Egg-less nog protein shake

 Hi friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful morning. Yesterday was a great day. Liv, P and I met up with Jess and her daughter at the aquarium,

Aquarium

(Liv is obsessed with her black boots)

Aquarium2

came back home and made dinner,

Chicken stew

 (this stew is AMAZING. We were out of quinoa so I added cooked brown rice. I almost always made it in the slow cooker and add the quinoa and olives after it’s finished cooking. It’s so easy, and always delicious.)

and took a BODYPUMP class at the gym.

I’m starting to ease myself back into my usual teaching classes, especially since I start teaching in a little less than 2 weeks. My first week back, I’m teaching two Spin classes and two barre classes. I’m trying to lessen the shock on my body by slowly building up strength and cardio, but I know that first week back will be a kick in the reals.

Eggless nog protein shake

Today I have a new smoothie recipe for you! I’m liiiiive for eggnog -my aunt and the Pilot both have incredible nog skills- and since I spent 5 weeks without dairy (and 4 without eggs), I was still looking for a way to infuse some eggnog flavor into my life.

Eggless nog protein shake 2

I made a protein smoothie with lots of nutmeg, the sweetness of medjool dates, and creaminess from soaked cashews.

Eggless nog ingredients

This would also be fantastic with some coconut whipped cream! It was a delicious and protein-packed variation of the beloved recipe. (The recipe the Pilot follows is here if you want to make some of the real deal this holiday season! My vegan version is here, too.)

Here’s the mix if you’d like to give it a try!

Egg less Nog protein shake

Egg-less Nog Protein Shake

1 cup almond milk

Meat of 1 Thai coconut or 1/4 cup cashews soaked in water at least one hour

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

2 medjool dates, pitted

1/2 cup ice

Blend all ingredients on high. Serve and drink!

xo

Gina

Nog: yay or nay?

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20 Comments

  1. Sasha on December 22, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Those boots are fab! I’d be obsessed too 🙂
    Love her hairstyle as well.
    Eggnog isn’t a thing in this part of the world,
    but I’m tempted to try your recipe!

  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on December 22, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Nog is a major YAY for me. It’s just so HOLIDAY, love the addition of dates too! Have a great day, Gina! 🙂

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on December 22, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Oh wow this look incredible! Soaked cashews are amazing for thickening recipes. I’m not a fan of eggnog, but I could certainly get down with this.

    • Fitnessista on December 22, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      let me know if you give it a try!

  4. jodie on December 22, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I am thinking of getting certified in spinning next year some time what do you think?

    • Fitnessista on December 22, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      yes! i think you would love it

  5. jodie on December 22, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Love her hairstyle and that stew looks awesome.

  6. Sagan on December 22, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Cool idea!

    I’m not much of an eggnog fan, but we made it (so easy: eggs + milk + sugar + spices) for our holiday cocktail party and people went crazy for it. I like just a taste here and there—it’s a nice little treat.

  7. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on December 22, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Yuuuuum I bet the cashews made it sooooo creamy! That’s clever I would have gone with coconut but that gives it a coconut taste. For Livi, I’m obsessed with my black boots too 😉

    • Fitnessista on December 22, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      🙂

  8. Tracy on December 22, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Cute boots, Liv!!

    I bet you’re excited to start teaching again! When are you going to start teaching yoga?

    • Fitnessista on December 22, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      i’m not sure! it might be a little while. my boss said she wants me to start subbing here and there and see how it feels

  9. Bethany on December 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    YAY!!!!! I’ve been loving the diary free egg nog this year!

    • Fitnessista on December 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      so good 🙂

  10. Nicole on December 23, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Have you tried Califia Farms Almond Milk Holiday Nog? It’s SO yummy! http://www.califiafarms.com/products/almondmilk/holiday-nog1

  11. Cassie on December 23, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Not an egg nog fan, but I appreciate a hot cup of cocoa if it ever getts cold here. Today’s high 73F. What???

  12. kathy on December 23, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I have to say I just had this smoothie this morning for breakfast and it was so so yummy. Thanks

    • Fitnessista on December 29, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      i’m happy you liked it!!

  13. Mary @ Fit and Fed on December 28, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Young coconut would indeed be perfect for a smoothie like this! Do you have any source for them besides cracking the coconut yourself? I’ve done that, but can’t get into it on a regular basis.

    • Fitnessista on December 29, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      sometimes costco has the meat in the freezer section!

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