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Preparing Healthier Holiday Drinks

By Brandi Goodman 

The holidays are well-known for their creative food and drink choices. Many of them are filled with sugar, fat, and calories that make them unhealthy to consume. Prepare some healthier holiday drinks and enjoy your favorites without throwing off the scale.

35-Calorie Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a popular drink in the wintertime. Make it homemade rather than purchasing packets from the store and you keep the calorie count low. Unsweetened cashew milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and vanilla creme stevia are all you need. To make it a holiday drink, add three drops of peppermint extract. You whisk all ingredients in a saucepan and pour into mugs once it's ready in just a few minutes.

Healthier Eggnog

Eggnog is a staple around the holidays. You'll even see names like HollyNog on the store shelves. Don't buy yours from the store though. It's not only expensive, it's also packed with calories and sugar. Your homemade version will still have sugar, calories, and fat, but it will be far less so than what you find at the market. Enjoy a cup on occasion rather than daily to keep yourself in check. Egg yolks, pure maple syrup, milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract are all you need.

Cranberry Juice

Cranberries are a popular holiday food. Drink the juice and you'll get some of the benefits while quenching your thirst. You don't have to make this if you don't have the time. Bottles of cranberry juice are sold in stores at an affordable price. Just be sure to choose a 100 percent juice version that's unsweetened and pure. If you prefer to make it yourself, you'll need eight cups of cranberries, 2 quarts of water, lemon juice, orange juice, and some sugar to taste. The recipe requires you to boil your cranberries in water and strain out the berries before cooking the liquid with the other ingredients. 

Winter Infused Water

Infused water is an ideal drink option. You're drinking water that's beneficial for your body and and zero calories but you still get some flavor. The fruits and herbs used for these drinks also bring benefits. Lots of winter options exist that look great at the holiday table. One such choice is the orange pomegranate. Two sliced oranges and one pomegranate is all you need to add to your water pitcher.

Holiday drinks don't have to be unhealthy. Make some substitutions and you'll have healthier options to enjoy guilt-free. The holidays are already full of calorie-laden meals. You don't want your beverages to add to your count.

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