Making Fall Drinks Healthier
By Brandi Goodman
The fall season sees the start of many favorite drink options hitting store shelves. Apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes, hot coffee drinks, and more are the talk of the season. Though these may have great autumn flavors you enjoy, most of these drinks are filled with sugar and high in calories. You should do what you can to make your fall drinks healthier -- including making them at home.
Skip the Store Purchases
Buying your coffee from a shop or getting your apple cider off the store shelf will undoubtedly leave you with a drink full of sugar and calories. It's far better to skip the store purchases and create your own drink at home. This way, you know exactly which ingredients are going into the concoction.
Get a Smaller Size
Whether you're purchasing in-store anyways or opting for a homemade version, it's still best to get a smaller size. A small serving can satisfy your craving without you going overboard. You'll get a taste of the drink you love without all the added calories of a large size beverage.
Use Sugar Alternatives
Regular sugar isn't needed. There are so many alternative solutions to help sweeten up your drink. Choices such as Splenda, Stevia, coconut sugar, agave nectar, and even organic honey are all better solutions for your sweet drinks.
Choose Skim Milk
Some fall coffee beverages use milk or whipped cream. Choose skim milk instead of full fat and opt for a sugar-free whipped cream and you'll cut back on a lot of sugar and calories. This can help you enjoy your favorite drink without having to feel so guilty about it.
Try Infused Water Instead
It may not quite be the same, but water infused with some of your favorite fruits or herbs can create a similar flavor experience to the unhealthy drinks you're used to having in the fall. If you enjoy apple cider, for example, you may also like water infused with cinnamon and apples. It's worth giving it a shot to cut back on calories and boost the nutrients.
Your fall drinks can still be enjoyed. Just be sure you're making a few changes so you can have a healthier version that is more worthwhile. Nutrition matters when it comes to what you're drinking as well.
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