Healthy Unique Eggnog Ideas
With its creamy texture and warm spices, eggnog is a desired beverage come holiday season. Unfortunately, excess intake of the fat and sugar-laden drink, comes unwanted calories and potential weight gain. But with these healthy, unique eggnog ideas, you can get your fix without the guilt!
Healthy Eggnog Recipes and Ideas
Eggnog consists of common ingredients already known to fill up your refrigerator and pantry - cream and milk, sugar, eggs, honey, vanilla, and other spices. But when it comes to commercially produced eggnog, the ingredient list generally boasts more than it needs to. Clean up the ingredient list with bistroMD's healthified eggnog recipe! Enjoy the eggnog either chilled in your favorite glass or warmed up in a coffee mug.
Prepare this breakfast staple the night before to relish the flavors with your family come morning time. In a crockpot, combine two cups oats, six cups unsweetened almond milk, ¼ cup maple syrup, one vanilla bean, and a teaspoon (each) of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. In the morning, take out the vanilla bean and stir the oat mixture. If desiring a single portion, you can also prepare eggnoats the morning of, even incorporating more of its "eggy" characteristics. In a medium-sized saucepan, warm a ½ cup oats with 1 cup of water and add in ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. When the oats are fully cooked, lower the heat and gently stir in one egg white, continuously mixing until it saturates the oats and fully cooked.
With just a few more additions to this multigrain chia waffles recipe, you are already more than halfway to enjoying the tastes of eggnog! To the waffle mixture, simply add in a teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Prior to serving, top with Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey. Pair with a hot cup of coffee for the ultimate holiday breakfast or brunch!
Keep the chia seed trend alive with this unique eggnog pudding! In a sealable mason jar, mix ¼ cup chia seeds with one cup of almond or soy milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Allow the chia seed mixture to set in the refrigerator overnight and stir the pudding before consuming for a well-incorporated consistency. Lightly drizzle with honey, sprinkle with cinnamon, and top with sliced oranges, pears, bananas, or other favorite fruits as preferred!
In a blender, mix ½ cup plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese with ½ cup milk, one frozen banana (sliced), one teaspoon vanilla extract, a drizzle of honey, and a few dashes of the traditional eggnog spices. The high protein content paired with its healthful carb content makes this eggnog smoothie not only guilt-free, but a valuable on-the-go breakfast or post-workout option!
This eggnog parfait is similar to the eggnog smoothie, without the heavy blending component. Mix a ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt with one teaspoon of vanilla extract, a drizzle of honey, and as much or as little of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Layer the yogurt mixture with freshly sliced bananas and if truly feeling festive, top the eggnog parfait with this healthy holiday gingerbread cookie or chop up and use as a cookie crumble between layers!