Thursday, December 2, 2010
Here around our house we eat a lot of junk foods and I know that it’s not a good thing and with me on my never ending battle losing weight I have a hard time finding great tasting snack foods that my family and I both agree on and that we can actually enjoy eating. Recently I was able to sample some of the delicious treats from Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food and it’ really changed the way I look at the not so good for you junk food, because now I know I can get great tasting good for you junk foods, which I didn’t think would ever be a reality!
About Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food (Taken From Website):
Dr. Laura Trice, the CEO of Laura’s WJF based in Venice, California, started baking healthy cookies at a very young age at her Grandmother’s farm in Massachusetts.
Laura received her B.A. from Smith College with a double major in Chemistry and French Language & Literature. She received her M.D. from the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine. As a medical student, Laura, who was training at Maine Medical Center in her home town of Portland, Maine, was mentored by Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Body’s, Women’s Wisdom.
She trained at the Poland Spring Health Institute, assisting in Primary Care, and at Healthy Mother Healthy Baby Midwifery clinic in Nyuh Kuhning, Bali. Dr. Laura also trained in Chicago and up-state New York and received honors in Psychiatry, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Community Medicine and Medical Education.
Like every other college student, she loved “junk food.” As a result of coming from a nutritionally conscientious home and having traveled around the world, she tried a variety of diets available looking for what provided her body with the best fuel and used interesting flavors she had tasted while abroad. While in medical school, she saw how people suffered due to illnesses that could have been prevented with better nutrition. Dr. Laura realized that she was just like her patients in that she only ate the food that tasted great to her. She realized that most cookies available seemed to be either good for you (but not taste very good) or they tasted great (but were based in white flour, white sugar and hydrogenated oils). She began creating recipes that tasted as good or better than any treats out there, but used whole grains and whole sweeteners.
In 1997, while working on the set of 7th Heaven, Dr. Laura would bring cookies to the set from time to time. Acting as Set Medic, she noticed that when people ate donuts for breakfast, lots of people came to her with headaches several hours later. This did not seem to happen when they ate other foods, including her treats. One day, she noticed that some of the truck drivers on the set were actually eating her cookies for breakfast instead of donuts! This is when she realized that the regular person thought her cookies tasted great! And, that by making something that tasted great and was also good for people, people would make better choices, be able to prevent certain health issues in the future, AND feel better along the way.
This passion for healthy and great tasting food led to Laura’s WJF, est. 2001. Her sister, Stefanie, reminded her about the photo of Laura baking and her other sister, Elizabeth, designed the logo and the company was born.
As the lead formulator of Laura’s WJF, Dr. Laura is committed to creating flavorful and satisfying food that she is comfortable eating herself and sharing with friends and family while maintaining very high quality standards in every batch.
In addition to her love of delicious foods, Dr. Laura utilizes her love of writing and mind/body health knowledge to facilitate writing programs with medical students, private and academic groups on both coasts. Since 2002, Dr. Trice has been affiliated with Promises, a recovery center based in Malibu and West Los Angeles. Due to client response, Writing in Recovery™ can now be found in Promises’ Residential Programs (West Los Angeles & Malibu), Malibu Extended Care, Staff Trainings, and individual referral programs. She was honored by Smith College for her programs.
Laura currently resides in Venice, California and enjoys gymnastics (she’s working on handstands, front hand springs and back tucks right now), bicycling, rollerblading and tennis—when she can find the time! She still loves her cookies and gets excited watching them come out of the oven. You can still find her using her 110 pounds to try and turn over a 50 pound bag of coconut at the bakery to make sure they are using the coconut with out chemical additives. She sees feeding her friends and families and feeding your friends and family as a huge responsibility and works to continue to deserve your trust.
We were sent a large variety of just about one of every flavor of Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food to sample and it didn’t take us long to have tested them all out and we each decided we were going to claim and refused to share lol! I personally love the Mint Double Fudge and the Lemon-Vanilla flavors and it didn’t take me but just a few days for us to have those two flavors whipped out completely! Now my husband was quite fond of the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Xtreme Chocolate Fudge and the Lemon-Vanilla flavors and I will admit that he did make wonderful selections but he chose to take the chocolate flavors to work with him to share and use as an afternoon sweet tooth snack. My little “Bug” staked a super quick claim on the Anna-Banana Split and the Better Brownie flavors and he didn’t really want to share at all but they were super delicious too!!!!
I much rather have Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food on hand vs. other brands of junk food that are full of preservatives and stuff that just isn’t just real healthy for you and since I’m more concerned about what I give my little man to eat I feel much better giving him a snack of Laura’s than candy and other junk. We sampled all of the flavors at Laura’s except the Cole’s Cashew Chocolate Chip and Grandma’s Gingerbread and I had heard lots of good things about Laura’s cookies and I can now vouch for the deliciousness and I feel like just a couple of these little yummy cookies will make you feel fuller than a dozen of the other leading brand snack cookies!!!
I’m now a believer that we can indeed find a snack food that is better for you than others and I am super happy that I found Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food and all her delicious flavors.
If you are looking for a snack for ether yourself or your family I really recommend checking out the flavors at Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food, because I’m sure your going to really enjoy them and you will find a flavor that will make your taste buds dance.
To purchase Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food visit their website!
Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food has offered one of my readers a “Just for Kids” pack, which includes one 7oz tub of Oatmeal Raisin Bite-lettes™ and one 7oz tub of Anna-Banana Split Bite-lettes™!
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This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the products mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.
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