Healthy Eggnog... It's A Thing!

It's here.  Christmas is in the air... and that air is a bit chilly so I have something that will keep you warm.  Today's "Healthy Tip of the Week" will focus on a HEALTHY EGGNOG RECIPE for this holiday season.  Living a healthy lifestyle is all about BALANCE.  Indulging in your favorite treats occasionally allows you to have a healthy relationship with food.  As a result, you won't feel the need to "cheat" along your journey.  This recipe is great and super easy to make.  There's even an option to add a little "spice" to it, only for ages 21 and over of course ;).  Enjoy!

HEALTHY EGGNOG RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups almond or coconut milk
  • 2 large strips orange and/or lemon zest
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk (vegan: substitute for 1 banana)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • White rum or bourbon (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • Freshly grated cinnamon, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

- Combine 1 1/2 cups milk (almond or coconut), 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, and the citrus zest in a medium saucepan.

 That's no Vanilla Ice there!

That's no Vanilla Ice there!

- Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds; add the seeds and pod to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

- Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, sugar and cornstarch in a medium bowl until light yellow. Substitute eggs for banana if you'd like to make this treat vegan.

 Prep it up!

Prep it up!

- Gradually pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly, then pour back into the pan. Place over medium heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon in a figure-eight motion until the eggnog begins to thicken, about 8 minutes.

- Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the remaining 1/2 cup milk to stop the cooking. Transfer the eggnog to a large bowl and place over a larger bowl of ice to cool, then chill until ready to serve.

- Remove the zest and vanilla pod. Spike the eggnog with alcohol of choice (1 1/2 oz.), if desired, and garnish with nutmeg.

 Drink up!

Drink up!

Nutritional Facts

Per serving (1/2 cup)

Calories 90 

Fat 2 g (Saturated 1 g)

Cholesterol 96 mg

Sodium 59 mg

Carbohydrate 13 g

Fiber 0 g

Protein 5 g

 

Lay back on the couch and Treat Ya' Self!