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Hey friends! How are you feeling about the lighter holiday recipes lately? I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty good – not stuffed to the gills with an overabundance of rich Christmas candy and desserts. There’s definitely a place for holiday goodies, but I personally have found that I enjoy them more if I keep them to special occasions and smaller doses! The rest of the time, I fill up on lighter meals and snacks like this Cranberry Nog. Fruity, vanilla-y, merry, and bright, this filling drink is easy to make and makes the PERFECT light snack this time of year. Need a little something before bedtime? This is it. You’ll go to bed with your tummy full, your blood sugar balanced (because of the protein and gluccie), and your taste buds dancing.
Yep, this Cranberry Nog is yet another recipe in my scheme to get more glucomannan down the hatch! Gluccie balances the blood sugar, slows down the absorption of fat, and helps you feel full while eating less calories. I use Konjac Foods brand glucomannan, which can be purchased from Netrition (here) or Amazon (here), and in the amount I have listed this drink is very thick but not slimy. If you’re using a stronger brand of glucomannan, like THM Glucomannan, feel free to decrease the amount if you notice a funky texture. (Or just chug it in the name of health.)
Cranberry has become my favorite flavor this Christmas season! It’s bright and bold, and anything that red has to have some pretty amazing nutrients! I know cranberries are real good for ya but I haven’t actually done any research about their specific properties, so please, Google if you don’t wanna take my word for it. 😛 A lot of stores have cranberries on sale (like, $1/bag!) around Thanksgiving and Christmas, so we always stock up and freeze them to use throughout the year.
Another cool use for this drink: chug it after an E meal to help fill you up. It works.
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- Heat the almond milk, water, and cranberries together until they are your desired temperature. (I do this in a huge mug in the microwave for 3 minutes.)
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Taste, increase the sweetener and/or extracts if desired, and enjoy!
-You could add some coconut oil for a THM S drink if desired. If you use a teaspoon or less, you're still in Fuel Pull (Low Carb/Low Fat) territory.
-Want a THM E drink? Add a few wedges of peeled orange in with the cranberries!
-I like to make this in a huge mug with an immersion blender for minimal cleanup and no risk of pressure buildup. If you don't have an immersion blender, use your regular blender but be careful and vent the blender as needed to avoid a pressure buildup and possible explosion.
-This drink will thicken as it cools, so I don't recommend making it ahead and refrigerating it unless you want a gluccie pudding.