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OLEDA says Bring on the Yuletide Cheer and Holiday Sweets!

OLEDA says Bring on the Yuletide Cheer and Holiday Sweets!

Posted on December 15 2015

Dear Friends,

Sometimes when we want to be a little healthier by making healthy food and drink choices, we think we need to deprive ourselves of our favorite things. We may especially feel that this is the case during the holiday season. Not so. I am a firm believer that you need not sacrifice taste and flavor in exchange for guilt-free Holiday favorites!

Here are just a couple of my favorite Holiday recipes. Make them for family and friends and they won’t even know the difference. I even leave them out for Santa every year. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him and the truth is, I want the big guy to keep coming back every year, so if I can help him get a little healthier, why not? But, shh… it’ll be our little secret.

Happy Holidays to you and yours !

Easy Breezy Sugar-Free Eggnog

Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 12-oz can coconut milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 to 2 packets Stevia (This really depends on how sweet you like it – I recommend starting with 1 packet and adding more if you see fit.)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
DIRECTIONS
  1. Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high speed until mixture is frothy.
  2. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving (If you’re really in a rush, skip this step and add an ice cube to each glass before serving.)
  3. Pour into chilled glasses, and garnish with a dusting of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick.
HEALTH TIP

If you tend to avoid raw eggs because you are concerned about salmonella or other food-borne illnesses, just dip the eggs into boiling water for 30 seconds. This will sanitize the eggs, making them safe to eat in their raw state (assuming they have been stored properly in the refrigerator prior).

Guilt-Free Choco Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

INGREDIENTS
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1½ cup quick oats
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, honey and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Drop cookies by tablespoon full onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Centers will be soft – that’s ok.
  5. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes then place on a wire rack to cool completely. Store leftovers in an airtight container or in a pretty cookie tin if gift giving.

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