A Journey to Health

Janie Hayes | Founder & CEO

Janie Hayes | Founder & CEO


In 2009, Janie was a busy Mom-of-four with a whirlwind schedule. She and her husband Mark, a caterer, had always been passionate foodies, but with little time to focus on her own eating habits, Janie often found herself grabbing fast food or packaged snacks for quick meals on-the-go. Though she tried to opt for allegedly “healthy” whole-wheat or salad menu options, Janie began to suffer from the alarming symptoms of unwholesome eating, including debilitating headaches. Her immune system was very weak, and she was desperate to find the source of her illness. A little research revealed that restaurants and food companies infuse their foods with taste enhancers such as preservatives and yeast extract which can trigger sickness, allergies and weight gain, and that the added excess sugars infused into snack foods can cause fungal infections.


Fueled by her passion for food and health, Janie began to experiment in her own kitchen and at her husband’s facility to create delicious, genuine, wholesome snacks she could carry with throughout her busy days. She made sure to use all-natural ingredients and bake with fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and gluten free grains. Janie eliminated sugar from her diet, and almost immediately Janie’s symptoms subsided; she had more energy, and she began to lose weight. Upon seeing the change in Janie, relatives and friends urged her to share her healthy treats with the world, and Nature’s Cocktail was born.