Healthy Protein Eggnog Fudge

A few years ago, I went on an eggnog strike. I refused to drink it. Nada. None. Nothing eggnog flavored. Gross. 

It wasn’t for health reasons either… I just over did it on the eggnog one time. And it ruined it. 

But lately, I’ve been getting back into it. Eggnog waffles, eggnog syrup…… I even bought eggnog flavored coffee. 

So, in my quest to create some healthier holiday treats, I needed something eggnog. And then I got a craving for fudge. 

Eggnog Fudge. Perfect. 

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Add in some protein. No refined sugars. Healthy Fats.

Fa-la-la-la-la!

It is really very simple to make. I used Bolthouse Farms holiday nog for this recipe purely because it is healthier, has a higher protein content, and fewer sugars. However, any low fat eggnog should work. 

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First, I combined my coconut oil and almond butter in a sauce pan. 

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Once it melted, I added in my eggnog extract, my nutmeg, my maple syrup, and my eggnog. 

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I then stirred in my protein powder and mashed banana. 

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I used an immersion blender to make the entire mixture smooth. 

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Right before I spooned the mixture into my mini muffin tins, I added in a handful of dried cranberries. 

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You could also pour the mixture into a bread pan for squares of fudge. 

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Freeze that fudge firm and you are ready to enjoy!! I would keep them in the freezer to keep them nice and firm but a few minutes out of the freezer in a warm house and they are READY to enjoy with a wonderful fudge texture. 

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Enjoy!!

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What are your favorite Christmas flavors???? 

 

Healthy Protein Eggnog Fudge
Serves 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Almond Butter
  2. 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  3. 2 T Real Maple Syrup
  4. 1/2+ cup of Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog or low fat eggnog
  5. 1/4 t nutmeg
  6. 1 Scoop of Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (I used Its About Time)
  7. 1/2 banana, mashed
  8. 1/2 t of eggnog extract
  9. 1 Handful of dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, combine and melt almond butter and coconut oil.
  2. Add in maple syrup, eggnog, nutmeg, and extract.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in mashed banana and protein powder.
  4. Blend with an immersion blender (or real blender) until smooth consistency.
  5. Add in your dried cranberries.
  6. Pour into a mini muffin tin.
  7. Place in the freezer for an hour.
  8. Serve slightly thawed, keep in the freezer or fridge.
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25 Things I ALWAYS Have in my Pantry

Lately life has been crazy. I feel like I am running around all day long wishing I had those 3 hour breaks I used to complain about. Except that means I am training more people and so I can’t really be upset.  That busy lifestyle is also the inspiration for this post. If I can manage to be super busy and still eat healthy, so can you! It just takes a bit more planning and a well-stocked pantry.

Because let’s face it, when its late and you are tired and hungry it is really easy to stop at the nearest fast food chain or grocery store and pick up something less than healthy to eat… like that double cheeseburger or bag of chocolate. We’ve all done it. But not anymore. 

Preparation is key to success. And so be prepared. Always have some healthy staples on hand. That way, there is no excuse to not go home and cook a quick, healthy meal instead of eating unhealthy because you are so hungry.

My 25 Staples (in no particular order)

1. Peanut Butter (all natural, chunky, no added sugar)

2. Old Fashioned Oats

3. Raisins

4. Apples

5. Bananas

6. Quinoa

7. Eggs/Egg Whites

8. Canned Beans

9. Sweet Potatoes

10. Frozen Stir Fry Veggies

11. Baby Carrots

12. Hummus

13. Ezekiel Bread

14. Frozen Fruit

15. Almond Milk

16. Protein Powder

17. Gluten Free Pasta

18.  Frozen Chicken Breasts

19. Coffee ( you don’t want to see me without it)

20. Maple Syrup (my sweetener of choice)

21. Plain Greek Yogurt

22. Lara Bars

23. Franks Red Hot Sauce

24. Cinnamon

25. Chia Seeds

There ya go :-)

What is a staple for you??

 

My Top 10 Snack List

I decided to make a list of my top snack foods. Due to the nature of my job and lifestyle, I tend to be a snacker. A BIG snacker. In fact I tend to prefer meals made up of snack-type foods. But so many “snack” foods are unhealthy or loaded with sugar.  And so, here are my top 10 go to healthy snacks. Remember, I’m not a nutritionist and I am not saying these are right for everyone. And as with everything, just make sure you watch your portions!

#10 Plain, air popped popcorn – It’s got fiber. Low Calorie. Great filling snack. I also love to mix it with my #1 favorite snack!!!

#9 Tuna mixed with hummus with organic blue corn chips or chips from Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips, Multigrain – So chips might not be the most healthy, but sometimes I just need a crunch. And these aren’t the worst! Everything in moderation!!!

#8 A Square of Dark Chocolate – because sometimes you just want chocolate. RIGHT??!! But I try to limit it to organic and fair trade and dark chocolate. WHY? Because its more expensive and so I feel bad about eating the whole bar, it is made with better ingredients, and dark chocolate has antioxidants!

#7 Plain Greek Yogurt with fresh fruit or homemade granola. YUM YUM.

#6 Banana Almond Protein Muffins (recipe coming soon!!!)

#5 KIND Bar /Luna Bars– For when I need something pre-packaged to bring with me somewhere or I am stuck. Though some can have a good amount of sugar, the refined sugar in these is low or null. And they are tasty!!!!

#4 PB NRG Bites

#3 Hummus and fresh veggies (carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, snow peas, celery…)

#2 Apples, Peanut Butter, and Raisins

#1 Trail Mix– I LOVE trail mix. It’s quick and easy to pack and eat. Nutrient dense (a great pre-workout snack!), it is high in calories and fat, but as long as you watch what type you consume (or better yet, make your own), the nuts provide healthy fats and berries provide much needed energy! My two favorites brands are Trader Joe’s Trader Joe’s Simply the Best Trek Mix with Cashews, Almonds, Pineapple, Cranberries, and Tart Cherries, 1 lb oz

and Back to Nature 100% Natural Nantucket Blend 22oz

Happy Snacking!!!! :-)

What are your favorite snacks?????