Monday, December 20, 2010

No Guilt Nog



There are certain foods and drinks that tend to be associated with the Christmas season. For me, one that comes to mind is egg nog. The creamy holiday drink is typically high in fat and sugar. It is often made with rum which adds to the already high calorie content. If that is not enough to keep you away, egg nog is made with raw eggs. Let's face it, who has time for salmonella food poisoning during this time of the year? If you love the flavor combination of nutmeg, rum, and vanilla but aren't crazy about gaining weight during the holidays or drinking eggs, this light egg nog recipe is for you. I made it with rum extract but if alcohol is a must for your holiday get-together, you can swap the extract for rum to make a light Christmas cocktail. Rum will add additional calories, but using this recipe, your drink will still be substantially lower than store bought varieties.

Light Egg Nog
serves 5
adapted from Hungry Girl

Ingredients
5 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 package (1 oz.) sugar-free, fat-free vanilla pudding mix
6 packets Splenda
1 tsp. rum extract
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
Nutrition: (about 1 cup) 60 calories, 7g carbohydrate, 1g protein, 3g fat, 1g fiber, 1 weight watchers point

***For the alcoholic variation, reduce the milk to 4 1/2 cups and add 5 oz. of your favorite rum.
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