Building on some suggestions made at the end of yesterday’s post, having substitutions in mind for the traditional treats people usually have on offer during the holiday season is really helpful. If you’re going to have a drink (cocktail or mocktail) for instance, try to mix it as clean as possible by making your own version with substituted ingredients. (Click here for our “cleaner” version of a White Russian.) For dessert, instead of diving into all the delicious cookies and cakes slathered in icing and chocolate, stick to a few slices of low/no sugar, gluten- and dairy-free homemade loaf. (You may have to offer to bring it yourself — but give this Banana Bread recipe a try).
Finally, what about the ubiquitous seasonal offers of hot chocolate with marshmallows on top? Definitely sounds hard to resist, but equally nice are good quality, organic, caffeine-free spiced teas with a bit of unpasteurized, organic honey drizzled in, stirred with a cinnamon stick. (One of our favourites at the moment is the Pukka Vanilla Chai.) And if you absolutely have to have that hit of real dessert flavour? Try an organic, loose, caffeine-free dessert tea, such as Tealish‘s Chocolate Mint or Lemon Meringue. All of the wonderful, warm “dessertiness” without compromising your clean eating habits!
Honestly? My friends and family are now so used to me and my sandwich bag of teas and baby Mason jar of honey, it’s become a normal part of our get-togethers. They know that Sam and I will always happily join in any meal or celebration, but with a few substitutions here and there to keep things on-track.
EDIT: Check out our 2016 holiday cocktail called the Merry Mary — a cleaner version of the traditional Bloody Mary, with a much more festive-sounding name!