Do you have a family tradition during the Holidays? Our family has had one since I was a young girl and it involves eggnog! My Dad would take my brother and I to do some Christmas shopping and on the way home we would stop and pick up a few pints of Bordan’s Egg Nog.
It was tradition that we would drink those pints before we got home right out of the jug! We had those creamy mustaches before they were popular and would lick them off with childish delight! It seems like yesterday we were walking into the house groaning with our bloated eggnog bellies and our simple gifts in hand that we generally purchased at the local drug store.
Those were the carefree days of my childhood that I cherish….If you follow Spoonful of Health, you may know my story of how tragically my brother died. However, now I wanted to share with you the tradition that carries on and warms our hearts. Every Thanksgiving or Christmas when our family is together we have an eggnog toast to my brother, Bryan.
This year, my dad had a special request due to his beating cancer and completely changing his body’s chemistry, to make a healthified eggnog. I knew it was coming and grumbled at the thought, how in the world would I pull that off.
You need eggs for nog and not to mention coconut milk is not my dad’s favorite. So I really wasn’t sure how to manage this creamy and sweet eggnog heist! I personally loved the coconut version but it wasn’t going to fly with my dads love, hate relationship with coconut and need to be sugar-free.
So, I created two versions; one for my paleo and lactose intolerant friends and another for those who eat clean and indulge once in awhile. I sweetened the first batch with just stevia and realized it needed a little extra kick so I added maple syrup and that did the trick!
I would love to hear about your family traditions below in the comments. It is in those moments we tether together the hearts of one another and embrace the love of friends and family. May you and yours be blessed with the beauty and grace of Christmas!