Vegans rejoice! Non-dairy holiday nogs have hit stores to help make this holiday season a little more festive and a little bit sweeter.
Traditional eggnog is made with whole milk, cream, eggs and sugar. It's a rich drink and isn't low in calories or sugar. There are about 190 calories and about 20 grams of sugar in just 1/2 cup. And since eggnog is often spiked with booze, you can add a few more calories to that number.
If you're vegan (or dairy-free or egg-free), eggnog has been off limits. Luckily, lots of non-dairy milk companies have released their own holiday nog blends and the nutrition numbers look a little more impressive than the classic drink. We wanted to figure out what they taste they like so we put them to the test.
Nog—whether vegan or egg—is a treat. It's a special drink that we enjoy around the holidays, so don't stress about calories and numbers too much. The options we tasted all deliver between 8 and 15 grams of added sugar. The Dietary Guidelines recommend we get no more than 10 percent of our calories from added sugar, which would be 200 calories on a 2,000 calorie diet. 200 calories of sugar is about 50 grams. These nogs can fit within your day easily, just remember all these numbers are for 4 ounces, which isn't much.
Here's our favorite store-bought vegan nogs and how they stack up nutritionally.
Photo: So Delicious
Serving: 4 ounces
Tasting notes: Our group favorite! This was the only coconut nog we tested. It had a rich and creamy texture and mild coconut flavor. The traditional nog flavors are spot on, but it was a little sweet.
Serving: 4 ounces
Tasting notes: Our runner up. This had a strong nutmeg flavor, just like classic eggnog. The soy-based nog was also creamy and reminded us of regular soy milk. Silk also makes an almond milk nog.
Photo: Blue Diamond
Tasting notes: The nutty flavor of almond milk came through but some of our tasters wanted some more eggnog spice. Our resident almond milk drinker liked this one a lot.
Tasting notes: Some tasters didn't love the nutty flavor, but if you're used to almond milk this could be a go. Plus, it clearly has some fans on instagram and we liked that it has less added sugar than some of the other brands we tried.
Photo: Good Karma
Tasting notes: Tasted sweeter than we expected based on the 8 grams of sugar. We liked that it was nut free in case you need to avoids nuts and dairy in your diet. The texture was creamy, but we weren't getting a strong flavor of eggnog. This nog is made with flax milk, so you'll get some healthy omega-3 fats while you sip.
Photo: Califia Farms
Tasting notes: This almond milk was our least favorite from a taste perspective. It wasn't as sweet as many of the other options but it left a slick taste on our tongues and wasn't as creamy as some of the other nogs we tasted.