My husband was resting on the couch after his Peloton ride when I handed off my first trial recipe, Egg Nog Smoothie. “How many calories does it have?” he asked. I provided him the nutrition information, and his eyes got as big as peppermint patty saucers. “You’re supposed to have a big breakfast!” I replied. He responded back, “Yes, but I can drink this delicious drink in less than 2 minutes flat, and I’ll be hungry in less than one hour.” I get it, and I do agree with the concern when it comes to “drinking our energy.” Beverages don’t offer the same satiety as solid, whole-food based meals.
What Do You Want In Your Healthier Egg Nog Smoothie?
And, we listen to you! In a recent IG story, I asked, “Do you prefer a smoothie made with egg nog almond milk or the real deal. 57% of you wanted the almond egg nog, and I don’t think it’s because you don’t do dairy or don’t like the nog. You’re probably not wanting a 1,000 calorie smoothie you can down in two minutes flat, either. So, I found a compromise. While almond egg nog tastes good – it ain’t the real thing. Plus, almond milk, in general, has very little protein. And, we want to pack more protein into our breakfast start.
Finding the Right Formula
Our healthier egg nog smoothie contains 50% plain kefir milk, 40% almond milk and 10% egg nog with a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Liquid, check. Protein, check. For healthy fats, I added 1/2 T. of almond butter. Produce-rich fiber came from 1/2 a banana and one date. The extra kick of egg nog flavors came from cinnamon and cloves.
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