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Well and Good: Healthier Eggnog Alternatives

Eggnog may be a cherished holiday tradition for a lot of us, but it’s sure not great for our waistlines. A single 8-ounce glass of eggnog may have as many as 350 calories – half of them from fat.  And that’s before you add the rum.

Luckily, there are lots of holiday-themed eggnog alternatives out there. Try one of these non-dairy alternatives to get a healthier holiday fix:

Rice Dream Rice Nog: Not quite as thick and rich as the real thing, but definitely creamier than regular rice milk, this “fake-nog”  is sweet and carries a nice nutmeg flavor. It has 160 calories, and just two grams of fat, per one-cup serving. And, it’s free of lactose, soy, cholesterol and gluten. It’s good alone, or try it on top of your morning oatmeal.

WestSoy Chocolate Peppermint Stick Soy Milk: Organic soy milk, with smooth, silky texture and moderately sweet chocolate flavor, with just a hint of peppermint.  It has 180 calories and less than 4 grams of fat per cup. Try this one warmed, perhaps topped with some non-dairy whipped creamer.

Silk Pumpkin Spice Soy Milk:  Tastes a little like a liquid pumpkin pie, with a nice touch of cinnamon. But it’s soy, so there are no eggs, no cholesterol, no dairy and no lactose. This has 170 calories per cup, just 30 of those calories from fat.

Silk Mint Chocolate Soy Milk: Try this when you’re craving a cup of hot chocolate. Made with soy, not dairy, it’s got just 90 calories per cup, about the same as a glass of skim milk. But it’s sweet and chocolatey and good either cold or warmed. For a fun serving idea for kids, add a miniature peppermint candy cane as a stir stick.