Some of our Favorite Recipes!

One week left for our official 30 Day Sugar Detox, but we do hope you will continue to cut-out or reduce your intake of processed sweeteners. To make it a part of your daily life, having easy and yummy sugar-free recipes is essential!

I thought I would put together a list of some of our favorite family meals. Nothing I make is difficult or takes lots of time or ingredients. With two toddlers and working part-time, everything needs to be quick and simple. But that doesn’t mean we need to resort to processed foods or takeout. Here are some of my go-to recipes.

Some of the recipes below, we tweak the ingredients. For instance, if it contains a processed ingredient we would be using a home made version, if it says fat-free we are definitely using full-fat options, or if it has sugar we would be substituting with a natural sweetener like honey. Remember, any recipe you find can be adjusted to be healthier for your family! So if you have a favorite family recipe, consider how you could swap out a few ingredients to make it even better!

I could’ve made blog posts of all these recipes as we eat them often, but why reinvent the wheel, when they are already online. So click on any image below to find the full recipe on other great blogs!

Breakfasts

I am NOT a morning person….
So breakfast needs to be quick and simple with little cleanup!
Many of our breakfasts are smoothies. Just grab the ingredients out of the fridge, freezer, and pantry; and blend them up. The kids will eat anything in a smoothie!

Other simple breakfasts we enjoy are some plain greek yogurt with fruit, peanut butter, or cinnamon. No need for added sugar or artificial sweeteners when there are so many natural ways to sweeten it!

For days we need to head out of the house quickly, we love to have finger foods ready to grab and eat in the car. Granola bars, protein rolls, etc. are great. You can find tons of recipes for those on pinterest as well.

Click any image below to find the full recipe of our favorite breakfasts!

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Lunches

When my two year old gets hungry for lunch, he wants it NOW. haha
So, these are also quick, but nutritious.

A very popular lunch at our home is eggs! Boiled, pan-fried, scrambled, as an omelet, any which way! They are full of protein and fats which are great for the kids growth, brain health, and energy.

Many lunches I will also give them a handful of nuts for added fat and protein. The love some pistachios, cashews, peanuts, etc. as a sweet treat on the side! Also all lunches I offer a fresh fruit/vegetable as well.

Click any image below for links to our favorite lunches.

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Dinners

Now dinners I SHOULD have more time to invest in, since we don’t eat until after they are done napping. BUT, the day always seems to get away from me. So the crockpot, one pot meals, etc. are life savers!

This is just a small sample of some of our favorite recipes, but wanted to give you a few to build up your recipe book without being overwhelming. Click any image below for the link to the full recipe.

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Desserts

I DEFINITELY have a sweet tooth!
If I didn’t let myself enjoy some of these healthier desserts, then I would fall off the bandwagon and get a Culver’s ice cream sunday…true story. So the best way to stay on track, is to have some yummy treats available that are still good for you.

Other sweet treats we enjoy are apples dipped in peanut butter, fresh fruits, smoothies, and nuts. Yum!

Click any image below for the full recipe, and remember to always choose a natural sweetener like raw honey, pure maple syrup, or liquid stevia extract.

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Pantry Makeover

As we begin our 30 Day Sugar Detox, we need to eliminate temptations!

Time to get at that pantry, fridge, and freezer. Let’s dump everything with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, truvia, agave, coconut sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, turbinado, saccharose, dextrine, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, maltodextrin, syrup, palm sugar, etc.

Obviously, this means it’s time to dump the ice-cream, cookies, candy, etc. BUT, some of the biggest offenders can be disguised as “health foods.” Some are here are the biggest offenders to check.

  • Yogurt
  • Granola/snack bars
  • Low-calorie or Low-fat snacks
  • Things marketed to children
  • Sauces
  • Ketchup
  • Breads
  • Chips
  • Cereal
  • Processed foods
  • Frozen foods
  • Drinks and drink mixes
  • Canned goods
  • Many more!

Pantry Makeover Time! Let's dump the sugar. Here are some common offenders that are often disguised as "health foods." Join our 30 Sugar Detox at www.lavenderngrace.com

 

If this is all new to you, join us on a 30 Day Sugar Detox to jumpstart your health for 2016.

Looking for sweets you can still enjoy? Check out our post here with great natural options!

New to our blog? Read our “about me” pages to meet the authors and check out “Getting Started with Essential Oils” to learn why we Love Young Living Oils!

L&G Approved Ways to Satisfy your Sweet Tooth

Welcome to everyone joining us in the 30 Day Sugar Detox! These are going to be some difficult weeks, but will be well worth it!

Sugar is more addictive than cocaine, so definitely expect withdrawal and cravings. So we decided to explain your options for sweeteners to satisfy that craving without giving in to your desire for processed sugar and artificial sweeteners.

God has given us many sweet things naturally in nature, but our over-processed food culture has retrained our taste buds and we crave it like no other generation before. So let’s take a look at some natural sweet options to use in place of that 3pm Snickers bar as you check out at the grocery store 😉

The key here is to be prepared. If you get a craving and only have a house filled with carrots and celery, you’re bound to fall off the wagon and run to the store for something sweet. So I took some time to look up some yummy sugar-free recipes on pinterest (we will post continually throughout the month) and make sure I had all the ingredients on hand.

Now we do know that some of you joining us have taken this detox as a personal challenge to push your limits and avoid all sweeteners. If that’s you, awesome! This list is for those choosing to avoid processed sweeteners specifically, and these are healthier sweet options.

Lavender & Grace Approved Sweeteners to Satisfy your Cravings:

  • Raw Honey (local preferred)
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Liquid Stevia Extract (no truvia as that is highly processed)
  • Dates (make sure they don’t have added sugar as some do)
  • Fruits

Got a Sweet Tooth? Don't worry, be happy! You can still eat sweet with these natural options! www.lavenderngrace.com

Looking for some recipes using these sweeteners? Check out this great pinterest board!

Good luck to all on this detox with us! Make sure to also connect with our facebook event found here, to get continual encouragement, support, recipes, and more!

New to our blog? Check out our “about me” pages to get to know the authors, and read our Getting Started with Essential Oils post to learn why we are so passionate about Young Living oils!

The Switch Witch


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I love Halloween!!!!

It is probably one of my favorite holidays — no joke! Dress up, imaginative play, parties, fall festivities, scary decorations, witch cackles, and trick or treating!

What I don’t love? The candy!!!! Especially now that I’m a Mama! I know that SUGAR is toxic to the body, it is as addictive as cocaine to the brain, it feeds cancer and it suppresses the immune system for up to 6 hours after it is ingested, leaving the body compromised and susceptible to catching illness! And no body wants to deal with colds/coughs/fevers and the list goes on!

I know, I know, you don’t want to hear that!

But you can have yummy healthy sweet treats this Halloween, all you have to do is make your own, homemade is always best anyways, right? Maple syrup, raw honey and stevia can easily replace refined sugar in any recipe!

Now that we got the treats covered, what about that trick or treating??? Yep this is a tricky one! But I have a great solution, it’s called the Switch Witch!

Allow your kiddos to trick or treat as normal and then when they get home tell them the story of the Switch Witch. There are 2 really awesome books that tell the story of the Switch Witch. Check them out here & here.

But the story goes like this….The Switch Witch has a little puppy and her puppy loves loves candy! If you leave your candy out (placed in a cauldron or bucket) on Halloween’s Eve, the Switch Witch will come and switch your candy (wink wink) for a special toy! She will give your candy to her puppy dog who will eat it all up!

So this Halloween, consider avoiding having weeks of candy hanging around the house, do the Switch Witch instead, get your kid something special, like a new book, or a fun brain challenging educational toy. If you don’t like the Switch Witch story, make up your own, Mommy & Daddy can be the one to bring the surprise gift as well and give the candy away….it’s your choice do what you think is best for your family. You could even make a game out of it, certain prizes are worth so many pieces of candy in trade 😉 get clever & have fun!

Avoid the candy and your body and your mind will thank you!