The holiday season is upon us. Many of us are busy racing around doing holiday shopping and juggling multiple party invites to celebrate the season. And while at these parties, it is only natural to sip on a holiday inspired drink. After all, you deserve to take a moment to relax from all the holiday stresses and enjoy some holiday cheer. Right? But how do you enjoy your holiday cheer and still stick to your healthy diet?
Most seasonal drinks, while yummy and delicious, are sugar filled and fattening. Not the best drinks for those trying to be healthy. However, there is a way to enjoy your favorite holiday cheer and still be healthy. Below are some of the traditional holiday favorites made over into attractive diet-friendly, low-fat drinks.
The Skinny Eggnog
If you love eggnog, then you probably know it is overflowing with calories. One serving of the traditional eggnog has a whopping 343 calories and 21 grams of sugar. Ouch! However, Bethenny Frankel, the founder of SkinnygirlTM has introduced an eggnog that contains only 148 calories. As explained on Health.com, the secret is using low fat milk and less alcohol.
Take the traditional martini and turn it into an antioxidant-rich martini. Nutritionist Cynthia Sass shared with FitSugar.com the Pomegranate Rosemary Martini as a “healthy twist on the [traditional] martini.” Instead of using flavored vodka to make the drink, use 100% pomegranate juice as well as fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Apple Cider Rum
When the temperature drops, many turn to hot Apple Cider Rum to keep them warm. Most recipes require a heavy dose of buttered rum, which is not diet friendly. Instead of using buttered rum, try using a dark rum to make this drink friendly to the heart and hips.
A Twist on French 75
Many celebrate this time of the year with a little bubbly. With one glass of Blood Orange French 75 being under 100 calories, this makes this drink perfect for the health conscious. The traditional French 75 is made with champagne and gin, but the blood orange version reduces the amount gin and infuses the remainder with muddled blood oranges. The mixture needs to sit for a few hours, but don’t worry. It is worth it.
The Alternative to the Irish Coffee
Irish coffee is a popular seasonal favorite with all its whip cream. Unfortunately the whip cream makes this drink an unhealthy choice. A healthy alternative is the Hot Toddy that contains only 150 calories. The Hot Toddy is made with 1 ½ ounces of brandy, scotch or bourbon. The rest of the drink consist of healthy ingredients water, honey, lemon juice and cinnamon are added.
With these tasty makeovers, you can now raise your glass and toast the holidays with confidence that you are not sabotaging your healthy diet. Happy Holidays!