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Mom” at Tiny Green Mom is pleased to announce that the Winner of Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food “Just for Kids” Giveaway is Deborah Wallin! We hope that you and your little ones enjoy these healthy, wholesome treats! Thanks to everyone who entered this eco-fabulous giveaway!

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Enter to win a Just for Kids pack from Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food to curb any snack attacks your kids may have! Guilt-free goodness – these healthy cookies are sure to hit the spot! The Just for Kids pack includes one tub of Anna-Banana Split and one tub of Oatmeal Raisin cookies. Nutritious and wholesome – the entire family will adore these sweet treats from Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food! From March 24th -March 31st, 2011 you can enter to win daily on Tiny Green Mom!

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Snacking Do’s and Don’ts

By Dr. Laura Trice

I admit it. It takes an effort to sit down for food since there are so many things that need my attention at Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food. It is kind of like Willy Wonka meets the Northpole year round. Due to this, I have become an expert at snacking. In my world, the key to snacking is more about what we snack on and not so much about how much we eat. That is one of the reasons I wrote The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook.

Snacking Do’s

  • Bring good, snackable foods into the house. By this, I mean foods that we don’t worry about snacking on. Examples include, celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, green beans, cucumbers, apples, watermelon, pears, almonds and walnuts. Most fruits and vegetables that make up a fruit plate or raw veggie plate are good items to pick up with our hands and to take the edge off of hunger while providing valuable vitamins and nutrients.
  • Have a variety of salty, sweet, gooey and crunchy. If all that is around are celery and carrot sticks, then when the desire for sweet arises, you may be tempted to head to the store for a dessert. By always having fruit or homemade healthy cookies, the sweet craving can be met at home in a good way. For gooey, I like having maple syrup and honey around. Nuts or raw celery and carrots are good for salty and crunchy cravings. Learn what both nourishes and satisfies you and your family and keep it around the house. Running out of snacks almost guarantees snacking on less healthful things.
  • Remember plain water, herbal teas and essence waters. Sometimes, when we think we are hungry we are just thirsty. Try having a glass of water, herbal tea or essence water (slice of fresh orange or cucumber – see The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook.)
  • Make the snacks visible in the fridge. I do not use the crisper drawers because we “forget” that the good snacks are there. I have a snack shelf so everyone knows where to look. Or do a protein, vegetable and then fruit shelf. If you don’t see it right when opening the fridge, it is harder to snack wisely.

Snacking Don’ts

  • Leave snacks un-prepped. Have everything washed and ready to go so when you open the fridge, it is ready.
  • Buy anything that you might “over” snack on that is bad. Like potato chips, candy, pastries, ice-cream. If you must, buy the teeny, tiny kid lunch potato 1 serving size bag per week. That way, when it is gone in one sitting, it is okay.
  • Don’t worry about snacking. As long as you are getting out for walks, staying active and snacking on good items, relax and enjoy.

About the Author

Author Dr. Laura Trice is on a mission to make healthy eating more fun and provides easy-to-follow steps for each recipe. The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook introduces the importance of eating healthy and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Inside, you’ll find familiar favorites like Cinnamon Buns and Apple Pie transformed into healthier desserts. Along with great tasting recipes, each chapter contains a sidebar with nutritional and cooking tips. Both novice and experienced cooks will enjoy making such treats as Hot Banana Split S’mores, Hidden Candy Birthday Pops, and Homemade Whoopie Pies.

While The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook is Dr. Laura’s first cookbook, she has spent years perfecting healthy yet great tasting food. In medical school she saw people suffering from illnesses that could have been prevented by better nutrition. She realized that like her patients, she only ate food that tasted great to her. Her passion for healthy, great tasting food led to the founding of Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food in 2001.

If you haven’t yet tried one of Dr. Laura Trice’s scrumptious creations, run, don’t walk to the nearest health food store to indulge yourself today! This inspiring, dynamic woman took the time out of her super busy day to answer a few questions for Tiny Green Mom about running her small, eco-friendly business, called Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food, which was founded in 2001.

An Interview with Dr. Laura Trice of Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food

Tell us about your eco-inspired company!

I was a vegan for three years in medical school and learned about how eating more plant products is good for the body and environment. I realized I didn’t LOVE any of the vegan cookies out there and wanted to provide a vegan cookie line that was decadent and delicious enough for everyone to enjoy, vegan or non-vegan. I found a wonderful group of people who are committed to health who work with the company to make the most delicious moist, vegan cookies out there.

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I shop at the farmer’s market, cook at home and rarely get take out, avoiding unnecessary plastic and containers. I ride my bike to the bank and post office when possible instead of driving. I buy filtered water in jugs at the store, rarely buy bottled water, and avoid plastic.

Guilty green pleasure?

Vegan Bliss Mint Galactica Chocolate Chip ice-cream. Made with coconut milk and sweetened with agave. Plus, my vegan cookies!

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

I had to work multiple jobs while it took two years to sell my first cookie. I had people say, “You still haven’t made any money doing that?” I had so many discouraging obstacles that appeared that I didn’t know how I would overcome. Money was tight and success of any kind appeared so far away. I couldn’t find a bakery for 2 years, I felt afraid of sales, and I had difficulty being decisive. So, keep the faith and believe in your idea and passion. Stay balanced. Go for a walk, stay fit mentally and physically. Being committed required a good night’s rest and healthy lifestyle.

Mom” at Tiny Green Mom is excited to announce that the Winner of Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food Giveaway is Amie D! We hope that you enjoy your Chocolate Lover’s Pack! Thanks to everyone who entered this eco-fabulous giveaway!

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Hands down – these itty bitty bites of pure bliss will have you reaching for just one more! Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food is simply scrumptious, and “Mom” could not find a flavor that wasn’t delectable and just plain delicious! The Lemon-Vanilla Bite-Lettes were simply to die for – a burst of lemon zest gives the cookie a bit of a zip as you bite into it!

Junk food and the phrase “good for you” are rarely seen in the same sentence, but Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food delivers just that – your favorite treats infused with wholesome goodness and healthy ingredients! Each tiny bite-lette is made with unsweetened coconut, rolled oats, dates, non-GMO soy protein isolate, fruit juice, and sea salt, among other ingredients, such as unsweetened natural cocoa in the Better Brownies or Chocolate Fudge Bite-Lettes.

These are a treat you can definitely reach for without guilt! Just one or two is all you need when a chocolate craving hits you after dinner.

To learn more about Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food, Dr. Laura Trice, or to find a retailer near you, please visit www.lauraswholesomejunkfood.com.

Right now, one lucky Tiny Green Mom reader can win the Chocolate Lover’s Pack from Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food! You can enter the giveaway here.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*