While the name isn’t all that appealing, many of us find eggnog’s sweet, creamy and boozy qualities too good to resist this time of year. Regardless of whether or not yours is spiked with bourbon and brandy though, the nearly 200 calories and 9 grams fat in one small glass of traditional eggnog is enough to make any of us feel a little drinkers remorse the next day.
As part of our Holiday Recipe Remix Contest, we received numerous eggnog recipe submissions from users wanting a little help lightening up their recipe. But in the end, it was Nancy’s Best Eggnog that was just too naughty to ignore. We’re talking heavy whipping cream, half & half, whole milk, and a whole lot of alcohol.
Elle, our Registered Dietitian, was up for the challenge though, and boy did she deliver.
The main ingredient in the remixed nog? Not cream. Not half & half. Good ol’ 1% low-fat milk.
Not only did using milk in place of cream cut major fat and calories, but it more than doubled the amount of protein in a serving.
The remixed recipe tasted identical to the real stuff but, per serving, had
- 70 less calories
- 5 less grams of fat
- More than double the protein – over 5 grams in a 1/2 cup!
Here, Elle explains how she remixed this recipe:
The recipe is below–just be sure to log your nog in MyFitnessPal! Search Holiday Recipe Remix in the food database. There you’ll find the full nutrition info and be able add this delicious holiday drink to your food diary.
Serving Size: ½ cup
- 3 1/2 cups 1% milk
- 1/3 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup bourbon (optional)
- 2 tablespoons brandy (optional)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon (for garnish)
1. Combine milk, condensed milk, flour, nutmeg and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly with a whisk.
2. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl. While whisking, slowly pour 1 1/2 cups of hot milk mixture into egg yolks. Then, add all of the yolk mixture back to remaining hot milk while stirring with a whisk. Cook over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
3. Pour into a pitcher. Stir in vanilla, and if adding alcohol, bourbon and brandy.
4. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 4 hours though overnight is best. Garnish with additional nutmeg or cinnamon before serving.
Note: Nutrition information includes bourbon & brandy.
If you missed any of the previous remixed recipes we’ve shared, check them out below!
The MyFitnessPal Team