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Warm Eggnog

Instead of spending the time searching for a dairy free, refined sugar free eggnog recipe, I decided just to test out things in my kitchen. I remember making eggnog with my dad as a child. Milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in a blender. As a lactose intolerant adult that watches the refined sugar, I thought I was doomed…..until now. 

This recipe makes 2 cups of eggnog. “Warning: consuming raw or undercooked eggs can have potential health risks.” I have to put the disclaimer just like the restaurants. Also, the quality of your egg matters as far as taste in this recipe. I did not buy the 99 cent per 18 pack at the big name grocery for this, as it will change the end taste of the nog. 


1 can (13.5 oz.) full fat coconut milk

1/2 cup water

1 egg (yolk and white separated)

1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar

1 tsp honey (more or less to taste)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

1/8 tsp nutmeg

Pinch salt

Pinch cardamom


In a small sauce pan, on med-low heat bring coconut milk and water to a boil. Then, take off the heat. 

In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolk with coconut sugar until light and fluffy. 

  Tempur the egg yolks by adding the 1/4 cup of the hot milk to the  egg yolks and whisking. Repeat this process until half the milk is left. Then, add the egg mixture to the pot. 
Reuse the bowl to whisk the egg whites until frothy. Then, tempura the egg whites as the yolks and add everything back in the pot. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients and pour in a cup. Top with a marshmallow and zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds to give it a warm treat-like feeling. 

I made my own marshmallows with the recipe in Real Life Paleo by the Paleo Parents. It’s so easy, you’ll never buy marshmallows again. 

Thanksgiving experiment #2: Turkey

Apple Cranberry Chutney was first and I converted my pre-diabetic mom from the cranberry jelly to the chutney. Win!

Experiment #2: Instead of 1-20+ pound turkey that is wet brined and baked, according to the Alton Brown recipe, I did 2 – 11 pound turkeys. I dry brined, spatchcocked and baked one courtesy of Michelle Tam’s post here. The other one I wet brined and smoked in our electric smoker. Both were good, but the clean up on the dry brined and roasted turkey was horrible. The dark meat was better on the smoked turkey, a little too moist on the roasted one. The breast meat was more flavorful on the smoked turkey and downright juicy on the roasted one. If I was being picky, I would dry brine the whole turkey, then quarter the turkey to where the dark meat goes into the smoker and the white meat goes in the oven. I would also use a disposable pan and rack for the turkey in the oven. The experiment goes on, but we don’t want to even smell turkey for another few months. Christmas is going to be a different meal all together.

Thanksgiving Part 1

I have been a long time Thanksgiving whirlwind of cook. All my friends and family have enjoyed tasty treats from my kitchen. Recently, my kitchen has been morphing into a healthy beast. If you were to compare today’s Thanksgiving to the one 15 years ago, you may not been able to taste the difference, but your blood test may be able to tell. I will be posting all my experiments this year. Stay tuned….

Happy Mother’s Day

Every holiday in my family is an excuse for tasty food. Whether we go out for a nice meal, or cook a bunch of food at home, we always overeat. Do I feel guilty? Do I restricted everyone else to my dietary standards? The answer to this is no, and here are some reasons why.

  • Holidays are not every week
  • Special occasions should be celebrated
  • If you stress out about your “diet”, you could be doing more harm than good
  • Desserts are meant to be shared. Don’t eat an entire brownie cake by yourself

Today is Mother’s Day and I did a few swaps. Instead of corn bread, I had corn bread made with cashew milk and a gluten-free box mix. The brownies were Krusteaz Gluten Free Fudge Brownie mix made with coconut oil rather than the weird “vegetable oil” called for on the box. I mean, seriously, have you ever tried to extract “oil” out of a vegetable? The rest of the menu consisted of ribs, green bean salad and sweet potatoes. Not too shabby. This whole meal was shared amongst 6 people, and we didn’t double batch the carbs.

Could I have skipped on the corn bread and brownies all together? Yes, of course. Is all of my family on board with the real food living and giving up grains yet…..No, no they are not. So, instead of looking like the crazy carb police, I will make some exceptions. Change is not well accepted in human nature, but if it comes slowly, it is easier. Before you know it, nobody will know why they are eating real food, they just do because that is the new normal.

Why I started this blog

After a few months of having a, I wanted to dedicate a site to a healthy lifestyle. I want all of my blog subscriptions, recipes, exercises and scientific research studies in one spot, hopefully to help others. I am starting my nutritional schooling at the end of this month and I want to help clients look and feel the best they can through nutrition, movement, stress management and adequate sleep. I believe everyone is an individual and you have the ability to take charge to heal yourself. Ultimately, if the saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out,” I say, “nourishment in, radiance out.” Is this another “Paleo” website? No. Have I researched and tried multiple fad diets? Yes. My reasoning for that is so I don’t assume things based on dogmatic approaches?

Why Practical Plate? You’ve heard of the USDA’s My Plate? Well, I’m here to tweak that in my own way. We need to eat more veggies people! And before you judge, try it. Everyone’s story is different. I want to help diabetics, people with Celiac disease, people with allergies, people with stomach problems such as IBS and diverticulitis, and thyroid conditions. I’m not against drugs altogether, but if there is evidence that supports what you put in your mouth is a start to not needing or eliminating the drugs you are on, I can help.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and the advice on this blog is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease. I am just passionate about these topics and I believe people have the power to change their lives by working with functional medical practitioners. Asking the right questions, is just a start. Humans are complicated and individualized. What is good for one, is not good for the other. So, put down those magic pills and let’s get started.