Eggnog Recovery Smoothie (#SafeNog)

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in  the Dozen Days of Nog, a consumer campaign for Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs. I was compensated for writing this post. Opinions are my own.

Eggnog Recovery Smoothie (#SafeNog)The holidays are upon us and you can taste the wonder and joy in everyday foods from coffee to sports bars. Today, my post is for any fitness enthusiast whose heart beats a little faster when I say, EggNog! Because of people like you, this beverage, synonymous with Christmas, has stood the test of time. First fashioned in Britian, eggnog has traveled the world, and wherever it goes,  people tend to make it their own. In this spirit, I’m putting  my very own twist on this longstanding tradition.

Last week I started whipping up these quick and delicious eggnog  smoothies to get myself in the holiday spirit,  to  refuel, rehydrate, and recover after my

photo-215distance runs and strength training. They make an egg-cellent (pun intended) way to replace both  fluid and elctrolytes lost during exercise. Each serving provides me with high quality protein important to preserve lean muscle mass and even stimulate new muscle growth, and supplies carbohydrates necesary to get ready for tomorrow’s workout.   Timing this smoothie after a bout of exercise takes advantage of the anabolic window, but it would also make a first string to-go breakfast and is fitting anytime you want to toast to good health!

  Eggnog Recovery Smoothie (#SafeNog)I love dairy and the natural sweetness of Medjool dates, but  the real hero of this eggnog  smoothie is …

pasteurized-eggs

 

SafeEggs Pasteurized Eggs  makes consumption of raw eggs safe by eliminating any risk of Salmonella without changing the nutrition or flavor.  As a matter of fact, I not only use these in my eggnog recovery smoothies (recipe below), I use them  in all of my favorite egg dishes such as  Caesar Salad, and in my Spaghetti n’ Eggs with Tomato Paprika Sauce. Plus, when I’m baking some of my  favorite holiday treats, they make licking the spoon A-okay. How is that for peace of mind?!!

 I first started using SafeEggs  because they are pasteurized, which is an all-natural, gentle warm bath pasteurization process. But I also love them because they have a farm fresh taste, and come from chickens that are raised hormone free, antibiotic free and are vegetarian fed. It should NOT surprise you that they have earned the Seal of Approval for exceptional flavor and culinary performance from the nation’s largest organization of professional chefs, the American Culinary Federation (ACF). By now your probably asking, where can I buy SafeEggs? Click here for  a store locator.

Start a new tradition using  SafeEggs in a  smoothie for recovery, in your holiday baking  and  in all of your  favorite egg dishes all year long.  Take the first step by joining the Facebook event, Dozen Days of Nog, from Dec 13-24. Connect with myself and other foodies to share tips , advice, ask questions,  find more recipes  and even contribute your own.  Because peace of mind in always in season.

Eggnog Recovery Smoothie (#SafeNog)

EggNog Recovery Smoothie (#SafeNog);  serves 2

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients

  • 2 Medjool dates
  • 2 whole Safest Choice Pasteurized Egg, separated
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of good quality salt such as Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Instructions

1. Place dates into a small bowl and cover with water for about 10 minutes to soften. Once soft, slice dates in half lengthwise and remove pits.  Chop coarsely.

2. Add dates along with egg yolks, milk, Greek yogurt, salt, cinnamon,  and ice to a blender and process until smooth. This is the eggnog base.

3. Beat egg whites till stiff peaks form.

4. Pour eggnog base into two glasses or mugs. Gently fold in egg whites. Garnish with additional cinnamon. Serve immediately.

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Gifting for Muscles

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Ready or not, here comes the 2013  holiday season! What are you planning on starting with first, baking, decorating, shopping or partying? How about making some DIY holiday gifts? This month the Recipe Redux is here to help with the theme Adding Merriment to Mixes.  Our challenge is to show you how to make a shelf stable DIY gift right in your own kitchen. From the ingredients of the mix to the packaging of the finished product, we will help you spread some love from your kitchen.

I am stoked about this theme; it has such great versatility and allows you to give something from your kitchen that doesn’t have to be gobbled up right away. Besides, how many  cookies, cakes, and candies can we consume in the month of December anyway? Picking just one DIY item proved to be more difficult than I originally thought;  there are so many fun items to make it’s hard to narrow down to just one!  I considered cake mixes, cookie mixes, and hot chocolate mixes. But I ended up choosing something on the other end of the spectrum, a  DIY gift for the fitness enthusiast! It’s a 32 oz. sport bottle, packaged with ingredients to make a  beverage  appropriate for recovery  after a bout of resistance training  (sleeve of Lemonade Crystal Light and a ‘to go’ pack of BiPro unflavored whey protein).  Because this beverage is most effective consumed within 30 minutes after training ,  I’ve included a wire mixing ball to the package by tying it into the ribbon.

Here’s a note you can add to the sport bottle with directions for mixing and using:

Post Resistance Recovey Beverage: Add ingredients (sleeve of Lemonade Crystal Lite and ‘to go’ packet of BiPro whey protein) to sport bottle and  fill with 16-2o ounces of water. Add wire mixing ball. Shake and enjoy within 30 minutes after completion of your strength/resistance workout.

So how did I go from something sweet and satisfiying to something that offers the benefits of maintaining and/or building muscle? When the Recipe Redux posted the November DIY gift theme I was working on this video:  Mazimize Strenth Gains with Nutrition. I couldn’t help myself from thinking my post resistance recovery beverage makes great  DIY gift!  For those of you questioning  the merriment side of this, your gift recipient’s merriment will be transcended by their new looks.

Be sure to check out all of the other DIY mixes at the bottom of this post for everyone on your gift giving list!

What kinds of gifts do you give to the fitness enthusiast?

BiProUSA sent me complimentary samples of their product. I was not expected to post a review and I am not being compensated for my time.

 

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