Vegan Muffins

It is mid-February as I write this, so many of you have now, once again, found that those resolute resolutions you proclaimed so resoundingly in December have made their exit. I once read that by January 15, sales in office vending machines return to normal. This is a sign that the resolutions to eat more healthfully have failed. So what to do?
Don't be too hard on yourself. Rather than a laundry list, try the single step solution. Find one thing that you would like to do (Or not do) and don't tie it to a particular date. Some suggestion that will move you along toward more healthful living and support vegan principles:

Here is one to get started.

Eliminate refined sugar. If id do have something made with it,don't let this bring you back to eating it all the time. If you are an aspiring vegan or mostly vegan you will further your goal when you do not eat commercial baked goods or home baked things made by non-vegans. It is easy to gloss over the realization that these most likely contain milk, eggs or butter. Theysupport animal cruelty even though it is not apparent the way looking at a chicken wing is.
Basic muffin recipe. You can use a small amount of maple syrup or agave or, just leave it out.

You need:
2 and 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour1 teaspoon sea salt1 teaspoon cinnamon.  1 teaspoon vanilla1 Tablespoon non-aluminum baking powder.         1/2 cup chopped apple1/2 cup chopped dates or raisins3/4 cup non-dairy milk to which 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar has been added
1/4 cup grapeseed oil. 

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 375 (convection setting if you have it) Add the vinegar to the non-dairy milk. (makes the muffins tender) Let sit while you mix the dry ingredients. Chop the dates if using. Mix the dry ingredients, then add dates or raisins or apple. If your apples are organic, leave the skins on. When the dry ingredients are mixed together, add the fruit and mix again. Then add the " vegan buttermilk", the oil and the vanilla. If desired add 1/4 cup maple syrup. If you are not using it and the batter is a bit thick add a little water or orange juice. Ah yes, You can also add some orange zest to the dry ingredients - a nice touch. As you can see, this is a versatile recipe, other fruits either fresh or dried can be used as can nuts.
Line a muffin pan with paper baking cups, add batter - will make about a dozen. Top each with a bit of all-fruit jam if desired. Bale about 22 minutes. Ovens Vary, so test after 20 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean. Taking them to a party or event? Use mini- muffin pans, you can buy liner for them also.

These are easy to make and require no machinery to wash. A measuring cup, fork spoon and bowl are all that is required!
Some other things you could do.
Eat more greens - even long time vegans do not always get enough. Figure out what will really work for you. For me it is making soups. For others smoothies are their preferred way to go. Or the usual cooking methods. The anti-oxidants and minerals work best in their original packaging.
Use that gym membership a few times a week (even though they don't really care if you come or not) Your body knows the difference. Or sign up for a yoga class, and enjoy. Use your hand weights when watching TV. We inspire others when we are healthiest and happiest.

Help a friend who wants to transition to a more vegan way of life - invite them for a meal and prepare it together. Or take them on a tour of a health food store. Or if you are the one who needs help - ask a friend.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but I know you get the idea. Let's all make 2016 a year where we do something good for ourselves and for our planet and for the animals.