Dessert or breakfast? You choose with this delicious and nutritious paleo and GAPS-friendly healthy eggnog smoothie! It’s safe for paleo and GAPS diets.
A holiday favorite.
For many years now, eggnog has been one of my favorite holiday treats. Every year when it starts showing up in the grocery stores, I get excited. I might even start singing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” internally.
But do I ever buy it? No way, Jose.
Most of the conventional brands contain way too much sugar for my body to handle, as well as other ingredients I’m not too keen on ingesting… Just look at the ingredient list from one of the popular brands at Walmart:
Milk, cream, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, corn syrup, egg yolks, natural and artificial flavors, spice, fat-free milk, guar gum, carrageenan, mono and diglycerides, annatto and turmeric (color), salt and disodium phosphate.
Um, thanks, but I’ll pass on that stuff.
Homemade is best.
Like literally every other thing you eat, homemade is the way to do it! The quality and nutrition is worth the extra time. And so, every year, I set about making my eggnog from scratch.
A traditional batch can take a while to mix up, but seeing as I actually like to enjoy eggnog all year, and seeing as we live in the sunny-all-year south, I like take my eggnog and make it into a tasty smoothie.
This version of the holiday treat is super easy and extremely healthy, due to the collagen and raw egg yolks.
Yep, raw egg yolks.
Though I used to shy away from eating raw eggs, due to allergies and general misinformation, since my family’s stint with the GAPS diet, I’ve realized that eating the raw yolks from fresh, pastured, free-range chicken eggs is one of the best ways for me to digest them.
In case you haven’t heard, egg yolks contain more vitamins than the whites, like B6, folate, B12, A, D, E, and K. The yolks also contain 90 percent of the egg’s calcium and iron! And, contrary to some popular opinion, egg yolks are actually very good for your heart; eating them has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and improve overall cardiovascular health.
Just remember, like in everything: all things in moderation!
More Eggnog Options.
Need more healthy egg options? Here are some of my favs…
Though eggs do contain protein, I love to up the protein in this healthy eggnog smoothie with a scoop of collagen powder. Collage is important for healthy skin, hair, nails. It also supports your joints, and improves gut function and digestion.
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Healthy Eggnog Smoothie
Free from grain, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 2 cup milk of choice (I like to use raw milk, or my homemade coconut)
- 2 raw yolks from farm fresh eggs
- 1 tablespoon non-GMO kosher collagen (optional)
- 2 very ripe spotted bananas (the riper the bananas, the more “rummy” the eggnog!)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I like to use my homemade stuff)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- dash Himalayan salt
- 2 cups ice
Place milk and egg yolks in blender (I like to use my trusty Bendtec). Sprinkle with gelatin and then add remaining ingredients, with the ice on top, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Makes about 4 adult servings, or in my case 2 adult servings and 4 child-sized ones. 😉
Make it pumpkin!
I love to make this healthy eggnog smoothie with a pumpkin spice variation! Simply exchange the bananas for 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 2 more tablespoons of honey, and use 1/2 teaspoon rum extract (not GAPS-friendly, but fine for paleo).