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HG's Pumpkin-licious Nog!
HG's Pumpkin-licious Nog!

Nog Heaven!
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!

MAKES 5 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories: 110
Fat: 2g
Sodium: 344mg
Carbs: 16g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 6.5g
Protein: 6g

PointsPlus® value 3*

Alta Dena Pumpkin Spice Eggnog
Alta Dena Pumpkin Spice Eggnog

Bad Egg
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.)

Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories: 460
Fat: 20g
Sodium: 240mg
Carbs: 58g
Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 46g
Protein: 12g

PointsPlus® value 13*

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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