It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a delicious cup of eggnog even for those of us who follow a low-carb diet. Try this quick and easy recipe for your holiday celebration and you’ll swoon with pleasure.
I must admit, one of my favorite activities during the holidays is my annual glass of eggnog on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day, preferably while I’m watching the movie A Christmas Story. I love eggnog. There’s nothing quite like its thick, rich, and creamy texture and flavor.
Following a low-carb Paleo diet does not mean that you have to forgo these types of beloved holiday traditions. I don’t typically encourage the consumption of milk, due to its lactose content, which can be a food source for candida and bacteria and a trigger for sugar and carb cravings in the sugar and carb addicted. So it’s not something you should eat daily, but once a year as a special treat is fine.
However, if you buy the traditional store-bought option, then it will be loaded with sugar and other undesirables. Even the organic brands are loaded with sugar. With just a little creativity and tweaking in your own kitchen, you can create this homemade eggnog recipe that is scrumptious and healthy.
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- Stevia to taste
- 1/2 cup full-fat yogurt
- Put the cream, milk, yogurt, and egg yolks in a blender for about about 1 minute
- Add stevia, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg and pulse a few times
- Chill and serve.
Not only is this favorite holiday treat delicious, but it’s good for you as well. Eggnog is a rich source of fat, protein, and calories, which is good news for those of us following a low-carb or ketogenic diet. It also contains a fair amount of other valuable nutrients like vitamin A, potassium, sodium, selenium, choline, B12, and riboflavin. Although it does provide a significant level of calcium, the calcium is not really absorbable unless you’re using raw dairy.
This recipe contains about 10 grams of carbs per 8 ounces serving. It goes perfectly with any Christmas dish you might be serving. Yes, we could get a lower carb content if we replaced the whole milk with something else like coconut or almond milk, and the yogurt with coconut cream, but just this one time throughout the year, I want the real milk deal. But, if you’d like to avoid the whole milk, then feel free to swap it out.
After you remove the sugar and alcohol, as we do here, then there really is no reason to feel guilty for indulging in this time-honored tradition. So enjoy!
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