Treats From Your Tax Refund

vanilla beansIt’s April, the month of rain showers and filing taxes. Though filing taxes may not be the most fun thing in the world, getting that tax refund sure is! While you wait for your tax refund to arrive in the mail, consider using it to splurge on these food items:

Vanilla Beans

Vanilla beans are produced from orchids and require hands-on care. They are a pricier than vanilla extract, usually around $1 to $2 per bean, but their decadently strong flavor can be used to infuse baked goods, milk and yogurt in a number of recipes.

Saffronsaffron

Saffron is made from the dried stigmas of a flower. It has been examined for its potential medicinal qualities, and studies have shown that saffron may improve the symptoms related to a number of health conditions such as depression, premenstrual syndrome and excessive snacking behaviors. There are a number of different types of saffron at different price points to choose from, and all can be used for their flavor and color in many delicious recipes. 

Fancy Cheese

Cheese is absolutely delicious and filled with important nutrients like calcium, protein and vitamin D. With extra money, you can try some expensive fancy cheeses.

Premium Steak

Red meat can be a healthy indulgence that supplies the body with iron, vitamin B12 and protein. When you’re able to spend a little extra money, satisfy your craving for red meat with a premium cut like the tenderloin (filet mignon), New York strip, T-bone or ribeye.

Trufflestruffles

Truffles are so incredibly tasty and incredibly expensive that it’s easy to forget they are a fungus. You can purchase infused truffle oil, butter or salt at specialty grocery stores and use them to add amazing aroma and flavor to your dishes. If you do find yourself with a whole truffle, make sure to have a few recipes ready for this highly valued delicacy.

Caviar

Caviar is the epitome of extravagant food. These salt-cured fish eggs are nutritious and most notably contain vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have found that high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may help alleviate depression symptoms.

Remember that you do not need these extravagant food items in order to be healthy. Cheese from the dairy aisle of your local grocery store contains the same nutrients as cheese in the fancy deli section. And you can still get all of the nutrients from red meat in more affordable cuts. You can live a nutritious lifestyle at any budget!