With the holidays upon us, the grocery stores are full of party platters and pre-made pies, the air is fragrant with pine and cinnamon, and our neighbors are hosting parties left and right, serving up delicious, decadent dishes made to tempt the palate.
This is great, unless you’re following a low-carb, low-fat diet. In that case, the grocery store becomes a minefield with sugar bombs waiting to blow up at every turn down the aisle. The deliciously-scented air becomes an offending odor, attacking your senses. And that holiday party at Bob’s house? Just became your most taxing trial of self-control.
If you feel like you’re missing out on the holiday cheer because of your weight loss program, don’t worry. Not only are you not alone, but you also have a recipe in your back pocket to save you from the pitfalls of the potluck table: Sugar-Free Eggnog.
Sweet, light, and high in protein, this recipe fulfills cravings for desserts and delicacies while also being kind to your body. It’s not as creamy as its full-fat cousin, but it’s a reasonable subsitutute that will help to get you to your goal.
- 8 oz. fat-free milk
- 1 egg yolk
- 2-3 tsp. Splenda
- splash vanilla extract
- splash rum extract (optional)
- cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
- In a microwave-safe mug, warm milk in microwave for about 1 minute.
- In a small bowl, beat egg yolk and Splenda until creamy. Add to milk. Stir until combined.
- Stir in vanilla extract and, if using, rum extract. Top with cinnamon and nutmeg and enjoy!
Makes one serving.
This recipe can be multiplied for parties or to enjoy while decorating the home for the holidays. If you’re uncomfortable drinking uncooked egg yolks, try substituting with pasteurized egg yolks. You can either pasteurize them yourself at home, or you can purchase powdered, pasteurized egg yolks and reconstitute them with a bit of water. Of course, if you just want the taste of eggnog without going whole hog, warm a glass of milk, add Splenda and vanilla, top with cinnamon and nutmeg, and drink up!
Nutritional Info: Calories, 133; Calories from fat, 42; Total fat, 4.7g; Saturated fat, 1.7g; Cholesterol, 214mg; Sodium, 103mg; Total carbohydrates, 13.9g; Dietary fiber, 2.0g; Sugars,11.7g; Protein, 10.3g.