My husband was resting on the couch after his Peloton ride when I handed off my first trial recipe, Egg Nog Smoothie. “How many calories does it have?” he asked. I provided him the nutrition information, and his eyes got as big as peppermint patty saucers. “You’re supposed to have a big breakfast!” I replied. He responded back, “Yes, but I can drink this delicious drink in less than 2 minutes flat, and I’ll be hungry in less than one hour.” I get it, and I do agree with the concern when it comes to “drinking our energy.” Beverages don’t offer the same satiety as solid, whole-food based meals.

overhead view of eggnog smoothie with cinnamon stick

What Do You Want In Your Healthier Egg Nog Smoothie?

egg nog smoothie voting with almond milk or egg nog

And, we listen to you! In a recent IG story, I asked, “Do you prefer a smoothie made with egg nog almond milk or the real deal. 57% of you wanted the almond egg nog, and I don’t think it’s because you don’t do dairy or don’t like the nog. You’re probably not wanting a 1,000 calorie smoothie you can down in two minutes flat, either. So, I found a compromise. While almond egg nog tastes good – it ain’t the real thing. Plus, almond milk, in general, has very little protein. And, we want to pack more protein into our breakfast start.

Finding the Right Formula

Our healthier egg nog smoothie contains 50% plain kefir milk, 40% almond milk and 10% egg nog with a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Liquid, check. Protein, check. For healthy fats, I added 1/2 T. of almond butter. Produce-rich fiber came from 1/2 a banana and one date. The extra kick of egg nog flavors came from cinnamon and cloves.

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Healthier Egg Nog Smoothie


  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel

Ingredients

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  • 4 oz. plain kefir milk
  • 3 oz. almond milk egg nog
  • 1 oz. egg nog
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy!

 

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.