SAN ANTONIO, TX, UNITED STATES, June 4, 2020 – Akeila Tejwani from Brandeis High School is another Champion For Change! This unique student started her own bakery inside her home using healthy ingredients. She donates part of her profits to local charities. She truly embodies the values of our Champions For Change!
I have been getting a lot of calls about Paleo and Keto products for our bakery in San Antonio.
So, I went out to do my research and here is what I found:
What is Keto Diet?
The primary goal of this type of diet is to put your body into a state of ketosis, which is when your body uses fat instead of carbohydrates as its primary energy source. When your body enters ketosis, fat travels to the liver and makes an acid called ketones, which enter your bloodstream and are converted into energy.
Unlike Paleo, Keto severely limits carbs and eliminates fruit and some starchy vegetables. For your body to enter ketosis, a good percentage of your calories (generally, somewhere between 60-80%, according to keto experts) needs to come from fats.
The extremely low level of carbs on the Keto Diet can cause what’s known as the keto flu, which causes headaches, nausea, muscle cramping, and fatigue. Like the Paleo Diet, these unpleasant side effects generally subside after a few weeks. Drinking plenty of water and getting a full night’s sleep should help.
This diet will help you lose more weight in a small amount of time.
What is Paleo Diet?
The Paleo Diet focuses on foods that are high in protein and rich with fiber. There’s a strong emphasis on meat, fruits, and vegetables — basically taking us back to the beginning of mankind.
Chief Baker of Akki’s Cupcakery & Tea, Akeila Tejwani, announced that the Akki’s Cupcakery & Tea has donated funds to five local kids charities in San Antonio and Cherry Hill Seminary. Donations were made to JDRF ($200), CAMP ($200), SJRC($500), The Ferrari Kid ($325), HeartGift($200), and Cherry Hill Seminary ($500) . Due to COVID-19, the need in our community has become increasingly stronger and the Akki’s Cupcakery decided to donate ALL of its profits to Kids Charities.
Akki’s Cupcakery was committed to giving 50% of its profits to kids charities but due to the current COVID-19 situation, Akeila felt that this was an important time to share with these non-profit kids organizations.
“Our nation and the entire world are going through a very tough time. I am counting my blessings at this point and thanking God for everything we have and not worry about things that we don’t,” said Akeila Tejwani
Teen’s cupcakery more than sweet ambition | Kids Who Make SA Great
At 15-years-old, Akeila ‘Akki’ Tejwani owns a cupcakery. The product is made from organic ingredients. She splits her profits with children’s charities in SA.
SAN ANTONIO — The Tejwani house is fragrant with the smell of baked goods. Outside their front door is a huge banner stretching up advertising Akki’s Cupcakery. In the kitchen, Akeila Tejwani president and CEO of her own business at 15.
“So, I had this passion for baking,” Akeila said. “I started when I was four-years-old.”
Akeila said she used to watch baking shows with her mother, Pooja. The teen got serious about her baking last October. She approached her parents about opening an organic bakery.
So, I heard a lot about Keto diets and I wrote about my understanding of KETO diet in this blog post
So, now the next question I got asked was ” Are your cupcakes GLUTEN-FREE?” I was not sure and guess what I decided to find out what is gluten-free exactly mean.
Here is what I found:
What is GLUTEN?
Gluten is found in many types of foods that we consume every day. It is found in wheat and other grains such as oats, rye, and barley. Gluten makes the grain GLUE-LIKE when mixed with water. E.g., the gluten found in wheat bread flour helps the bread to rise and gives it a chewy taste, imagine bread having no chewy taste then you can finish it in one bite. Gluten is used very widely in various food additives and ingredients, which makes it difficult to avoid its use in baking and other items on your grocery list.
A gluten-free diet is generally used to treat people with celiac disease, or those who have gluten sensitivity and experience discomfort and symptoms after consuming gluten.
A lot of people discouraged me from using organic ingredients as having a label VEGAN CUPCAKE or KETO CUPCAKE should be enough to get the attention and charge a premium for it. I did notice that when someone says VEGAN or KETO then no more questions are asked and people pay extra for it.
Yes, I agree that it is more difficult and time-consuming to make GLUTEN-FREE, KETO and VEGAN Cupcakes in San Antonio, BUT if we don’t make them Organic then we are really not tackling the real health issue.
Let us first talk about the baking ingredients in general that needs to be used for Cupcakes:
One of my favorite things in the world is chocolate so I reflect that taste in my cupcakery in San Antonio. My parents got on a KETO diet for weight loss, and that prompted me to do some research about it and find out what are the benefits of KETO or KETOGENIC diet, and how can I use it in my cupcakes to bring a healthier option for my clients in San Antonio using organic ingredients.
Let’s talk about what it’s a keto diet and how it is useful and here’s what I found:
The whole point of me starting lookup bakery was to ensure that I’m able to provide healthcare options everyone but it comes to desserts and to be able to give back to my community, especially the kids in the community, as I always wanted to do something related to kids when I grew up.
Gigi’s Cupcakes San Antonio, Saweet Cupcakes San Antonio, and others are also having Vegan and Gluten FREE Options and I am very happy about it. Like Elon Musk, I also want everyone to move to healthier options and if I can make this concept a success, then, I am sure we will have healthier happier future generations. If he can sell cars online then why not Cupcakes? 🙂