Best Light Eggnog: What You Can Find in the Store
November 22, 2020 1 Comment
This best light eggnog review is for those of us who love eggnog but wish it wasn’t so luxurious
Eight ounces of egg nog will set you back 360 calories with 9 grams of fat and 42 grams of sugar - and that is before you add the necessary rum.
Before we begin, try to drink only 1/2 cup at a time to bring it down to 180 calories or so - then add a shot of rum - another hundred calories to get to a more manageable (but still crazy) 280 calories for your drink.
You have to think of egg nog like a boozy milkshake. I made a bourbon filled vanilla milkshake once and my husband asked me never to make one again as he could not stop drinking it. So good but so dangerous!
Try my healthier egg nog recipe if you have the time and inclination to make your own nog.
For my taste test for the best light egg nog, I want to share that I did not have a carton or bottle of real egg nog to try along side these lighter versions.
In my opinion, none of these are going to touch the real thing. But, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be delicious. I am simply not sure these are actually egg nog.
I am going to start with the most calories per serving and then go to the least to determine the best light egg nog.
Hood Light Egg Nog
Hood’s take on a light egg nog means that they cut out fat by using milk instead of cream. But, they still added a ton of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup. The resulting drink is not worth it. Drink the real thing!
This light egg nog is very sweet and misses out on the true creaminess of egg nog - and you only cut 40 calories for 1/2 cup. I would rather drink a nicer version of the real thing. It tastes like sugary milk (which is what it is).
Half cup (4 ounces): 140 calories, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 22 g carbohydrates, 21 g sugar, 4 g protein, 0 g fiber, 100 mg sodium, 7 Green, 7 Blue, 7 Purple WW SmartPts
Silk is a popular brand of soymilk and they put out a seasonal nog. The ingredients include soymilk, sugar, and flavorings. This is a great option for people who are dairy-free or can’t do lactose.
Silk added 11 grams of sugar for half a cup so it is not too sweet. What I would say is that it doesn’t have the creaminess of a real eggnog. It is like an eggnog water - which isn’t a bad thing - but (again) isn’t eggnog.
I think the flavor is good and I would drink this knowing that it has no egg, dairy, or saturated fat - and I would enjoy it.
Half cup (4 ounces): 80 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 13 g carbohydrates, 12 g sugar, 3 g protein, 0 g fiber, 70 mg sodium, 4 Green, 4 Blue, 4 Purple WW SmartPts
Almond Breeze Almondmilk Nog
Almond Breeze nog includes almond milk, sugar, and flavorings. It is free of dairy, soy, lactose, saturated fat, and it is vegan.
Vegan egg nog - not kidding.
This has a creamy texture that I believe is created by the addition of guar gum. I found myself really liking this one. It tastes like the treat egg nog is and while I didn’t test it with rum - I believe it would work.
This is my favorite and wins for the best light egg nog. It also happens to have the least calories - that never happens!
Half cup (4 ounces): 70 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 14 g carbohydrates, 11 g sugar, 1 g protein, 0 g fiber, 75 mg sodium, 3 Green, 3 Blue, 3 Purple WW SmartPts
What is your favorite lighter egg nog? Please share.
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