With the holiday season around the corner, many of us are turning to eggnog as a festive drink. Unfortunately, many varieties of eggnog aren’t the healthiest and can contribute to holiday weight gain. So if you’re looking for healthy eggnog—and an easy eggnog recipe—look no further than below, where we will outline how you can still enjoy your eggnog without tipping the scales.
For those that don’t know what eggnog is, it is basically a creamy beverage that includes milk, beaten eggs, cream, and sugar – all things that can make your belt buckle seem tighter. For flavoring, you can add cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla; and for the adults, some alcohol can be added to the mix, too.
If made with healthier options, eggnog can actually offer you benefits as it is high-protein and low-carb. Unfortunately, the benefits of eggnog often become masked by alcohol, sugar, and cream. Read on to discover how you can make eggnog healthy again so you can enjoy it this holiday season.
Healthy Eggnog Recipe
During the holiday season it can be difficult to adhere to healthy eating, but being aware of healthier alternatives to your holiday favorites can help you stick to your healthy eating plan without adding on the extra pounds.
The following recipe shows how you can boost the benefits of your eggnog without boosting the number on your scale.
What you’ll need:
2 cups of soy milk (can be substituted for regular milk, almond milk, or hazelnut milk)
3 egg whites
1/3 cup of honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon + some extra for the top of the beverage
Place all your ingredients in a blender and blend together for about two to three minutes. Pour your mixture into a pot and heat it on medium-low heat for 15 minutes so the eggs can cook. Your mixture should be hot but shouldn’t be boiling.
Once done with the heat, remove it from the stove top to cool and keep it in the refrigerator. If your beverage is thick when serving– this is dependant on what type of liquid you used – then simply break it up with a whisk. If it is too thick, you can simply add in more milk.
Your eggnog is now ready to serve with a few extra sprinkles of cinnamon on top.
Not only is this version of eggnog healthy, but kids and adults alike can enjoy it! This recipe does not call for additional sugar or fat, so it is definitely a healthy version you can easily add onto your holiday beverage list. It will provide you with protein along with other benefits from the nutmeg, cinnamon, and honey.
Whether you’re hosting the holidays or are simply a guest, you will want to have this healthy eggnog around to enjoy and really get into the holiday spirit!
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