes
- Mediterranean Salmon in Parchment Paper
- Crispy Skin Salmon
- Crowd-Pleasing Roasted Vegetables
- The BEST Giant Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Garlic Butter Roast Chicken
- Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Easy 30-Minute Paleo Mongolian Beef
If there is one way I hope to inspire you it is to reassure you that you truly know what is right for your meat suit and you don’t need to justify your decisions to anyone.
At its core, eating is not intuitive due to the mechanisms hard-wired in our brains for survival.
After understanding some fundamentals of nutrition and recognizing what your body likes to process versus what doesn’t sit well or causes inflammation, you can train yourself to become intuitive with food if that is a goal.
If I could go back in time and give the younger me one piece of advice, it would be to give yourself grace as you move through this wonderful journey of life.
You are not weak if you give into cravings occasionally, just like you are not strong if you resist your body’s urge to consume enough calories over and over again.
I hope you find what you’re looking for here – whether that be belly-soothing recipes to help relieve your gut troubles, gluten-free inspiration for those who are allergic or intolerant, low-carb ideas for folks who are looking to improve their metabolic health, or meatless fare for people who enjoy a plant-based lifestyle.
Customizing your diet to fit your own personal need (personalizing your nutrition), gifts yourself the ability to feel amazing and be a complete and utter powerhouse in every facet of your life. It also allows yourself space to enjoy those indulgences that make life so sweet!
While I don’t subscribe to a specific diet, I do believe in food’s ability to steer the ship.
The way I look at my own nutrition, I can make choices based on what will make me feel great long-term, or I can indulge in the moment.
Regardless of my decision, I enter willingly, understanding any potential benefits or consequences.
I’m thrilled you’re here!
I value authenticity and transparency deeply, so everything I share is written with intention. Continuous growth and introspection are also important to me, so I appreciate your interactions and welcome any comments you may have. Please do feel free to connect!
Rest assured, you can find comfort in the fact that every word on this site comes from a real human who has no other agenda or intention than being a part of the solution in the health community.
The Roasted Root is here to support you on whatever journey you’re on.
With much love and all the good juju,
If you have any questions or just want to reach out, you can e-mail me at RoastedRootFood (at) gmail (dot) com.
Looking to see what other people are making? Here are some of the most popular recipes on my site:
- 3-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies
- Liver Detox Smoothie
- Hearty Ground Turkey Soup with Vegetables
- Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Ground Beef Stroganoff
- Immunity Boosting Turmeric Chicken Soup
- Air Fryer Steak Bites
- How to Roast Delicata Squash
- Salmon Poke
- 3-Ingredient No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
- The BEST Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe
- Cream Cheese Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers
- How to Make Probiotic Ginger Beer
- How to Make Pickled Peppers
Feel free to reach out and let me know your favorites!