Day of the Dead – Dia de los Muertos - is a Mexican holiday which focuses praying for and remembering friends and family who have passed away. It takes place on November 1 and 2 in conjunction with All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. People build private altars honoring the deceased and decorate them with sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed.
I’m a big admirer of Day of the Dead artwork and have been collecting it for a few years after my husband started bringing home Day of the Dead figurines, sugar skulls and shadow boxes from his fishing trips to La Paz, Mexico. He’s also bought me an Day of the Dead patterned apron and a bolt of cloth.
Thus inspired I thought I’d come up with a healthy drink to toast the day and remember friends and family who have passed.
Traditional Day of the Dead dishes
According to About.com’s Mexican Food page, many of the traditional foods for Dia de los Muertos are sweet – sugar skulls, chocolate skulls and coffins, Pan de Muerto, and Candied Pumpkin (Calabaza En Tacha).
Instead of sugar, I decided to use SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia flavored drops as a healthy, natural alternative. I prefer liquid stevia when cooking, because it’s easier to use than the powdered form. Since SweetLeaf’s liquid stevia comes in glass bottles with droppers, you can control the amount you use down to the drop! SweetLeaf contains zero calories, zero carbs, zero glycemic index, and zero chemicals.
Pumpkin Tofu Smoothie
- 1 14 ounce package soft tofu
- 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
- 70 drops SweetLeaf Clear Liquid Stevia (or to taste)
- 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 3 cups light coconut milk
- 1 large handful ice cubes
- Combine ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve.
- Calories: 258
- Calories from Fat: 212
- Total Fat: 23.5g
- Saturated fat: 19.4g
- Unsaturated fat: 4.1g
- Sodium: 20mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 10.6g
- Sugar: 5.2g
- Fiber: 3.7g
- Protein: 5.9g
- Cholesterol: 0g
Disclosure: SweetLeaf provided me with samples of their stevia liquid drops and powdered stevia. All opinions are my own.