Try A Lighter Nog

Lighter Egg Nog

December 18, 2013   6 Comments

Snack Girl doesn't think you should mess with the recipe for egg nog. But, I have been getting requests to share a version with fewer calories.

The problem starts when you ask me, "Snack Girl - make egg nog into a zero calorie treat!" - my reaction is BLECH.

There are recipes for egg nog that feature egg substitute, stevia, and non-fat milk - and I just can't go there. How can you get a concoction with that combo that touches the real ingredients of egg nog - milk and/or cream, sugar, eggs, and liquor (with a little nutmeg).

It is not supposed to be healthy - is is supposed to be DREAMY.

But, I do HATE the corn syrup, additive filled, containers of egg nog that grace our supermarket dairy section. They are packed with calories and they taste, well, fake.

You have to make your own egg nog to get the TRUE flavor of egg nog. After trying homemade egg nog, you will never buy a container of egg nog again.

Now, I use raw egg in my egg nog. For those of you with a deep fear of salmonella, this is not for you. I know the source of my eggs (a family farm in my region) and they have never had an outbreak of salmonella. Basically, I trust the farmers.

Where can you cut calories?

  • portion control - stick to 4-6 ounces and savor them!
  • use lowfat milk - not as DREAMY but still tastes good.
  • make it once or twice for the holiday season and share with friends.

Since I am WAY over 21, I like rum in my egg nog. Bourbon, brandy, and scotch are also good additions. I've seen egg nog served in a martini glass - which I think is a great idea to help you SIP it.

I don't own any martini glasses (hint: Christmas gift for Snack Girl!).

Have you made homemade egg nog?

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Slightly Lighter Egg Nog Recipe

(6 servings)

3 eggs
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups lowfat milk
1/2 cup rum (optional)
nutmeg for dusting

Separate the eggs and beat the yolks with the sugar. Stir in vanilla, milk, and rum. Beat the egg whites and fold them into the milk mixture. Pour egg nog into a SMALL glass and top with nutmeg. ENJOY!

For a six ounce glass with rum: 142 calories, 3.4 g fat, 10.5 g carbohydrates, 6.9 g protein, 0 g fiber, 85 mg sodium, 3 Points+

For a five ounce glass without rum: 99 calories, 3.4 g fat, 10.5 carbohydrates, 6.9 g protein, 0 g fiber, 85 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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I love eggnog, with or without rum. My way to drink it lighter is to buy silks version of soy eggnog. It's lower calorie and delicious, less thick though.

on December 18, 2013

I am so happy that I don't like eggnog! I've had all kinds - store bought, homemade, gourmet, etc - all of them - yuk! I don't know what it is - I just hate eggnog! This makes me happy since it means that there's one less decadent and irresistable thing that I have to worry about having too much of over the holidays.

on December 18, 2013

Sounds a litle strange but Peachtree is great in egg nog. Peaches and Cream, anyone - total yum!!

on December 18, 2013

We use this recipe for eggnog:

Since the nog is cooked, it gets that thick consistency that makes you feel like you are drinking the full-fat version. Just make sure after you strain it, use an immersion blender (or regular blender) to froth it up and make it smooth and creamy. Mmmmm...

on December 18, 2013

Cooking eggnog is just like cooking pudding almost or a brulee from scratch. When I cook sugar free vanilla pudding, I pour it in a cup and drink it while it is still hot or warm. It is better than eggnog without the calories. : )

on December 18, 2013

Substitute 30 calorie vanilla almond milk for fat free milk to reduce calories? It will make it thicker as we'll :)

on December 18, 2013

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