- Carbonated water flavored with a splash of cranberry juice and lime. Add 1 shot of vodka or other liquor if desired to individual servings. Keep the shot glass there for accurate measuring. Remember 1 shot = 100 calories.
- Hot tea brewed with cinnamon and cloves
- Hot chocolate made with skim milk, cocoa powder, almond extract, and either a little sugar or no-calorie sweetener
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For a fun "cream" soda, place crushed or "snowed" ice in a glass, add some fat-free half and half, 100% juice and club soda. You can also add a little flavored drink syrup in place of the juice but this adds more refined sugar.
You can also use fat-free half and half to make homemade egg nog. Search the web for some fun recipes. Add some Sprite or club soda for a "sparkling" non-alcoholic version.
Holiday gatherings can make it tough to stick to a heart-healthy diet. When at holiday parties, one “hidden” source of sugar and calories that you may not consider is drinks. The tips below can help you make better holiday drink choices and maintain a diet that benefits your heart health.
- Drink low-fat eggnog to cut down on calories and fat. Or instead of milk in your coffee or black tea, try adding a little low-fat eggnog for an "eggnog latte." Or better yet, try mulled apple cider or ginger tea.
- Limit alcohol. Moderation (one drink per day for women, two drinks for men) is important for overall health. But alcohol also provides extra calories and interferes with your ability to keep tabs on your food intake. You will drink and eat more calories than you mean to eat. If you do choose to drink alcohol, beer and wine generally are lower in calories than spirits mixed with soda or fruit juices.
- Limit the amount of regular soda that you drink. One 12-ounce can of regular soda contains 150 calories (about 9 teaspoons) from sugar.
- Limit drinks with added sugar or switch to non-nutritive sweeteners (Nutrasweet, Splenda, Truvia, etc.).
- Drink water, unsweetened tea or coffee with meals instead of high-calorie beverages such as soda, juices or sweet tea.
Here are a few healthier, low-calorie alternatives that will help you make it through the temptations until your New Year’s resolution takes effect.
“Cranberry-Apple Cider (diabetic friendly)”
- 4 cups cranberry apple drink
- 1 to 2 packets of sugar substitute
- ¼ cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed, undiluted
- 8 sticks of cinnamon
- ½ tsp. cloves
- ¼ tsp. allspice
- 6 lemon wedges, (about 2 large lemons cut in thirds)
48 calories per serving. Makes 6 servings.
- eggs (4 egg whites and 2 egg yolks)
- 2 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ¼ cup white rum
148 calories per serving. Makes 6 servings.
“Hot Apple Pie”
- 1 oz. apple cider
- 1/8 oz. lemon juice
- ½ oz. agave nectar
- 1½ oz. Spiced Rum (vanilla)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 oz. pomegranate grenadine*
- 4 blackberries
- ½ cinnamon stick
- ½ oz. lemon juice
- 1 oz. Tanqueray No. 10 gin
- club soda
*To make the pomegranate grenadine, combine equal parts pomegranate juice and sugar. Cook on the stovetop until reduced by one third.
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It's easy to lighten up your favorite holiday drinks. In this video, "Hungry Girl" author Lisa Lillien gives recipes for classic beverages with a fraction of their usual calories.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.