RECIPE: Super Holiday Nog -- Minus the Egg

12/20/2012 12:16 EST | Updated 02/19/2013 05:12 EST
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Egg nog is gross. Really gross. It is made of cream, sugar, spices and traditionally, raw eggs. For many of you, this might still sound like an amazing holiday treat. For me, it sounds like the makings of a massive hork-worthy-throat-phlegm-wad. Chhhhhhhaaaaaaaaah. You know, it makes that sound.

That is just what all those ingredients would do, when mixed together. Now, my recipe uses Irish Moss (also known as Sea Moss), to give it that creamyness and this super sea veggie actually has the absolute opposite effect.

Irish Moss Keeps The Phlegmy Mucous Away!

It helps relieve and prevent symptoms of colds and flus. How perfect for the winter months ahead. Irish moss is a source of potassium chloride, a nutrient which helps to dissolve catarrhs (yucky inflammation and chaaaaaaaaah-inducing phlegm in the mucous membranes), which cause congestion. It also contains compounds which act as natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents, helping to get rid of any infections. Hello natural cough syrup.

Cold, flu-like, and other coughy mucousy conditions the moss helps with include:

  • Sore throat
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Chest coughs

So where traditional Egg Nog, loaded with cream and sugar, kicks the immune system down and increases the likelihood of cold and flu-like symptoms, Irish Moss makes it like opposite day and gets rid of all that stuff.

Super Holiday Nog

500 mL warm to hot water

2 Tbsp cashews

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

pinch of ground clove

¼ tsp ginger powder

¼-1/2 tsp turmeric

½ - 1 tsp maca (optional)

2 Tbsp lucuma powder (or just add extra honey)

¼-1/3 cup sea moss gel


Blend this joy together until smooth.

You can get Irish moss here, but if you don't have Irish Moss, you could totally use an avocado to get the same awesome-town creaminess.

Question Of The Day: Yay or nay on the egg nog, fruit cake and other weird/gross holiday foods?