A Guilt Free Holiday Coffee Beverage!
Holiday flavored lattes and other coffee drinks can be expensive and high in both fat and calories. Learn this easy way to create an inexpensive, low-calorie and low-fat version right in your own kitchen!
Usually I prefer my brewed coffee to be an unflavored dark roast, with the addition of a little milk or half-and-half. During the holidays though, it can be enjoyable to drink something a little more festive. Pumpkin spice or eggnog lattes abound in coffee shops, but I have discovered an inexpensive and healthy option, easily made at home!
To give my brewed coffee a wonderful holiday boost, I substitute my usual half-and-half with an equal or lesser amount of low-fat eggnog. By using "light" instead of regular eggnog, the beverage is not highly caloric or laden with fat. It is slightly sweeter than the way I usually drink my coffee, but as a result I usually don't even add quite as much eggnog as I would half-and-half. (If it is your habit to add sugar to your coffee, you will probably find you won't need as much of this either.)
When I compared the nutritional values on the cartons of half-and-half and low-fat eggnog currently in my fridge (both Lucerne brand from Safeway), the result surprised me.
The nutrition facts on the cartons are as follows:
- There are 8 tablespoons in 1/2 cup. The above information is comparing 4 times as much eggnog to the half-and-half!
- Therefore, if we divide the values for Lucerne Light Eggnog by 4, we can compare 2 tablespoons of each to see how nutritionally they compare:
My mother once told me that when she worked as a nurse, eggnog was a beverage often served to malnourished patients to "fatten them up". I have been leery of this holiday favorite ever since! The comparison above, however, provides proof that light eggnog contains less calories and fat per serving than half-and-half!
I had assumed the eggnog would be lower in fat - but expected it to have more calories!
Now I know that choosing a low-fat eggnog, and only consuming a small amount (such as a few tablespoons in coffee) won't cause the numbers on the scale to soar.
Adding low-fat eggnog to your cup of coffee is not only festive - it can be a healthy choice!
Do you usually buy your coffee or make it yourself?
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