Healthful holiday cheer

Enjoy a cup of nog without feeling guilty

Before you head straight for your nearest chain coffeehouse or fast-food joint for a sweet and creamy holiday drink, know this:’s new Top 12 Unhealthiest Holiday Drinks list includes such enticing concoctions as Starbucks’ Eggnog Latte (30 grams of saturated fat in a venti) and the McDonald’s Frappe Caramel (29 grams saturated fat). As tough as it is to watch your waistline (and health) over the holidays, you might want to consider indulging in a low-fat alternative—rice nog. Available locally at Chico Natural Foods Cooperative (818 Main St., 891-1713), Rice Dream Rice Nog has all of one gram of fat per half-cup serving, and is also lactose- and dairy-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free and low in sodium. Oh yes—it’s also delicious!