Make Healthy Eggnog for the Holidays
By Brandi Swieter
The day before Christmas isn't just Christmas Eve. It's also National Eggnog Day. The delightful drink is a favorite for many and reminds a lot of people of their favorite holiday memories. It is also made very fattening, which makes it off limits for those trying to eat healthy. A healthy eggnog is possible for the holiday season as long as people create a homemade version.
Incorporate Organic Maple Syrup
Sugar isn't needed to sweeten up a drink or dish. Maple syrup works just as well to enhance the flavor. Only a true organic version should be used, however. It is not overloaded with sugar and calories like the ones found on store shelves. A one-third cup of the pure form of syrup is recommended for an eggnog recipe. Organic honey is another sweetener alternative if pure maple syrup is hard to find.
Stick With Low-Fat Milk
Whole milk contains more fat and calories than what is needed. Most people already get their sources of calcium and dairy from other things throughout the day, particularly cheese, so too much milk isn't actually needed. A low-fat version is best for eggnog to help cut down the calories and make the drink better for anyone to consume. It's even possible to use almond milk and similar types if those are preferred.
Only Use Egg Whites
Most recipes call for the entire egg or just the egg yolks. These are a bit higher in calories and fat because that is what the yolk contains. The whites are more beneficial to consume without the setbacks. People can create a lighter eggnog using only the egg whites for a healthier taste.
Drink Just a Half-Cup
Pouring an entire cup of even a healthy eggnog can still add more calories than needed to the daily count. A typical cup of the beverage contains more than 200 calories. Drink just a half-cup to limit that amount and keep it more reasonable. It's best if water is enjoyed the rest of the day to keep calories from beverages low.
Anyone can enjoy a cup of eggnog around the holidays if they desire. It's just a matter of creating a healthier version that is safe to drink even for those watching their fat or calorie intake. A few changes will go a long way in enhancing the recipe and keeping it low-fat.
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