Brenda Bennett, popular food blogger Sugar Free Mom, knows what it’s like to struggle with sugar and carb addiction and what it’s like to be doing keto alone without her husband following the diet. She’s found freedom in the keto lifestyle and the ability to make recipes the whole family will eat. No need to cook differently for your kids and make separate meals for yourself.
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 first cookbook, Sugar-Free Mom, Naturally Sweet & Sugar-Free Recipes for the Whole Family was released on December 9, 2014. This book is a wonderful beginners guide to going sugar free with over 100 family friendly recipes.
Her second cookbook, Naturally Keto includes a wide variety of over 125 recipes from breakfast to desserts, many dairy free and nut free, as well as a 4-week meal plan, a beginner’s guide to starting keto, tips on dealing with a reluctant spouse, kitchen essentials, and fool proof fabulous recipes for entertaining a non- low carb crowd.
Naturally Keto features something for everyone, no matter what your taste or dietary need and includes:
- 50 plus Dairy Free Recipes and many with Dairy Free-Options
- 75 Egg-Free Recipes
- Over 115 that are nut free!
Naturally Keto is available for order now on Amazon.
A few words from Brenda:
When I first began my sugar-free journey I thought it would be impossible to sustain. How could anyone not have chocolate or cake on their birthday? You see back when I began with removing white sugar in 2004, there weren’t many recipes available that were sweetened with natural sugars, let alone any that were sweetened with natural sugar free sweeteners, like Stevia and Swerve ,Sukrin and Monk Fruit. I began creating recipes using natural, less processed sugars like coconut sugar, honey and sucanat. As the years went by, I learned that my body could not tolerate even the natural sugars I was consuming. I always craved more. Stevia became my first choice for a natural sugar free sweetener. I also learned I was gluten sensitive.
When browsing through my Recipe Index, you will notice, recipes created from 2011-2013 were not gluten free but used whole wheat flours. Many were not sugar free but used unprocessed sugars. 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.
If you’d like the full details of how I became sugar-free, please read My Journey.
All recipes from 2014 and on are now not only sugar free and gluten free, but also low carb. If you’re unfamiliar with the difference between Low Carb versus Sugar Free please read this post I wrote about it. All recipes are low carb because I’ve learned over the last 3 years my body has changed and eating this way makes me feel better than I ever have in the past. Since 2017 I’ve been doing a very low carb, a Ketogenic diet. If you’re unfamiliar what the difference is between the two you can read this post all about it and my 6 Week Keto Results when I first began really counting my macros and testing my blood.
Since 2015 I’ve really been creating recipes that fall in line with a keto, low carb, high fat, moderate protein approach. Being on a keto diet has truly helped the most with sugar cravings and I plan on continuing for life as I just love this way of eating!
Tidbits About Me:
- Jesus is Number 1 in my Life!
- My family is my main priority.
- My youngest child has a tree nut and peanut allergy.
- My oldest child has a soy and peanut allergy.
- I love cheese!
- 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 sugar and LOVE it!
PLEASE NOTE DISCLAIMER:
Brenda Bennett is not a doctor. She is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Certified Keto Coach. 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.
Ken Berry, MD is a family physician in Camden, Tennessee and is affiliated with Henry County Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is the author of the bestseller Lies My Doctor Told Me which exposes myths and misleading health advice from well-meaning doctors, such as avoiding fat. He also has a very popular youtube channel. Dr. Berry’s own health dramatically improved when he embraced a ketogenic diet. You can also find him on Facebook, and Instagram. Dr.Berry’s Website.
Jo is the creative food photographer and stylist behind the healthy eating blog, Modern Food Stories. Jo’s a testament that once you find the right approach for you, you can overcome chronic illness through the healing power of food. She believes the secret to radiant health starts and ends with a healthy gut so all her recipes are grain, gluten and refined sugar free. Many are also dairy-free.
Lauren is a recipe developer and food blogger. She has written two cookbooks, The Everything Wheat-Free Diet Cookbook and The Greek Yogurt Cookbook. She has an undergraduate degree in Business & Finance and Psychology and my Masters in Nutrition Science. She loves to share her healthy and delicious recipes and follows a low carb, sugar free diet. Lauren lives in NJ with her husband and three boys.