LIGHTER EGGNOG FOR A HEALTHIER HOLIDAY!
Christmas is full of traditional food and drink that, while tasty, isn’t always the best for you. Besides the cookies, and the fruitcake, and the turkey, and the ham, there is the most deceptive item of all – eggnog. It doesn’t seem like much, but 1 cup of eggnog can clock in at 343 calories! But there are ways to get around that high number. The website Skinny Taste has a recipe that cuts the calories without cutting the flavor – so you can enjoy your eggnog without worrying! Just remember, even though it is lighter than its traditional counterpart, don’t overindulge. No one wants to be hung over on Christmas morning!
3 cups of 1% milk
1 vanilla bean
2 large eggs
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
freshly grated nutmeg
Heat 2 and ½ cups of milk in a medium saucepan. Split the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Place pod and seeds in the pan; simmer over medium heat.
In a large bowl , whisk eggs, sugar, and cornstarch until the mixture turns light yellow.
Temper the eggs by slowly pouring the hot milk mixture, 1 cup at a time, into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. If you don’t whisk constantly, you’ll wind up with scrambled eggs – so keep whisking! Pour the mixture back into the saucepan, place over medium heat, and stir constantly until the eggnog thickens, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the remaining cold milk to stop the cooking. Remove the vanilla pod, let the eggnog cool, then transfer to a pitcher. Chill until ready to serve. Add bourbon as desired, and garnish with nutmeg.
There you go! A “skinny” eggnog recipe that will still taste delicious! Be sure to check out SkinnyTaste.com – they have plenty of versions of high-calorie dishes that lose the calories but keep the flavor. Enjoy!
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