Local mother-daughter team produce healthy living cookbook

After three years of research and recipe testing, Jenny Sheetz and her daughter, Lauren Matosziuk, have co-authored “Cooking for a Healthy Lifestyle: Delicious recipes for families whose members have gluten and other food allergies”.
“Restricted diets do not have to be a prison sentence to a life of boring food. With some new skills, and a bit of imagination, great tasting meals can be prepared,” said Sheetz, president of St. Joseph Institute and a certified nutritionist, in a recent press release.
The new cookbook, published by Morris Press Cookbooks, provides 200 pages of recipes and advice. It includes a formula for making gluten-free flour that can be substituted for wheat flour in most recipes. Also included are recipes for salad dressings, sauces and condiments like ketchup and mayonnaise, items that often contain ingredients which must be avoided by people with food allergies. The book includes sections on breads and rolls, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes, main dishes, desserts and this and that.
While the cookbook will appeal to people with gluten and other allergies, it offers delicious, nutritional meals that every family member can enjoy. With a concern for good health, the recipes use smaller amounts of sugar, salt and fat, and include the ingredients that science has determined are best for promoting wellness and protecting against disease. Directions are also provided so that dishes can be prepared without dairy, eggs or other products to which people may be allergic.
According to the release, Sheetz began cooking at age eight in the first Sheetz store, founded by her father in Altoona. A few years ago, both she and her daughter discovered they cannot digest gluten, the protein component of grains. Refusing to sacrifice the tastes they loved, a test kitchen was developed in their home. “Cooking for a Healthy Lifestyle” is the result of their efforts. The St. Joseph Institute has the only gluten-free commercial kitchen in Pennsylvania and the resort’s dining room serves delicious gluten-free dishes to its guests.
“Cooking for a Healthy Lifestyle” will soon be available in area book stores. It can be purchased now at
Sheetz has a Masters degree in Christian Counseling. In addition to her degree as a Certified Nutritionist, she has extensive training in the healing arts and sciences, including therapeutic massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Process Acupressure, CranioSacral Therapy, Biofeedback and the use of Cold Laser Therapy.
St. Joseph Institute serves individuals and groups in many different ways, with wellness and healing as the cornerstone.
Guests enter into a holistic lifestyle that focuses on revitalizing and healing the body, mind, emotions and spirit in a Christian context.
Also available is Professional Training for individuals and organizations which focuses on topics such as leadership, communications, wellness, strategic planning and business ethics.
Spiritual programs support individuals and groups as they seek to discover the wonders of the Christian faith and grow in wisdom and union with God. (All denominations are welcome and respected.)
Also, the Country Inn is open throughout the year and guests are welcomed to relax and enjoy the facilities and Wellness Center, or use the Institute as their home base while they visit in the area.
Facility rental is available for events such as meetings, training, reunions, weddings, church retreats, anniversaries, and Christmas parties.
A wide range of treatments and special packages are also available, including spa treatments, therapeutic massage, healing and wellness services.
Visit the institute online at or call (814) 692-4954 for more information.