Eggnog Smoothie.

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I have so many thoughts going through my head as I’m finally sitting down to blog this week.  First, I apologize for not blogging sooner.  Monday was spent prepping for my guest teaching gig on Tuesday.  Tuesday, I was honored to guest teach at my daughter’s high school.  I taught 7 culinary classes (164 kids) and spoke about healthy eating, carbs, Thanksgiving, being a vegetarian and pretty much anything food related.  My takeaway is that teachers and aides are grossly underpaid (I already knew this but standing in their shoes confirmed this for me).  The kids ranged in age from freshman to seniors.  Encompassed all socio-economic groups.  Athletes to  non-athletes.  It was as much a learning experience for me as it was, hopefully, for them.  My last class, I was blessed to teach my favorite freshman – my daughter.  It was, without a doubt, the highlight of my day seeing her.  My heart fills with pride every time I lay eyes on this girl who is morphing into an amazing adult.  But enough on that… here is a pic from yesterday.  Sorry to my daughter who was eating/carb loading before her two hour swim practice right after class but mama want a shot to remember the day!

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Okay now onto why I created this relatively unhealthy, high calorie smoothie.  Well, first, Christmas will soon be upon us and I know that there are die-hard eggnog fans out there and indulging once in awhile in a favorite treat is what makes life fun.  And my primary reason (as I’m not an eggnog fan – actually I’ve never tried it straight up however I do love baking with it), is that my youngest daughter struggles to gain weight- so to that end, I do look for more caloric options for her to help add some lbs to the cause.  She is extremely active and is just that kid who eats to live v. someone like me who lives to eat.  Now, you get the picture.

Sorry for the fuzzy shot, but this is my eggnog-loving, tiny-but-fierce daughter who inspired this recipe (have to give equal time for both children on the blog today).

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Okay stop rambling, start typing!

Ingredients:

1 cup of your favorite flavored eggnog (and there are many). I used a cinnamon flavored and plain in this recipe.
1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt (plain or vanilla- I used Chobani)
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
1 scoop of vanilla or unflavored protein powder (I use Cabot’s whey protein)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon flax seed meal (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
Several ice cubes
Optional:  Dust the top with cinnamon and sugar

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients to your Vitamix or blender and process on the smoothie setting or until smooth and creamy.  Serve in glasses with a fun straw and top the smoothie with a dusting of cinnamon and sugar.  Enjoy!

— Knead to Cook

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