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Pumpkin Fat Bombs!

Pumpkin Fat Bombs

Yall! This month has been crazy! 

With spending a month in Florida! 

Celebrating my 30th Birthday! 

Ramping up details for Simply More Snacks, which by the way is launching in January 2018! Follow our journey HERE

We've been quite the busy bee's around my parts! 

So I thought, in honor of the lack of blogging I've been doing, plus it being pumpkin season, plus I started my KETO MY PUMPKIN Bootcamp today....with all of that, it only seemed fitting that I share this amazing PUMPKIN FAT BOMBS Recipe with you guys! 

WHAT IS A FAT BOMB: 

  • Energy bite that's made up of 85% fat! Boosts your energy, mental focus, and keeps you full!

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A FAT BOMB: 

  • Help you stay full longer and avoid sugar and carbs

  • Keeps you in Ketosis

  • Allows you to sleep better (eat one right before bed)

  • Helps your body process certain vitamins that need good fats (i.e. Vitamin D, A, E, K)

  • Helps decrease your desire to snack

  • Helps you to burn fat

  • Healthy fats lower inflammation in the body

  • If made with the right natural sweeteners, they won't mess with your blood sugar levels

  • Easy, quick snack to make AND eat

Pumpkin Fat Bomb Recipe!

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PUMPKIN FAT BOMBS! 

Put all ingredients into food processor and blend. Fill silicone molds (my pumpkin ones were bought at the Dollar Tree). Freeze for 30 minutes - 1 hour. Enjoy. Keep in FREEZER. 

*If you don't have molds, put parchment paper in a tuppaware container and fill the bottom. Once frozen, pull parchment paper and the entire square will come out. Cut into 1 inch squares and freeze in container. 

**Get 20% OFF of the Mom Fuel Protein + Collagen now-Nov. 11th with this link and code LAUNCH20! 

XOXO

Brittany Suell

EASY to make, EASY to eat! Sugar Free BAGEL RECIPE!

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So...I didn't eat bagels until late in life. Sometime in my mid-20's I found Einstein Bagel's Cinnamon Sugar Bagel with the honey nut cream cheese! And as a lover of cinnamon toast, I naturally fell in love with this bagel. 

However, I only had it on occasion since there was no Einstein's in my town. Then...when I went sugar free in 2015, it was nearly impossible to find any bagels made without sugar. 

I personally tried numerous recipes, and not only were they all very time consuming and straight up just hard to make, but they never really turned out very well...sadly. 

Finally... 2.5 years later, I have developed the PERFECT recipe! And if you didn't know, most bagels are made after mixing, rolling dough, cutting dough, boiling, then FINALLY baking dough! WOW....I told you it was hard! 

This recipe though is so easy! Just snag up a donut pan, mix the ingredients, bake them and ENJOY! 

OH...don't forget to snap a pic and share it with me! #SimplySugarFree @brittanysuell @simplysugarfreecookbook

By the way, if you haven't snagged your copy of my cookbook yet, now is your chance! GO HERE TO ORDER ONE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2TBSP ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup vanilla plant based protein powder
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

INSTRUCTIONS: 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix eggs and Greek Yogurt in a mixer
  • Add in flaxseed, salt, baking powder, coconut flour and protein powder together
  • Rub coconut oil in a 6 capacity donut pan
  • Add dough evening in the 6 donuts
  • Bake bagels for 25 minutes until golden brown
  • Cool slightly then remove from pan
  • Eat right away, or keep refrigerated until ready to toast and serve

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xoxo

Brittany

Cookie Cake!!!! Gluten & Sugar Free!

That's right...an all time favorite for sure! 

A cookie cake made with no gluten, sugar, or dairy! What more could you ask for?!? 

Well I guess you could ask for it to taste good....and let me tell you, this one definitely does! 

When I gave up sugar in 2015, it was about 2 years in before I found a cookie recipe that actually felt like a cookie. I know that sounds weird, but many of the cookies I tried making just didn't FEEL like the texture of a cookie. Finally I found one though, and loved it! I never dreamed though that I would EVER be able to create a Cookie CAKE! 

And not only do I...the sugar free girl LOVE IT! But I had it tested by many sugar intakers over the weekend at my son's 3rd birthday and they also loved it! 

I made two of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakes with Eggland's Best Eggs, and stacked them on top of each other. Using the Chocolate Avocado Icing from my Simply Sugar Free Cookbook. Then of course I had to decorate it so that my 3 year old would go nuts over it! The cake fit the construction party theme! 

Another thing I love about this cake is that it's Gluten Free. I don't always bake things gluten free, but this year one of my goals has been to create more gluten free recipes, and this one is a major winner. 

Plus with the use of Eggland's Best Eggs, which are naturally gluten-free, and contain highly functional proteins, this cake adds essential nutrients that our bodies need. So if you are trying out some gluten free baking, Eggland's Best Eggs are ideal to use with gluten free flours to help them bind together since the gluten is being left out. 

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This recipe is so easy to make, and is really, simply GUILT FREE! Usually I make one, and it's easily gone by the next day! My entire family loves it, even without the yummy icing and cute decorations! 

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE CAKE with Eggland's Best Eggs

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Eggland's Best Egg
  • 3 TBSP pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar free chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS: 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a large bowl use a whisk to scramble the Eggland's Best Eggs, add in maple syrup, coconut oil, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
  • Use a rubber spatula and add in baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and almond flour. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add the chocolate chips.
  • In a pie pan, or 8 inch cake pan, use coconut to grease the pan. 
  • Add the cookie mixture to the pan and bake for 17-20 minutes
  • Turn the oven to broil for about 1 minute to brown the top
  • ENJOY! 

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xoxo

Brittany Suell

Cinnamon Buns for Easter Weekend

Easter is for sure my favorite holiday! And like other holidays, the older my children get, the more I will have to work to get creative and keep things fun, while keeping our health first priority. 

Here are a few ways I plan to keep our Easter sugar free. 

First off, this year my son's 3rd birthday is on Easter, so we will be more focused on birthday celebrations than Easter. Which for his birthday I will be providing lots of sugar free treats like the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake I'll be sharing the recipe for next week! 

For future Easter's though, I will be opting for fun toys and trinkets to fill eggs versus candy. My go-to places for these things are the Target $ spot and Oriental Trading Co. You can find an incredible amount of trinkets and fun things that children love, including stickers, Easter stamps, bunny crayons, and so much more. 

We will also have a ton of fun and boil and decorate eggs using my favorite, all natural egg dye from Eco Kids

My next tip is to be the hostess! That's right, open up your house, have fun with it, and invite people over for an egg hunt, or whatever other celebration you want to have. This way you can suggest doing the egg hunt a healthier, different way without feeling like you are imposing on someone else's party planning fun! You can use the fun treats I mentioned above that are not candy, or even do an award system where you hide numbers in eggs and they get small prizes for the eggs they find vs. an egg full of candy.  

Okay...if you are not up for that...make a deal with your kiddo! This is a new fave that I KNOW I will be using in the future. Even me...the writer of the sugar free cookbook will let my kid have some candy. I'm going to give them a number of how many they can have, let them choose what to keep, and then offer to "buy back" the rest for a certain amount of money per candy. (hint hint...this is also a great way to do Halloween). This also helps to teach your children the importance of saving up, making money, using their own money to buy the things they desire. All that to say, offer a dime, a quarter or whatever you come up with as a payment for the candy that they don't eat. SOUND CRAZY TO YOU?!??? Well....let me just put it simply....my child's health is WORTH THE MONEY! And yes, I do believe sugar is THAT bad for my child's health! 

**If you kid is under 3....just take the candy. The past few years, my son didn't even notice. He just enjoyed playing with the eggs! I think he ate one piece of candy last year! 

So...now that you have a few ways to beat the sugar trap wrapped around this holiday, how about some CINNAMON BUNS FOR EASTER WEEKEND! 

Yes, Cinnamon Rolls are my favorite, and these are extra special because first off....they are GLUTEN FREE, SUGAR FREE, and extra messy! 

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Remember, share a photo of your family enjoying the CINNAMON BUNS and tag me @BrittanySuell & @SimplySugarFreeCookbook #SimplySugarFree

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 cups almond flour (or another gluten free flour of choice)
  • 1 tsp xanthum gum or ground flax (this helps keep it from crumbing, so don't skip this!)
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 TBSP Protein Collagen (not mandatory, and can replace with another protein)
  • 5 TBSP grass-fed butter
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 TBSP coconut sugar

FILLING: 

  • 2 TBSP coconut sugar
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tsp of coconut oil
  • optional: 1/4 dark chocolate, sugar free chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS: 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Use coconut oil to grease a baking sheet
  • In a mixing bowl, add flour, xanthum gum, baking powder, and protein collagen
  • Using a knife, cut the butter into small chunks and add to flour mixture. Use a whisk to press it down until the mix is a course, meal consistency.
  • Chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes
  • In a medium bowl, combine milk, apple cider vinegar, and coconut sugar. Set aside
  • In a small bowl, mix together the coconut sugar and cinnamon (optional chocolate chips) in a bowl. *Don't mix the coconut oil
  • When the dough is ready, take it from the refrigerator, and combine with the wet ingredients. Do not over mix.
  • Knead the dough about 4 times in the bowl. (Cover your hands in coconut oil to keep it from being too sticky)
  • Separate the dough into 10-12 small balls about 3 inches thick. 
  • You can press the balls out into 1/4 inch thick rounds on the pan, or in your hand. Cover the flattened round with .5 tsp of coconut oil, and coat it in the cinnamon topping mixture. Roll it up, or just fold in the sides (this is the fun part! Get creative and make them however you want)
  • Place the rolls on the greased baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes
  • Let cool and ENJOY! 

xoxo

Brittany

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Homemade Nut Butter Cups (No Sugar) #MommyMonday

I hope everyone had a great Easter with their family, and got a refreshed filling of the grace we are given in our lives due to Jesus sacrificing his life for us!  I will say that I am pretty proud of myself! I mentioned previously that I love Easter Candy, and that Easter is my favorite holiday. Well today I'm celebrating because I went the entire Easter holiday without eating any Easter candy...no Robbin Eggs or Starburst Jelly Beans for me. 

I did however have some chocolate.....but it was SUGAR FREE! 

What....? Is that even possible? I KNOW! I decided instead of buying my husband some chocolate Easter treat, that I would make my own, using 100% cocoa, and sweeten it myself. So that's exactly what I did. Check out these yummy PeaNut Butter Cups! 

Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! No Sugar, made with Nuttzo butter. Easy to make sweets, plus they are good for you! @brittanysuell

I used the amazing Nuttzo to fill them, and they were yummy, and nutritious! It was so easy to make, and they were so tasty...plus, it was sugar free chocolate, filled with lots of goodness from this seven nut and seed butter, Nuttzo! 

Check out Nuttzo here, and use code SUELL15 to get 15% off your order. I'm just telling you, you won't regret it! It's my new go-to nut butter! 

Nuttzo in my smoothies, Nuttzo with my apples, Nuttzo by the spoonful, and now, Nuttzo in my chocolate cups! 

Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! No Sugar, made with Nuttzo butter. Easy to make sweets, plus they are good for you! @brittanysuell

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Am I WEIRD for making my own Easter Candy!?!? Is choosing to be DIFFERENT good or bad!?!? #MommyMonday

So, after making my own Easter candy, and chatting with a few friends, it got me to thinking.... Is being different, good or bad!?! Does making my own Easter Candy make me the "Weird Mom" !?!? 

You all know my passion for living the #LeaveYourLegacy lifestyle! I have a desire to create healthy choices for my family. To make eating REAL FOOD the norm, and the desired choice. 

I want to create a lifestyle that doesn't always use food as a "reward" or a special thing. I want to use experiences, or getting to do/enjoy special things together as rewards for my children, so that food isn't the thing that our lives are centered around. (I mean any more than it has to be, because obviously, we NEED food). 

But.....does desiring these things, and wanting to be different in this way....does it make me the WEIRD MOM!?

Obviously, being different, and even weird is okay to some extent! It's okay to not confirm to everything! I want my son to know that it's okay to be different. To stay true to your passions and who you are created to be, even if that is different from those around you. HI also don't want my son to feel deprived, or like he didn't get to fully experience things in life. 

How do you find the balance!?!

I have talked to two other moms this weekend who feel the same way. How do I do things that I know are better for my children (i.e. make homemade candy that is a healthier option for them, or not go all out with gifts for Easter, but instead focus on the true meaning of the holiday), and yet not be weird, or deprive my children of enjoying a holiday. 

Or better yet, can i protect them forever!? OBVIOUSLY NO! Even at a young age, my child will go to a birthday party that has tons of junk food and juices full of sugar that I don't have at my house. 

Things are going to happen outside of our homes that are different than the way we want our child to live, or things that we might not want them exposed to yet....or ever. So what do we do about it? Where is the balance?

I have decided, that I will raise my son the way I believe is right for him. For me, that is to eat healthy. That might mean not buying Starburst jelly beans for Easter, but instead making yummy, homemade treats together. Or that might mean filling his Easter eggs with dried fruit or stickers rather than chocolate eggs. But for me, that is okay, and I will be DIFFERENT, and I may be WEIRD, but I know that is what is best for my son. 

Then, when he's older, and he goes to a party where they have Oreos, and artificial juices, I will let him decide what he wants to do. And hopefully because of the way I have raised him, to not be centered around food, he will be enjoying playing with friends more than he will be focussed on those cupcakes. Or, if he eats the sweets, then hopefully, his body will tell him when he's had enough. 

So mom's....

BE WEIRD! 

BE DIFFERENT! 

Go with your Gut, with your Passions! 

Do what you believe is right for your children! 

And trust that they will always fall back on what you have taught them! 

This seems to go along quite well with the Easter focus being on Jesus, and then this post, so be encouraged with this Bible verse: 

"Train up a child in the way he should go, 

and when he is old, he will not depart from it." 

-Proverbs 22:6

Happy #MommyMonday! Tell me, WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU DO THAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT!?! OR THE WEIRD MOM!?

Enjoy this yummy recipe! 

Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! No Sugar, made with Nuttzo butter. Easy to make sweets, plus they are good for you! @brittanysuell

 

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My Favorite Blueberry Waffle Recipe! *No Sugar

Say hello to your new favorite breakfast food!  Oh my word, these mouth watering, yummies have become my family's weekend go-to breakfast choice complimented with some eggs and bacon of course! 

The easiest, yummiest, blueberry waffle recipe! Sugar free, and healthy waffles from @brittanysuell

Obviously you know how much I love doing things to inspire healthy and active families! Because, Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle is so important to me! So, I wanted to share an awesome, perfect for Saturday morning, lazy days at home with the family, breakfast recipe with you. 

Now, I may have given up sugar, but that doesn't mean I have to give up all yummy breakfast foods. (But, I can't be having these waffles every day either) So this weekend, make the choice to put down the smoothie, grab the kids, and let them help make the breakfast that y'all will all eat together (guilt free)! Blueberry Waffles! 

To top these yummy things, the only thing I have to say, is go splurge, and buy pure maple syrup. Yes it's more expensive than the other stuff, but don't go through the trouble of making these healthy blueberry waffles just to top it with some sugar-infested syrup! Go for the good stuff! 

[bctt tweet="Say hello to eating breakfast for every meal with these sugar free Blueberry Waffles from @brittanysuell #LeaveYourLegacy #Dishthefit"]

Also, I expect some lovely pictures and comments shared on social media showing me how much your family enjoys these this weekend! Tag @brittanysuell #LeaveYourLegacy

[yumprint-recipe id='2']Now, get excited, because the awesome bloggers that are a part of the weekly linkup, The Fit Dish, are putting together a COOKBOOK! That's right, a ton of super yummy, healthy, family friendly recipes put together in an Ebook! How awesome is that! Stay tuned for when it comes out, I will be sure to let you know! 

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Thanks to hosts Jill Conyers & Jessica from the Fit Switch for putting this together! 

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Update on My Sugar-Free Journey, an Acai Bowl Recipe with Manitoba Harvest + a Giveaway

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My No-Sugar Journey Update! by @brittanysuell  

Well, I've officially been a month and a half with pretty much NO SUGAR

WHAT?? Is that even real life? 

It has honestly been a fun journey for me. I have enjoyed learning. Even when I "fail." AKA start eating some peanut butter and realize after several bites that it has sugar. 

I'm definitely not beating myself up over a few bites of sugar-infested peanut butter. I did however put the jar up, and will start buying any nut butters naturally. (got to keep an eye on those nutrition labels...even in the "healthy" stuff)

The Sugar Detox

Here's a few things that got me through the weeks of what they call the "Sugar Detox."

Sugar Detox-the first several weeks of giving up sugar. When your body is telling your mind..."I NEED SUGAR." Even though you don't, you are just so used to it, and maybe even addicted to it that you think you need it! 

So, a few ways I tricked my mind into soothing it's sugar cravings, is by indulging in natural sugars! 

I was leaning heavily on fruits and their natural sugars during those weeks. Having about 4 servings a day. (now I've gone to about 2 servings a day). 

I also ate almond butter (the non-sugar infested one), with an apple literally every day! It was my go-to dessert! Or afternoon sweet snack! Soooo good! 

Just because an item contains sugar doesn't mean it's bad! 

One thing I have really learned more about is reading food labels! 

To start, I first look at how many grams of sugar the item contains. Then, once I see the amount of sugar, I look to the list of ingredients! 

Just because it has sugar in it doesn't mean it's bad and I can't have it. I have to find out where that sugar is coming from! 

If the list of ingredients says SUGAR...then that straight up means it's a no go. 

There are some items that will show sugar in the nutritional facts though, and not actually contain sugar. It will just be the counting sugar from the natural sugars or fructose that is in the product. A good example of this is the World Market Sweet Potato Chips. The label shows that it has a certain amount of sugars, but the ingredient list reads sweet potatoes, oil, and salt. There you have it. It's as natural as some baked sweet potatoes at home. All that sugar is just the natural sugar in sweet potatoes, which are SO YUMMY, and a great thing to eat all the time by the way! (and that don't need added brown sugar or marshmallows! FYI! because they are so sweet naturally, why do we think we need to add more stuff to them!?!? I don't get it!)

Do I still crave sugar? 

Well yes I do at times. BUT this has been the fun part of the journey! Learning to cook and bake various treats for my family that have ZERO SUGAR!! and they are still sweet! 

Say hello to my Blueberry Muffin Recipe! Yep that's real life! Blueberry Muffins with NO SUGAR! and so yummy! 

Banana Pancakes! Yep, I can still have pancakes! and I either eat them with a nut butter on top, or pure maple syrup!

*pure maple syrup is one of the tricky ones. It may say it contains lots of sugar, but if the ingredient list says "maple syrup" then you are good to go. Just have it in moderation.

Homemade Larabar Recipe! Such a yummy treat, and super nutritious! Plus this was the first time I cooked with dates. That has been a fun learning experience. 

Strawberry-Banana Nice Cream....a great snack for you or the kids! 

I also have a sugar free cake I've been playing with the recipe for. Trying to get it right for my son's first birthday in April. I'll be sharing that in the next month or so! 

HONEY is my new best friend! 

Dates & Honey are my go-to natural sweeteners! 

But honey, honey is my new best friend! 

I use honey to sweeten mostly everything! Even my coffee! It is so good in coffee! Even if you aren't even remotely interested in going to a SUGAR FREE life, I would still encourage you to try honey in your coffee! I even order my coffee at coffee shops, Starbucks included to be sweetened with honey. Just try it. Tomorrow morning, forgo your normal regime of coffee, and try it with a spoonful of honey and maybe some milk if you prefer! It's tasty! 

[bctt tweet="I've gone 1.5months with no sugar! Woah! Here's the deets on how I'm doing it! @brittanysuell #leaveyourlegacy"]


 So there you have it, a little about my journey, and how it's been. Honestly, sometimes I feel like I'm cheating the No Sugar lifestyle by still getting to enjoy some of these yummy things. But then I have to remember, just because I'm doing no sugar doesn't mean that I don't get to eat good, or even sweet foods. Obviously I have to be careful not to over indulge, and still eat healthy, not just take the no sugar factor as all the weight of what I'm eating. But, it's nice to still be able to have something sweet sometimes. 

Check out my Leave Your Legacy Podcast and follow my NO SUGAR JOURNEY in 2015! I've gotten the Jan. and Feb. episode up so far, and I would love for you to get to know me a little more via my podcast and hearing first hand how my journey is going! 

How Bout a Sugar Free Recipe! 

How to make a yummy Acai Bowl! Full of nutrition, and topped with natural coconut and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! From @brittanysuell

 

An Acai Bowl is a super easy and yummy snack to make for an afternoon snack, (especially when it starts to warm up), or as a late night snack or dessert. It has an ice cream like texture, but is fruity, and full of nutrition. Plus when you top this with all-natural Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest, you're adding more protein and omegas to this already power packed snack! 

How to make a yummy Acai Bowl topped with Hemp Hearts!

First you will need some Acai. 

How to make a yummy Acai Bowl! Full of nutrition, and topped with natural coconut and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! From @brittanysuell 

They come in packs of 4 like this. You can find them in the frozen section!

Second, you will need Hemp Hearts! 

How to make a yummy Acai Bowl! Full of nutrition, and topped with natural coconut and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! From @brittanysuell 

You can get some of this nutritious goodness from Manitoba Harvest, or ENTER TO WIN SOME BELOW! 

Third, you will need a high powered blender and some milk of your choice.

1-Toss the frozen Acai Smoothie pack into your blender (I used one pack for one bowl). Add a little bit of milk. (I like to use coconut or almond). Blend on high. Add only a little milk at a time, and continue adding some when needed. You want the Acai to stay pretty thick, like ice cream.

2-You can add some frozen berries in with the Acai, or a frozen banana if you want a little extra flavor and more fruity goodness. 

3-Use an ice cream scoop to put it in a bowl. and top it with your HEMP HEARTS from Manitoba Harvest

4-ENJOY! 

*The Acai is a little tart, so you can always add a little honey to make it a tad sweeter.

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What you get from an Acai Bowl:

Acai-one serving contains only 60 calories, 3 g of fiber, 6% iron, 15% vitamin A, 4.58mg of Omega Fatty Acids, 0g of sugar, or caffeine. It also contains other various minerals, vitamin C, and some Calcium. 

Hemp Hearts-10 grams of plant based protein, and 10 grams of Omegas! 

Now for the GIVEAWAY!

WIN yourself a bag of these Yummy Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest by entering below! 

If you didn't know, Hemp Hearts are yummy just to snack on. They have a slight nutty taste, and go great in smoothies, yogurt, or on salads! 

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Homemade Pie Crust by Big Sis

We weren't raised in a home with a mom that cooked a lot... it's okay mom! Funny though that we both enjoy experimenting with new recipes and trying things out. I have really enjoyed, since becoming a stay at home mom, making our foods from scratch. However, in all this time making pie crust from scratch is not something I dared to try. I have had more than one person tell me on more than one occasion that pie crust is very difficult.... I dare to say it is not! 

Google really is my best friend. I have a cabinet full of cookbooks, but I always go to google when wanting a recipe. This time it was not different. For some reason I went with the first recipe that popped up and man.. it was great. It was so easy and yummy. You can find the recipe that I used here

So, as the directions stated I had to cut my butter in small cubes and freeze them. I had never new that would make a difference. But it did. It was very interesting to me to find out that one of the secrets to getting flaky pie crust is to have really, really cold butter. So because of this they recommended freezing, which I did! 

Of course I had my very own helper in the kitchen. He loves to cook with his Mommy. I was busy with my food processor when I hear "Mommy, Look at Me"... he is just too precious. 


What you see below is me mixing the flour, butter, and water in my food processor. It was so neat to me how the small amount of water pulled the butter and flour together and created a crust. You have to really watch it because too little water won't give it the consistency it needs and too much water makes it much too tough... and you do not want that. I am so happy to have my food processor. It is so helpful when I need to bake! This was a wonderful gift from my in-laws a few Christmas' ago ... and it attaches to my Bosch... EVEN BETTER 


Then I had to make disks with the dough, after dividing them into two. You can still see the butter pieces and that is OKAY! Remember, the butter is what helps your pie crust to be flakey.. so if you like flakey... this is your pie crust recipe to use. 


A close up of the dough in the shape of a disk showing you that you can see the butter pieces! 

Now you want to wrap your disks and put them in the fridge for at least an hour... 


The picture below is so pretty to me. Once I pulled my disks out I was able to shape it how I needed it and put it in the pie dish. I was SHOCKED at how easy it was to manage the dough. I expected it to be hard and falling apart... not the case. It was the perfect consistency. 


Do you have a great pie crust recipe that is relatively easy that you love? We would love for you to share it with us... and we would love to try it. 

Please share. 
Check out our Linky Parties page to see where all we are linking this up! 

-Big Sis


Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Who doesn't LOVE Chicken Pot Pie? I remember as a kid how we would always have frozen pot pies and how I loved them. I was always SO very sad at how long they took to cook, but man, I loved these things. I never thought to make my own until we lived in Japan. One of our friends there made a killer homemade chicken pot pie... and I loved it. I loved it so much that she brought us one when our son was born to the hospital with his initials. 


Isn't that so creative and precious. Needless to say, the whole thing was eaten. It is just so creamy and sooo yummy. I love to make chicken pot pies and freeze them. Also, when I am going to make a meal for a family at church or something I always go to the pot pie. It is semi-quick and I know how yummy it is. And the fact that it is so different from the normals of lasagna or spaghetti. I love making it. Just recently, when making the ones below, I actually made THREE of them at one time! They were all so yummy. 


Normally I use the deep dish, frozen pie crusts in the dessert section of your local grocery store. I used them for two of the ones that I last made and then I ventured out to make my own pie crust. This is the one that we kept. Making pie crust has always, ALWAYS intimidated me. But it was not bad at all. I was shocked at how well it turned out and how yummy it was. Now I wish that the two pot pies that I gave away had my homemade crust on it too. In a blog post to come, I will tell you all about making my homemade pie crust. 


It may not be the prettiest thing in the world.. but I still made it myself! SO EXCITING!!! I have a lot of practice to do with my pie crust, but man how it added to the flavor of the chicken pot pie. I wish I could take the credit for my chicken pot pie, but I can't. I honestly have not gotten away from this recipe... and I am glad. Because it is just too great for me to mess up. I will share where I get it from at the end. 


But look at that pure delicious-ness. The thing that takes the longest in this whole process is cutting my carrots, celery, and onions. The awesome thing is if you don't like those veggies, you will probably not even know they are there because they are cut so small and cooked with everything else. If you don't like them, I would dare you to go ahead and add them... and see if you taste them!! 

My next goal is to make personal chicken pot pies and to freeze them. Trying to figure out how to exactly do that though... without breaking them coming out of the individual baking dishes.. tips?

You can find the AWESOME Chicken Pot Pie Recipe that I use right HERE! I hope you will try it out and let me know what you think... 

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-Big Sis

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Cinnamon-Swirl Wheat Bread

So....in my recent post, Garage Sale Saturday I showed you all the wonderful $2.50 bread maker that I bought.  So after cleaning it up, I finally had time to get in the kitchen and make some bread....and if you don't know, bread with yeast takes A LONG TIME to make!! Because of all the rising it has to do :-) 
Anyways, I love all things cinnamon, so I wanted to do a cinnamon wheat bread.  So I found a good looking recipe and got to work. Halfway through the rising process, I realized that I couldn't actually use my bread maker ha ha.  Because inside the bread maker it has a stirrer thing, (don't know all the official words).  And since I was making a cinnamon swirl bread, which meant I had to flatten it out and roll it up, if the machine stirred it, it would mess up the roll.  
If anyone is an experience bread MAKER user, please let me know if there is a way to get around this.  Instead of trying and risking messing my 3 hour masterpiece up, I decided just to bake it in the oven and I would later come back to the bread maker.  ha 
So, I made the bread and it turned out wonderfully! It tasted like the Cinnamon Swirl Wheat Bread or cinnamon bagels you get from the store! So yummy! and my husband loved it!! 
Anyways, I wanted to share this great recipe with you....and it's easy, but does take a while.  With the mixing, rising, and baking it took over 3 hours!! 
First you mix the dough
Nice ball of dough ready to rise for 1.5 hours. 
I used my Kitchen Aid mixer and it worked great, below with the recipe there are specific instructions on how to use this type of mixture while making this bread! 
Roll it out! 

Nice rectangle of dough, ready for a yummy cinnamon mixture! 
Next time I think I will put chopped pecans in with the cinnamon mixture! 

All rolled up
Dough in the bread pan, ready to rise for another hour! 

Bread all done!
*I didn't take a lot of pictures of the finished product because I didn't have the egg glaze on top, so it wasn't as pretty as it could've been :-) But still tasted wonderful! 
Cinnamon Swirl Wheat Bread Recipe
Makes 1 loaf


1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup warm water
1 (1/4th oz) package of yeast
1/2 cup sugar + 1 tbsp
6 Tbsp softened butter (or earth balance buttery spread) divided
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
1.5 Tbsp cinnamon, divided
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 egg + 2 Tbsp warm water
**Instructions**
Combine warm milk, water, yeast, and tsp sugar in a measuring cup and let sit for 10 minutes, until foamy.
While the yeast is resting, combine the flours, 1/3 cup sugar, 3 tbsp softened butter, salt and 1 tbsp cinnamon in a large bowl.  
*If you are using a kitchen aid, use a paddle attachment (as seen above), and start to mix slow. Then, drizzle in the water mixture while the machine is running.  Increase speed to high and mix for about 6-8 minutes until smooth and elastic. 
Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place dough ball inside.  Cover it with a towel, and let it rise in a warm area for 1.5 hours. 
While dough is rising you can mix together the remaining 3 Tbsp of butter and the extra 1.5 tsp of cinnamon, and the 1 Tbsp of sugar in a small bowl until smooth.  
When the dough has risen to double it's size, roll out with a rolling pin on a floured surface to a long rectangle.  Smear the butter mixture all over the top and roll the dough up tightly. 
Place dough in your greased bread pan, cover with cloth, and let it rise in a warm spot for another hour.  
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Whisk together the egg and warm water then brush all over the loaf. 
Bake for 40 minutes.
ENJOY! 

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Edible Peanut Butter Playdough

We LOVE trying new crafts. We especially enjoy making things we can EAT! When I saw that you can make peanut butter dough, I was all about it. I have always taught older kids, so these simple ideas that many have heard of are very foreign to me! I am loving it.... and my new adventures. 
All we needed was:
*Dry Milk
*Honey
*Peanut Butter
*Hands to mix
And mix they did. I let the kids do every bit of this. I helped one of my munchkins because he is just a wee one..... and he did not even want to play with it. My 15 month old just ate it, and ate it, and ate it. My 2 and 3 year old enjoyed playing with it and making it. My 2 year old, which is my child, ate some of it where the 3 year old was not interested in putting it in his mouth. As matter of fact, my 15 month old ended up eating the 3 year olds. 
Of course they loved the peanut butter... so I let them dig it out themselves... and dig they did! :)

I realize in every picture my little handsome looks so messy and homely... His shirt is much too big, but it is from Japan and I love our Japanese shirts! And HE enjoyed the peanut butter. 

Our Peanut Butter Ball.

My lovebird made a snowman... he was so proud of it.. Do you see it?
Do you have any awesome crafts or recipes that you do with kids? If so, I would LOOOOOVE to hear about them. I am always looking for new things to do with my daycare kids!
-Big Sis

Brussels Sprouts 'n' Bacon

As much as I wish this was MY creation, it isn't... All credit goes to the book Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso. 
I post pictures on my facebook of the many awesome foods that I cook. I posted this one and was requested the recipe by many people. So, friends, now you get to see the recipe here!
Even if you do not like brussels sprouts, you will LOVE this! If you have never cooked brussels sprouts, you can COOK this! It is so easy and oh so yummy. I have been trying many different recipes from this cookbook and everything I have cooked has been fab! Just look at the awesomeness in this picture:

YUMMO! 
Seriously! This is so great! 
Ingredients:
       6 bacon strips                                 1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 pound brussels sprouts                Black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Dice bacon and cook in a skillet until crispy.
3. Steam the brussels sprouts for 4 minutes, cut off stem, and quarter.
4. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, toss the brussels sprouts with the bacon, bacon grease, garlic powder, thyme, and black pepper. Spread evenly in a glass baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Stir once half way through cooking time.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 5
Seriously, how easy is this. I have made it as a side for dinner and also just as a lunch meal! 
Happy eating!
-Big Sis

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Bread + 6 kids??

WHO DOES THAT!?

I have been wanting to make some more homemade bread for a few weeks.. but life and all these munchkins have just held me back. I have wondered... how am I going to make all of this bread with 6+ kids at my house? I am suppose to be teaching them new things everyday, not making bread for my own pleasure! By the time the kids leave and we have had dinner... and Noah has gone to bed.. well quite frankly, I don't want to mess my kitchen up again! 

Today it hit me!! I'll turn our baking bread experience into a lesson that we all do together! Dare I say.. it was fun? We had such a blast! The kids listened to me and actively participated as we went through each step. We felt each texture and I told them everything we were doing.. They had so much fun. 

We began by grinding our whole wheat in our wheat grinder, courtesy of Nutrition Lifestyles. The kids LOVED this. The loud noise, plus being outside, being able to put the wheat in the grinder themselves, watching it grind, and seeing the end product was TOO MUCH fun! After we did that, I moved my Bosch, also courtesy of Nutrition Lifestyles, to the kids table and we used it to mix and knead our bread. Then we used oil and made our loaves.. then baked them!! YUMMY! If you want my recipe, just ask.. it is also courtesy of Nutrition Lifestyles. It is a great website with great kitchen tools. A lot of my kitchen is from there.... and yes, it is my mother and father in laws business! Check them out. 

In the end we had 6 beautiful loaves of bread + four small loaves that the kids got to do for themselves! It was so fun. Oh and SOO yummy! Of course AFTER we make these six loaves of bread- I REMEMBER!! I still have some frozen waiting for me! :) At least we had fun. 

Next time you feel too busy to do that project that you want to do... remember you can engage your child(ren) with you... because they can HELP! You will three birds at once..keeping the kids busy, TEACHING the kids, and getting your project completed! 


Hooray for Fresh Bread & Happy Children! 


Here is the wonderful recipe for all of you to have and try on your own! Be sure to let your kids help too, they will love it! 
100% Whole Wheat Bread
In a mixing bowl, combine and mix on a low speed until well blended: 
6 Cups Hot Tap Water
2/3 Cup Oil
2/3 Cup Honey
2 Tablespoons Kitchen Specialities Vital Wheat Gluten (optional)
2 Tablespoons SAF Instant Yeast
2 Tablespoons Kitchen Specialities Dough Enhancer
4-6 Cups freshly milled whole wheat flour
Switch the speed of your mixer down to a lower number: 
Add slowly 6-10 cups whole wheat flour while kneading
Add 2 Tablespoons of Salt
Sprinkle in the last of the flour--1/4 cup at a time (you know that enough flour has been added when the dough pulls away from the side cleanly, no longer sticking while it kneads)


Knead: On the lowest speed for another 5 minutes
Shape: Into loaf pans and let rise until the dough doubles in size
Bake:at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown
Yields: 6 loaves

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as we have.  If you have any questions or if you try this recipe stop by over at Natural-Nurturer and let me know what you think! 


NOW....for the GIVEAWAY we have been telling yall about! 
I am so excited to share with you this awesome kitchen tool that you can win FOR FREE! Plus you have multiple chances to enter! It is a great tool to have in your kitchen. I use mine regularly. Also, I am so excited that Nutrition Lifestyles has partnered with us to offer this amazing giveaway to you.

Our first ever giveaway is a Lequip Professional Stick Blender with all of the attachments.
This tool is so amazing. I have used it to mince veggies such as onions, cilantro, and even tomotoes. We really enjoy using it to help make our fresh salsa. I have also used it when making baby food. The uses for this tool are unlimited. 
The website describes this tool as:
“An ideal blender for daily use. Slim ergonomic design with soft-touch easy-grip handle. Stainless steel body. Removable, interchangeable blades for mincing, beating, chopping, aerating, and whisking. It also includes a multi- chopper/grinder attachment.”
Please go to the website and read all about this awesome little tool! I think every kitchen needs one. YOU could be the lucky winner and get it for FREE!

You have so many ways to enter! (leave a separate comment for each entry that you make, so you could have up to 6 entries/6 different comments)

1) LIKE Natural-Nurturer on Facebook(and let her know that I sent you)
5) Share this contest with your friends on Facebook or twitter
6) Go over to the Nutrition Lifestyles website and look at their products then come back over here and let us know what your favorite item is! 


Make sure that you comment on the blog that you have liked both facebook pages, subscribed to both blogs, shared the giveaway on facebook or twitter, and went to nutritionlifestyles.com and commented what you would buy and why!

Giveaway ends Friday, Jan. 20th at 10pm, CENTRAL TIME..

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Save $$: Homemade Household Cleaner

So I don't know how it is at your house....but in my kitchen, the counters and table-tops only get cleaned off when I do it.  And to me, my whole kitchen can be clean, and if the counter-tops are dirty I feel like it is so nasty.  So I am constantly cleaning my counter-tops off.  When I first got married, for several years I used Lysol to clean my cabinets.  If you don't know, a normal can of Lysol spray costs about $4 each. And when you use it every day, maybe multiple times a day to clean up after your family, it goes quickly.  
You see at my house, it is myself and four boys.  My husband is pretty good at cleaning up after himself, but wiping the counters off after cooking something is still not in his clean-up routine.  As for our three host-sons, (read about them HERE), they have gotten better at cleaning up after themselves, but it is still a constant reminder for them to put their dishes up and not just leave them in the sink.  It is even harder to get them to wipe off the stove after cooking noodles or something.  
So after continually using Lysol to keep my kitchen clean, my sister from Natural-Nurturer informed me of how much money I was wasting.  She then introduced me to this amazing all-purpose household cleaner.  I now use this recipe to clean all throughout my kitchen! It is so handy, I still use Lysol sometimes when we have had raw chicken on the counter or something, but my homemade household cleaner mixture works amazing for everyday use.  
 


The great thing about this cleaner is that the total costs of all the supplies (and I bought bigger bottles) is that it is only $6.50.  I would guess that you could make up to at least 5 bottles of this cleaner, if not more from all of the supplies.  Here is what you need. 

So quit wasting your money on all the expensive household cleaners and start making your own with this simple recipe! 

Another Helpful Hint: Add a little vinegar to your washing machine when washing towels to help take the mildewy smell out of them! 
Hope this is helpful for you all, and let me know if you make the recipe and how it works for you and your cleaning needs! 
Keep an eye out for more of these helpful cleaning recipes, and also don't forget to go to my facebook page, Natural-Nester and like it.  Also join my blog! Natural-Nurturer and I will be doing an awesome GIVEAWAY soon!!

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