Real Foods for Healthy Lunch, Part 6: Rich, Satisfying Beverages!

I know winter is a ways off, so these mugs with snowflakes are just a little out of season, but they happened to be what was handy to serve the Vanilla Soother that my friend’s teenaged son whipped up in the Naturally Healthy Cooking class last week. This soother is like a drinkable pudding, and it is so good! It makes a super healthy, satisfying real food you could put in your child’s thermos for her lunch box or serve at home on homeschooling days. Ironically, we had the vanilla soother last Saturday morning and then later on that day, within five minutes the sky turned dark and cloudy and this is what our summer evening looked like in my front yard:

Yes, we had a hailstorm that lasted all of five minutes a week ago Saturday night. It was the strangest thing, as if all hell had broken loose in a flash, and then it was over in five minutes. So when the weather looks like that, imagine how swell you and your kids will feel inside having these soothers for your lunch, or breakfast, or for a snack, or even for dinner! My friend Lynda served the vanilla version with freshly grated nutmeg, and oh boy, was that ever the finishing touch! This would make such a delectable FHE treat on cold winter nights. Now I have something else to look forward to for winter, besides flannel sheets and Christmas!

Warm Vanilla Soother

3 cups Whole milk
4 Egg yolks
1/3 cup Real maple syrup
2 Tbs. Arrowroot powder or corn starch
1 Tbs. Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, egg yolks, maple syrup and arrowroot powder.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly (I use a whisk) until mixture begins to thicken.  Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.  Stir until creamy.  Pour into mugs and serve warm.

This soother is so rich and satisfying that my friend’s son will whip a batch before his shift at a restaurant to drink before he leaves and it tides him over through his shift. It will definitely help your kids have the fats and nutrients they need to work hard at school and at play.

Here’s the Chocolate variety:

Warm Chocolate Soother

3 cups Whole milk
4 Egg yolks
¼ cup Real maple syrup
3 Tbs. Sucanat
1/4 cup Cocoa powder
2 Tbs. Arrowroot powder or corn starch
1 Tbs. Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, egg yolks, maple syrup, sucanat, cocoa and arrowroot powder.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly (I use a whisk) until mixture begins to thicken.  Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.  Stir until creamy.  Pour into mugs and serve warm.

If you want a drink that’s satisfying but not warm and thick, here’s a Coconut Tonic that I have been making every day to increase my calcium intake. It’s from Sally Fallon’s book Eat Fat Lose Fat. This is a great alternative to dairy if you can’t tolerate milk and or don’t have access to raw milk, which is a great real food, btw. Real Milk has sources for raw milk.

Coconut Milk Tonic

Mix in a pitcher:

1 can coconut milk

1 3/4 c water

2 T maple syrup (use pinches of stevia if  you as a mom are wanting to lose weight and will be drinking this)

1 t dolomite powder

1 t vanilla

If you prefer to have it warm you can mix in a saucepan and warm until the dolomite is dissolved. On these hot summer days I have just been mixing it in a pitcher.

Put in a thermos if you want it to stay warm or some other drinking container in lunch box. It’s a sweet refreshing drink!

(Can you tell I am not ready for summer to end?)

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