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Is Your Breastmilk As Good As You Think?

I am a mom of 2, and my youngest, just turned a year old! My son is 3, my daughter is 1, and I absolutely love my role of being able to love on them, teach them, inspire and impact them! It was actually in 2014 after becoming a mom that I decided to give up sugar. I share my entire story in my cookbook, but basically, after hearing about and reading about the major affects of sugar, I realized I wanted something more for my children! 

I have always had a desire, as most of us do, to give my kids the best opportunity at an amazing life! Even when it comes to food! I want them to have a good relationship with food, to choose foods that fuel their bodies, and to know what eating real, whole foods look like! 

It is the drive and passion behind what I do! I want to help other women do the same, and impact generations beyond themselves due to the choices they make about health and fitness! 

I am thankful for my little balls of inspiration! 

My family floating the river the day after we ran the Tough Mudder '17!

My family floating the river the day after we ran the Tough Mudder '17!

It was quite a surprise to me when I learned that some of the foods I am eating, although healthy, may not be doing as much for my baby as I thought it was!  And, as I sit hear nursing child number two, I can't believe that hospitals, doctors, etc. don't educate new mother's on the potential of their breastmilk not being up to par for their children. 

So I have to ask you....IS YOUR BREASTMILK AS GOOD AS YOU THINK?

Have you ever heard of DHA in Breastmilk? 

DHA is a vital Omega 3 Fatty Acid for a baby's health as they grow during their first 2 years. DHA is crucial in a child's early development, in particular for their visual acuity and cognitive development. 

It's estimated that over 75% of American's are defficient in DHA! Can you believe this!? That means that mom's all over the place aren't realizing the power of what they eat, how it affects their breastmilk, and how ultimately it is affecting their children! I mean, as a mom breastfeeding my second child, this is the first time anyone has ever really spoken to the fact that my nutrition is having an affect on my baby...other than the cup of coffee I had keeping her awake at night! (hello decaf!)

It makes sense though right. 

We've always heard the quote..."YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT."

Well how true is that!? And in this case. "You AND YOUR BABY are what YOU eat!"

I think knowing this powerful component to breastmilk would be a great opportunity for postpartum nutrition counseling. It would be a great opportunity to teach women about what kind of foods fuel their body, and how to eat well! Then maybe in the long run, this could also be passed down to their children, and maybe, just maybe begin to make changes to our nation's lack of good nutrition! 

So...wondering how to get your Breastmilk DHA results? 

It's so so so simple...and NO getting blood drawn. Actually, YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE! 

Everlywell Well provides convenient at-home health testing! So....grab you a DHA Testing Kit, it's shipped to your house, you use a little breast milk to put on a tab (about 3-4 drops), send it back, and within a few days you get an email sharing your results in a way that is easy for ANYONE to understand! Simple as it gets! 

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So ready to hear about my results....even with eating mostly well, I still ranked LOW on my DHA level! Now, before we all start FREAKING OUT! One great thing, is according to Everly Well, "Even if your breast milk DHA levels are below recommended, because breast milk offers so many benefits most providers and research do not suggest stopping breastfeeding. Instead, you can try optimizing your DHA levels, ideally through diet."

So on that note...here are a few things I'm going to be implementing to start upping the DHA in my breastmilk because I plan to breastfeed my now 1 year old daughter until at least 24 months. (yep, I'm one of those "weird" moms....I like to use the term GRANOLA...it's nicer!) 

  • Eat fatty fish such as salmon or tuna (I never eat fish, so I need to start!)
  • Taking Beef Liver
  • Eggs
  • More Flax Seed
  • Eat more Yogurt or add it to smoothies
  • Take a DHA Supplement (this would be my last resort, ideally I would like to get more DHA in my foods)2w

I am so thankful to know what I do now about DHA and breastmilk. Not only for the sake of my baby now, but because I know I will be having more kids, and I want to provide the best milk possible for the growth and development of my babies! 

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Please, let me know if this was helpful for you! Or, if you have any questions! 

xoxo

Brittany aka that "Granola" momma

 

Disclaimer: Through my partnership with Fit Approach, I was given the DHA Testing Kit from Everyly Well for my honest feedback. All opinions are geniune and truly how I feel. 

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

Healthy Cookies & A Hemp Heart Giveaway!

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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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DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by Manitoba Harvest & FitApproach, but all opinions are my own. 

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Breakfast On My Mind! + A GIVEAWAY

Well one thing I just can't get enough of during these first week's of pregnancy......BREAKFAST!  That's right, I've got Breakfast on my mind! 

It doesn't matter what it is, biscuits, crepes, pig in the blankets, eggs, cereal, or waffles. I love it all! So this week I'm going to be featuring two great breakfast tips/recipes, plus I've got a little GIVEAWAY for you!! 

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I'm still a sucker for any breakfast food with blueberries in it! Like my yummy Sugar Free Blueberry Waffles!!! Get the original recipe here! Now these have been a go-to favorite for my family since I went fully sugar free in January, but this past week I decided to add something different to the recipe to make it even better! 

Through being a Sweat Pink Ambassador with Fit Approach, I was sent two bottles of yummy Mighty Nut powdered peanut butter! In the past I've mostly enjoyed using powdered peanut butter in my smoothies, but sadly since becoming pregnant I have not had a smoothie. (I usually have at least one a day as a meal replacement). 

So I had to get creative! First I enjoyed some of my Flax & Chia Flavored Might Nut sprinkled over cereal. You see since I don't eat sugar, the cereal I eat is super bland. Usually I sprinkle cinnamon over it which adds a natural sweetness and good flavor. But I loved the change and getting a little peanut butter taste to it as well! 

But, the thing I am really loving, is adding a couple of tablespoons of the Might Nut Peanut Butter (any flavor would be amazing) to my sugar free waffle recipe batter! It adds so much extra flavor to the waffles. Plus you are getting 5-6 extra grams of protein added to your meal!! 

Add Might Nut Powdered Peanut Butter to any recipe! Enter to WIN @GoMightyNut! #EatMighty @fitapproach #sweatpink mightynut.com

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So who is ready to WIN a bottle of their choice of Mighty Nut!?!? It comes in these great flavors, and the winner gets to choose which they want! 

  • Original
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Flax & Chia

What recipe would you add your Mighty Nut to? 

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from Mighty Nut & Fit Approach. I am thankful for all brands that partner with me as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, but all opinions are my own.

#BOSUStrong Challenge

This week starts an amazing 4-week challenge!  Have fun, get fit, and show your strength with the #BOSUStrong Challenge! Put on by Bosu and Fit Approach! And you do not have to own a Bosu to participate in the #BOSUStrong Challenge! You can however WIN your very own Bosu just by participating! Each week 1 lucky winner will get their own BOSU! So join the fun and participate! 

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All you have to do is post your #BOSUStrong pictures via your social media, tag @BOSU_Fitness & @FitApproach and use #BOSUStrong when you answer the daily prompts! 

Starting off TODAY! It's #MOUNTAINCLIMBMONDAY! Post a picture or video showing off your best Mountain Climber! And do it a little extra to add some strength!! You can even get creative, and show your best way to climb! Whether that's hiking, rock climbing, planking, the sky is the limit! Have fun with it and get STRONG! 

#BOSUStrong Challenge

Here's prompts for the rest of the week too! 

  • Tuesday, 9/15: #tempotuesday we want to see how you’re getting your heart rate up today. Tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Bonus: Show us your favorite tricep workout and tag #triceptuesday and #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Wednesday, 9/16: Drop down and give us some #BURPEES! Even better if you can make them #BOSUBurpees! Tag  #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Thursday, 9/17: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body cardio move! Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Give us a #tbt of the most brutal cardio workout you’ve ever done! Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Friday, 9/18: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your cardio on! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Put those forearms to work. Show us your BEST cardio move for #forearmfriday. Forearm plank mountain climbers, dolphin push-ups, forearm plank toe taps…something else? Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

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Comment and let me know: 

HAVE YOU EVER WORKED OUT WITH A BOSU? ARE YOU JOINING THE CHALLENGE? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community.