Hi there, I’m Valerie! Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Community Manager over at Holistic Wellness.

I help women feel beautiful and balanced in their own skin with step by step strategies. If it’s digestion, hormonal imbalances or weight loss support that you need, I’m happy to help. I create customized programs and protocols to suit your unique needs. Working with me means you’ll achieve your health goals a lot faster and with a whole lot of support and guidance. As a nutritionist that believes in the healing powers of food, I’m excited to guide you to an incredible transformation, inside and out.

I’m thrilled to be a part of YOSO’s community! I have personally used their coconut products for years. We specifically love their unsweetened coconut yogurt and cream cheese spread – sooo tasty 🙂

We love this recipe because it’s a fun and easy dinner on a Friday night with some delicious organic corn chips or toasted whole grain pita. Perfect way to end the work week! This recipe is just like the classic – it’s rich, savoury & satisfying but also vegan, non-dairy and gluten-free.

Easy & Healthy Spinach Dip (vegan)

Prep time: 30 minutes


5 ounces fresh, raw spinach*
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp chickpea flour
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 lemon, squeezed
2 tsp tamari
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2/3 cup YOSO plain cashew cream cheese spread
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper


In a large sauté pan over low heat add about 1/2 cup water with your spinach. Let the spinach steam and wilt for about 5-10 min or just until bright green. Drain, rinse and using a clean dish towel, squeeze out all of the excess water and moisture from the spinach. Finely chop it and set it aside.

Warm 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan and add red onion. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until onion becomes translucent. Add minced garlic, paprika and flour and cook until toasted.

Lower the heat a touch and slowly begin to whisk in milk. Whisk consistently until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, tamari, nutritional yeast and YOSO cream cheese.

Return pan to heat and add in spinach to warm it through. Taste carefully for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Serve with organic corn chips or toasted whole grain pita triangles.


* You can use organic frozen spinach here. Just be sure to thaw, drain and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

** This recipe can be made ahead of time. Store in an airtight container and then simply, warm before serving.

 Connect with Valerie at @valeriepiccitto and valeriepiccitto.com


This post is part of our series, How do you Enjoy Yoso? We asked friends in our healthy community to share one of their favourite ways to enjoy our dairy-free products.