Veggnog - Glowing Skin Smoothie
‘Tis the season for enjoying festive food and drink, and one of the things I look forward to every year is Eggnog.
The traditional recipe contains eggs, cream and whole milk, which was how my mum used to make it. But about fourteen years ago, I spent Christmas in BC, Canada and discovered soya-based Eggnog. It was so much tastier than the dairy version, and my waistline showed it that year. 😉
Since embarking on a career in Natural Skincare Formulation (Formula Botanica and Beauty Nutrition) I have learned that healthy skin is built from consuming foods that are hydrating, low in AGEs and high in anti-oxidants. So, I am super excited that we can follow the principles of a Beauty Nutrition diet and turn the traditional Eggnog recipe into a healthy skin feast, even if it is a little indulgent (well it is Christmas right?).
The Beauty Nutrition version of an ‘Eggnog’ does not contain dairy products; therefore I think it earns the title ‘Veggnog’.
To be honest this recipe tastes almost identical to the Vegetarian version but I prefer this one. Feel free to experiment with ratios or a different milk, but if you want a ‘traditional’ taste stick to this recipe.
40g Pitted Dates
60g Cashew Nuts
350ml Vanilla Soya Milk
Vanilla Extract to taste
Half teaspoon Cinnamon
Pinch of Nutmeg and Cloves
Cinnamon Stick and Vanilla Pod Powder (optional)
Simply blend all of ingredients with 200ml of Soya Milk to ensure the cashews and dates are blended smoothly, then add the rest of the milk. Garnish with vanilla pod powder and cinnamon stick.
(If you want it a little less sweet leave out the vanilla extract and infuse vanilla pods in unsweetened milk).
2-3 strands of Saffron
**If you want to add an extra anti-oxidant kick to your VEGGNOG try adding a couple of broken up strands of Norfolk Saffron. It creates a spicy, earthy and sweet kind of taste to the mix without robbing it of the distinctive and traditional taste of eggnog.
The photos shows both recipes, the Saffron Veggnog is on the left.
Midlife Beauty Benefits
The ingredients in this recipe contain all the necessary vitamins, minerals and anti-oxodants that help your body build healthy, glowing skin and support your body through midlife changes brought on by perimenopause and menopause.
Cashew nuts are high in protein, zinc, iron and antioxidants, also including magnesium and selenium. Selenium protects the skin from harmful effects of free radicals (cellular rusting).
Dried dates are a good source of fibre. They are also high in flavonoids (that may help reduce inflammation).
Saffron is high in carotenoids, which have been proven to promote heart health and may also reduce the risk of eye-related disorders.
Soya is high in phytoestrogens. During the menopause, the body’s natural production of oestrogen stops and as phytoestrogens acts as a weak oestrogen, they may help relieve symptoms of the menopause by boosting oestrogen levels slightly.
Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cloves all contain manganese, a mineral that is a co-factor in collagen synthesis. Manganese is important for healthy bones, and manganese deficiency can occur as a result of the menopause.
Did you give this recipe a try? Please share!