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Awesome & Easy High Protein, Low Calorie Eggnog Recipe

December 8th, 2009 by Gary Lucido

This has nothing at all to do with Chicago real estate but I decided we needed to get festive here for the holidays.

Background: I am a true eggnog aficionado. At the age of 12 I began what became a life long quest to unravel the mysteries of perfect eggnog. At first this was merely an entertaining hobby but it later became a critical pursuit as all commercial manufacturers insisted on adding nutmeg to their product, thus destroying the pure flavor of eggnog. Prior to this Borden’s made the best eggnog and they were the last to produce a clean recipe.

Well, I can tell you that trying to replicate the pure Borden’s recipe proved to be impossible but after years of experimentation I finally arrived at a recipe that I found acceptable – and surprisingly it was easy to make and ended up having fewer calories, less fat and cholesterol, and more protein than commercial recipes. Herewith is my recipe for easy to make, high protein, low calorie, untainted eggnog:

  • One cup of Better’n Eggs egg substitute. This is the only acceptable egg substitute brand that I have found. Do NOT use Egg Beaters or Best Of The Egg as these products contain salt and onion powder – YUCK!
  • One cup of Edy’s Grand, Dreyer’s Grand, Breyer’s, or Dean’s vanilla “ice cream” – just add ice cream to the egg substitute until you have doubled the volume. These are the only brands of ice cream found to produce an acceptable product because they are not really ice cream – they contain guar gum, which is essential to thickening the egg nog. Do not use the low calorie versions of these products and do not use real ice cream like Haagen Dazs, as these aren’t thick enough. I am also an ice cream aficionado so I can go on and on about this product also.
  • Add 3 – 6 packets of equal.
  • Stir vigorously each time before serving to fully mix the ingredients.

When you are done you will have produced a product that contains 210 calories, 14 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat, and 25 mg of cholesterol per cup (that’s a lot) compared to 360 calories, 8 grams of protein, 18 grams of fat, and 150 mg of cholesterol per cup of commercial eggnog. And it tastes much better because it does not contain nutmeg.

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