The holiday season is in full swing, and Christmas is right around the corner. With the holidays come a lot of tempting traditions, and it’s difficult to figure out which ones are acceptable, and which will give you a stomachache. Let’s take a look at eggnog. Is it Paleo?
What is Eggnog?
Traditionally, eggnog is made with raw eggs, whole milk, spices, booze, and sugar. These days most people are afraid of raw eggs, so it is gently warmed over medium heat and served cold with rum or whiskey. Many popular seasonings include nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and even ginger. You can spike it with seasonal alcoholic libations such as rum, whiskey, or sherry. The longer eggnog cools the thicker it gets, until it is almost like custard. For this reason, most people either love it or hate it.
Is Eggnog Paleo?
Well, technically, there’s nothing Paleo about whole milk and refined sugar, and if you want the boozy version, most types of liquor are not Paleo either. You can find store-bought versions without booze or lactose, but they’re full of a bunch of non-Paleo additives. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own homemade Paleo eggnog with things like coconut and almond milk! We’ve listed a few recipes below so you can make a healthier version of this wintery libation. If you’re trying to choose the right alcohol, rum is grain-free, but high in sugar, whiskey is low in sugar, but is made from grains. Other options include sherry and vodka, but these have strong flavors so you’ll probably want to use a little less. Now make yourself a custard-like cocktail!