Holidays are just around the corner, and I for one am craving a little delicious nog. I try to steer clear of the commercial eggnog (non-organic dairy, that is loaded with refined sugar and often other unpronounceable ingredients). So I have been on a mission to make a healthy nutty egg nog recipe substitute adding in a few really splendid superfoods. Turns out the ones that make it taste extra delicious are optimal for setting the mood.
For a milk substitute I have used the option of either almond or brazil
nuts. Almond milk is easy to find in the grocery store, or you can make
your own. However, if you are going to do so, I suggest opting for a
little variety and trying the brazil nut milk. Brazil nuts are one of
nature’s highest natural sources of selenium, an anti-cancer antioxidant. They are also high in
vitamin E. Together the effects of
vitamin E and selenium are magnified and are considered anti-aging and
1 to 3 cups almonds or brazil nuts (depending on how thick and creamy you like your nog)
4 cups pure water
splash of lemon juice
1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract
2 to 4 tablespoons maple syrup (or unpasteurized honey)
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch ground cloves
To make your own almond or brazil nut (or any nut for that matter) milk:
Soak nuts for a few hours in water with a splash of lemon juice. This gets rid of natural enzyme inhibitors in nuts, making it easier for us to digest. Discard water, and put nuts in a blender with fresh water and blend. Use a nut milk bag (or a fine mesh strainer) to strain out the pulp. Use this pulp in protein bars, or add to porridge breakfasts.
Put the nut milk back in the blender and add the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy!