We all share a love or hate relationship with eggnog, let’s be honest there is no middle ground. This frothy white drink is a must at Christmas parties and quite popular among the little ones. Most of us enjoy making eggnog at home. However, buying store-bought is equally acceptable. Though the origins of eggnog are murky, most historians agree it originated from a Medieval British drink called “posset” which contained hot milk curdled with wine or ale.
What is Eggnog?
This festive drink is made with a blend of sweetened cream, milk, and eggs. You can add Cinnamon and nutmeg to amplify the flavors. You can make two batches one for kids and one for adults with a hint of brandy or whiskey. It entirely depends on you if you want to replace dairy milk with soy milk and soy-based cream if you are suffering from lactose intolerance.
Just like any other indulgence, it is best you enjoy it in moderation. Only 1 cup of eggnog is rich in approximately 19 grams of fat and 344 calories, depending on the ingredients and quantity you use. Some of the astonishing benefits of eggnog include:
This vital source of Calcium makes your bones and teeth strong. It also maintains bone mass. Milk is rich in protein which builds muscle tissue. Potassium which regulates healthy blood pressure, phosphorus which strengthens bones and boosts energy, vitamin D which also maintains bone health, vitamin B 12 which supports red blood cells and nerve tissue. It is further rich in vitamin A which maintains the immune system, good vision and skin, Riboflavin (B2) which converts food to energy, and Niacin which metabolizes fatty acids and sugars.
Through taking too much sugar can deteriorate your health there are some positive benefits of adding it in moderation. Sugar has high-calorie content which gives you short bursts of instant energy. After being framed for years as the cause for diabetes, scientists have now revealed this ailment is genetic and not caused by high sugar intake. Since sugar contains glycolic acid, it is ideal for maintaining the youthful, healthy look of your skin. Its consumption can even reduce blemishes and restore the balance in your skin oils.
Egg yolk in this drink is a potent source of choline, which is a vital component of acetylcholine, one of the brain’s neurotransmitters. This is especially important for women who are expecting or breastfeeding since it is essential for brain development. Egg yolks also contain A, B12, D, E, and K. It is further loaded with omega 3-fatty acids, amino acids, tryptophan, and tyrosine which can prevent cardiovascular diseases. Also enriched with antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin it protects the eyes from age-associated loss of vision also known as macular degeneration.
Should You Buy a Store–Bought Carton?
Most of us are too busy to prepare eggnog from scratch, so we prefer those adorable festive cartons from the store aisle. However, though they may be delicious, they are not always healthy. Most of them contain artificial colors, flavors, thickeners, and stabilizers. They are further loaded with high fructose corn syrup to sweeten the beverage which is worse than sugar.
Or Should You Make it at Home?
Making it in your kitchen will give you the upper hand in choosing your ingredients. It will be free of additives often found in store-bought cartons. Furthermore, you have the option of switching up traditional ingredients by adding low-fat dairy milk, cream, and adding less sugar than needed. You can also enhance it with cinnamon, orange zest, and vanilla. Basically, add whichever ingredient you please. Preparing your own batch of eggnog lets you control the quality and quantity of nutrients in the beverage.