Did you know that December is National Egg Nog Month? Yeah, me neither – until today when I looked it up! I have to say Egg Nog is one of my FAVORITE drinks in the whole world! I usually only drink it around this time of year, so it’s that much better when I do! BUT, I try to limit it because I know that it is high in sugar, fat and cholesterol.
So, like everything in life, if you enjoy it in moderation and balance it with eating healthily and getting exercise, well then have at it! Usually, I just drink egg nog that comes from a carton at the grocery store. This type is dairy-based and usually contains milk, cream, sugar, whipped eggs and probably other stuff you can’t pronounce. Well, guess what? You can even buy store-bought egg nog that isn’t so bad for you! There are soy-based, rice-based and coconut milk-based egg nogs!
Even with the store bought egg nog, you could “dress it up” and add cinnamon, nutmeg and whipped cream on top. Many people enjoy alcoholic egg nog. I’m not really one of those people. If I’m going to consume something that tastes like dessert, I really don’t like alcohol in it. But if you do, it is customary to add brandy, rum, whisky, bourbon, vodka or even Kahlua (now I may try the Kahlua – that sounds really good!).
There are some really good recipes for home-made egg nog on Pinterest (if you haven’t discovered Pinterest, you must go check it out – www.pinterest.com)! This egg nog recipe from Epicurean Mom looks dee-lish! The beauty of looking for recipes is that for every recipe that is high fat, sugar, etc. there is usually a recipe for a healthier version. Case in point, this egg nog recipe from The Gracious Pantry – I may have to try this one because it looks delicious plus I wouldn’t feel as guilty drinking it!
This time of year, you really can’t go many places without being offered egg nog flavored goodies. Starbucks has it’s Eggnog Latte, McDonald’s has it’s Egg Nog Shake, and you can even find egg nog flavored ice cream, truffles and fudge.
Ok, ok, enough about egg nog! So, Happy National Egg Nog Month! Enjoy and then read Pam’s post on Cold Weather Exercise Clothing and go take a brisk, refreshing walk! Happy Holidays!