I know it's not always easy eating well over the holidays. That's why I'm here to offer some healthier versions of those treats that are hard to resist. In today's episode: Eggnog
Let's first talk about store-bought eggnog. Ew. As you can see by the list of ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavours and food colouring (especially the yellow #5) are things we want to avoid.
This healthier recipe uses raw eggs. I know some people may not feel comfortable with that. I suggest going to the farmer's market and purchasing some fresh local eggs. I have been making this for some time now and have never had an issue.
By the way, the egg component to the eggnog is definitely NOT what makes this product unhealthy. Eggs have gotten a bad rap over the years. Eggs are nutritionally dense. And guess where most of the vitamins and minerals come from? The yolk.
This recipe is also good for those who have a dairy allergy or intolerance. Store-bought milk products any way are pasteurized and homogenized, which makes them basically hard to consume by anyone since the natural enzymes are destroyed. But that milk rant is a whole other blog.
A Healthier Eggnog
2 cups full fat coconut milk (looks for some without added preservatives)
2 cups vanilla almond milk
4 egg yolks (farm-fresh eggs preferred)
4 egg whites
1/2 cup maple syrup (the darker the better #3 is best)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
Next time...Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Fluff!
Director of Teacher Training for the Maritime Yoga College and Registered Holistic Nutritionist.