Around this time of the year, healthy food is the last thing on our minds. Instead, we are worried about presents, slick roads and finals, so it’s easy to give up and eat that entire tin of sugar cookies from your Aunt Myrtle.
But don’t! Keep in mind there are always ways to eat healthy – no matter the season. This month, I’ve included a recipe for eggnog shakes that will keep you in the Christmas spirit without affecting your New Year’s resolutions. In a couple of months, don’t let the ghost of Christmas Past haunt you with those extra pounds; instead, indulge intelligently! Happy Holidays!

Eggnog Shakes
1-1/2 cup fat-free, sugar-free vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 tablespoon fat-free whipped topping
Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon rum extract
1/8 teaspoon brandy extract or vanilla extract
Dash ground nutmeg

In a blender, combine the first six ingredients; cover and process until smooth.
Pour into chilled glasses; sprinkle with nutmeg.

Yield: Makes 2 servings.
Nutrition information per serving (3/4 cup):
Calories: 163
Total Fat: 2g
Carbohydrates: 21g
Cholesterol: 9mg
Sodium: 109mg
Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1/2 Milk, 1/2 Fat

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