We love eggnog and look forward to the creamy texture and spiced flavor every year. Except in our cases, it’s more realistic to see a carton of soy, rice, or coconut “milk”-based nogs in our fridges than the dairy-based stuff. It’s not that all dairy is an unhealthy option, but when it comes to nog, going dairy-free means saving some serious calories. A cup of traditional eggnog has over 350 calories and 2/3 your daily limit for saturated fat. Even many of “light” egg nog versions pack in more calories and fat that we’d like to see. Plus, if you’re lactose intolerant (like one of us is), it’s nice to have non-dairy options for your nog.
We recommend trying one of these alternatives. You might be surprised (like we were) to find that some brands are pretty darn close to the real thing. We like adding a splash to coffee and tea, instead of milk, or serving over ice with a splash of vodka for a holiday-inspired White Russian.
Here are the nutrition stats for some of the most popular brands (nutrition information is for a 1/2 cup serving):
Vitasoy Holly Nog: 60 calories, 1g fat, 0g sat fat, 60mg sodium, 11g carbs; 10g sugar, 2g protein
Silk Soymilk Seasonal Nog: 90 calories, 1g fat, 0g sat fat, 75mg sodium, 15g carbs, 12g sugar, 3g protein
So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog: 90 calories, 3g fat, 3g sat fat, 115mg sodium, 15g carbs, 14g sugar, 0g protein
Rice Dream Rice Nog: 80 calories, 1g fat, 0g sat fat, 35mg sodium, 16g carbs, 11g sugars, 0g protein
C&J Nutrition’s Vegan Egg Nog Smoothie: 95 calories, 2g fat, 0g sat fat, 35mg sodium, 9g carbs, 11g sugars, 4g protein
Anyone have any favorite alternative nogs? Or any fun things to do with them?