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During the holidays most people will starve themselves all day in preparation for a huge dinner. Studies show that eating a healthy low calorie breakfast,  lunch and snacks throughout the day can help keep your metabolism in check and prevent you from binging on high calorie foods at dinner.

These shakes make for a great snack or healthy Christmas dessert!


 

Healthy Eggnog!

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Makes about 6 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 5.5 cups low-fat milk
  • .5 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • * for alcoholic option add rum, bourbon or brandy to taste

Directions: In bowl, using a whisk, beat eggs and egg whites until blended; set aside. In heavy 4-quart saucepan, with heat-safe spatula, mix 4 cups milk with sugar, cornstarch, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook on medium-high until mixture boils and thickens slightly, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Remove saucepan from heat. Gradually whisk 1/2 cup simmering milk mixture into eggs; pour egg mixture back into milk in saucepan, whisking constantly, to make custard. Pour custard into large bowl; stir in vanilla, nutmeg, rum, if using, and remaining 1 1/2 cups milk. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 6 hours or up to 2 days. Sprinkle eggnog with nutmeg to serve.  

 

There’s one rule for these babies below! Blend until smooth. Pour. Garnish. Serve…

Smores Protein Shakes

Makes 2 servings

 Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp cocoa mix
  • 1 scoop vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup vanilla soy or almond milk
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Garnish:  if you’re feeling naughty, marshmallow and graham crumbles  

 

Peppermint Chocolate Shake

Makes 2 – 1 cup servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, raw
  • 1 cup water or peppermint tea, chilled
  • 8 dates, pitted
  • 1/4 tsp sweetener
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1-2 drops peppermint essential oil or extract
  • 12 ice cubes

Blend the nuts, liquid, dates, sweetener, protein powder, and cocoa until smooth. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend again.  

 

Chocolate Orange Protein Shake

 Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice concentrate
  • 2 mandarin oranges
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa
  • 4 tbsp. chocolate protein powder  

 

Apple Pie Shake

 Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen apple juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup ice
  • garnish: sliced apples and cinnamon  

 

Candy Cane Protein Shake

 Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp crushed candy canes
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-1 1/2 cups ice cubes
  • garnish: peppermint (candy cane) crumbles optional: soymilk to thin out as needed  

 

Source: Good Housekeeping,  kblog.lunchboxbrunch.com

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