Eggnog has been a holiday tradition since the Colonial days. Popularized by the European celebration of milk and wine punches, eggnog was consumed during the winter months. This New Year’s Eve, millions of Americans will drink high-fat/calorie eggnog; however, the health conscious individual can enjoy low-fat or vegan eggnog recipes.
The average glass of eggnog is between 200-400 calories. The caloric content depends upon the ingredients used to make this popular drink. For example, eggnog containing alcohol such as rum, brandy, whiskey or bourbon will increase its fat/caloric content. Also, the type of milk used such as whole milk, skim milk or non-dairy milk determines the fat and sugar caloric content.
For those who plan on buying eggnog from the store, there are a few popular brands to choose from. Some popular store bought brands are Organic Valley Eggnog, Southern Comfort Traditional Eggnog, SO Delicious Coconut Milk Nog and Lactaid Eggnog.
If you plan on cooking your eggnog at home, the following are healthy alternative recipes:
Low Fat Eggnog
6 cups skim milk
1 cup “Egg Beaters” or similar
2 tsps. Of vanilla essence
2 tsps. Of rum extract
Natural/ no calorie sweetener or sugar to taste
2 x pinch nutmeg, ground
2 x pinch cinnamon, ground
*In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, Egg beaters and sweetener/sugar. Stir continuously. Heat and stir until mixture thickens slightly. Stir in vanilla essence, rum extract, nutmeg & cinnamon. Remove from heat. Serve and garnish with ground nutmeg and cinnamon.
Vegan Eggnog Rice Pudding
1 cup cooked Long Grain White Rice
1-1/2 cups vegan eggnog (store bought)
1/3 cup of brown sugar
Pinch of salt
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon & 1 tsp. vanilla extract
2x pinch of nutmeg & 1/3 cup of raisins
1 tbs. of dairy- free margarine
*Place rice and 1 cup of vegan eggnog in a medium saucepan and cook over moderate heat. Cook for 5 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the liquid. Add sugar, salt, cinnamon and raisins. Cook for 10 more minutes before adding remaining eggnog and simmer until desired thickness. Stir in dairy-free margarine and melt. Take the pot off the heat and put in vanilla. Serve and top with grated nutmeg.
Happy New Year!!