Dairy-Free Drinks for the Holidays – Inspiration For Yummy Drinks During The Winter

Dairy-Free Drinks for the Holidays

Dairy-Free Drinks for the Holidays

Holiday time is filled with fun, family, great food, and delicious drinks. Festive sugary drinks are a staple of holiday time, and bring back fond memories of the people who drink them year after year.

For some however, the presence of dairy in holiday drinks can be a point of exclusion, in that some people can’t have foods containing dairy products. If you are unable to have dairy, or you are simply looking for a vegan alternative, the following holiday drinks ideas are for you.

 

Almond Milk Smoothie

The first drink that is going to be covered on this list is one that most people should probably know about. Almond milk is an excellent replacement for dairy milk, and is known to be healthier than soy based alternatives, and leave far less of a carbon footprint. A smoothie can include a multitude of fruits and vegetables depending on your taste that day.

One great smoothie can have banana, 2 tablespoons of honey,cinnamon sprinkles and a topping of nuts and roasted oats.

 

Chamomile Latte with Cinnamon and Maple

For hundreds of years, chamomile has been used by people in various cultures to calm the nerves and cure an upset stomach. That makes it an excellent drink for holiday time, which can become busy with family and events.

It’s practically a snap to make, just make a strong cup of tea by placing extra bags in the hot water to steep, remove the bags, place the tea back on a boil, then add your preferred vegetable milk like almond or cashew milk. Stir in a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and a tablespoon of maple syrup while stirring or whisking and remove from heat.

 

Mint N Chip Smoothie

The tastes of mint and chocolate will go hand in hand until the sun burns out, so you know how much more they will fit in during the festive holiday months.

The vegetables and herbs in this smoothie can deliver antioxidants while it helps your metabolism and aids in digestion. All you have to do is boil a half cup of water, steep mint tea and chill so that you can blend in some spinach, a banana (preferably frozen), fresh mint leaves, almond milk, 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds, some ice cubes, and top it with some non-dairy chocolate for a great healthy treat!

Holiday time is filled with fun, family, great food, and delicious drinks. Festive sugary drinks are a staple of holiday time, and bring back fond memories of the people who drink them year after year. For some however, the presence of dairy in holiday drinks can be a point of exclusion, in that some people can’t have foods containing dairy products. If you are unable to have dairy, or you are simply looking for a vegan alternative, the following holiday drinks are for you.

 

 

Juicing with Fall Fruits and Veggies

Juicing with Fall Fruits and Veggies

Juicing has become a wonderful way to add more fruits and veggies into your diet and have simple meals or snacks with nothing more than produce, herbs, and liquids.

Entire diets have been based around juicing and many appliances have been created over the years to help to streamline the process, but what kinds of fruits can be juiced, and are there special recipes that you can use during the holiday seasons? The following information is going to show you how you can use classic fall produce for holiday juice. Continue reading “Juicing with Fall Fruits and Veggies”

How to Make a Healthy Vegan Hot Chocolate

vegan cocoa

One of the most popular and nostalgic drinks of all time during the winter months is hot chocolate. Illustrations and pictures of families seem to be filled with this imagery, but for some, dairy can present a range of issues. What should you do if you’re a person who is trying to avoid dairy products? Do you have to give up on ever having hot chocolate drinks ever again? Fortunately, the answer is no!

Here are some simple steps required to make a healthy, vegan hot chocolate for the holidays.

What You Will Need

For this very simple recipe, all you need is a cup, some semi sweet, non-dairy chocolate, a cup of almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a sweetener like sugar or a sugar replacement. Stevia works great to replace sugar if you want something a bit lower in carbs.

Of course, you can choose to make your non-dairy hot chocolate as simple or as intricate as you would like by simply adding more ingredients. These could include mint, or spearmint leaves, cinnamon, and other spices, but one of the most highly recommended flavors that you can add is vanilla. Vanilla is widely believed to have the ability to magnify the flavor in dark and semisweet chocolates, so give it a go and see how it tastes!

Making the Drink

Generally, you can use a microwave for the drink, but if you want the flavor to pop out the best, you might want to consider simmering the ingredients in a small pot or pan that can sufficiently hold the contents. This will help the ingredients to blend more completely due to the actual heat, as well as the added benefit of being able to stir or whisk the ingredients while they are heated. Once the liquid becomes smooth looking in appearance, you can pour it into a cup. At this time you can add the herbs to steep and absorb the flavor.

 

give your hot chocolate the texture that makes it feel just as festive

A Final Touch

If you really want to go the extra mile, you can find some whipped coconut cream as an alternative to marshmallows or milk.

This wonderful frothy cream will give your hot chocolate the texture that makes it feel just as festive and a part of tradition as any other drink you might see in a mid-century painting, so why not get started and find some time to show off your new dairy free hot chocolate skills.