Ah, the Holidays. A time filled with family, friends, and obscene amounts of food. We know there’s nothing harder in the world to resist than a creamy cup of eggnog or a big bowl of mashed potatoes, so we’re big fans of giving your holiday recipes a healthy makeover! It’s all about substitutions, not sacrifices, and with the right ingredient swaps you can have your fruitcake, and eat it too. Literally.
Progressive’s Own Eggless Eggnog
This completely vegan, plant-based nog is chock full of clean protein and natural sweeteners, and still features the coziness of warm spices and a sprinkle of dark chocolate. It’s a healthier version of your holiday favourite that’ll impress your guests or just keep you company beside the fireplace.
Healthy holiday hack: Add a dollop of vegan coconut whipped cream and a cinnamon stick stirrer to take this treat to the next level!
1/2 scoop Harmonized Fermented Vegan Protein, Vanilla
2 cups Almond Milk
1 tsp Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses
2 tsp Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Dark Chocolate Shavings
- Add all ingredients (except dark chocolate shavings) into a
high-powered blender and blend until well-mixed.
- Pour in to a large glass. Top with dark chocolate shavings and serve cold. Enjoy!
Wild Mushroom Barley Stuffing
Swap a heavy bread-based stuffing for this one, made with super-grain barley! The natural nuttiness of the barley pairs perfectly with the pecans, plus you’ll get the incredible nutritional benefits of barley in every bite: it’s a source of dietary fibre, vitamin B1, and is lower in fat and calories than other grains.
Healthy holiday hack: Forgo the cheese and egg, and swap the chicken stock for veggie stock to delight your vegan guests.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Versatile cauliflower subs in for carb-heavy potatoes in this vegan version of everyone’s favourite comfort food! Not only do you get the warm subtlety of roasted garlic in every bite, but you get the vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and vitamin B6 found in cauliflower. Serve with your favourite veggie gravy and we guarantee no one will miss the potatoes.
Healthy holiday hack: If you’re not fussed about keeping these vegan, add a splash of skim-milk or low-fat buttermilk to up the creaminess factor.