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Monday, November 22, 2010

thanksgiving and raw vegan eggnog

with thanksgiving just a few days away i thought it might be time to give you some guidance for avoiding the inevitable food coma of the holidays. and this advice goes straight back to me too;)  through clever advertising and shows on food network, the thanksgiving we accept today is all about stuffing your face with waaaay too much food and then retiring on the couch for the rest of the evening watching parades and football, only to get up later to a table laden with sugary foods.  if your invested in your health, this could be a challenge to avoid, especially since the day is usually spent with your family members. so if everyone else is going blindly with the american trend of worshipping overeating, and being motionless the rest of the day.......what do you do?

well lets think about what thanksgiving is supposed to be about anyway. being thankful! this is a real day devoted to our gratefulness for all that our heavenly father does for us and how he continually loves us.  if your not sure about god, how about just being thankful that you have family and friends that love you.  now with that being said, is it still thanksgiving if you pass on the traditional holiday foods that are made of compromised ingredients? of course! it took me a long time to get to the point that it could still feel like a holiday for me, even if i didnt eat all day long. so dedicate this day to realizing how blessed you truly are.

if you really enjoy the fact that on a holiday you can be with people all day long, and never stop your nibbling, first consider what your eating.  if you need to be snacking all day, go for the lighter minimally processed foods available.  and if your at someones house who doesnt think of things like that, bring a nourishing dish you love that you can share with others.  when all else fails, just bring a baggie of nuts and dried fruits....and that gets you out of trouble all the other 364 days of the year too!

now if you wanted to take it another step further and decided before the festivities begin, that you will indeed be kind to your body, as you are every other day of the year, then why not be continually drinking through out the day. growing up greek, i thought i couldnt have a good time at family gatherings unless i was continually eating the huge spread in front of us.....and laid out on every table through out the whole house.  so for me i still like to enjoy the flavors of the holidays all day in celebration without overdoing it. que the delicious drink you've made to share with everyone. nothing says the holiday season more than eggnog....so make delicious RAW VEGAN EGGNOG and sip your way to that holiday feeling all day long!

raw vegan eggnog:
3 c almonds, soaked overnight
4 c water (not soak water)
1 1/2 tbs cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tbs honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

if you have a small blender youll have to do this in two batches, but with a big high powered blender just toss all the ingredients in the blender at once.  blend untill smooth and white, then drain through a nutmylk bag or a never used panty hose. (panty hose works fantastic!) taste and do any adjustments that you may need to. your taste buds will dance as they taste this smooth, thick, creamy holiday drink! theyll aslo rejoice as it nourishes the rest of your body! this should keep in the fridge for up to five days, and the flavor will get smoother each day it sits.


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