Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing a simple recipe for an egg-nog smoothie that we make almost every week in our house. It’s healthy, delicious, high in calories, and easy on your tummy. This smoothie is great for growing toddlers who need extra calories in for any reason – maybe for weight gain, or maybe they’ve been under the weather and haven’t felt hungry. It’s also great for pregnant mamas who are having a tough time getting enough healthy food in. It can be a good tool for nursing mamas who struggle with keeping enough weight on – this wasn’t me, but I know many mamas struggle with this. If food just isn’t sounding good but you need something super simple to that your tummy might not reject, this is a great smoothie to try.
We call it the “egg nog smoothie”, or “moozie” as my 2 year old says. We love it for breakfast, as a snack, or for dessert.
Egg Nog Smoothie recipe
- 1 small ripe banana
- 8-12oz raw milk
- 2-4 egg yolks
- Dash salt
- Splash of vanilla extract
- Any warm spice you prefer (cinnamon is great; ginger or a pumpkin pie spice blend are also wonderful)
Combine ingredients, blend, and enjoy! If you’d like it warm (which I do) you can gently warm the milk on the stovetop for about 2 minutes on medium before blending. If you make it too hot 1) it’s too hot to drink and unsafe to blend 2) the milk won’t be raw and 3) you’ll cook the eggs, so it’s just a very quick warming on the stove top.
And that’s it! The ingredients in this smoothie are highly digestible and nutrient dense. The ingredients are ripe banana, raw egg yolks raw milk, vanilla and salt and spices. Sometimes we also add some raw cream if I’m trying to increase the calories for my high-energy toddler. You can use whatever milk your family likes, but we like raw milk for the rich flavor, easy digestibility and high vitamin and mineral content.
Raw milk has B vitamins, vitamin A, calcium, and so many other nutrients. [If you can’t access or would prefer not to use raw milk, many stores carry unhomogenized grass-fed cow milk that would be a great option as well.] Check out the description below if you need a resource to help you find a local source for high-quality, safe raw milk.
Raw cream has wonderful fats that are easily digested and assimilated, and all the fat-soluble vitamins of raw milk in even higher quantities.
Egg yolk is rich with vitamins A, D, E, B12, and folate or vitamin B9. Egg yolks also contain minerals, antioxidants and carotenoids. They are such a powerhouse of nutrients that helps our eyesight, our brain, and our whole body. Look for bright yellow or orange yolks from pasture-raised chickens.
Vanilla and spices add great flavor as well as an array of micronutrients. I put a dash of high quality salt in almost everything to round out the flavors, and for added minerals.
If raw eggs freaks you out, there are a few ways to address this: First, get the highest quality eggs from healthy hens that you can. Healthy hens with access to the outdoors and fresh pasture, like you find on local family farms, will have healthy eggs that won’t make you sick when you eat them raw. Two, wash the egg shell before you crack it open and separate the yolk. When I was pregnant with my first, I washed my eggs with soap and water, and did a quick rinse with vinegar before I cracked them open to get the yolk for my smoothies.
The riper the banana, the sweeter this will be, and the more banana-y the flavor will be. If you don’t want to use banana, the egg nog won’t be as thick, but you could use molasses, maple syrup, or honey to sweeten the drink. All these sweetners offer some nutritional content and different flavor profiles. I like to use the banana because it’s a whole food, plus it gives the smoothie some body. Your taste for sweetness will vary with how much sugar is in your diet. For us, I like half of a moderately ripe banana. More than that and the smoothie is too sweet to really enjoy.
Because there’s no sweetner other than the banana (unless you choose to add more – you do you!), I’m comfortable with my toddler drinking this basically all day every day. I don’t see any reason to limit this. It’s very filling so one smoothie usually lasts my kiddo a whole day
This recipe is so simple i feel strange even calling it a recipe! Let me know in the comments if you give it a shot. I hope you love it!
Probioticshttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31193267thiamine decreased in human milk processing https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30063585Raw cow milk connected to lower asthma, allergies, infections https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31770653improved health, mood, and immune function from consuming raw milk https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31780022
Egg yolk nutrition facts https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172184/nutrients