Vegan Eggnog Smoothie

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Breakfast decisions are difficult for me because I want it all. My go-to is oatmeal or granola, but when I’m trying to pack in some more nutrition (or eat light before workout), I make smoothies. Usually, they’re pretty boring: frozen bananas, frozen berries, flax, protein powder, cinnamon and kale (of course).

 

But when Vega sent me their new Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake, I decided it was time to change it up. I’ve made vegan eggnog before, but I had never thought to add protein powder to it and make it a full meal. I’ve been a longtime fan of Vega, but their new Vega One vanilla shake is amazing; not only does it taste better (think more of a smooth flavor, less of the typical protein powder grittiness), but it has more protein, greens, vitamins and minerals. It is still 100% made from real, whole foods without anything artificial. Eggnog for breakfast? Yes.
 

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Acorn Squash With Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing

Acorn Squash with Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing | ourfourforks.com

The year my mom made wild rice stuffing instead of her traditional stuffing (the recipe for which is written on torn pieces of paper and impossible to recreate) the family was up in arms. She agreed to never stray from her bacon-sausage-liver-butter classic again, but her jump outside the box made me realize that stuffing doesn’t have to be paired with turkey on Thanksgiving. Her wild rice stuffing was great – and, though not rich enough for our holiday standards, would be perfect stuffed into peppers, sweet potato or just as a side.

 

This gluten free cornbread stuffing is savory and satisfying; healthy enough for those days where you want some Thanksgiving flavor without such heaviness. Here, I used it to stuff acorn squash, but I’ve also baked it in a pie pan and served it as a side. The key to this stuffing is the cornbread; it needs to be dried out in the oven so that it doesn’t completely fall apart in the stuffing. I also wouldn’t recommend cornbread that is too sweet – slightly sweet is ok (to get the sweet-savory thing happening), but some recipes use too much sugar for a stuffing recipe.

 

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Apple Pie Bars À La Mode

Apple Pie Bars | Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free | ourfourforks.com

Ever since I made carrot cake bars this spring, I’ve kept a batch of no-bake bars in the freezer, always replenishing before they run out. I make a different flavor depending on the season and since it’s fall it’s all about pumpkin, pecans and apples.

 

A couple weeks ago, I bought a Costco membership (a little excessive for two people), and immediately purchased enormous bags of nuts and dried fruit. I justified these purchases with a no-bake bar frenzy. In one afternoon I made five types of bars: pumpkin pie bars, apple pie bars, pecan pie bars, peppermint brownie bars and gingerbread bars.

 

I’ve put all five of these fall and winter holiday recipes in a small eCookbook, which is completely free. All five recipes are gluten free, vegan and paleo, made without refined sugar. To get the free eCookbook, just subscribe to our e-mail list and it will be delivered to your inbox.

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Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie

Grain-Free Pumpkin PieWhen Isabel and I set out to create a grain-free pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, we didn’t plan on it being healthy enough to eat for breakfast. We also didn’t expect other people (i.e. pie traditionalists) to love it as much as we would. We were pleasantly surprised on both accounts.

 

WHY IT’S HEALTHY// This grain-free pumpkin pie is also gluten free and paleo. Pecans, aside from having a delicious buttery taste and texture, are rich in oleic acid and antioxidants such as ellagic acid and vitamin E (think good cholesterol levels, protection from free radicals and healthy skin). Pecans are also rich sources of B-complex groups of vitamins and many minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Pumpkin puree is loaded with vitamin A, fiber, iron and potassium; great for digestion, eye and bone health and your immune system. Cinnamon has been shown to lower blood sugar in diabetic patients and is anti-inflammatory. Grade B maple syrup, although still almost entirely sucrose, does contain many minerals, such as potassium, calcium, zinc and manganese. It also contains natural phenols, which are antioxidant compounds. //

 

Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie Ingredients

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