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It's the weekend, so why not enjoy some HEALTHY COOKIES topped with Manitoba Hemp Hearts

Seriously, this recipe makes everyone in my home happy! Even those who still willingly consume sugar on a regular basis! And for me, being sugar free for almost a year, when I make something like this it is such a treat for me! 

Made with lots of good ingredients like almond flour, coconut oil, and sweetened with honey! 

It's the perfect alternative for your kiddos, and a great way to still allow them to enjoy a sweet treat while also reducing the amount of sugar intake they are getting! (...these are SO GOOD they will never know the difference!)

Plus with the added hemp hearts on top, you are adding extra protein that is plant based, plus omegas which are amazing for everyone! 

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You can add hemp hearts to just about anything for their added goodness and nutty flavor! I use them on salads, in my smoothies, or anything sweet like yogurt or these cookies! 

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Hallelujah! A Blueberry Muffin Recipe with NO SUGAR!

If you gave up sugar, what's the one thing you would miss the most??  For me, it's Blueberry Muffins! 

OMG, I love me some blueberry muffins! 

Honesty time, my biggest fear with this journey of GIVING UP SUGAR IN 2015, is that I will get pregnant, and not be able to enjoy blueberry muffins whenever I want like I did in my previous pregnancy. Yep! So now you know....

Well I am very happy to say that I have found a way around it, and I made Blueberry Muffins with NO SUGAR!?!?

What, what?? Yep, that's right. Now they might not be like the one's you get from Starbucks that are topped with sugar streusel, but they are yummy, and taste like sweet blueberry muffins! And I've decided the more I eat these muffins, the more my taste buds will get used to them, so...I'm going to be making these muffins ALL THE TIME! 

As a matter of fact, I enjoyed eating the first batch I made so much, that I totally forgot to take some good quality photos of them. 

So, here's what you get! 

Sugar Free, Gluten Free, super tasty Blueberry Muffins by @brittanysuell

Now don't judge the book by it's cover, I know these aren't great photos, but I'm just telling you that these muffins are full of yummy goodness! Goodness that you are going to want every single morning! 

Sugar Free, Gluten Free, super tasty Blueberry Muffins by @brittanysuell 

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Gluten & Sugar Free Pizza Crust Recipe

Gluten & Sugar Free Pizza Crust by www.brittanysuell.com Here's to my first experience with making my own sugar free recipe, plus, I made it where it was Virgin Diet friendly, basically means Gluten Free and dairy free, so Gluten crust, no cheese, and no sugar! 

So if you were thinking...hm that pizza looks kind of weird, it's because there was no cheese, but honestly, I didn't even miss it much.  (Although, when I'm done with the Virgin Diet, I will go back to cheese eating! I'm a big cheese eater!) 

Now, if you are wondering...what is Gluten anyways, let me tell you.

Gluten is a protein found in many grains, breads, pastas and baked goods, as well as in many processed and prepared foods. It disrupts your digestion by damaging the microvilli of the small intestine, the place where we absorb our nutrients. Gluten also makes your intestines more permeable, which can lead to leaky gut, food intolerance, immune problems, inflammation, and the inability to absorb nutrients.                                             (taken from "The Virgin Diet" by JJ Virgin)

So, although, that fluffy, thick crusted pizza from your favorite pizza place is good, the mass amounts of gluten that have been put into those crusts, can create issues.  Not to mention if you are gluten intolerant, then this pizza will definitely work in your favor.  I mean I won't say that this was the best pizza I have ever had, but it was still very good, even my husband liked it. 

So let's get to it.

First, you preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then mix 1 Tbsp of yeast with 3/4 cup of warm water and set aside for 5 minutes for the yeast to activate. Mix 3 cups of Gluten Free Flour, 1 tsp of salt, and 1 tsp of baking soda in a large bowl. Create a whole in the middle of the dry ingredients, and pour in the yeast mix, 1 Tbsp of honey, 1 Tbsp of safflower oil, and the remaining 1/2 cup of warm water. Use a rubber or wooden spatula to mix together thoroughly. 

Gluten & Sugar Free Pizza Crust by www.brittanysuell.com

Spray your pizza pan with a non-stick spray, Plop dough in the middle of pan and spread evenly about pan (dough is a tad crumbly). Dough should be about 1/4 of an inch thick around pan. Use extra flour or oil if the dough is too sticky to spread, then pop in oven and bake for 25 minutes. 

Gluten & Sugar Free Pizza Crust by www.brittanysuell.com

After baking, take the dough out, it will most likely crack some. Then use my homemade, sugar free pizza sauce and spread it over the top, and top with your favorite pizza toppings. (I also added some minced garlic over the top of my crust before adding sauce. Just for some extra flavor).

Gluten & Sugar Free Pizza Crust by www.brittanysuell.com Cook for an additional 20-25 minutes, Cut and enjoy!

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No Sugar, Homemade Pizza Sauce

 Gluten & Sugar Free Pizza Crust by www.brittanysuell.com

  • Use a can of Tomato Sauce (0g of sugar) 
  • 2 tbsp of Italian Seasoning (Mix of oregano, Basil, Thyme, etc)
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder

This sauce was super easy, and totally yummy.  Plus, 0g of sugar! Which just FYI, the organic pizza sauce in my refrigerator right now has 4g of sugar. Which may not seem much to most, but if you eat various sauces, etc. throughout the day that all contain small amounts of sugar, it adds up. So, taking just a little time to make this homemade pizza sauce is a great choice for you and your family! 

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Gluten Free Cooking Class

 

So, a few weeks ago some friends and I signed up for a Gluten Free cooking class. We decided to make it a girl's night and leave the men at home!

Naturally Fit Sisters Cooking Class

We grabbed a few bottles of wine, and drove 15 minutes down the road to a nice restaurant in a tiny Texas town called Clyde! We were really excited.  As you know, I have only recently decided to start changing my eating habits! (You can read about my choice to Eat Clean Here.) So I was very excited that not only was I going to hear from someone that cooked organically in her own kitchen, but she also has a family, and her own business.  *Is this Super Woman?* I also loved that in her profile for the class it mentioned that she used to teach yoga.  Of course you know that I love Yoga, and even though I wouldn't say my deciding to Eat Clean came straight from getting more involved in Yoga, it may have had a little to do with it.  Either way, I was very interested to hear from Jaclyn Harwell from My Organic Kitchens.

Anyways, we had such a great time! Jaclyn shared her journey that led her to start eating semi-Gluten Free, which had a lot to do with her children's behavior.  In short, her son had very out of control behavior and after going to a doctor who suggested she take her 3 year old to a psychiatrist to be put on medication she had a serious change of heart.  It was such a moving story, to see a mom share about the struggles she went through, and that she actually thought she might go through with putting her 3 year old on medication.  That is when she decided to start changing her families diet.  She started with excluding sugars from their food, and it went on from there.  It was really neat to hear her point of view, and how she literally has her own observation lab in her home.  With small children, and a very aware mother, it is easy to notice how different foods affect her children and their actions.

My Organic Kitchen

We got to watch her make various foods, and try each one! Here are the items that we got to eat!

Bell Pepper "Nachos," where she used Sauerkraut as the cheese.  Honestly, I am a very picky eater, and never eat Bell Peppers, but on this night I ate every bit of the food she served.  And I really enjoyed the bell pepper nachos, of course I felt like they were more like tacos.  I have already made them at home for my husband.

We also had a Prickly Pear Lemonade.  I think that is a specialty that the restaurant Bonterra Blu serves all the time. This was the brightest colored drink I have ever seen and it had a very good taste to it!

Next we had Cauliflower Shredded Beef Wraps, I am going to get really real with yall here and admit that I have never had cauliflower in my life! But, like I said, I ate everything, and these were actually VERY Good.  I will definitely be trying this out in my home.  Plus the beef she got from the Abilene, TX local Farmer's Market, which I am excited to try out.

Lastly, was the yummy dessert! Yes you can have dessert when eating healthy, or Gluten Free in this case.  She made us Cheesecake! It was definitely delicious, and so interesting to see that she made the crust with mostly flax seeds and dates.

I would have to say that the biggest thing I took away from this class, the thing that has impacted me the most on a daily basis since then, is to use all natural honey as a sweetener.  The weekend after the class I went to our local Farmer's Market, and purchased organic honey.  I have never been big on honey, but since then I have used it in place of my artificial sweeteners that I am used to in my coffee: TASTES GREAT, and honestly with honey and my creamer, I can't taste anything different.  I have also included it in a few recipes that call for sugar.  One was a homemade fruit roll up that my sister and I made together! (I will be sharing that yummy and all organic recipe with yall soon!)

So, I am so excited to say that I have gotten to connect with Jaclyn from My Organic Kitchen since her first class and she has graciously decided to offer one of our readers the chance to WIN a Dozen Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls!!

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All you have to do to WIN is enter in the form below! We will pick at Winner at random next Thursday!

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Also, if you are interested, and a local, you may want to check out My Organic Kitchen's next class at Bonterra Blu! This time she will be talking about going beyond Gluten Free with a cooking demo and tasting! It's well worth it believe me.  Or if you want check out the other classes they are offering in this series! I am hoping to make one or two more before the summer is over!

Also be sure to check out My Organic Kitchen's page! She sells various foods by the dozen, and they are all yummy, organic, and Gluten Free! She also sells her food at the Abilene Farmer's Market.

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