Christmas Cocktails

Less than TWO weeks until Christmas! Can you believe it??? I am so excited. It will be my first Christmas as a Mrs. and I am so looking forward to starting new traditions with my husband!

As we all know, the holidays are full of fun food, and drinks and quite often we are ready to start eating cleaner in the new year. Instead of going full-out crazy on the cocktails this holiday season, there are a few swaps that you can do to make your drink consumption a little more “healthier”.

Meet coconut water…it may just be your best friend this holiday season. Coconut water is rich in nutrients, including five essential electrolytes: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium; it only has 5 g of natural sugar per glass (much better than juice or pop) and it ‘s low in calories (42 calories per serving). It took me a while to warm up to coconut water, but when it’s chilled over ice it’s very refreshing and makes a perfect base for a cocktail.

Try these three drinks this Christmas season. They’re beautiful, delicious and a tiny bit nutritious (they’re also gluten-free…yay!).

The Coconut Rum

1 ounce of rum
Top up with Thirsty Buddha Coconut Water
Add a couple ice cubes
Voila!

Vodka Cran Coconut

1 ounce of vodka (make sure it’s gluten-free – I like Tag Vodka)
Top of up with 1/2 Thirsty Buddha Coconut Water
& 1/2 cranberry juice
Add a couple ice cubes

Try making pomegranate ice cubes for some holiday flare. Simply add pomegranate seeds to the ice cube tray before you fill it up!

Vodka Coconut

1 ounce of vodka
Top up with Thirsty Buddha Coconut Water
Add a couple ice cubes
…a variation of vodka soda

Try them out – I bet you’ll love them!


 

 

 

 

What are your favourite healthy swaps during the holidays?

Hearty Chicken Soup

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Chicken soup with Glutino Multigrain Bread

With the colder weather here, my body has been craving warm soups and stews. Today all I wanted was a homemade bowl of chicken soup, so I whipped some up when I got home from work. This recipe is super easy and takes about an hour to make. The result is delicious!

Hearty Chicken Soup

1 cup water
1 box Imagine® Organic Free Range Chicken Broth 
2 large carrots (chopped)
1/2 onion (minced)
1 clove of minced garlic
1/2 bundle of asparagus (chopped)
1/2 cup chopped parsley
15 mini potatoes (chopped into quarters)
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Preheat the oven to 350 and bake the chicken for 35-40 minutes (or until the juices run clear).

While the chicken is cooking, place the carrots and potatoes into a large pot or dutch oven and simmer in 1 cup of water. After 10-15 minutes pour the full box of Imagine® Organic Free Range Chicken Broth into the pot and add the onion, garlic, and asparagus.

Once the chicken is fully cooked, cut into cubes and add to the soup. Stir in the parsley and voila, a delicious hearty soup! Makes 4-6 servings. 

This was the first time I tried Imagine’s gluten-free chicken broth and wow is it delicious! It’s so flavourful and full of great ingredients. Not only is it gluten-free but dairy-free, non-GMO and organic. Definitely a must try. It might be the best boxed chicken broth I’ve ever had.

Chicken soup

 

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Gluten-Free Halloween Candy: What Can I Eat?

Another Halloween has come and gone. I hope you all got lots of good treats!

As kids, my sister and I used to dump all our candy on the living room floor and sort our goods into piles. Candy we loved, candy we’d share with our parents (which was candy we usually didn’t love…sorry Mom and Dad!) and candy that was no good. At that time, I never had to worry about what candy I couldn’t have.

Now as an adult I realize Halloween candy can be slim picking when it comes to what is allergen friendly.

Thankfully there are great websites that list all candy that is gluten-free, check out VeryWell.com to see what is safe to eat in your Halloween stash!

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Why the teal pumpkin? The teal pumpkin symbolizes The Teal Pumpkin Project – an initiative to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of safe treats for all trick-or-treaters. Next year remember to support this project, check out the link here.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookie Truffles

The official countdown to Christmas is on – we’re only five days away!
Glutino Brownies and Cupcakes Last night we had our family Christmas party – with three out of our 13 family members who are gluten-free. I always love raising my hand to bring the treats and this year I decided to make everything gluten-free.

I used to make a variety of ‘gluten-full’ treats so that I didn’t have to make everyone eat my gluten-free creations (when I was the only one GF), but now that there are so many amazing alternatives to GF flours and mixes, baking gluten-free for everyone is easy and everyone loves it.

One of my favourite GF brownie mixes is from Glutino (Double Chocolate Brownies) – they make the most decadent, fudgey, flavourful brownies and they always seem to be a hit. I served brownies and mini Glutino Twinkle Sprinkle Cupcakes with buttercream icing to appease the chocolate and vanilla lovers in the family.

They’re both so easy to whip up and are the perfect treat to finish off a Christmas dinner.

Alongside, I served Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookie Truffles. These truffles are a rendition of the ‘Oreo’ Truffle, using Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies. They didn’t last long on the plate and everyone was so surprised how easy they were to make.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookie Truffles

1.5 packages of Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies

1 80z package of cream cheese

1 package of semi-sweet baking chocolate

In a food processor, blend a package and a half of Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies until they are a fine crumb. Next, chop the cream cheese into small pieces and add in. Continue to blend until a smooth mixture is formed. Stick in the fridge for around 30-45 minutes until cool.

Once the mixture is cooled, scoop out and roll into one inch balls (or smaller). Stick in the freezer to chill for 25 minutes.

After removing from the freezer, in a double-boiler melt the semi-sweet chocolate until smooth and liquid. Drop the balls into the mixture and roll around with a spoon. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet to cool. Keep in the fridge before serving.

Gluten-Free 'Oreo' Truffles

The outer shell is a hard semi-sweet chocolate and inside is a gooey, rich truffle filling. They are amazing!