The best way to sidestep empty calories this holiday season is to limit sugary and alcoholic drinks or avoid them altogether (see yesterday’s Daily Tip, Unhealthy Holiday Drinks, for more information). But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy traditional beverages – just be sure to moderate your intake and drink water between cocktails to keep hydrated. The following drinks are lower-calorie holiday options when you want something sweet or alcoholic.
- Sparkling non-alcoholic punch. The calories can vary, but most holiday punch can easily be diluted with additional sparkling water to reduce calories and sugars. If you are making your own punch at home, use unsweetened cranberry juice concentrate.
- Red wine. The antioxidant activity of red wine has been linked to heart health benefits, reduced stress and even preserving memory. Limit yourself to a six-ounce glass; it typically has about 120 calories.
- Hot toddy. A combination of lemon, honey, cinnamon, cloves and brandy, this beverage has between 100 and 150 calories and provides some vitamin C thanks to the lemon juice.
- Champagne. This celebratory drink has about 90 calories in a four-ounce glass.
Check out our visual guide to healthy and unhealthy holiday drinks!
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