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holiday {dairy-free} eggnog float

years and years ago, good friends shared their favorite holiday punch recipe with us.  it involved eggnog and ginger ale and peppermint ice cream, and whenever we described it to people they got eeked out, but whenever we served it to people, they were enchanted.  flash forward to some recent lifestyle changes toward a more clean diet.  inspired by the sight of several varieties of non-dairy eggnog options, i decided to create a new version of this strange-and-wonderful holiday drink recipe… introducing the holiday dairy-free eggnog float.




for the sake of time, i made this eggnog float with this store-bought almond milk “eggnog.”  it does have sugar, but no strange added ingredients or fillers, which i love.  if you want to make your own, here’s a gorgeous version from elana’s pantry (with no dairy, and no eggs!)




if you want, you can take this float to the next level and make it more like an old-fashioned egg cream, by adding a dose of all-natural ginger ale or seltzer water.  there’s nothing like the taste-bud-tingling collision of bubbly, tart soda with creamy, milky nog.  trust me.  give it a go!



ready to wow your senses?  here you go!


{dairy-free} holiday eggnog float
A creamy concoction that's at once warming and cooling with the spicy depth of eggnog and the fresh hints of mint and matcha.
Recipe type: holiday drink recipe
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup dairy-free eggnog
  • 1 cup mint matcha ice cream (or dairy-free mint ice cream of your choice)
  • 1 cup all-natural ginger ale or seltzer (optional)
  1. Divide eggnog evenly into two glasses.
  2. Top each glass with half of the ice cream.
  3. If desired, pour seltzer into side of each glass.



try it!  i dare you!  and when you do, come back and let me know what you think.  Merry Christmas!



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Pineapple Herb Juice (pineapple juice recipe and book review)

this pineapple juice recipe comes from juice, recipes for juicing, cleansing, and living well, by Heidi de Castro, Hedi Gores, and Hayden Slater.  i received this book from the publisher to review, and i’ve really enjoyed the diverse recipes, from raw fruit and vegetable juices, to nut milks.  there’s also the added benefit of detailed nutritional information for the ingredients, which is great in building a repertoire for my own health, as well as looking for sources for nutrients for my kiddos and their needs.


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just before we moved, i finished a three day juice fast/cleanse.  my dear friend mia had begun offering them at her shop, and i wanted to start fresh with a clean slate for myself.  admittedly, it was difficult to stick to it during packing and showing a house with a family of seven, but it was such a feeling of conquering, too, to overcome the distractions and just. do. it.


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another heart-friend reminded me to use it as a time of spiritual renewal, too, and i am so glad i listened to her.  it’s amazing what a little self-denial can do toward reminding oneself what really matters.  it’s also amazing how much appreciation grows for all things, not just food, when we re-train the palate, both internal and digestive, to appreciate simplicity.


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the act of juicing is calming; it forces one to slow down and appreciate process, not just end result.  (then there’s the clean-up, and if you’re like me, the desire to find what can be done with the “leftovers…” that’s my next adventure.)


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Pineapple Herb Juice
A bright and citrusy juice with even brighter herb overtones.
Recipe type: Raw Juice
Serves: 2
  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh mint, to taste
  • 1 pineapple, skin removed (cut to fit into juicer)
  1. Add all ingredients to juicer according to manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Enjoy!



do you have a favorite juice recipe?  i’d love to give it a try – leave a comment below!


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brazil nut milk {chocolate brazil nut milk}

never, even when i was a little girl and my sister could guzzle a gallon a week, was i a sit-down-with-a-glass-of-milk girl.  i could take it in my cereal, and i enjoyed it in hot drinks, but sipping a glass of milk wasn’t a craving i experienced.  now, once i tried raw milk, that was another story.  and now that i’ve tasted this recipe, drinking a cold glass of brazil nut milk while reading a book and listening to instrumental folk music, that is a craving i can say i now know.


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this recipe comes from choosing raw; i simply doubled her recipe, although i found recipes aplenty that were similar; some that use as little as half the amount of water, which i wasn’t sure would be as creamy.


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since i can’t drink a glass while typing (we’ve already been through ours today, seriously), let’s just look at the pretty pictures.  k?  (and how my children dislike when i use “k?” as a word.  not.  okay.)


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i’ve been reviewing a great book called Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well, and their almond milk recipe reminds me that soaking nuts helps make them more easily digestible; next i plan to try their recipe, which calls for a 4/1 water to nuts ratio.


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brazil nut milk {chocolate brazil nut milk}


  • 2 cups brazil nuts
  • 6-8 cups filtered water
  • 8 pitted dates
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons good quality vanilla extract
  • For chocolate brazil nut milk:
  • 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder or cocoa powder


  1. Combine ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth.
  2. Strain "milk" through a nut milk bag or press gently over a fine mesh strainer in batches.
  3. (We doubled the original recipe and strained in three batches.)
  4. If desired, strain the nut milk and use to create a raw baked good such as grain-free cookies or tart crust.
  5. Store strained milk in a tightly sealed container for up to one week (shake gently before pouring).
  6. For chocolate brazil nut milk:
  7. Add 4 tablespoons cocoa powder to blender with all ingredients before blending.
  8. If desired, dust chocolate milk with additional cacao or cocoa powder before serving.


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what’s your favorite indulgent drink?  do share.  🙂


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