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Product Placement: The Baker Yoga Bread

My mother introduces me to all the best foods. She manages to find food that is great for you and tastes better than standard commercial products and I wish to model Cheryl’s Confections after her example. This post is not just a Product Placement, but is dedicated to my mom and every parent who invests in his or her child’s health and well being. Here’s to you parents, enjoy the post and consider trying this product.

My mom is a yoga teacher and I’m still not quite sure if Yoga Bread caught her attention because of its name or because of the natural ingredients.

This bread has been a conundrum to me for years. My mom buys it whenever she gets a chance to do so, but it never made any sense to me, why put fruit into bread? what made this yoga bread? what is yoga bread? I could have gotten some answers any time if I just decided to either try a piece (like I finally did yesterday) or just read the packaging information. All I really knew about this bread was that it was not cheap (unfortunately its only flaw).

Yes, so if I had ever bothered to read the labeling, I would have come to realize that this is Yoga Bread because it promotes more than just healthy eating: it promotes healthy lifestyles centered around a balance of the body.

As the packaging says:

Yoga is more than practicing asanas [postures]! Yoga is about cultivating the authentic you while being mindful of your body, to thers, and this earth. There are five yogic principles to follow: 

proper exercise

proper breathing

proper relaxation

proper diet and

positive thinking and meditation.

The serving size is 1 slice, each slice 120 calories, with 3 grams of fat (no trans fats or sat fats) 0 grams cholesterol, 22o mg sodium, 21 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

This whole wheat bread is sweetened naturally with dried cranberries and has a subtle nutty crunch flavor due to pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds. The taste is surprisingly similar to a rye bread though no rye flour is used and the bread is far less dark in coloring than a standard rye.

After being adventurous last night and trying a piece of my mom’s bread, I have gone from a skeptic of fruit/nut breads to a true believer. I am now looking into finding a recipe that can recreate these healthy, nutty, sweet results.

If anyone has any fruit/nut bread recipes to share I would love to hear from you.

Until next time, then. Enjoy and make sure to give this bread a try for your family! This is not a product to pass over lightly.


Granola Bars

I almost feel it’s becoming a running joke that I love oats so much, but here I am again raving about something else that can be done with oats. I am raving with good reason though, because granola bars are expensive! Granola bars, protein bars, snack bars, almost anything healthy and portable is almost $1 a bar. That’s a bit of a rip off, especially when it’s so easy to make granola bars yourself. Plus, when you make them yourself, there are endless varieties and ingredients to add and experiment with.

I know I don’t plan on making this the same way twice.


3/4 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 tbs butter

2 tbs honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup your favorite combination of nuts/seed/dried fruit (I used sunflower seeds, an organic trailmix, shredded coconut, and dried cranberries)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a small baking sheet and mix together oats and dried fruit/nuts. Arrange oat mixture on the greased baking sheet in a thin layer and bake for 10 mins or until lightly toasted.
  2. In a small saucepan heat butter, brown sugar, honey, and vanilla stirring constantly until thickened and boiling.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the butter mixture and the oat mixture until the oats are coated. Grease the baking sheet again and spoon the mixture in a smooth single layer.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  5. Let cool. Cut. Enjoy.