Eggnog Recipe is Eggless, Dairy-free and Low in Fat

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For all your guests who are vegetarians or vegans, who are lactose intolerant, or who are watching their cholesterol, there are eggnog recipes that are both eggless and dairy-free. An added bonus is that they are typically lower in fat and calories than most traditional eggnogs and cholesterol-free.

Eggnog can be healthy and lower in fat

The word “eggnog” literally means “eggs inside a small cup.” Eggnog is often used to toast to one’s health, even though the ingredients in traditional eggnog—cream, milk, eggs, and sugar—result in a drink that is high in fat, calories, and cholesterol. “Nog” is an old English dialect word that once described a strong beer (noggin). Eggnog was first mentioned in the early nineteenth century.

If you choose a traditional eggnog from off the refrigerated shelf at the grocery store, you may be pouring yourself a glass containing more than 400 calories, 20 grams of fat, and 150 mg of cholesterol. Reduced fat and lower calorie versions usually knock off about one-third of the first two values, but the cholesterol lingers.

Or, you could make your own healthier eggnog that is eggless, dairy-less, cholesterol-free, and higher in protein than traditional fare.

  • Two 10.5 oz. packages of soft, silken tofu
  • 16 oz. vanilla soymilk or almond milk
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 8 to 10 drops stevia liquid
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ cup bourbon, rum, or brandy
  • Nutmeg

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Combine all the ingredients except the nutmeg in a food processor or blender and process until well mixed. Chill and top with powdered nutmeg.

Regular soft, silken tofu provides 4 to 6 grams of protein, 0 grams saturated fat, and about 40 to 50 calories per 3-ounce serving. You can reduce the calorie count of the tofu in your recipe by about one-third if you use a light tofu.

Regular vanilla soymilk packs about 100 calories per 8-ounce cup, while a light variety has about 70. Almond milk (which is made from nuts, so beware if anyone has a nut allergy) is an even better deal on calories: a mere 35 for unsweetened light and 60 to 90 for regular, depending on the brand.

This recipe uses the herbal no-calorie sweetener stevia instead of sugar, which cuts your sugar and calorie counts. If you prefer to use sugar, ¼ cup is the amount to substitute.

This holiday season, use your noggin and really toast to your health. Try a chilled cup of eggless, dairy-less eggnog and say goodbye to the high fat, high calorie, and high cholesterol eggnogs.

SOURCE:
Kitchen Project

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