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Holiday Drinks

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This holiday season, many of us may celebrate with a holiday drink. Some of these holiday drink concoctions may be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

One polarizing holiday drink is eggnog. Either you love it or hate this high-calorie drink.

For years, I had serious issues with eggnog. Whenever I’d pick up a glass of eggnog, the whiff of eggs forced the visualization of the famous movie scene of Rocky Balboa chugging down whole eggs from the blender.

After years of controlling my eggnog gag reflex, an old friend of mine said, ʺThe secret to eggceptional eggnog is cooking it slowly at low heat and adding the perfect blend of spices and/or alcohol.ʺ

Needless to say, the eggnog journey and education began years ago. After a few years of holiday failure on the eggnog express, I stumbled upon two recipes which were easy, delicious and low in calories.

Thank you Dr. Katz, for this low calorie treat. For those of you looking for a standard eggnog recipe, you can go to this link:

Dr. Katz's Better-for-You Eggnog
Serves six (100 calories per serving)
• 6 cups skim milk
• 1 cup egg substitute
• 1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk
• 6 Tbsp. sugar
• 2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 2 tsp. rum extract
• Ground nutmeg or cinnamon
• Sugar-free whipped topping

In a medium pot over medium heat, whisk together skim milk, egg substitute, powdered milk, and sugar over medium heat. Cook, stirring, 15 to 20 minutes, until thickened.

Remove from heat. Whisk in vanilla and rum extracts. Let cool, stirring occasionally, 20 to 30 minutes. Refrigerate until chilled, 2 to 3 hours.

Stir well and pour into cups. Sprinkle each with nutmeg or cinnamon, and add a dollop of whipped topping.

If you have extra cranberries from your Thanksgiving meal, you can use them as a garnish for this low-calorie holiday drink recipe. Cranberries may also help prevent urinary tract infections, fight gum disease and cavities.

Sparkling Champagne Cocktail
Serves four
• 3/5 glass champagne
• 1/5 glass orange-flavored vodka
• 1/5 glass Cointreau
• 1 sugar cube


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