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vegan thirsty thursday

thirsty thursday: holiday edition

watermark-review-coverThis time of year, I look forward to all the indulgent seasonal drinks from eggnog to mulled cider and many more.  I was so excited to find so many vegan eggnog options this year since it is one of my favorite holiday choices.  Whether you like your eggnog topped with some whipped coconut milk or spiked with a shot of Jack, these are sure to make your holidays bright!

Silk Nog Original (Soymilk)

This was very reminiscent of how I remember eggnog tasting last season.  It was a little bit thinner than the traditional eggnog, but most non-dairy milks are thinner and I have been using non-dairy milk exclusively for so long that I don’t really remember what cow milk tastes like anymore (and why should I?!).  The seasoning level is perfect, but you could shave a little extra nutmeg or cinnamon on top when served for an extra kick (or a shot of Jack Daniels for an even bigger kick!).  This version has 80 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein per 1/2 cup.watermark-eggnog

Rating: 9/10

So Delicious Holiday Nog (Coconut Milk)

This was the perfect replica of the traditional eggnog in my opinion.  What was lacking in the soymilk version in terms of a thicker texture was met here in the coconut version.  I didn’t make any changes to this one at all!  It’s sure to satisfy your holiday cravings!  Like most coconut milk versions, the calories are a little higher at 90 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 15 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein per 1/2 cup.


Rating: 10/10

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Peppermint Almond Beverage

This is the holiday version of the fall pumpkin spice beverage which I wasn’t crazy about, but I am always willing to try products at Trader Joe’s!  Let me preface this review by letting you know that I am not a huge chocolate fan.  I tried this product cold and it had the same watery flavor and texture as the fall counterpart.  I much prefer the texture that is present in the eggnog options.  I do think it would be better heated up and topped with some Trader Joe’s vegan marshmallows or coconut whipped topping (as shown).  Then it would be the perfect accompaniment for sitting by a fire watching the snow fall.  For the calories, this is the best options with 110 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 17 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein per 1 cup.


Rating: 5/10

Bye y’all!


spooky thirsty thursday

Halloween means different things to different people.  Whether you are going to a bar, a costume party or frantically getting your kid dressed up in their costume to walk the neighborhood all night, we all want one thing – to have a great time!

In my Halloween pasts especially in college, we used any party as an excuse to make Jello shots with Vodka.  Jello was also a favorite low calorie snack (I ate the sugar free kind) that I ate with lunch.  When I went vegetarian, I knew this had to be removed from my diet since it contains gelatin and there went my favorite party treat.  When I was in my small town Wal-Mart a few weeks ago, I came across a product that was totally new to me.  There it was – Bakol Jel Dessert – right next to the standard Jello.  I grabbed one of each flavor available – Cherry and Strawberry.  When I checked online, I was excited to see that there were a few more options too like orange, raspberry, lemon and unflavored.  The box boasts the vegan label as well as non-gmo, 100% natural and no preservatives.

Bakol Jel Dessert meant Vegan Jel Shots.  Yeah, that’ll work for me!  Here is my recipe to make my Spooky Strawberry Vegan Jel Shots.

jel-shots-watermark1. Boil 8 oz of water.  Once boiling, add the water to a vessel with a spout.

2. Add the 3 oz Jel pack and stir until it is completely dissolved.

3. Add in 3 oz of cold water and 5 oz of vodka.

4. Place in a mold or cups and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.  I used a silicone sugar skull mold for some of mine in the photo.  The Jel worked very well with the silicone and were super easy to remove.  This product is not as firm as its traditional counterpart.


skull-water-watermarkIs Jel not your thing?  A lot of people have a texture issue with Jel or Jello.  Don’t worry – I have a treat for you too!  First, grab a spooky glass like my skull mason jar!  Add a shot of vodka to the glass, pour in your favorite La Croix water (cranberry pictured) and add in any fruit you like.  There you have a very tasty, low calorie spooky treat!

My husband and I are planning on enjoying our Spooky Jel Shots this weekend while we cheer on the Chicago Cubs!  Hope y’all have a safe and fun Halloween!

Bye y’all!

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