This Raw Egg-Nog is not only HEALTHY but also high in PROTEIN.
The raw, egg-free, dairy-free egg nog is made with pumpkin seeds (soaked), water and a couple of my favourite spices! I do love egg nog but if you read the label of egg nog you buy in the store – YIKES! What the HECK is in it? So….if you have a diary allergy or want to stay away from preservatives (which I hope you all do) then finding an egg nog that you can make yourself with nutritious ingredients is what I have for you today.
In the video (below) I also show you how to then make this “Egg Nog” into an “Egg Nog Smoothie”. Check out the video below for the recipe and the “how-to”.
I know everyone doesn’t celebrate Christmas – and even if you do there are so many ways to celebrate it. I was raised Catholic (haven’tpracticed it for years) and Christmas was always a very special and celebrated time of year. My parents loved Christmas music and had all of the good stuff that I still LOVE today. My favourite is the older Christmas songs like “White Christmas” and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole singing “The Christmas Song” (which is my favourite), Elvis Presley and “Blue Christmas”, Burl Ives singing “Frosty the Snowman” – LOVE THESE!! When I hear them now the sites, smells, sounds and love from Christmas past surround me and maybe that is why I love Christmas music so much.
I grew up really close with my extended family – aunts, uncles and cousins. We all lived close to each other (within a few hours) so spent the holidays together. It was a really MAGICAL time. It was all about family and food!
Some of my aunts lived out in the country so those Christmas days were spent skating on frozen ponds, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, running around outside all bundled up, bonfires outside, singing Christmas carols, playing cards and board games and laughing….a lot. There were a whole lot of cousins and a wide variety of ages but we all got along (of course there was a lot of teasing too).
All my aunts would gather in the kitchen for the whole day preparing the meal and talking over each other, calling out commands and all trying to do it “their way”. My mothers side is Norwegian so we also had some amazing Norwegian desserts and Christmas specialities. So unique and beautiful and we got them – once a year. That is what made them so special. Below are a couple my mom always made – Rosettes and Krumkakes.
One of the things I loved was when we all gathered for dinner – we always had 1 very large table – made by pulling tables together or some kind of make-shift table that was sometimes a little unstable (very interesting at dinner). It was truly about gathering and all being together.
Even as a kid it was not all about presents for me (as back then we didn’t go crazy with presents) it was more about family and all being together. I would get more excited about seeing my cousins and aunts and uncles then the presents. The celebrations would last 2-3 days as people came from out of town and we all stayed together.
There would be kids sleeping everywhere. We would lay sleeping bags out on the floor.
However you spend this holiday season I hope you are taking time to enjoy it, to “just be” and relax and to spend time with family and friends. My daughter is coming to visit me this Christmas and I am really looking forward to it. It will be a quiet Christmas – so different than the ones I had growing up. But it gives me a time to really connect with her and visit. Quiet and relaxed is good.
NOW FOR THE RECIPES!
RAW EGG NOG & EGG NOG SMOOTHIE (dairy free, egg free)
RAW EGG NOG
(Watch video to know how to do this, strain it, etc)
- 1/2 C soaked pumpkin seeds (soaked 2-3 hours)
- 1-1.5 C water
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg (start with less then add to your taste)
- 1/8 – 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3-4 tsp maple syrup (or another sweetener) – start with less
EGG NOG SMOOTHIE
- Raw egg nog
- Bananas (frozen probably best)
GOODNESS OF PUMPKIN SEEDS
Raw pumpkin seeds are my favourite seed to eat on their own. They are also highly nutritious as well as contain a really good amount of protein.
They contain high amount of Vitamin E as well as:
Try making pumpkin seed milk instead of almond milk. It has a different taste of course but is also great spiced with pumpkin pie spices. Give it a try!