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 Sugar-Free Mom is a woman on a mission to reduce and eliminate added, processed sugars in her families lives. She focuses on using natural sugars and sugar free substitutes to create healthier versions of popular and beloved recipes. Since 2011, her blog has become the most popular sugar-free source on the web today. She has a devoted following of those looking to simply reduce sugar consumption, many who follow a low carb diet and many who have multiple allergies. Her readers can identify with her as her own children have tree nut, peanut, and soy allergies and she herself has a gluten and dairy intolerance. She is a mom who had to give up sugar, but still wants chocolate working hard to maintain her weight loss. With her 3 children who keep her very busy she strives to balance it all and still provide healthy, homemade meals that don’t require too much time in the kitchen. Her cookbook, Sugar-Free Mom, Naturally Sweet & Sugar-Free Recipes for the Whole Family is available now for pre-order and will be released December 9, 2014.

A few words from Brenda:

I am not a nutritionist, never took a cooking class but cooking has been in my blood since I was a little girl in a big Italian family. I love photographer, but still feel I’m an amateur.  I am a health conscious mom who tries her best to eat foods as natural as possible. My natural sugar substitutes of choice are sucanat, or raw, unfiltered honey, and sugar-ree substitutes are stevia and erythritol. Here’s a post about them: Top 3 Refined Sugar Free Sweeteners. To find out more about the stevia products I use check this post: Top 3 Best Stevia Products.

You will not find any recipes that include using white refined flour or sugar, brown sugar, agave nectar, Splenda or other artificial sweeteners. Here’s a post all about why I won’t use Splenda: 3 Splenda Myths Busted.

I have been successfully maintaining a 50 pound weight loss for the last 8 years since my third child was born. My experience is my own and I share what I’ve learned. I hope to help others achieve their weight loss goals through healthy eating tips and recipes! If you’d like the full details of how I became sugar-free, please read My Journey.

10 tidbits you should know about me:

  • Jesus is Number 1 in my Life!
  • My family is my main priority.
  • My youngest child has a tree nut allergy.
  • My oldest child has a soy and peanut allergy.
  • I love cheese! But…I am dairy sensitive/intolerant and need to limit my consumption.
  • Many recipes are vegetarian.
  • I believe I may have a wheat sensitivity so I’m now trying to convert many recipes to gluten free.
  • I LOVE to exercise, really I really do!
  • I am a coffee lover.
  • I pray YOU will find help, encouragement, laughter, joy, ideas, direction, fabulous family friendly recipes and most of all HOPE that you too can lead a life free of refined sugar and LOVE it!

To get started on your journey to removing sugar and leading a more healthy life, read this post: 3 Steps to Eliminate Sugar in your diet.

HUGS & BLESSINGS,
BRENDA

Sugar-Free Mom

 

 

PLEASE NOTE DISCLAIMER:

Brenda Bennett is not a medical professional or nutritionist. She does not have formal weight loss training. This blog is her own experience as examples and guidelines for healthy eating, exercise and weight loss strategies. Consult a medical professional before making exercise and dietary changes.

Comments

  1. Laurie Bouley says:

    This is awesome! i read the whole thing! It’s going to be FAB once all the pic’s are up! oh no! Apple cake is NOT sugar free, is it =(
    xo
    Good Luck!

  2. Just came across your blog. I love it and am excited to try your stuff!!!!

    • Thanks Holly! Welcome!

      • I notice that you choose Sucanat, honey, and Stevia for your sugar choices … can you help me understand why these and why you don’t use refined sugar, brown sugar, or agave nectar. I read your stuff on Splenda and agree with all that. Just in my journey of healthier living and eating, I’m trying to figure out why those 3 aren’t as good of choices for me and why the other 3 would be better choices. Can you help with my understanding in this area? Thanks!!!

        • HI Holly! When I did the Prism weight loss program in 2004, they recommended only those sweeteners as they are minimally less processed and refined than other sugars today. I have a great article in my side bar about agave you can read, but its just not as healthful and organic as people believe so I don’t use it. Sucanat and honey are still sugars and I try to use them only in moderation. Sweetleaf Stevia is a sugar-free plant based sweetener which again is not refined like white sugar and more natural than even honey or sucanat. Hope that helps some!

          • what is your view on date syrup? i heard it is low-glycemic but my dietician says its like sugar

          • I would definitely use homemade date syrup as all it is to make is dates and water and it is all natural.

  3. Brenda i absolutely love this site and i’m off to try alot of these recipes this weekend. I need to get back and focus on me. I’m going to try the chili and the meatloaf. Can’t wait to see how the family likes it. Great work and keep posting healthy receipes:) Miss you.

  4. I just found your blog via pinterest. I am trying the crockpot oatmeal tonight with steel cut oats, I was out of oatmeal. We’ll see how that goes. I am excited about your blog and trying new recipes. I have been wanting to replace sugar in our house but with so many options I have not been sure which way to go. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Now it is time to finally get rid of this baby weight. I would love to hear more about how you fit excercise into your schedule. I am also a homeschooling mom and have three young children. I find it difficutl to make the time to take care of myself properly with so much to do all day. How do you do it?

  5. HI Marni! Welcome! Thanks for visiting! I will definitely write a post about exercising and fitting it in! Thank you for the suggestion! God bless!

  6. Brenda,

    I’ve had to be off sugar for 20 years now. I’m excited about your blog for new and healthier ideas for myself and my family. I found you because of the blogging class.

    Sharon

  7. Hi Brenda,
    Thanks so much for sharing your story, and for the inspiration that living sugar-free is possible! I hope to be able to say the same for myself someday soon, as I am only now beginning this sugar-free journey. I do have a question about brown rice syrup however. Do you know if this is an acceptable sugar-free substitute?

    • I have had brown rice syrup in products and it does not seem to cause a reaction and negative effects, but I only have it very rarely. My top 3 sweetener choices is a post I wrote in the “Tips & Articles” tab.

  8. So excited to come across your site. I am a mother of three two kind and handsome boys and my youngest about to turn 1 my precious sweet baby girl. I am 5’1 and although i was never skinny ever since I had my first born I never returned or even got close to my pre baby weight of 130. With my daughters birthday around the corner and my weight at 165 I am excited to try some of your recipes.

  9. Laura Nelson says:

    Hello Brenda, I need some direction… where do you go for your pudding (chocolate and vanilla especially)? Are there any brands or recipes the come to mind that you could suggest?

    My family is in sugar-free, real-food transition (2months deep). I enjoy your recipes and blog so very much…always feeling encouraged and challenged to dig deeper into how God made these bodies (and what these bodies need for fuel so that we can go out a be a light)!

    • Thank you so much! I don’t buy the puddings for the kids. I usually make them the coconut “cream” from the whipped cream recipe. That’s pudding to them.

  10. I found out about a year ago that I’ve gone from being hypoglycemic to border-line diabetic. So I have been sugar free since then. I feel 110% better!!! I am curious about your sugar substitutes….are they ok for diabetics?? I have been using artificial sweeteners and I know they are not the best.

    • Hi Mel, Nice to meet you! I have quite a few readers that are diabetic and enjoy and use the recipes I make with stevia since it is naturally sugar free and doesn’t spike blood sugar. I have some recipes that use sucanat and honey and they are basically still a form of sugar but much less refined than white sugar. I am not a doctor so you will need to clear any changes you make to your diet with your doctor. If you look at the tips and articles I’ve written, you might be interested in reading: 3 Splenda Myths Busted as well as, Top 3 Best Refined Sugar Free Products.

  11. Hi Brenda, I just found your blog today, after a posting on pinterest. I have to say, your recipes look awesome and delicious. And I am absolutely thrilled about you including the Weight Watchers points+ with the recipes!!!!!! That makes me super duper happy and I am so glad I will be able to read up on all your postings while my kiddos are napping! I look forward to changing the way we eat in our family and becoming healther! Thanks again!

  12. Heather says:

    One of my friends on FB posted a recipe for sugar free muffins today and it couldn’t have come at a better time! I just found out my son has ADHD and I’ve decided that I want to cut out sugars from his diet. I also need to lose a big amount of weight and thought we could do this as a family. I can’t wait to try your recipes!!

    I do have a question though…..how come you don’t use agave nectar? I heard that it was a good substitute for sugar and was healthier. Can I find Sucanat and SweetLeaf Stevia at any regular grocery store?

    Thanks! =D

  13. I have just found out that I have a bunch of food sensitivities and was just wondering if you know what is in the vanilla creme stevia? I have quite a sensitivity to pure vanilla and cane sugar and have to use alternatives whenever a recipe calls for it

    • I know the sweetleaf brand will use only natural ingredients but most likely if you are allergic to pure vanilla, that is in for flavoring. There is no cane sugar in the vanilla creme sweetleaf brand.

  14. I just found this website and hope to keep coming back for information and recipes. Almost a year ago, I needed to go sugar free by doctor’s strong suggestion, and it has been a year of many changes. One change is in eating a much more varied diet with fruits, vegetables, and protein. It’s been a struggle to find recipes that fit my restricted diet and please my taste buds. Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned with others.

  15. Wow this is me…well what I need! Stumbled across you from reading ms skinny pumpkin oatmeal recipe. The part about ‘coffee’ is a must is definitely me. And the baby weight after #3…the last 20/30 are ‘stuck’! I hope by following a few of your recipes and meal plans I can kick it up (or down!) a notch. Thanks for your inspiration!!

  16. I have had a similar experience with needing to overhaul my whole diet from sugar. My husband and I realized how many health issues we were fighting daily with sugar in it. Now we are so much healthier.

  17. Dayna Mayhew says:

    I just ran across your site and am excited to have a place to go.
    I recently joined a Prism group at my church.
    I had lap band surgery over 2 years ago and lost 100 pounds in the first year and then stayed within 10 pounds for a year. I have lost 15 pounds since joining prism 6 weeks ago but I have said I want to learn to cook more nutritious. So far I still haven’t done that. We eat out a lot and that has been our lifestyle for years. How do I change that. One step at a time I know
    But where do I start. I feel overwhelmed.

    • Congrats Dayna on such a wonderful weight loss! I loved the Prism program so if you are in that, you are certainly on your way! Focus on making one easy meal that you think you and your family will love. The next week by another. Each week add a new recipe and before you know it you’ll have some great recipes. If dinner is too challenging just focus on breakfasts that you can make ahead and eat all week. I have a ton! You can do it!

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  19. Oh my goodness!! A friend of mine gave me the link to your site – AMAZING! I’m already planning on cooking some recipes tonight for my holiday baking.

  20. Once you have me a coupon code to use for iherb to get some sweet leaf liquid stevia. I am online trying to purchase and I am to the part where i put in my credit card and it still has not asked for a code. Am I missing something?

    • Go to my homepage and in the lower right sidebar there is an iherb.com ad, click that and it will go directly to the site. If you’re a first time buyer it will automatically apply at check out.

  21. Kirsti Benjamin says:

    Just came across your website a week ago while googling sugarfree recipes as I recently took an allergy test (due to eczema) which showed I have an allergy to sugar. So I am now looking for new and good (!) recipes that not only I will eat, but also my family. My kids can be fussy, but I’m hoping these recipes will change that! I am excited to give it a go, but finding the time to go through everything will be the biggest challenge! There is just so much here! Thanks so much for doing this; it’s a huge help to many! Also, just wondering about stevia. I just bought the powdered form, but most of your recipes use liquid (I think). Is it one for one??

    • Thanks so much! Not always one for one but you can just Google a conversion chart for stevia and that will bring up the amounts to sub.

  22. Kirsti Benjamin says:

    Love your top 2 tidbits btw!!

  23. Michele says:

    Hi Brenda, I came across your site after a friend posted your Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken Thighs recipe. I have been amazed by your recipes. I am a diabetic and it’s really hard to find delicious food for my family (including a 2 year old). We are trying to eat healthier as a family and I am so excited to try your recipes. Thank you so much!

  24. Tina Kaiser says:

    Brenda,
    I am a fan of the Prism way of life and am excited about your site!

  25. Brenda, I’m so happy to have found your website. You have beautiful pics & are so informative. I’ve already enjoyed many of your recipes. One serious problem I discovered though is that I’m highly allergic to quinoa! Developed rash head to toe w/ swelling of face, lip & ears. Thankfully I’m recovering after a high dose of steroids. Anyway, I really want to do the 3 day cleanse. Any suggestion for subbing out the quinoa in your 2 salad recipes? Thank you for your commitment to being sugar free & helping me w/ mine. I’m 19 days SF & it’s been much easier w/ your help :)

    • Thanks so much Holly! That’s awful about the quinoa! You could certainly leave it out of the salads. Just make regular veggie salads. It was really there to give some substance to the salad and fiber and protein but just skip it all together. Best wishes to you!

  26. So encouraging! Just stumbled upon your website and love it. We as a family can associate so much with this journey of health and overall well being! Recently because of some stuff that happened in my hubby’s body, we were introduced to the GAPS mealplan written by Dr Natasha. We’ve followed it for a little over a month now and I can report that not only has my weight finally stabilised!!! My children’s multiple allergies, sinus, dairy intolerance, lethargy etc have been healed completely, but we are all far more healthy and balanced! It’s a long process that lies ahead but I can’t wait to give a report when we have finally reached the end of it. Maybe you should investigate it. Find a GAPS practitioner or just buy the book, but from what you’ve shared, the sugar and wheat free lifestyle is just the beginning of a healthy and happy family! You are on the right tract and I applaud you for sharing it with us!
    Blessings!

  27. I could not contact PRISM on their 800 # given book. Do you know of ny groups in Dothan, AL? Are you still offering help?

  28. I’m writing a piece for The Huffington Post in partnership with Ziploc entitled “X School Lunches That Totally Trump Sandwiches.” I saw your recipe for spring rolls (http://www.sugarfreemom.com/recipes/healthy-lunchbox-recipes-vegetable-spring-rolls-with-lightened-up-peanut-sauce/) and would love to include the idea and photo in the piece. Would give you credit, linking out to your recipe. Please let me know if you’d like to be included by end of day Friday 8/8.

    Thanks!

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