Healthier eggnog means limiting sugar

While eggnog cannot be completely good for you, Gladstone Hy-Vee dietitian Samantha Scott said recipes limiting sugars are healthier options.

Have you ever wanted to enjoy eggnog during the holiday season, but have opted out to avoid that belly-bomb feeling?

To enjoy the holiday beverage without that feeling, experts say those who indulge should focus on healthier recipes, not necessarily healthy recipes as most eggnogs call for use of sugars, creams, syrups and eggs.

“Eggnog really can’t be made super healthy, but (cutting sugar is) one way to cut back on the fat,” said Samantha Scott, a registered dietitian at the Gladstone Hy-Vee grocery store location.

There are a few recipes online that craft ways to limit the sugars and increase the deliciousness that eggnog can provide. Scott recommended {a href=”http://superhealthykids.com/recipes/healthy-eggnog-recipe/” target=”_blank”}this recipe from Super Healthy Kids.“There’s a bunch of fun recipes for kids that are usually better for us than what we usually make,” Scott said of the Super Healthy Kids website, www.superhealthykids.com.

Super Healthy Kids’ eggnog recipe avoids raw eggs and calls for a 1/3 cup of maple syrup, 3 cups of milk, 1/2 tablespoon of nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and one teaspoon of vanilla extract.

This mixture of ingredients involves less sugars, syrup and creams than other eggnog recipes.

The eggnog recipe was created by a registered dietitian who started Super Healthy Kids to promote healthy living habits for children and families.

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