Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paleo & Dairy Free: Pumpkin Spiced Eggnog

If we have spent a holiday together then you know that I am not a fan of Eggnog, at all.  I grew up drinking Coquito on holidays (click HERE for a recipe on that) and if I am going to splurge on an indulgent holiday treat, it better be friggin delicious to me.

  My hubby Joseph however, is an Eggnog fanatic (we are total opposites when it comes to sushi too) and has officially converted my son Christian into one as well.

I swear I want to fit in this Eggnog Club so badly, I have tried people, I promise.  It ain't happening! ;o(  I decided to make a dairy free homemade one that I feel good about serving my family.  As I said, they loved it, so, I thought I would share it with you. 

I know what you are thinking: "Why is this awful Eggnog hater woman posting an eggnog recipe?"
 I am sure all the recipe bloggers out there can vouch for this... 
 The answer to that is simply that my recipe tasters (hubby and son, tasters of all recipes I share BTW) LOVED this stuff and when they approve, I must share.

Pumpkin Spiced Eggnog
 Let's get on with the recipe!!
 
Ingredients:
1 can of coconut milk (13.5 oz can 365 brand)
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (used Trader Joe's brand)
4 egg yolks
4 tbsp. of coconut sugar  (I used fleur de sel brand)
1 tbsp. of maple syrup (not in photo, I used Trader Joe's brand)
1/4 tsp. of ground nutmeg (not in photo)
a pinch of salt (also, not in photo)
1 tbsp. of pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. of vanilla extract

Optional: (FYI my son had a virgin version)
3 oz of dry sherry
2 oz of brandy

My very classy Directions:
I just threw everything in a blender and blend, blend, blend until well combined.  Give it a taste and adjust sweetness if you need to.  Pour in a jar or glass container with a lid.  Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.  

Give it a shake, serve and enjoy!
This is a great way to greet those Eggnog lovers to your Thanksgiving meal this year.   

Are you an Eggnog lover?  Give this healthier-ish one a try!



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Monday, November 17, 2014

Curried Pear Butternut Squash Soup

On this fine Monday morning, I bring to you another Fall inspired soup.  As you probably know by now I was unable to chew last week, consequently, soups were my best friends when it came to meal planning. This soup was a HIT with the family and contains 2 of my favorite things in the fall; butternut squash and pears.  

I also added a "new to me" ingredient that I picked up on my last trip to Trader Joe's.  If you are interested in seeing what else I hauled from Trader Joe's click HERE.

Ok, that's enough chit-chatting, let's get to the recipe...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Work-week worth of workouts...

Happy HuMp Day!  I am feeling better today.  Unfortunately, I have not made anything exciting in the kitchen this week due to the baby food eating situation I shared with you on my previous post.  I did want to share 5 workouts I have posted on my Instagram account.  I post a new workout on Instagram every Tuesday, feel free to follow me @ahealthier_fitterme so you do not miss a post.  

I have mentioned this before, however, I do not know about you but I feel so, so good after a cardio session.  I have always recommend dedicating at least 30 minutes of your day, 5 days a week, for a good sweaty session.  

Daily physical activity will aid  lower the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease
and type 2 diabetes. Physical activity also has beneficial therapeutic-effects and is commonly recommended as part of the treatment for many medical conditions.   Additionally, if weigh loss is your goal, you need to incorporate exercise into your daily routine along with a whole foods well balanced diet in order to be successful.

On that note, here are my latest Instagram workouts.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sick Eats!

Happy Monday!  It is sort of a feeling weak kinda day for me.  I am currently on day three of a four wisdom teeth extraction situation.  Naturally, I only took the (5 day) recommended medication on day one therefore, I am feeling a lot of pain and experiencing a bit of swelling today.  

Additionally, I somehow developed a bit of a sore throat and to top it all off, that time of the month arrived yesterday.  Fun times, but, I am feeling hopeful people, I am feeling hopeful. LOL!

My day began with a brisk treadmill walk this morning.  As to be expected, I have had zero energy to go for my usual run in the mornings.  

After my walk, I headed to the kitchen to make a variation of my oat bran cereal for breakfast...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Spice French Toast

The Fall theme continues...  To be honest, I had an entirely different recipe to share with you guys today, but, unfortunately it was a big FAIL.  I will continue to work on it and perhaps, share it with you next week.  Instead, I decided to share a breakfast that I have been making for my son Christian all week. 

 My Pumpkin Pie Spice French Toast...

Monday, November 3, 2014

Gym Makeup... Yay or Nay?

Happy Monday!  Today we are talking makeup... YEY!

  If we are friends on Facebook you probably have seen my enormous makeup collection.  I have always been passionate about makeup from a very young age.  I was the friend and the sister that would do girls makeup for prom and homecoming.  Loved doing makeup and collecting makeup.  

However,  I am not a fan of wearing a full face of makeup to the gym.  Are you?

Is working out in a full face of makeup bad for your skin?  Well, according to my dermatologist wearing foundation can clog your pores which can lead to breakouts.  However, since there are no hair follicles on your lips it is pretty safe to wear lip products.  I personally, rarely get acne or breakouts on my eyes, so eye makeup such as an eye shadow stick or eye shadow are probably safe to use.  I avoid mascara or eye liner since sweat can get into my eyes, making it really uncomfortable to workout in. 

Since we all have busy lives and we all know the importance of working out, I understand that sometimes we simply can not avoid wearing makeup to the gym.

Here are some of my favorites makeup items that I keep in my gym bag.  I do not use them often however, if I need a quick refresher or if I am planning to run errands after the gym, these are my "go-to".

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Harvest Soup

Welcome to another Fall inspired recipe.  Now, I know that between baking, smoothies and other fall treats you have been making this season you probably have an extra can of pumpkin waiting to be used in your pantry.  Today I wanted to share a soup recipe using very simple ingredients but still sticking to that Fall theme that we all tend to crave as the weather gets cooler.

I love pumpkin anything, I love cozy sweaters, I love Fall recipes and activities...
Can you tell that Fall is my favorite season???... No, OK! 

Harvest Pumpkin Soup