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Nog'n Around the Christmas Tree

Well, well, well...if it isn't already Christmas time so soon?! I'm a bit behind in Christmas shopping but hey, the tree and home decor are up, I light my warm fires nightly and I've invested in at least 3 different holiday 'nogs to add some texture to mine and my little families experience. Here at Vitaliz we have been busy bees as Chef Nina is preparing to dazzle our taste buds with her annual Sweet Treat release where she has selected 3 of her current favorite yummies for us to indulge in this holiday season (but that's for another blog post). Outside of preparing her cider for Adventist Health's Holiday Party, we have too been testing and indulging in our nog experience; that's right...Chef Nina made a homemade Holiday Nog that knocked my socks off the moment I took the first sip! I looked at her in disbelief, saying to myself, "what can't this woman do?!" I, personally enjoy my nog egg-less and non-dairy due to allergy, thus me buying my favorite Califia Farms Almond Nog; so when she served me some of hers I just HAD to know how she did it. I'm grateful to know and say that it was easy, so tasty and way more friendly on my budget! As per, Chef has opened up her well of knowledge and know how for us to share in the enjoyment at home :) Here's a little message from her to you; as always, stay tuned for more:






Season's Greetings!


The holiday season is upon us! This is a time of gratitude and celebration with family and friends, safely of course. And nothing says celebrate like eggnog! Eggnog, otherwise known as milk punch, is a creamy, frothy holiday treat that can be homemade. Here is the Vitaliz Café version, free of dairy and eggs and so delicious!


Ingredients

4 cups oat milk (Oatly is the recommended brand for a creamy nog)

¼ cup maple syrup (sweeten to taste)

1 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp turmeric

1/8th teaspoon sea salt

Additional fresh ground nutmeg to dust top of eggnog with.


Directions


Blend all ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds or until frothy. Add ice to chill immediately, otherwise chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving

Pour into glasses and dust the eggnog with fresh ground nutmeg.

Did you know?

Nutmeg contains helpful trace minerals to include potassium, calcium, iron and manganese, and it also contains antioxidants, Vitamin C and some B vitamins. Nutmeg is safe to use fresh in small culinary amounts.

As with most kitchen spices, nutmeg is a carminative that helps digestion, and can help reduce gas, bloating and diarrhea. It is also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, often added it to toothpaste to help freshen breath or soothe mouth sores.


Cheers!

Chef Nina

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