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Two Guilt-Free Holiday Recipes for Runners

They say beach bodies are made in the winter. Try telling me that when the only visions dancing in my head are holiday sweets and seasonal cocktails. Don’t let your year of running and fitness melt away beneath cozy sweaters and puffy winter jackets this winter. Try these two recipes for healthy twists on a couple holiday favorites!

Vegan Eggnog

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Make roughly 10 4-oz. servings

Ingredients:

1 cup raw, unsalted cashews
2 cups water
1 14 oz. full-fat canned coconut milk

6-8 dates, pitted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp nutmeg (I prefer freshly grated, but ground nutmeg will do) + extra for garnish
1/2 tsp salt

Brandy, Spiced Rum or Bourbon (optional)

Directions:

  1. 1. Soak cashews for 8 hours in cold water. If you are in a hurry, you can let them soak in boiling water for 30 minutes.
  2. 2. Drain and rinse soaked cashews. Place them in a high-speed blender with 2 cups water.
  3. 3. Blend on high for 2 minutes until all the cashews are blended and the mixture is creamy white and smooth.
  4. 4. Add the coconut milk, dates, vanilla, nutmeg and salt. Blend again until dates are completely blended, 1-2 minutes.

Chill until ready to serve. Mix eggnog (4 oz.) with optional alcohol of choice (1 oz.), and garnish with nutmeg. Store remainder in a glass container and drink within a few days.

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Makes roughly 12 muffins

Ingredients:

2 very ripe bananas

2 cups rolled oats

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup blackstrap molasses

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cloves

2-3 dates, pitted

1/2 cup coconut milk (or other milk alternative)

Add-ins:

1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease or line muffin tin.
  2. 2. In a high-speed blender combine all ingredients except add-ins, if including.
  3. 3. Blend on high until smooth. Stop the blender and scrape down the sides if needed. Batter will be on the thicker side.
  4. 4. If including, stir in raisins and walnuts with a spoon. Do NOT blend. (Feel free to try other creative mix-ins. Try with dark chocolate chips!)
  5. 5. Divide batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. 6. Eat Happy!

What’s your favorite holiday-running food? Or running-holiday food? Let us know in the comments.

About the Writer

eggnog recipe for runners, holiday muffin recipe for runners, holiday food recipe for runners, runner friendly holiday recipesJess is a running coach and the author of Eat Happy Run Healthy, a blog the serves up healthy recipes spiced with running inspiration. She’s been running for over 15 years and has covered race distances from the 5K to the 50-miler. Also a member of the Brooks Running Trailhead team, Jess keeps the Run Happy mantra alive on the roads and trails of Seattle.

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