Leah's Recipe is producing deliciously healthy snacks in Warren
Just in time to help you keep your New Year's resolutions, meet Leah Rosin-Pritchard, owner and chef of Leah's Recipe, a maker at Warren's Hope & Main culinary business incubator. This one-woman operation only launched in June, with three products, but she's already in 12 stores from Jamestown to Providence.
That should come as no surprise to anyone who has had the pleasure of trying any of Leah's creations—what she does, she does well. Very well. And whether you are a lifelong healthy eater or newly resolved, you'll find her list of ingredients unimpeachable.
You think you shouldn't eat a sugary macaroon? Leah's are made with three ingredients: organic shredded unsweetened coconut, local maple syrup, and Himalayan pink sea salt. Her raw chocolate truffles are almost equally minimalist, made from organic virgin coconut oil, local maple syrup, organic fair-trade raw cacao, organic spices, and Himalayan pink sea salt. And her Omega Bars' ingredient list, while long, reads like a healthy food hall of fame (organic sunflower seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, organic apricots) with not a shortcut, preservative, or cheap filler to be found.
Rosin-Pritchard, in her late 20's, began working in restaurants at age 14, and found herself, about a decade ago, working as a stewardess on the American Canadian Caribbean Line's Grand Caribe, out of Warren. She found the company and travel to be fun and eye-opening, but was less enamored of the actual day-to-day work of life as a "stew." So when an assistant chef position opened up, Leah jumped—and got it.
From there she moved to Colorado where she managed restaurants in both Boulder and Denver, and though she bartended and waitressed, she always found herself back in the "back of the house."
Returning to Rhode Island, she got a job baking at Sweet Cakes in Peacedale. "By now, I was a total sugar addict," she says. "I was in a bakery, surrounded by sugar, flour, and dairy, and I started thinking about nutrition and making changes."
From making those dietary changes, and the positive health impacts that Rosin-Pritchard noticed as she eliminated gluten, sugar, and dairy, Leah's Recipe was born. "Sugar, gluten…they are dietary staples, and when you remove them, you really feel it."
Developing the recipes didn't take nearly as much trial and error as might be expected, thanks to Rosin-Pritchard's baking background. "Baking is all textural," she says. "I know what it's supposed to feel like."
Each of Leah's Omega Bars are complete meal, designed to meet your body's micro and macro nutritional needs, with easily digestible protein, complex carbohydrates for sustained energy, and healthy fats for brain and heart function. Her raw chocolate truffles are loaded with antioxidants and minerals from raw cacao, and filled with spices to stimulate the circulatory system, digestive system, and fight inflammation. And her coconut macaroons supply slow-burning carbohydrates and essential minerals.
All of Leah's products are as functional as possible. And while it is true that she is creating a line of snack food, and the diet police would not claim they are "guilt-free," they ought to be. They are satisfying in a way that only real food can be—and that, says Rosin Pritchard, has always been her objective: "Each product," she says, "serves a purpose."
For more product and nutritional information as well as where to buy Leah's Recipe snacks, visit www.Leahsrecipe.com.