Eating Healthy on a Budget.

Recent statistics are sobering; more than two-thirds of the US population is overweight or obese, and one in three children is now overweight or obese. To make matters worse, the number of obese Americans is constantly rising.  

Most individuals want to start eating healthier foods, but some think that to eat healthy, they have to spend more money.  Believe it or not, you can eat healthy on a budget. It is actually a lot easier than you think.  

Here are some tips you can use to eat healthy on a budget.

1.Make your own meals

Cooking at home kills two birds with one stone. You eat healthier by using a fraction of the butter and salt that restaurants tend to use, and you spend less money.  

2. Plan your weekly menu

Meal planning is a great way to stick to a healthy diet without blowing up your budget. Map out your meals for the week — breakfast, lunch and dinner — and make a grocery list, taking into account what you already have in your pantry. This will keep you from over-shopping and helps guard against impulse purchases.

3. Buy frozen produce

Fruits and vegetables are a staple of any healthy diet. But fresh produce has a short shelf life and can be pricey, especially if the item isn’t in season. Opt for frozen goods to save money, without sacrificing nutritional value.

4. Opt for store brands

Generic products are often identical to their name-brand counterparts in ingredients and quality. Where they differ is price.

Shoppers can save 30% to 50% when they buy generic or store brands of such healthy foods as whole wheat pasta, canned organic vegetables and more.

5. Hit the tail end of the farmers market

The early bird gets the worm, or so the saying goes. But when shopping at your local farmers market, you can get the worm — or berries, greens and beets — for less if you show up late.

National Fig Newton Day!

Today is National Fig Newton Day!

A Fig Newton is a soft cookie filled with fig jam. A machine invented in 1891 made the mass production of Fig Newtons possible. James Henry Mitchell invented a machine which worked like a funnel within a funnel; the inside funnel supplied jam, while the outside funnel pumped out the dough, this produced an endless length of filled cookie, that was then cut into smaller pieces. The Kennedy Biscuit Works used Mitchell's invention to mass-produce the first Fig Newton Cookies in 1891.

Figs sweetened all types of dessert before widespread use of sugar, and still appear as the main ingredient in popular holiday dishes. High in potassium, iron, fiber, and plant calcium, figs are also used for medicinal purposes as a diuretic and laxative.

Today we paired these vegan Fig Newtons with Maple Paradise Icing!!

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Oatmeal: A brief History

Dec. 19th was National Oatmeal Muffin Day. Muffins are usually served for breakfast or with dinner, and are usually made with flour, yeast or baking powder, and sugar.
The history of oats is somewhat clouded because there are so many different species and subspecies, which makes identification of old remains very difficult. The chief modern center of greatest variety of forms is in Asia Minor where most all subspecies are in contact with each other. Many feel that the area with the greatest diversity of types is most likely where a particular plant originated.
Oats were first brought to North America with other grains in 1602 and planted on the Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Massachusetts. As early as 1786, George Washington sowed 580 acres to oats. By the 1860s and 1870s, the westward shift of oat acreage in the United States had moved into the middle and upper Mississippi Valley, which is its major area of production today.
Oats are high in unsaturated fats, yet curiously enough have little storage requirements because the grain has a rare natural antioxidant that actually delays rancidity.
Before the discovery of chemical preservatives, commercial bakers often added a pinch of ground oats to breads and cakes to stave off early staleness. So it is not surprising that a package of oats should have a life expectancy of up to a year on a pantry shelf in an air-tight container and longer still if the temperature is moderately cool.
Today this hearty vegan 🌱 chocolate 🍫 chip oatmeal muffin paired with a delicious, creamy Paradise Icing.

The Story of Honey

Dec. 18th was National I love Honey 🍯 Day!!!
Honey is as old as written history, dating back to 2100 B.C. where it was mentioned in Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform writings, the Hittite code, and the sacred writings of India and Egypt. It is presumably even older than that.

Its name comes from the English hunig, and it was the first and most widespread sweetener used by man. Legend has it that Cupid dipped his love arrows in honey before aiming at unsuspecting lovers.

In the Old Testament of the Bible, Israel was often referred to as "the land of milk and honey." Mead, an alcoholic drink made from honey was called "nectar of the gods."

Honey was valued highly and often used as a form of currency, tribute, or offering. In the 11th century A.D., German peasants paid their feudal lords in honey and beeswax.

Although experts argue whether the honeybee is native to the Americas, conquering Spaniards in 1600 A.D. found native Mexicans and Central Americans had already developed beekeeping methods to produce honey.

In days of old, honey was used not only in food and beverages but also to make cement, in furniture polishes and varnishes, and for medicinal purposes.

All it took was one spoonful of honey and I was inspired to create a vegan honey muffin that I hope you are going to love! To really tantalize your taste buds the muffin is paired with Paradise Icing.

Yuca Root Baking Benefits

A type of flour made from the Yuca root, also known as Cassava root. Another type of flour made from the Yuca root is referred to as Manioc flour, a coarse ground meal made from the grated flesh of the root. Unlike the Manioc flour which uses only the grated flesh to produce the flour, Yuca flour is made by soaking the grated root flesh in water to create a residue which is dried to become the a starchy substance used to make the flour.
The flour has a variety of uses including as a condiment (toasted) sprinkled on food or used as a thickener or for bread making.


Today, I used it to make gluten , dairy 🥛, soy and nut 🥜 free Chocolate 🍫 Chip Muffins. These muffins are the perfect treat for millions of people who suffer from food allergies or Celiac disease. Paired with Paradise Icing and you won’t be disappointed.