Private Chef Brooke Baevsky At Erewhon, Entertaining + Egg Nog Smoothies

between Erewhon runs for clients like Mindy Kaling and Adam Sandler, we tracked down celebrity private chef Brooke Baevsky to give us some tips on holiday entertaining.

The busy private chef (Chef Bae to you, TikTok and Instagram) and Overheard Eats host can commonly found changing recipes for health in his signature food-prep-friendly jumpsuit. We trust her taste and crave her food, so we know she’ll guide us with this list of fun and practical tips for entertaining at home this season.

If you’ve volunteered yourself as a Holiday Host Tribute this year, Chef Bae wants to help you shake off the misconception that healthy food can’t be decadent and delicious. Using aromatic spices, acid, and heat in your food can make it taste delicious without the unnecessary calories and empty carbsjust foods that make you feel good.

7 Ways to Host a Healthier Holiday with Brooke Baevsky

01 | Find Replacement Additions | Most of my clients are gluten and dairy-free. For gluten swaps, I rather like to think about what I can add! For example, in a salad, instead of replacing the croutons, I add roasted seeds, nuts, and chickpeas for extra fiber and crunch! For dairy-free swaps, I like to use fermented cashew-based cheeses for alfredos and charcuterie board cheeses. For a dairy-free parmesan, I make my almond parm with almonds, nutritional yeast, and sea salt!

02 | Focus on flavor | I love breaking the stigma that better-for-you and allergy-friendly food is anything but delicious and indulgent tasting! I always feature at least two salads and three grilled vegetable options at the start of any holiday buffet spread! I make salads fun with colorful produce, protein-packed dressings, and delicious granola. Then I make sure there is a plant-based and animal-based protein option. Finally, a fiberful carb option like the herby wild rice side.

This way, guests will naturally build their plates with at least 50% vegetables and 25% protein. I’ll never forget a dessert spread, but if guests are satisfied and have stabilized their blood sugar levels from the protein, they’re less likely to overindulge in sweet treats!

03 | Always Use Leftovers | I love making frittatas and veggie pancakes avocado toast with leftover veggies! Hot tip: for salads during a dinner party, I dress as I go and refill. Once you dress a salad, it’s hard to store it as leftovers, so don’t dress all at once or keep the dressing on the side!

04 | Focus On Fiber + Protein | Keep your plate 50% fiber-rich veggies and 25% protein! Drink a glass of water between alcoholic drinks or mocktails and digest 30 minutes to an hour before dessert. This way, you can tell how full and satisfied you are before you indulge in sweets.

05 | Maintain Your Regular Routine | I keep my same routine! I exercise four to five days per week, and eat a protein-packed breakfast. I try to get 100-120g of protein per day, and it helps with sweet cravings and getting low blood sugar. I also don’t restrict myself or stress about eating something. If I want it, Ill have it in moderation.

06 | Be Careful With Your Shopping | Don’t over-shop! People usually buy 50% more food than they need. Make a list with the costs of each item ahead of time to avoid over-buying or over-cooking. Also, cook in batches.

Desserts, dressings, soups, and prepared vegetables can be frozen in advance. The only meals I make during the day are roasted vegetables and protein in the oven. You want to enjoy the holiday as a host and not the whole day in the kitchen! Also, instead of having guests bring wine or flowers, it’s okay to request a specific dish to lighten the holiday cooking load!

07 | Take Care of Your Body (And Vision) | Don’t think of eating clean as a diet or detox. It’s a lifestyle to feel your best. Trade thinking I can’t do xyz so I add more water, sleep, healthy drinks, and vegetables to my diet to feel like I’m running on jet fuel!

Chef Baes Dairy-Free Egg Nog Smoothie

Serves 1

1 cup Malk Almond Nog
1 frozen banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
cup of frozen cauliflower rice
1 tsp cinnamon
teaspoon almond extract
tsp vanilla extract
A dash of nutmeg
Water to mix

1. Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until you reach your desired consistency. Add more water if you want a thicker smoothie.
2. Pour into a large glass, and enjoy!

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