I love eggnog for its sweet taste and warm memories of family holidays. But eggnog is anything but healthful. While it contributes a bit of calcium and protein, it is high is sugar and fat! Just ½ cup has between 120 and 180 calories (with optional alcohol adding another 100 at least), but a serving is often more than ½ cup. Since your brain does not register beverages like it does food, eggnog won’t fill you up or replace your dessert, so the empty calories just add up.
An occasional glass isn’t a problem, but what if you find yourself sipping it every day? I still choose to enjoy eggnog by making my own (use nonfat milk or a dairy alternative with this recipe) or mixing a light store-bought version with one of those milks to expand my ½ cup serving to a full cup.
Just One Thing to do: If you enjoy eggnog, try brewing your own using skim milk or a light nondairy beverage, or buy a light version and keep your portion to ½ cup.