Holiday Recipe Remix: Not-So-Naughty Eggnog

Elle Penner, MPH, RD
by Elle Penner, MPH, RD
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Holiday Recipe Remix: Not-So-Naughty Eggnog

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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.

Egg nog nutrition

If you don’t yet have a MyFitnessPal account, you can sign up on the web or by downloading the free app for your iPhoneiPadAndroid or Windows mobile device.

For submitting her recipe, Nancy will be receiving a snazzy MyFitnessPal apron, a Withings Smart Body Analyzer scale, a cookbook from Cooking Light, and a Fitbug Orb!

If you missed any of the previous remixed recipes we’ve shared, check them out below!

Spicy, Not Sinful Pumpkin Spice LatteSweet Potato Pecan Tart

Sausage Egg NestsFresh Green Bean Casserole


The MyFitnessPal Team

About the Author

Elle Penner, MPH, RD
Elle Penner, MPH, RD

Elle is a nutrition and wellness writer, recipe developer, blogger and nutrition consultant whose favorite things include her camera, carbs and quality time with her toddler. For more from this busy mama, check out Elle’s lifestyle blog or connect with her on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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