Healthier Eggnog Recipe

Healthier Eggnog Recipe

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Forget politics — if you really want to hear some strong opinions at the holiday dinner table, ask your nearest and dearest how they feel about eggnog.

We’ve never met anyone who’s on the fence about this creamy concoction — either you love it or you hate it. And if you’re on Team Eggnog, then ’tis the season to chug as much of it as you possibly can while it’s seasonally appropriate.

Unfortunately, while eggnog is many things — thick, creamy, festive, full of sweet spices — it’s definitely not the healthiest holiday beverage out there. Traditional eggnog recipes call for heavy cream and loads of sugar, and one cup of eggnog typically contains about 224 calories. And it’s hard to resist refilling your mug, which means those calories can add up pretty quickly.

But you shouldn’t have to choose between your fit goals and your favorite holiday beverage. So we created a healthy eggnog recipe — same cozy flavors, but without throwing a wrench in your healthy holiday eating plan. “This recipe has about half the calories and 75 percent less sugar, which is significant,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, and Nutrition Manager at Openfit.

And if you’re anti-eggnog simply because the idea of sipping raw egg yolks freaks you out, don’t let that deter you from enjoying this tasty treat. Just choose pasteurized eggs, Giancoli says, and be sure to heat the eggnog to 160 degrees while you’re prepping it.

Here’s how to enjoy a healthier eggnog this holiday season.

Healthier Eggnog Recipe

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Healthier Eggnog Recipe

This healthier eggnog recipe is a great way to enjoy the classic drink this holiday season!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword eggnog
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 2 servings, 1 cup each
Calories 133 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Place almond milk, egg yolks, honey, extract, and nutmeg in blender; cover. Blend until smooth and creamy.

  2. Heat eggnog mixture in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 6 minutes, or just before mixture starts to boil. Mixture will be frothy at first and then will slightly thicken.

  3.  Strain almond milk through a fine mesh strainer (or cheese cloth) before serving.

Recipe Notes

More holiday drinks:

Other tips:

  • Eggnog can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • If you prefer "adult" eggnog, add 1 Tbsp. of bourbon, brandy, or rum per serving.
  • For boozier flavor, rum extract can be substituted for vanilla extract.

The Nutritional Facts have been estimated for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Eggnog Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 184mg61%
Sodium 188mg8%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Kara Wahlgren

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Kara Wahlgren is a contributing editor at Openfit and a freelance health writer whose work can be found at Prevention, Seventeen, Women's Health, and more. When she's not writing, she enjoys beach volleyball, traveling, live music, and running half marathons reeeaaally slowly.

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