sugar free holidays

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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Stocking Stuffer 101

STOCKINGs ARE MOST DEFINITELY MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT CHRISTMAS MORNING! 

they just are.

Honestly, we didn't get tons of pricey things in our stocking, I really don't know what makes them so special, but all that to say....my mom still does stockings for us, and yes we are 29+ years of age! We love them that much around our house. 

So here's the thing, stockings don't have to be stocked full of candy! It's actually rather easy to host a Sugar Free Holiday! All you need is my Simply Sugar Free Cookbook, plus this Stocking Stuffer 101 List, and you are ready! There are so many fun, reasonably priced things that your kids will love! So...I'm bringing you my Stocking Stuffer 101 list! Please keep reading and get an amazing PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE that you can make to add in all of your stockings! 

Little Kids-

  • Fruit
  • Fruit Pouches
  • Natural-Fruit snacks or leathers
  • Stickers
  • Pens, pencils, markers, crayons
  • Magnetic letters
  • Toy Cars
  • Small dolls
  • Flashcards
  • Play Dough
  • Balls
  • Fun coloring pads
  • Balloons
  • Flash lights
  • Board Books
  • Movies
  • Pokemon Cards
  • Card games
  • Water bottles/sippy cups
  • Figurines
  • Anything from the Target $ Spot

Older Girls-

  • Lily's Chocolate Bars (sweetened with Stevia)
  • Larabar
  • Quest Bar
  • Athletic apparel
  • Sports Bras
  • Fingernail polish
  • Cute hair ties
  • Headbands
  • Ear Warmers/Winter Headband
  • Beanies
  • LaCroix
  • Makeup
  • Jewelry
  • $10 gift card to Itunes, or favorite store in the mall
  • Gift cardto get nails done
  • Mini Bath & Body Works Products
  • Phone charger
  • Phone case
  • Book
  • Anything on Jane.com

Older Boys-

  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Beef Jerkey
  • Larabar
  • Quest Bar
  • Athletic Apparel
  • Fitness Gear
  • Beanies
  • Hats
  • LaCroix
  • Watch
  • Sunglasses
  • Movies
  • $10 Itunes, Sonic, favorite restaurant card
  • Tickets to a sporting event
  • Fun brain puzzles 
  • Flashlight
  • Hunting Supplies
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Decal for their car
  • Accessories for their car
  • Accessories for their phones

SPOUSES-

  • Giftcard to itunes, favorite store or restaurant
  • Starbucks coffee, gift card, or mug
  • Favorite tea
  • Larabars
  • Quest Bars
  • Fitness Gear
  • Athletic Apparel
  • Hats
  • Jewelry
  • Nice soaps or lotions
  • Fun & Romantic IOU cards
  • Water Bottle
  • Jewelry
  • Car/phone Accessories
  • Tools
  • Favorite hobby accessory...(hunting, fishing, exercise, sewing)
  • Book
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Lily's Brand Chocolate Bar (stevia sweetened)
  • Beef Jerky
  • Socks
  • Underwear

So pretty much, these are some amazing lists that you can pull from! Have fun with it, and make stockings sugar free, not too expensive, but a very memorable and fun tradition in your family! 

And to add a little sweetness to your stockings, make a batch of these to divy up into all of them! You won't regret it! And everyone will love you for it! 

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies!!! 

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies!!! 

XOXO 

Brittany

Cinco De Mayo--GET YO DRINK ON!

It's Cinco De Mayo week....just because this prego can't have a drink doesn't mean you shouldn't! And just because I'm sugar free doesn't mean I don't ever have a drink! 

In fact, this is one of my favorite drinks to make at home! So grab the ingredients, shake them up, toast to me, an GET YO DRINK ON!

A big question I get when people are living the sugar free life, or thinking of taking the journey, is what alcohol can I drink! ??

Especially this time of year! With summer coming, vacations on the horizon, and holiday weekend plans being made, like Memorial Day Weekend! 

So I've created a specialty webinar to teach you just that! 

Join me for a live webinar where I will teach you all about how to enjoy alcohol while staying sugar free. Get tips on drinking at home, at restaurants, and on vacation! 

  • Get Access to the Live Webinar, with replay abilities
  • Follow Along PDF
  • Plus get 3 Sugar Free Cocktail Recipes

*Can't make it to the live webinar, sign up anyways. You will get replay access as soon as the webinar is over, plus the 3 recipes! 

MARCH 18TH, 9PM CT

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Sugar Free Pecan Pie for the Whole Family!

Well I did it!  I started my no sugar journey at the beginning of 2015....My biggest fears for this challenge I gave myself were...

#1 I would get pregnant and be craving EVERYTHING (well I'm still working on conquering all those cravings).

And #2, I was scared of the holidays! You know, the time when you are surrounded by family, and lots and lots of food. And at our family gatherings there's not only lots of food, but even more desserts! 

So this year, I took matters into my own hands! I decided that if I wanted to SUCCEED at staying sugar free, then I needed to make my own yummy, sugar free desserts for the whole family! 

When you set goals for yourself, you have to plan in advance to succeed. If you go with the flow and leave it up to others, it's much easier to fall into the normal, and not be successful at your goals! All it takes is a little extra thought, work, and determination to succeed your goals! Whether that's eating no sugar, limiting yourself on something, or continuing to work out while on vacation! 

This Thanksgiving I made a Sugar Free Pecan Pie for the whole family! Along with one of my other favorite holiday dessert recipes!

The pecan pie was a huge hit! Actually I was super sad I only got one small slice of it. Then after waking up from my nap, the entire thing was gone. 

The pie is super easy to make and so tasty! Take a look at the recipe, and make plans to have a successful holiday season by bringing your favorite, sugar free pie to all of the upcoming gatherings you plan to attend! 

Sugar Free Pecan Pie for the whole family!

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Let me know if you try out the recipe! Tag me on Instagram @BrittanySuell and use #SimplySugarFree

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