The holidays are such a fun and festive time for so many of us, but we all know that as great as it is to surround ourselves with friends and family, parties and celebrations can be full of not-so-healthy land mines. Sure, the holidays are a great time to indulge, but how about this year we all make a pledge to enjoy the season healthfully? It doesn’t mean you have to skip your favorite treats! You can have your favorite holiday goodies in moderation (think: a couple of your Mom’s world-famous chocolate chip cookies instead of the whole plate), and you can do some easy swaps to other holiday treats to make them more healthful.
Take the much-loved Starbucks Egg Nog Latte for example. A delicious, festive holiday treat? You bet! Treat yourself to one while you’re out doing your holiday shopping. But at 460 calories (for a 16 ounce size) and 48 grams of sugar, you might not want to have one every day in December.
Instead, try out this lighter version. By making homemade faux egg-nog using almond milk and less sweetener, you still get a slightly-sweet treat that is festive and delicious, without the need for an extra hour on the treadmill to balance it out. This version is also totally vegan!
Healthier Copycat Starbucks Egg Nog Latte
Makes one-16 ounce latte
- 8 ounces sweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Pinch of ground cloves
- 8 ounce strongly brewed coffee (or three shots espresso)
- Extra nutmeg for garnish
Combine the almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a glass measuring cup or other microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for about one minute, or until the mixture is hot and steaming. Whisk vigorously to combine and froth. Pour over coffee in a large mug. Garnish with extra nutmeg, if desired.
Nutrition per latte: 110 calories, 2.7g fat, 20.5g carbs, 1.3g protein