Today we want to share a healthy holiday recipe that you can whip up for a holiday party or just sip on in front of a warm crackling fire – eggnog! Our version is a vegan eggnog, free of eggs and dairy, but before you freak out, don’t worry – we’ve made sure this recipe just as creamy and delicious as the holiday original.
Not only is this recipe tasty, but it’s also chock full of healthy ingredients that will help you keep your glow this holiday season in the face of too much sugar, stress and spirits. Maca reduces symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue, and can also help to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. Cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar and reduces LDL cholesterol, while nutmeg calms nerves and helps with sleep. Cashews are a good source of bioavailable iron and tryptophan, which can help boost natural serotonin levels.
We hope you enjoy this healthy holiday drink! If you want to turn this recipe into a Conscious Cocktail, add 1-2 oz. of brandy, bourbon, or dark rum to each glass, depending on how strong you like it. This time of year, it can be easy to overdo all the sweet treats, drinks, and rich food, so bear in mind one of the central questions of the Conscious Cleanse before indulging in each and every holiday treat and ask yourself, “how will this food make me feel?”
Have a happy, healthy holiday! Let us know what your favorite holiday treat is in the comments below and we’ll add it to our list to give a healthy makeover.
With love and vegan eggnog kisses,
The Best Vegan Eggnog
Yield: 4-6 servings
1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 4 hours)
3 cups water
1/2 cup dates
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1-2 TB. maca
Cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)
Soak cashews for 4 hours. In a high-speed blender combine, cashews, dates, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, vanilla and maca. Pour into a festive glass, garnish with a cinnamon stick (if using) and enjoy!
Would you like more healthy holiday recipes like our eggnog recipes? Download our free Healthy Holiday eCookbook. This is a collection of holiday recipes, including Christmas and Hanukkah classics that will make your holiday celebrations happy AND healthy this year.
Jo Schaalman and Jules Peláez are co-authors of the book The Conscious Cleanse: Lose Weight, Heal Your Body and Transform Your Life in 14 Days, a best-selling, step-by-step guide to help you live your most vibrant life. Together they’ve led thousands of people through their online supported cleanse through their accessible and light-hearted approach. They’ve been dubbed “the real deal” by founder and chief creative director Bobbi Brown, of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, beauty editor of the TODAY show.
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