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Challenge Approved Easter Brunch!

For me, this Easter holiday will likely be the hardest test I have to face in this month of being sugar and alcohol free. Little Easter candy everywhere... it's so easy to think- oh just one little piece won't hurt! Or when gathering with family and friends in a celebratory mood... wanting to be included in a mimosa toast. My family is gathering for a big Easter brunch with pancakes and syrup and good ole sugary breakfast food, so I am planning to make a few substitutions so I thought I would share!

Fruity Fun Mimosa's- I truly believe that as long as I am drinking something fizzy out of a champagne flute, I will feel festive enough without the alcohol.

Ingredients: Sparkling water, whole oranges and 100% pineapple juice.

  1. Pour fresh squeezed orange juice into your champagne glass.

  2. Add a smidge of pineapple juice in glass (HINT make sure it's 100% pineapple juice and not from canned pineapple that has added sugar.)

  3. Top sparkling water- There is not need to stir.

Banana Pancakes - I make these little guys all the time and they are so yummy!

Ingredients: 1 banana, 1 egg, 2 TBS flour (gluten free works great), 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. vanilla, butter or coconut oil for pan.

**If you have a blender you can simply add all the ingredients and blend on a slow setting for about 30 seconds until everything is smooth.

  1. In a medium sized bowl, add your egg, vanilla and banana and mash with a fork until it is mixed and there are no large chunks.

  2. Next add the flour cinnamon and mix thoroughly until well incorporated. Batter should still be quite runny like you can poor it out of the bowl.

  3. Grease your skillet and heat to medium low heat.

  4. Make small pancakes, about the size of your palm by pouring in your batter.

  5. Once you see bubbles forming on the pancake flip, and let sit on the skillet until it is easy to remove with a spatula.

  6. Serve plain, with butter and cinnamon or additional fruit on top!

If you're wanting some added protein, please note that a lot of breakfast meats, have added sugars and artificial flavorings, so plan ahead and make sure you grab one that has no sugar added. If you still want something on the sweeter side, then I recommend a chicken apple sausage like this that is sweetened by the fruit.

We got this!!!

Another tip is, Easter candy can be put in the freezer and will be just as good in a few weeks. I think a thing about candy for me is that there is a scarcity mindset to it, like it's only here on Easter so I had better eat some while I have the chance and that is simply not true!

Stay strong my friends and take care!

Love always,

Dr. Evelyn

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