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28
Nov 14

Vegan Sugar-Free Eggnog

Welcome to the Christmas season!

Healthy SF Eggnog

December is almost here and we’re well into the holiday spirit. If you haven’t caught the Christmas bug yet, make a cheery cup of this – vegan eggnog!

It was sometime around February this last year when we realized how creamy and delicious coconut milk would be in an eggnog drink. We love coconut milk for it’s extra creamy consistency and flavor – it mimics cream or half and half so well! We clearly couldn’t make eggnog in February so this recipe was saved until now! While we may have let go of the dairy and eggs in this drink, there isn’t any unique ingredient alternatives used, making this eggnog seriously the easiest drink ever!! Even though it’s vegan and may not taste exactly like the eggy stuff, it’s completely creamy and flavorful just like good old-fashioned eggnog. Cheers!

Vegan Eggnog

Vegan Eggnog (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free)
Print Recipe

2 cups Light canned Coconut Milk
1 cup Almond Milk
4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (mostly for flavor so please don’t substitute)
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg, divided
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Dashes Stevia or a couple drops of Liquid Stevia

In a small mixing bowl, combine the two milks together. Whisk in all the other ingredients, reserving 1/4 teaspoon of Nutmeg for garnish.  Pour into glasses and sprinkle with remaining nutmeg.

Serves 3

 


24
Nov 14

2014 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving 2014 marks a special moment for our family.

This will be the first time in over 7 years that our immediate family has gotten together for the holiday! Because traveling is always involved, we’ve usually opted to see each other for Christmas instead. This year, we are finally celebrating together in Los Angeles for the entire weekend! We are so excited we can hardly contain ourselves!

healthy thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2014 is also going to be different because our diets and lifestyles have continued to evolve and we are ready to take a healthy approach to this Thanksgiving! Holidays are a chance to indulge, but we’ve been cultivating better habits so that we can choose wisely when possible and enjoy our holiday that much more. Since most people are either traveling to or hosting Thanksgiving dinner, we wanted to share a couple tips for how to have healthy Thanksgiving celebrations no matter what your schedule or meal plans.

We wrote a post on Tips for Eating Healthy during Thanksgiving that we have found really helpful for avoiding overeating and making conscious food choices during the holidays.

We love parties and social dinners – make sure you’re prepared for your diet choices when trying to eat healthy with friends and family in social settings. Trying to eat sugar-free, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free is most likely against the norm for most parties, so it’s best to be prepared!

Traveling is the biggest culprit for us breaking our healthy habits! Read our Tips for Healthy Eating When Traveling so you can keep the cheats out of convenience to a minimum. When you choose to eat something unhealthy, you’ll do so happily knowing you’ve made balanced, wise choices up until then!

If you are hosting dinner this year or are bringing dishes to share, here are some of our favorite recipes that would work well on any Thanksgiving table!

Classic Apple Pie

Apricot Stuffed Dates

Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Non-Alcoholic Sangrias

Peanut Butter Acorn Candies

Naturally Sweet Cinnamon Rolls

French Silk Brownies

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Maple Vanilla Muffins

“Brown-Sugar” Glazed Carrots

One Hour Dinner Rolls

Vegan Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Sugar-Free Apple Crisp (triple the recipe for a crowd!)

apple crisp

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 


17
Nov 14

Fresh Milled Whole Grain Bread

Whole grain bread isn’t as exciting as all the holiday goodies on our Pinterest boards BUT the holidays are approaching and we’ve been cleaning up our diets significantly to prepare for the celebrations.

Healthy Bread Recipe

With winter in full swing, we tend to turn to heavier, heartier foods to get us through the cold months. As much as we’d all love to think that pumpkin pie, cinnamon rolls and coffee cake suffice for a healthy winter diet, our bodies need more!

Healthy Whole Wheat Bread

Winter foods we can benefit from include whole grains! Grains like wheat, spelt, barley, rye and oats have incredible health benefits – especially when milled fresh! Milling your own grain sounds scary, but it’s simple! If you have a high powdered blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix, you can whip up wheat flour or spelt flour in a pinch.

It is true that many people are shunning these hearty grains to achieve better health or healing through popular diets like the Paleo diet or Whole30. These elimination diets or cleanses are amazing and can have incredible impacts on the body, but it may not be right for everyone to abstain from these grains entirely. Fresh milled grains are amazing sources of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fiber.

Whole Grain Bread

Those who are not sensitive to gluten may find incorporating fresh milled bread on occasion can do a whole lot of good. This recipe includes a great collection of ingredients, including a secret source of protein from kidney beans. This bread recipe is also yeast free, so it can be eaten under yeast/sugar cleanses. It may seem strange, but whole grains can help digestion and energy and since this recipe has so much protein, it’s great for vegans, vegetarians or dairy-free eaters. This fresh bread is hearty and homey and with some softened coconut butter – totally delicious!

Fresh Milled Whole Grain Bread (vegan, dairy-free & soy-free!)
Print Recipe

2 cups Spelt Berries
2 1/2 cups Wheat berries
1 cup Oats
1/2 cup Barley Berries
1/2 cup Kidney Beans
2 teaspoons Pink Salt
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2 cup Coconut Oil, warmed
3 1/2 cups Warm Water
3/4 cup Raw Honey or Maple Syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9 x 9 baking dishes with coconut oil.

In a high powdered blender, blend the spelt and wheat berries. Add to a large mixing bowl. Blend the oat, barley and beans until a fine flour. Mix all flours together in a large mixing bowl. Stir in salt and baking powder. Mix in the coconut oil, honey and water. Stir mixture with a spoon for about a few minutes. This bread is more of a batter – not a sticky dough!

Pour into the two pans. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing into. Store bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for up to 4 weeks.

Serve with coconut oil, honey, butter, agave, nut butters, jams or with a hearty soup!

 

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