Eggnog & Calcium

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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When I opened the refrigerator door this morning, I made a sad discovery: we were out of iced coffee. 😕

I’m usually on top of the iced coffee thing. As soon as we start to get low, I brew a fresh pot””usually about 1-2 times a week. Even though Mal and I always plow through the iced coffee, we rarely ever run out. I’m like an Iced Coffee Watchdog. I guess I was off of my game.

But, the lack of iced coffee in our house wasn’t the end of the world. It was actually a blessing in disguise because I got to make hot eggnog coffee this morning.


Oh, yes.


I did.


Eggnog-flavored coffee with a splash of eggnog is heavenly! 😀


To eat, I toasted an English muffin and added peanut butter and banana slices.


Can’t go wrong with this meal! 😉


Ok, hopefully, this doesn’t come off too sales-y. I just think getting enough calcium and vitamin D is important, especially for women.

So, the folks at Caltrate contacted me to sample their new Vanilla Crème Soft Chews. I’m already a huge fan of the Adora Disks as a way to get my daily dose of calcium and vitamin D (and satisfy my sweet tooth), but I’m always open to trying to new things. Plus, Vanillla Crème sounded mighty delicious.


As you probably know, most people struggle to get the recommended daily amounts of calcium and vitamin D from their diet alone. In fact, 80% of women don’t get enough calcium or vitamin D from food alone. Plus, the winter months often mean less sunlight (especially in the northeast), which can make reaching those daily doses even more challenging. And with 1 in 4 women currently at risk for osteoporosis, maintaining bone health is super important.

Ok, I’m off my soapbox. I just think it’s really important. (FYI: Eggnog has 15% of your daily recommended value of calcium! 😉 )

If you’re curious, the Vanilla Creme Soft Chews are really delicious. They taste a lot like vanilla frosting, especially the last few chews. Of course, this makes them easy to gobble right up– but at least I’m getting my calcium and vitamin D for the day!

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Questions of the Day

Do you like eggnog? Do you get enough calcium and vitamin D in your life?



  1. I’ve never had eggnog. It is something I would like to try. Noone I know drinks it and I don’t want to purchase an entire container and have it go to waste if I don’t like it.

  2. Tina have you every tried the Coffee Mate Eggnog-flavored coffee creamer? I tried some this year for the first time and it is really good! There’s nothing like the real thing, but it’s pretty close, with less calories. 🙂

  3. Yes, but I tend to stay away. Too many calories!

    I take both a calcium and a vitamin D supplement, but I don’t like the chews. I don’t need any extra sugar or junk in my diet!

  4. @Brenda: Ok, but that’s only one study. What about all of the research that says otherwise? All I know is that women in my family are breaking their bones and my mom was diagnosis with early stages of osteoporosis. I don’t want the same thing to happen to me.

  5. I love eggnog but I’m allergic to dairy and soy so it’s been a long while since I’ve had any. I love that you’re talking about bone health! It’s so important to do what you can now to prevent bone loss later.

  6. @Tina: I agree, Tina. Usually the problems come up when people take “mega doses” of vitamins and supplements. I don’t think the amount in the chews plus the amount ingested through food would be over the top. Here is a Consumer Reports article (likely more reliable than NY Times) about multi-vitamins: If you read some of the related links on the left navigation there is additional, helpful information. Just another point of view!

  7. Um I have an intimate relationship with egg nog (lol), but it does NOT like me. I’m mildly lactose intolerant, so I try to buy the soy brands (which is SO not the same), or just have a little bit.

  8. I’m pretty lactose intolerant, so it makes the A&D vitamins tough. Most of the chews give me a stomach ache because they contain milk derivatives. I need to get better about taking a non-milk-based pill. :-\

  9. Since a couple people (and Tina) pointed out that the NYTimes article is only “one study” I thought I should point out that the “one study” is a review and compilation of ONE-THOUSAND studies, which they mention in the article. So “all the research that says otherwise” is usually anecdotal, or on un-reliable websites. This study was really careful to review all the available (scientific) information.

    Someone else mentioned that the Times article might not be reliable. Here’s the original article, conducted by the Institute of Medicine – part of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious science organizations.

    As a neuroscientist, I think it’s important that we all make sure we get accurate information about our health! 🙂

  10. Oooh I love eggnog. I usually mix it with milk so it’s not so thick and heavy.

    (And I love that you have Hood – oh I miss living in New England!)

  11. I just today posted the “AlmondNog” that I created the other night! It’s tasty and flavorful, but WAY healthier than normal (or even light!) storebought Nog!

  12. Kate (comment #18) has it right on!! We have to look at it backwards..not adding in calcum supplements, but TAKING out certain things from our diet so our body absorbs it from the foods we eat!

  13. Word of warning — never take calcium intake for granted. Get it wherever you can find it. That said, the chews are not for me; ick! There are MANY different sources.

  14. Teehee, I’m a bit obsessive about calcium too… in the sense that I justify eating copious amounts of sesame seed honey snacks, almonds butter, and ice cream as “getting my calcium” 😛

  15. Hi Tina, good luck on your run today! WHERE did you find the Eggnogg New England Coffee? We went crazy trying to find the pumpkin flavor, and have been scouring Boston for a good winter coffee!

    Stephanie-Jo (Jamaica Plain)

  16. I’m an egg nog fan. I think I get enough Vitamin D… I guess I should check that. I often have a bowl of cereal with skim milk, greek yogurt or cottage cheese, OJ w/calcium & vitamin D. I probably have fish with vitamin D once a week (salmon or tuna).

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