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Love it, Like it, Hate it – Egg Nog

Egg nog is one of those love-it-or-hate-it holiday drinks, but for those who love it, it truly IS one of the quintessential holiday indulgences!  It’s also crammed with more than 400 calories per cup, along with nearly 20 grams of fat and 50 grams of sugar, thanks to the cream and sugar found in most traditional versions. And, here’s a key: Be aware that serving sizes listed are only 4 ounces, which is just half a cup. 

Because egg nog is a must-have for some people during the holidays, I don’t want to ruin it..so if you have just a serving or two throughout the holidays, ANY of these are okay! But, if you plan on indulging more – try a LOVE IT! option.

LOVE IT!

Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog 

(Per ½ cup:  80 calories – 1.5 grams fat – 1 grams sat fat – 12 grams sugar)

The Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog includes milk, water, agave, cane sugar, whey protein, carrot juice and egg yolks.  It has 80% less saturated fat and 60% fewer calories than regular egg nog. It’s also thicker, which gives it the same texture of an ol’ fashioned cup of holiday nog.  If you want to give it a try, you can find it in the refrigerated section of your grocery or the produce section.

So Delicious Coconut Nog   

(Per ½ cup:  90 calories – 3 grams fat – 3 grams sat fat – 14 grams sugar)

So Delicious Coconut Nog includes coconut milk, cane syrup and spices with nearly 60% fewer calories than regular egg nog.  It also has a thicker consistency!

LIKE IT!

Rice Dream Rice Nog 

(Per ½ cup: 80 calories – 1 gram fat – 0 grams sat fat – 11 grams sugar)

These ingredients include rice, water, cane juice, safflower, sunflower and/or canola oil.  This option is as good as the ‘love it’ alternatives, nutritionally speaking, but the color, taste, and texture aren’t as similar to traditional egg nog.

Earth Balance Soy Nog  

(Per ½ cup: 80 calories – 1.5 grams fat – 0 grams sat fat – 11 grams sugar)

The Earth Balance Soy Nog ingredients include soymilk and cane syrup.  This is as good as the ‘love it’ alternatives, nutritionally speaking, but the color, taste, and texture aren’t as similar to traditional egg nog.

HATE IT!

Regular egg nog & Organic egg nog   

(Per ½ cup:  180-210 calories – 9-10 fat – 5-6 sat fat – 17-24 sugar)

The good ol’ fashioned egg nog ingredients include milk, cream, sugar and egg yolk, and are crammed with sugary, high sat-fat calories!

Light egg nog 

(Per ½ cup: 140 calories – 2.5 grams fat – 1.5 grams sat fat – 24 grams sugar)

With a light egg nog the first ingredient is skim milk followed by milk, high fructose corn syrup and dry milk with sugared egg yolks further down the list. The result:  even a ‘light’ nog can still be packed with sugary calories!

 


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