December is National Eggnog Month: Part 2

In part 2, we'll look at recipes you can try during the holiday season.

The holiday season is upon us! A time to celebrate with family, friends, and food. And once again, nothing says celebrate like eggnog!

According to Alton Brown (2012), technically speaking, eggnog is actually “stirred custard” because it is a mix of eggs and dairy. Regardless, eggnog can be consumed warm or chilled. It is usually garnished with a sprinkling of cinnamon or nutmeg. There are many different recipes (try this highly rated one from the Food Network’s Alton Brown), even for those with dietary restrictions. For example a paleo recipe includes almond milk, coconut cream, maple syrup and whole eggs, while a vegan recipe is similar, but leaves the eggs out in the coop.

For those with an artistic flare, or quite a bit of time on their hands over the holidays, it may be worth trying your hand at the Eggnog, Shrimp, Christmas tree recipe. It’s a perennial holiday favorite and sure to impress your boss and co-workers alike at the holiday office party.

Depending upon the recipe, eggnog can easily provide an average size person’s daily recommended caloric intake of saturated fat and sugar.  For example, the 24 oz. eggnog shake below provides 133 grams of sugar, 45 grams of saturate fat, AND nearly 100% of the recommended calories/day for children aged 9-13. Attention outdoor winter “enthusiasts”, it may be good to stock up on a few of these prior to spending any length of time out-of-doors in inclement weather.

If you enjoyed this article as much as you enjoy eggnog, please read Eggnog Part I for a history of this delicious holiday treat. You can always find interesting articles like this by visiting: Michigan State University Extension.

For more information, contact your local Michigan State University Extension educator.

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