Dairy-Free Eggnog Alternatives
Wouldn’t it be great if sprinkling that dash of nutmeg on a cup of eggnog made it healthy? This holiday favorite boasts close to 350 calories and 20 grams of fat a cup, and that’s just a simple, carton-poured cup – not the version spiked with bourbon and vanilla ice cream.
You can forgo the eggnog altogether and celebrate with a light delight such as a white wine spritzer, which contains only 100 calories and no fat. If, however, the holidays aren’t the same for you without that eggnog flavor, here are a couple of lighter alternatives you might want to explore:
Bolthouse Farms Perfectly Protein® Vanilla Chai Tea contains a blend of soy protein, brewed green tea, chai spices, and an accent of vanilla. This creamy drink provides an additional nutritional boost with healthy doses of Vitamin C, B6 and B12, iron, zinc, magnesium, and 18 amino acids per 1 cup serving. The product is dairy-free, contains no preservatives or artificial ingredients, and is low in fat and cholesterol. An 8 fl. oz. serving contains only 160 calories.
Alternatively, you can make your own without the heavy cream and full-fat milk. Here’s a recipe for a smooth eggnog-like beverage, minus the fat and high calorie load:
- 2 cups chilled soy milk
- 21 ounces silken tofu
- 2/3 cup honey or brown rice syrup
- Generous pinch sea salt
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 cup cold rum
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 20 ice cubes
- Cinnamon (optional)
Blend first 4 ingredients together until smooth. Whisk in the water, rum and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate. When ready to serve, blend half the mixture with 10 ice cubes until smooth, then repeat with remaining mixture and ice. Serve cold with sprinkles of cinnamon, if desired. Makes 10 servings.