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Getting Through Political Season Without Going Crazy

This is a really bold topic, I know. But before you go any further I want you to know this is not a post intended to sway you one way or another. During the last election I watched a lot of news and talked a lot about politics. And I just kept getting confused, upset, sad, but never happy.  As a person who is trying to life a “fit” life (and remember this extends to your mental fitness as well), it doesn’t make sense for me to continuously engage in activities that don’t make me happy. Yes, I know I need to be informed. Yes, I do vote. But there are ways to be informed and there are ways to make yourself go absolutely nuts. What I want to share with you is how I found ways to be educated, still remain friends with people, and not go crazy.

Ditch opinionated platforms.

I spent a lot of time on Facebook during the election (and of course there is the whole ordeal they have going on) and I read a lot of people’s opinions.  Some that surprised me, some that I agreed with, but mostly ones that got me really riled up regardless of who they were talking about. I realized that the more I was looking at Facebook (Twitter to me is the same depending on who you follow of course but that’s not my platform of choice), the more stressed, fearful, and angry I felt. I had to take a step back and think “Is listening to all this chatter really going to be good for me to figure out who to vote for or to become more educated?” The answer, for me at least, was no. It was just causing me to be angrier, confused, and pitted me against people who I liked. Yes, I did unfriend very radical people on both sides, but they were mostly acquaintances I did not really know but ended up being on my Facebook from years ago, not people I knew and was close to.  This is also a good time to maybe clean up your followers/those you follow.  I realized that I didn’t want just anyone to see my life on social media, so I got rid of people I did not feel close to any more.  I promise you, they probably won’t miss you either (but not because you’re not awesome, just because our web sometimes just gets a little stretched over the years).

Read it, don’t watch it.

This has been a big one for me. I don’t know what it is about watching the news but it really puts me on edge. I have no idea how people can watch it all day every day. To me, especially the national news, tends to be constantly negative. Local news occasionally talks about a good deed or a puppy saved every now and then. I am an anxious person by nature and watching the news really gave me a lot of anxiety. My husband is big on watching it but I would either distract myself with something else or go watch one of my shows in another room. He was super considerate after I shared this with him and got most of his information from SiriusXM radio instead of watching it (he is the best!).  Now I know you are going to argue with me and say that I still need to be informed! And I agree! I chose to read my news using various sources but one of the ones that kept me informed and was also entertaining was theSkimm.  It kept me up to date with way more that what was going on in the political world and was often just a place for me to start my research.  It really helped me stay up to date, make an informed decision, and not feel on edge all the time.

Sometimes you feel really small in this big world, but you can and do make a difference.

Regardless of whatever the political outcome is, it can leave you feeling helpless. It can make you feel like your vote does not matter or even make you feel like nothing you can do will really make an impact anywhere. Well, you are wrong. You make a difference every day. In your life. In your pet’s life. In your family’s life. In your work life. Find ways to make an impact in your community. Maybe you should volunteer for a good cause. I joined the Junior League of Charlotte and it has really helped me see that I can make a difference and I am loving that our focus this year is on school readiness. Charlotte public schools really struggle but I know that I make a difference and my organization makes a difference by volunteering and helping this oh so worthy cause. Find a shelter and go walk the dogs. Sign up for Meals on Wheels.  Find something that makes you feel good and dive into that. Politics will be politics but your impact by giving back will not only fill you with a sense of purpose and joy but will inspire others and maybe show both parties that it really isn’t so bad.

I share these with you because it’s so easy to get lost in this political jungle. Opinions are thrown around, people are fighting through screens, and friendships/relationships are being destroyed by it. Don’t fall prey to the negativity and try to find a way to brighten the lives of others around you and remind people (and yourself) that people are good and that it’s really going to be all right.

How do you handle political season? Remember, this is a safe space but not a forum for debate! I want to be positive and share how we can all make this world a better place no matter what your political opinion may be.

 

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Where TF Has The Fit Britt Been?

Hi.

You probably totally forgot about me. Passed me a couple of times on your timeline posting pictures of me and this super handsome guy or maybe seen some of those motivational posts I’ve been putting up. Maybe you’ve been following my Orangetheory journey on my story or seen some of the things I’ve made in my kitchen or even the hashtag #intuitiveeating. You may be even saw me dabbling in vegetarianism/veganism but eating a big ass sushi roll in the next post. You’ve probably been wondering…”dude, she did have a blog but the last time she posted was last summer so I guess she kind of died out like everyone else usually does.”

And you’re right.

I was overwhelmed. I was busy. I was happy. I was challenged. I was sad. I was unsure. I was changing and evolving. So here’s where I’ve been.

Dude, I got Married.

So last time I wrote on here I was in a happy relationship (and still am!) but I was just a mere fiancé. May 5, 2018, John and I got married in front of 135 of our favorite people in the world. It was an amazing time but leading up to it challenged us financially, emotionally, and physically. John was changing careers and was in school receiving his certification in web development. We went through some financial hardships during that time but he came out on top, got his first job in the web development world and said sayonara to his ten year career in sales. Meanwhile, I had to listen to everyone’s opinion…I mean umm…input on what I should and should not do for the wedding. We were so excited to take this next step and barreled toward the finish line. But that wasn’t the only thing I was doing during that time…

I became a Doctor, yo.

Yup. You read that right. On June 20, 2018, I defended my dissertation focusing on how emotional intelligence training can have an impact on how individuals handle organizational change. I promise you’ll never have to remember that, and we can still be friends. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done, and it was a three-year journey that was from April 2015-June 2018.  It was insane when I sat down and actually realized that I have only been out of school two years my whole entire life…since I started when I was a kid. I know…WTF right?

Shout out to my fine ass husband who was (and will always be) a huge inspiration and motivator during that time and thank God I have a job that I don’t really have to “bring home”.  School was definitely my side hustle and was challenging because even though I’m really good at school, this was on a whole different level. I have never read more or written more in my life and I am not sure I will be doing that again for a while…or like…ever again.  But I wouldn’t change anything about my experience.

During this time I became a freak who lived off wine, hot Cheetos, and odd amounts of the strangest foods because I also happened to….

Say a big “F— You” to Dieting

I have been dieting since I was 12. That’s (almost) 18 years. Holy #%*& right? Now, don’t go thinking that my parents were some evil people who didn’t let me eat things (but they did have an impact on the way I saw food…more on this in another post). They were loving, wonderful and supportive but I learned “carbs are bad and make you fat” long before y’all found the keto diet. I read this book called “Big Girl: How I gave up dieting and got a life” and it kick started my journey to discovering what it meant to eat intuitively. It has changed my life, my happiness, my social life, my perspective on working out, and how I see other of different sizes. I have learned that being extra small or extra large is not necessarily an indication of someone’s health.  I have also become a total “granola” girl, living a chemical free life and embracing all things essential oils. I can’t wait to share more about this paradigm shift with you all in upcoming posts. I have really enjoyed the messages I have gotten from those who have seen my mindset shift and felt inspired by it. But one of the biggest things I have found is….

I finally started looking in the mirror and saying “Damn, girl you fine.”

You probably are rolling your eyes going “OMG this heifer is really trying to convince us that she is not pretty?” That’s not what I’m saying. I have heard people tell me things like “you have a pretty face” a lot in my life but never really my body.  I have had people fawning over my height but then making fun of my arms. I have developed body image issues that would make you want to throw a pity party for me. But day by day I am shaking those feelings. I love my gigantic butt now and I love making jokes about it. I look at my arms and go “Y’all are strong AF for those 25 pound curls in Orangetheory today. Keep doing you”.  I have begun to embrace the little acne scars I got from switching birth control pills and I call them little freckles. I finally started to say, “Damn, girl, you fine.”

I am becoming who I am and becoming more “fit” in every way. I promised you all this would be a blog that would redefine what it means to be fit and now that I am done with my doctoral and marriage journey, I’m so ready to share the rest with you. I have some secrets I can’t share just yet but in due time I hope that you’ll come to associate me as a badass #girlboss and ultimate make a real name for #TheFitBritt. I hope to keep inspiring you guys each week with new experiences, stories, and delicious things I’ve tried in future posts. So stay tuned, keep checking back, and comment below about what you’d like to hear next!

 

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3 Ways to Celebrate Without Breaking the Bank

I am in love with celebrating. I literally celebrate everything and anything and I think it’s just the best way to keep the spice in life. Money’s been a little tight over the last couple of months, but we still wanted to celebrate our three year dating anniversary on July 8th (crazy to think that this time next year we’ll be celebrating two months of being married on that date!).  We searched and searched the internet to see what we could come up with and my friends, I think we did a pretty good job! We had a blast during this weekend without breaking the bank and I figured it was only fair to share how I did it with you.

Groupon/Living Social

Two of the best sites ever. I am a little more partial to Groupon just because I really like the selection but I like the Living Social app and layout a little more. If you don’t know about them, these are websites/apps that you can browse to find local restaurants, things to do, services (great for lawn care and mosquitoes!) and goods as well. It’s a fun way to do things with your girlfriends or significant other when you want to try something out of the norm. Recently we had been trying new sushi restaurants we found on there to find the ones that we like in town, so we scoured it to see what cool restaurants they had on it. We ended up settling on one we had seen just around the corner from the house and had fantastic reviews. It’s a farm-to-table restaurant called Heirloom in Charlotte. The food was great and they even printed our names on the top of the menu when we made reservations for an extra flare! We also saved some $$ by bringing one of our favorite bottles of wine with us and paid the corkage fee. What a great experience and it was so fun trying something new! This is also great for those paint and sip girls nights you have been seeing all over social media that you and your friends have wanted to try!

Staycation

This is a great way to get to know your city and to not have to travel anywhere if you want to get away. I have done this in the past with my mom when I was living in Atlanta. She came to visit but my job was so crazy I couldn’t take time off so instead of booking plane tickets for two, we decided to use our money to rent a nicer hotel for a night. We got in room massages, went out to dinner, and watched movies all night. It was a blast and we still got to “do it up” because we didn’t have to factor in extra costs like plane tickets into our budget.

DIY Gifts

This is a really cute way to show someone you love them! John’s made a collage for me in the past with pictures of us from the first year we were together and it is still one of my favorite things in the house. I looked up some cute ideas on Pinterest and saw that you could get a mason jar, some markers, and construction paper and write things you love about the person or things to motivate them on a rough day and fill it to the brim. It’s a unique way of showing someone you care without having to go above and beyond and empty that piggy bank.

It’s a challenge to go through financial tough times, but it’s important to keep your relationships with friends, family, and significant others in check because they will always be there for you. Nurture those relationships and make sure that you reach out and show them you are thinking about them every once in a while.

What are some of your favorite ways to show a loved one you care or spend time with them without breaking the bank? Have you tried any of these ways?

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4 Ways to Stay In Shape Over the Summer

Let’s be real. The summer is when we want to be looking our finest but it’s also the time that it’s the most fun to go out, eat, drink, and just be merry. That doesn’t always agree with our waistline and with bathing suits, lake drinking, and beach chilling are calling your name, you can’t afford to mess up your workout routine AND your diet.

I choose to follow something called IIFYM (If it fits your macros) and it’s been amazing for these months. It makes you feel just guilty enough to second guess what you’re about to put in your mouth, but it also lets you live your life at the same time while maintaining your goals.

Now if you plan on losing more, I recommend that you still chill with the wild eating habits we all feel on the weekends and stick to scheduled cheat meals, but if you’re just trying to maintain, you’ll love IIFYM (will post on this soon, I promise!) and these three easy ways that I try to stay in shape over these uber fun summer months.  

 

  • Beachbody On Demand—Before you go running the other direction, hear me out. This isn’t your typical box DVD set that costa $100+. I used to be a Beachbody coach and hated lugging those DVDs out of town with me (especially if I accidentally forgot one at a hotel). I used to hope and pray they would come out with a streaming program. Insert Beachbody On Demand. You have access to all the workouts that you have ever wanted to try (think P90X, Turbo Fire, Insanity, Focus T25 and SO much more) without having to pay for them individually.  You get meal plans, cooking shows from Autum Calabrese, recipes, workout calenders and so much more! It’s amazing because they charge you $99 but in three installments. Way less than gym membership right? All you need is a few dumbbells and if it’s just you working out, I recommend getting some adjustable ones like these from Bowflex.
  • Pinterest Workouts—What is Pinterest not good at? I’ll answer that…nothing. Whether you’re looking for essential oil recipes, healthy recipes, or wedding ideas, you’ll find what you’re looking for, guaranteed. You can also find some great workouts that require no equipment. Check out my workout board and follow it to stay connected to what workouts I try to do when I’m in a hotel with no weights and crappy cardio equipment. Try looking up ‘HIIT workouts’ or ‘no equipment workouts’.
  • Summer Activities—I love playing outside (minus the bugs, but I’ll put my essential oil recipe to handle that up soon). My fiancé calls me a sun baby because I love roasting in the sun and getting a nice golden glow. If you’re like me, activities like beach/sand volleyball, kayaking, snorkeling, biking, hiking, or swimming to get a great workout (you’ll probably be super sore and tired afterwards because they are SO different than traditional gym workouts!).  This is a great way to have fun with others who may not be so into working out but like outdoor activities as well. Great for parents and kids too!
  • The Fit Britt Accountability Program—I was contacted by a close friend to try to help her stay on track this summer because she was working out hard but not seeing the results she wanted. We started working as accountability partners and assuring that she still reaches her goals but can still have her drinks and treats when she wants. She has lost some weight just in these last couple of weeks and has had a couple Fit Britt reality checks in between.  If you are interested in this program, please leave a comment below or contact me via email at fitbritt7@gmail.com or via Facebook.

There’s no excuse to become a chunky monkey this summer! We want to keep looking fly all year, and these workout ideas and IIFYM are great ways to try to stick to your goals and still have a great time. If you are interested in my accountability program, you can contact me directly (new tab coming soon for the programs I will be offering!).

What are your favorite ways to stay in shape over the summer? Do you find it to be challenging to do so?

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DIY All Natural Hand Soap

Never in my life did I think that  I would be a DIY person. I used to love buying stuff already made because it was easy and I was lazy. Well, maybe not lazy but “efficient”. But then one day…

…I found Young Living oils. They actually found me, but I fell in love about four years ago. I would use them to help with my wellness and I am happy to say that anyone in my home really doesn’t experience any chemicals (even my pups!) and I have not gotten sick (knock on wood) in quite some time. I love how they support my various systems and make me really good about the choices I make. You’ll read many other future posts on how I love living chemical free with Young Living products.

Ok, I’ll get off my soap box (ha. Ha.). You’re here for my DIY hand soap recipe yes? I love using this because I get to be in control of what goes on my body. This soap literally costs about $1 to make (minus the foaming hand pump which is about $4 for each) and you have enough ingredients to make a bunch of these for your house or for refills. You can choose to use whatever oils you like depending on the scents you like and whatever carrier oil you choose (I found jojoba oil easily at Target or Amazon and fractionated coconut oil on Amazon). Vegetable glycerin can be found on Amazon as well (are you a Prime member yet? LIFE CHANGING.) I choose to use Young Living Oils because of their quality and versatility. I can literally make ANYTHING I normally use at home (face wash, face lotion, hand soap, dish soap, cleaning spray, etc.)

Hope you enjoy!

 

DIY All Natural Hand Soap

½ cup castile soap

1 tsp fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil

5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (click here to get 24% off of a starter pack to get all of the oils I used in this recipe and so many more!)

5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil

5 drops of Purification Essential Oil

1 foaming hand soap bottle

1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin

Water

  • Pour castile soap into foaming hand soap bottle
  • Put essential oils into hand soap bottle. I recommend at least getting a total of 11 drops of oils so you can smell them and enjoy the benefits
  • Add the carrier oil (the jojoba oil or the fractionated coconut oil) to the hand soap bottle. This keeps your skin extra moist. Don’t you hate having to put lotion on right after you wash your hands because they’re so dry? This eliminates that need.
  • Add 1/2 tsp of vegetable glycerin.
  • Fill remainder of the hand soap bottle with water and voila! You’ll be smelling your hands all day after washing them with this!

See? Easier than you thought right? And because these bottles have so much in them, you are able to make so many of these and refill them in your house whenever you need to.

What are your favorite DIY recipes to save money at home and live chemical free? Share them below, I’d love to see them!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this should not be considered to be any healthy advice. You should seek appropriate counsel for your own situation. And please note, this post is directed toward readers in the United States. I may also receive compensation for some of the affiliate links in this post.

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Healthy Breakfast Tacos

Raise your hand if you’re from Texas!!  Ok, ok it’s ok if you’re not but just know that we love us some breakfast tacos. My personal favorite is a gas station original that’s potato, egg, bean and cheese, otherwise known as a Q taco for my Valley folks. Best. Food. Ever. (Minus a Las Vegas Restaurant Enchilada, which I’ll totally post about when I go back to Texas one of these days).

But let’s get back to breakfast tacos. Who doesn’t love a good quick meal that satisfies every one of your taste buds for the first meal of the day? Exactly. I love those good ol’ Q tacos but they aren’t exactly friendly for the wasitline. That’s why I came up with this amazing taco recipe that will satisfy you, your significant other (that’s ok if it’s your dog, girl), and your guests. You can always swap the eggs for egg whites as well. Check it out below:

Healthy Breakfast Taco Recipe

Serves 2

4 corn tortillas (I prefer Mission because they are low in everything and taste authentic AF)

4 eggs

½ red bell pepper

½ onion

1 small avocado

1 lime, juiced

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp paprika

¼ tsp garlic salt

1 tbsp cilantro

1 tsp olive oil

Cooking spray

Pepper to taste

Optional: Cheese of your choice. I would pick either cotija (Mexican cheese) or feta cheese for best taste

  • Warm two skillets (if possible) to medium heat (that means level 5 for most of you)
  • Once one pan is heated up, add olive oil. Once warm, add peppers, onion, and seasoning to pan. Saute until soft (cover if needed).
  • In the other pan, spray cooking spray. Place corn tortilla in pan and warm for about 30 seconds each side. Place on plate until ready
  • Cut avocado and mash in a small bowl. Squeeze lime on the avocado to avoid browning. Divide on corn tortillas when finished.
  • Once vegetables start to soften and corn tortillas are ready, spray pan (the one that had the corn tortillas) with cooking spray. Remove vegetables from the pan and distribute on the four tortillas.
  • Crack either two or all four eggs into pan that previously held tortillas. Cook eggs until desired firmness (I prefer a little runny (over medium) because it just tastes so good with veggies). Place eggs on corn tortillas with mashed avocado and vegetables.
  • Divide cilantro and top each taco with a little. Serve immediately.

Such a great weekend recipe! Next time I make it I think I’ll roast some sweet potatoes with the seasoning or mash it. Try it out for yourself and let me know how it goes!

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Skinny Pineapple Jalapeno Cilantro Margarita

Clearly you see I like margaritas right? I usually stick to craft cocktails and wine (mostly wine but I do love a good unique drink when I’m out on the town). A couple of weeks ago I decided that I really wanted a spicy drink and I said, “hey, jalapenos at the farmer’s market are only $1 for a bag and I have some tequila….”

Sooooo….it happened! The biggest part of this is not skimping on infusing the tequila. I had two experiments 1) where I infused the tequila for just about a day or so and 2) where I infused it for a week and used the same ingredients. Both yielded fabulous results but holy %^&$ I loved the one that was infused for a week! It was just the right amount of bite and I also set aside the remaining amount of juiced pineapple juice and froze it so I could use it this week. It gets to be skinny because I use my simple syrup recipe I mentioned before in my skinny mango margarita recipe.

So here it goes! Remember to try to do this a day in advance so you get the best bite for your buck!

Skinny Pineapple Jalapeno Cilantro Margarita

Serves 2

3 shots of jalepeno infused tequila

1 tbsp cilantro

1 fresh pineapple, juiced (if you can’t get this, just get as fresh of pineapple juice as you can, you’ll need about 4 shots of it; 2 per drink)

2 shots of skinny simple syrup

2 limes

  • Juice two limes, skinny simple syrup and add cilantro to the bottom of a shaker. Muddle together to release cilantro flavor
  • Pour pineapple juice, and tequila into shaker. Add ice and shake. Pour over ice or alone (blend if desired).
  • Serve immediately

So simple it should be a crime right? Even if you have to make the simple syrup it’s such a breeze! Such a refreshing summertime drink and I can’t wait to make more!

What fruit should be next??? Should I infuse it or come up with something brand new? Suggestions welcomed!

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Jalapeno Infused Tequila

I love all things spicy and my drinks are no exception. I have thoroughly enjoyed trying zesty overpriced drinks at restaurant, but it was about time that I try to make my own and see how difficult it was. I had already perfected my skinny simple syrup recipe, so why not try some infused tequila? I had a little tequila left on the shelf and the fiance gave me the thumbs up, so I went on Pinterest and found how most people did it and put my Fit Britt spin on it!

 

 

Jalapeno Infused Tequila

1 bottle of tequila (if you only have half, or so, scale back the amount of jalapeno accordingly)

2 fresh jalapenos

  • Slice jalapenos and place in a glass container or stuff into existing tequila bottle.
  • Seal bottle and seal up to 7 days with sliced intact. Remove jalapeno slices earlier for less spicy tequila. Infuse for a minimum of 24 hours.
  • Mix according to recipe

So delicious and can be used in a variety of recipes. So good but make sure to remove jalapenos after a few days as it may make it too hot to handle!

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Perfect Skinny Mango Margarita

I love summertime drinks! I find it hard to stay within my macros when I do enjoy them so I have taken some time to come up with my own drinks that let me have some fun but are still delicious at the same time. I recently played around with a mango margarita recipe because I had recently gone to the Charlotte Farmer’s Market (God’s gift to the city of Charlotte) and found that my favorite farmer had the most ripe and delicious looking yellow mangos.  At $1.00 a piece I grabbed up a bunch of them and decided that I was going to have to find some recipes to use them in before I gobbled the up whole.

If you follow my Fit Britt Facebook Page,  you’ll see that I posted a picture of this lovely margarita but here’s another look for ya (wipe that drool off, sug):

Delicious looking right? Man it was too good not to share the recipe! So if you’re in the mood for a delicious and simple treat without the guilt, try out this delicious masterpiece.

Perfect Skinny Margarita

3 ounces tequila (that’s two shots)

1 ripe yellow mango

1 lime, juiced

1 shot of Skinny Simple Syrup

½ tsp Chili Powder

½ tsp Salt

1 lime to rim glass

Ice if you’re interested in a frozen margarita!

  • Put chili powder and salt on a place and mix together
  • Cut lime in quarters and rim glass to rim the glass. Rim glass with chili powder mixture.
  • Peel mango and slice and put in blender/Ninja
  • Juice lime and add to blender/Ninja
  • Add tequila and skinny simple syrup
  • Blend until everything’s all mixed up. Pour into your glass over ice or add ice to blender/Ninja in order to make it frozen

It’s such a delicious drink and nothing to feel guilty about! My fiancé isn’t a fan of my skinny drinks all the time because of the “Splenda” taste they can have but he was a fan of this one (P.S. He also hates mangos! So this says A LOT!). Give it a whirl and let me know what you think below!

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Skinny Simple Syrup

Everyone loves a good mixed drink but none of us love the calories it comes with. Simple syrup is an easy way to make your waistband expand, so I’ve been using a skinny version that I have used over the years and recently perfected with my use of Young Living Essential Oils Orange Oil (Here’s a link to save 24% on oils; post on how Young Living changed my life coming soon!).  This simple syrup can be refrigerated after cooled to use other times as well. I do a few different versions of this, including a blueberry simple syrup for my blueberry margarita that’s to die for! Check out this lovely recipe and let me know what you think!

Skinny Simple Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup Splenda/Truvia or any other zero calorie powdered sugar substitute

1-3 drops of Orange Young Living Essential Oil (click the link to get them at a 24% discount as a wholesaler! If you don’t have this and are making my Skinny Margarita, add some fresh squeezed orange juice to margarita)

  • Take pot and pour water into pot. Place on stove and bring to a rolling boil
  • Add sugar substitute slowly to the pot stirring to dissolve until you have poured all the sugar in.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool.

Bet you didn’t think it was that easy did you? Takes no more than about 5-10 minutes to do and once it’s cooled you can use it in recipes like my Perfect Skinny Mango Margarita recipe and other that are soon to come on the blog!