There are just two short days 'til Christmas, people, so NOG IT UP! Our Pumpkin-licious Nog is creamy, delicious, and (duh) guilt-free. Even if you don't like eggnog, chances are you'll LOVE this stuff. And if you want to make an alcoholic version of this drink, nix the rum extract and add 5 oz. rum to the recipe. Each serving of the spiked stuff has 174 calories. Break out that blender!
Ingredients: 5 cups light vanilla soymilk One small (4-serving) package sugar-free fat-free instant vanilla pudding mix 6 no-calorie sweetener packets (we highly recommend Splenda) 2/3 cup canned pure pumpkin 1 tsp. rum extract 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 1/4 tsp. cinnamon Optional Topping: additional cinnamon
Directions: In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high until mixed thoroughly. Refrigerate for a few hours to allow it to thicken. If you like, top each glass off with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Enjoy!
Boy were we excited when we saw pumpkin eggnog hit shelves this year. Perhaps the fat orange fruit (yep, pumpkin's a fruit!) would cut some calories from the cream-packed beverage. No such luck. Just like Alta Dena's Holiday Eggnog, the pumpkin-infused version is loaded with close to 500 calories and a whopping 20g fat per cup. (We know the serving size listed on the container is 1/2 cup -- but no one drinks just 1/2 cup.) And this sweet, pie-inspired version is even more tempting than plain old nog. Sadly, pretty much all eggnogs are bad news. (Yes, even Alta Dena's so-called "lite" eggnog, with 340 calories per cup.) That's why we whipped up a fantastic guilt-free pumpkin eggnog of our own, complete with pumpkin pie spice and just the right amount of cinnamon. Mmmmmm! BTW, purists can still sip our No-Nonsense Nog. That stuff's fantastic, too. (Sorry if we sound conceited, but it is.)
CHEW ON THIS: Today, December 23rd, is National Pfeffernuesse Day. In Germany, these peppery round cookies are popular at Christmastime. But we prefer our Thin-gerbread Men, thankyouverymuch!
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