Eggnog is a traditional holiday drink that is served chilled. A sweetened, dairy-based beverage typically made with milk or cream, sugar and whipped eggs for frothy texture; it is often served with the finishing touch of a favorite spirit, such as brandy, rum or bourbon. For an extra dash of holiday cheer, many people add cinnamon or nutmeg.
If you love all things festive but prefer a more health conscious option, check out these healthy alternatives to eggnog!
1. Use soy milk instead! When you’re mixing this traditional drink, opt for soy milk instead of regular. Soy milk is high in protein, vitamins and minerals and will eliminate some of the fat content from your drink.
2. Replace dairy milk with rice milk. If you have a dairy intolerance or a soy allergy, rice milk is a great alternative. Made from boiled rice syrup and brown rice starch, rice milk is low in fat and carbs and contains no animal byproducts. Another bonus—rice milk has a sweeter taste than cow’s milk.
3. Try vegan eggnog. While it may seem impossible to recreate a vegan-friendly version of a drink whose main ingredients include milk and eggs, think again! Replace the dairy milk with a mixture of cashew milk and full-fat coconut milk and replace the eggs with raw cashews soaked in water. When blended with the other ingredients, the raw cashews provide a creaminess to replace the whipped eggs.
4. Sugar-free options. An easy way to make sugar-free eggnog is by replacing the granulated sugar with an everyday alternative such as aspartame, Stevia or any other sugar substitute. Be sure to include the optional ingredients like nutmeg and cinnamon for added sweetness!
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