Since September we have tried to be frugal. As the weeks and months roll by we are trying to be more frugal as money has become tighter and tighter. I am not complaining at all because I do love a challenge and cooking and baking from what I have is a wonderful challenge to me and one that I enjoy. BUT the issue that I do have is that I would like to cut down the amount of processed food we consume and to eradicate as much sugar from our diets as possible.
Not only for weight loss ( I need to lose 1/3rd of my body weight) but for good health. The alternatives from processed food to good healthy food such as dried fruits, nuts, nut meals etc are so expensive. Luckily I did buy a number of luxuries like cacao, hazelnuts and cashews when I had a big stock up before being made redundant but replacing them is going to be an issue moving forward.
When I flick through the online supermaket catalogues every Wednesday morning to find the specials on products we use I am astounded at how cheap "Junk Food" is. It is no wonder that Australia has an obesity problem when junk is cheap and good plain healthy staples cost an arm and a leg.
So back to my dilemma ......
I don't want to follow a fad diet or make brash statements that I won't eat this or that (I have done that in the past). The biggest issue for me is snacking ! I love nothing more than a cup of coffee and a biscuit or a piece of cake so I decided that I had best make something that I could freeze and get out the day before to snack on when the snack bug hits.
I found a recipe by a lovely Chef, Nico Moretti for these gorgeous muffins containing Vegetables, Nuts and Cranberries and the best part is they freeze.
I changed the recipe a little to suit my tastes and made a lovely batch of them which yielded me 16 muffins which are now wrapped up individually in the freezer. These weren't cheap to make but they make a nice treat.
I wondered if any of you had any recipes to share with me of healthy, sugarless treats that can be stored or frozen that don't cost the earth to make? I would be grateful if you do.
Hugs - Fee xx