Once a week, I’ve been getting an eggnog misto (instead of an eggnog latte) at Starbucks as a holiday-flavored treat while I’m out shopping and running around doing holiday prep. I thought it was a good way to cut calories and still enjoy a treat, since a regular grande eggnog latte is 450 calories and has 18 grams of fat.
A misto is half steamed milk (or eggnog, in this case) and half hot coffee. A latte would be a full cup of steamed milk (or eggnog) with a shot or two of espresso.
So, I got these a couple times over the past few weeks and then realized I could make my own. Only it could be lighter (in fat and calories) and tastier. Yum!
Gingerbread Eggnog Misto
- 1/2 a cup of light eggnog
- 1/2 a cup of strongly brewed Gingerbread Coffee from Trader Joe’s (ground coffee with nutmeg, dried ginger flakes and spices mixed in–amazing stuff!)
It doesn’t get easier than this. Warm up the eggnog in the microwave or in a pan on the stove and then pour into a mug with the coffee.
Calories and fat in a traditional short (10oz) full fat eggnog latte: 220 cal/9g fat (But let’s be serious: no one ever orders a short. They typically order grande which is 450 calories and 18g of fat!)
Starbucks doesn’t post nutritional data for an eggnog misto, but I figured that this drink should be 110 calories and 1 gram of fat.
Want to cut calories even more? Make a regular cup of coffee and replace the half and half with light eggnog. It will both serve as the creamer and sugar you would normally put in coffee. A cup of coffee with 2 TBS of light eggnog should only be about 30 calories.