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Two Cold Weather, Holiday Treats: Raw Vegan Porridge + Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa

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'Tis The Season

I'm not a big apple-eater...until it's Honeycrisp season! Who's with me?! Their variegated red, green hue, that crisp and juicy first bite, the perfect balance between sweet and tart, what's not to love? This porridge recipe is a seasonal favorite of mine, and goes perfect with a festive cup of cocoa. The best part is, both recipes are only 3 ingredients and can be made in under 5 minutes!

My top three reasons why you should eat seasonal:

  1. It's the best for your health! Fruits and veggies that are in-season are at their peak ripeness and freshness, and their nutrient content is often much higher!

  2. It's cheaper! I'm a sucker for fresh berries, but when it's not spring or summertime, whew!, they can get pricey! In-season produce grows in abundance, thus, causing prices to drop--look out for bulk deals and specials!

  3. It's natural! Mother Nature intended for us to eat specific fruits and veggies at specific times of the year to fulfill our caloric and nutrient needs. Is it any wonder that we eat tons of root veggies to stay grounded in the cold, windy, fall and winter months?

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Raw or Cooked? 

I'm a huge advocate of eating raw foods--lots of fruits and veggies, and some nuts and seeds, in their natural state for optimal health. That being said, I am not 100% raw. I feel that living in a climate with freezing cold winters, I would be doing my body a disservice by not eating some warming, cooked foods, especially at dinnertime.

For those curious, I tend to recommend eating raw for breakfast, lunch, and snacks in between, and then incorporating a variety of both raw and cooked foods at dinnertime. I have found that I feel best when I drink a fresh fruit and veggie smoothie for breakfast, eat a rainbow salad for lunch, eating fruits (like berries, grapes, bananas in between), and something like a small salad or raw veggies alongside some steamed/roasted sweet potatoes and a whole grain like rice or quinoa for dinner. 

The two tasty holiday treats below can be enjoyed raw or heated, depending on your mood and the temp!  

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Save Your Money + Your Health

A bowl of oatmeal plus a cup of cocoa from your "favorite drive-thru coffee shop" will run you anywhere from $7-$10! For the same cost, or less, you can make a week's worth of healthier and tastier *raw, gluten-free* porridge and *dairy-free, refined-sugar-free* hot cocoa! Simply make a big batch of porridge and chocolate milk and store in the refrigerator to enjoy for a few days--hot or cold!

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Raw Vegan Porridge

gluten-free alternative to oats, refined-sugar-free, no artificial sweeteners, only three ingredients!

serves: 1-2 // time: 5min

Step aside, oatmeal--breakfast has a new star player! This 3-ingredient, gluten-free alternative is thick and creamy, rich and dreamy! Apples, bananas, and dates combine to make a nutrient-dense, energy-amping meal that won't cause digestive woes and doesn't require heating! Top with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, and coconut, and you've got yourself a work of art that will be too pretty to eat, but too irresistible to pass up!

 

ingredients:

  • 3 pitted, Medjool dates

  • 2 ripe, speckled bananas

  • 1 large, Honeycrisp apple

method:

  1. Chop and core apple, peel and chop banana, pit dates, and add to food processor.

  2. Pulse using food processor "S" blade, scrape sides, and pulse a few more times until all ingredients are mixed well, but still have a chunky, oatmeal-like consistency.

    • If you don't have a food processor, use a blender with pulse mode.

  3. Top with nuts, seeds, dried or fresh fruit, coconut flakes, cinnamon, hemp, chia, flax, etc. and enjoy!

options:

  • Feeling extra chilly? Try heating your porridge on low on the stovetop for a few minutes, stirring often.

  • Warming add-ins: cinnamon and ginger are two of my very favorite "warming" foods that will help to improve blood circulation and potentially elevate body temperature. Add them to either recipe, and throw a dash in your smoothie, as well!

  • Protein Boost: SunWarrior Raw Vegan Vanilla/Chocolate Protein Powder (use code: EatMoveRest for 20% off)


Dairy-Free, Frothy Hot Cocoa

dairy-free, refined-sugar-free, no artificial sweeteners, delightfully frothy!

serves: 1 // time: 5min

Enjoy cold, as an energizing, pre- or post-workout antioxidant powerhouse, or heat and sip by the fireplace.

Upon shooting the accompanying YouTube episode for these two favorites, I realized that I had already shared my hot cocoa recipe with all of you on the blog last year, so here's the link!

My Dairy-Free, Frothy Hot Cocoa Recipe

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As Seen On YouTube

Check out the accompanying EatMoveRest YouTube episode for this delicious duo! Be sure to Subscribe to the channel, give this video a Thumbs Up, leave a Comment, and Share with friends and family!


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Merry + Bright

It's time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the remaining days leading up to Christmas! My main focus is on slowing down and spending time with loved ones, and I hope that you get to do the same! Until next time, have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

 

 

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May The Froth Be With You: My Dairy-Free, Frothy Hot Cocoa Recipe

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May The Froth Be With You

So I've been hearing a lot of buzz lately about the new Star Wars movie, and my mom and I were laughing about how long it would take to do a full marathon of all of the previous movies before going to see the latest installment. Well, with the short, cold days, it might not be a half-bad idea!

When it's cold outside and winter starts to drag, nothing is better than a good movie while sipping a cup of something warm by the fire--especially when it's super frothy! I've got just the recipe for you! 

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Nuts About Nut Milk

When I made the transition to a totally plant-based lifestyle, one of my favorite wintertime treats was off the table--hot chocolate! Not so fast, my friends! Who says you need milk and whipped cream to make a frothy, smooth, rich cup of cocoa?! If you're feel extra ambitious, check out my Homemade Almond Milk recipe; otherwise, there are tons of delicious dairy milk alternatives out there, like almond, cashew, coconut, hemp, and rice milk. Many of them are also fortified with essential nutrients like vitamin D. My personal favorite is almond milk--I typically get the organic unsweetened original flavor because it tastes great just as it is, and if I want sweetener or added flavoring I can simply add my own. 

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Cacao: The Superfood Of Chocolate

When upgrading your hot chocolate, opt for raw cacao powder instead of cocoa powder—same rich, chocolatey flavor, more antioxidants!  Cacao and cocoa come from the same plant, the same bean, but cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans, keeping the living enzymes intact. Cocoa powder is simply raw cacao that has been roasted at high temperatures. We’ve been slightly misled to believe that dark chocolate is super good for us due to the high levels of antioxidants such as resveratrol, but if you really want to reap the benefits of this superfood, use cacao, not cocoa! Many times cocoa powder also contains added sugar, whereas cacao does not! Read up on cacao on my Top 10 Superfoods blog post!

To make this hot chocolate even healthier, yet still tasty, you can eliminate the use of refined sugar by adding in dates--whole, unprocessed sugar, direct from nature's source!

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Scary Dairy

For many people, eliminating dairy can resolve a plethora of health issues, from acne to hormonal imbalances. 

My go-to, most-trusted resource for explanations to any health and wellness related concerns (backed by sound research) is NutritionFacts.org. My husband, Dusty, and I had the pleasure of meeting the founder, Dr. Michael Greger, at the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare conference this last October, and he is phenomenal! I highly recommend investing in his recent book, as well: How Not To Die.

Below are three super quick videos on milk and dairy and the reason we're probably better off without them:

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Dairy-Free, FROTHY HOT COCOA

dairy-free, refined-sugar-free, antioxidant-packed

serves:1 // time: 5min

This incredibly smooth, antioxidant-packed, superfood version of a wintertime classic will appeal to anyone, plant-based/dairy-free or not! The froth alone is enough to win over the heart of any warm beverage connoisseur, and your body will thank you for this chocolatey, not-so-guilty pleasure! 

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ingredients:

method:

  1. Put cacao powder in blender, followed by almond milk and blend.

  2. Remove pits from dates and add to blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Pour contents into small sauce pan and heat on stove on low heat until desired temperature is reached.

  4. Fill up your favorite mug, pop in a movie, cozy up, sip, and enjoy!

options:

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