Well, here we are smack dab in the middle of the holidays. Boy did they ever sneak up on me this year! With the holidays comes holiday indulgences...a lot of them and on an almost daily basis if we're not careful. One of my favourite indulgences during the holidays has always been egg nog but once I realized the artificial chemical disaster that actually went into the popular commercially prepared brands I switched to homemade. But then, once I realized the ravaging effects that dairy, saturated animal fats and sugar had on my body, I pretty much gave egg nog up for good. Or so I thought...
Enter my gorgeous Warmed Golden Holiday "Nog" recipe. While it's not a traditional egg nog, it is equally as delicious, has a wonderful egg nog "feel" to it and it is gloriously warm and inviting which is perfect for the cold and blustery days that we in Canada are "blessed" with in the winter. But what's better is that the health benefits blow traditional egg nog out of the water. There are no inflammatory ingredients or common allergens here. In fact, quite the opposite is true ~ this rich and creamy "nog" helps fight inflammation, big time. A generous dose of turmeric ( the world's most powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer spice out there!), ginger, raw honey (hello antioxidants) and cinnamon help fight inflammation on all levels throughout the body, so this is a nod-worthy nog!
Alright, now to calm the nerves of those who have scanned down to the ingredients and noticed that the second ingredient is a cup of organic canned coconut milk. I can hear you already..."ARE YOU KIDDING ME? There's so much FAT in coconut milk No way am I drinking this!". Let's all take a pause and breathe together...breathe in and hold it for 8 seconds. Slowly exhale for 8 seconds. Do it again and as many times as you need to hear what I have to say about coconut milk.
Yes, this recipe calls for full-fat canned coconut milk and you're going to have to get over it. While coconut milk is high in calories and contains saturated fats, it is often referred to as a "miracle liquid" because of the dense nutrition it provides and its ability to help build up the body's immune system and prevent disease. The saturated fats in coconut milk will not raise cholesterol or lead to inflammation like the saturated fats found in animal products. Rather, they do the opposite by actually helping to lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. These are the healthy fats my friends! An added benefit of the fats in coconut milk, known as MTC's (medium chain triglycerides), is that they help improve energy and actually help with weight loss. "WHAT DID SHE JUST SAY?". You heard right. A study done by the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University found that:
"consumption of a diet rich in MCTs results in greater loss of fat (adipose tissue) compared with long-chain fatty acids, perhaps due to increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation observed with MCT intake. MCTs may be considered as agents that aid in the prevention of obesity or potentially stimulate weight loss."
Healthy fats aside, coconut milk is also a great source of manganese, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and potassium and comes with many other health benefits which I think just may have to be the topic of a future blog post.
Feel better about the coconut milk yet? Okay good. Now let's get to the recipe!
To avoid a mess, make sure you rinse your glasses/mugs right away in order to avoid turmeric stains. You can use baking soda on any stains that do happen.
Now don't just think that this gem of a recipe is just for the holidays. No my friends! This is a wonderful drink to enjoy and benefit from all winter long. Now, go make yourself a cup of nourishing coziness and hunker down for a blissful Holiday Season!
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Jill Taylor is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of two pretty awesome teenagers, s very dramatic dog, a hedgehog and a snake (yikes!). Jill assists her clients in achieving true wellness through thoughtful and compassionate dietary and lifestyle coaching. Feel free to visit the "Contact" page to get in touch. Jill would love to hear from you!