Dr. Barbara Huggins

Calories & Holiday Beverages

December 28, 2006

Calories & Holiday Beverages -  December 28, 2006We often hear about how to decrease calories in holiday eating, but holiday drinking can be an even greater problem. Dr. Mom talks about why and has some ideas on how to avoid over doing it.

Happy New Year! A time for parties and family gatherings, reminiscing, and singing Auld Lang Syne. Eating, drinking, making merry; and making new year resolutions to eat healthier, exercise, and lose those extra pounds. While toasting in the holidays and a new year, do we stop and think about how many calories we add while drinking holiday beverages?

Moderate drinking is defined as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. Knowing what a standard drink is will help you moderate your alcohol intake.

The following portions count as a drink:
Let's take a quick look at the calorie count of a few of the popular drinks:
Alcoholic beverages are not the only culprits of diet busters
Tips for keeping the calories from beverages in check:

Following are some light recipes you might find tasty.

No-sugar added minty hot cocoa
  • Mix cocoa, Splenda, and salt in a large mug. Heat milk in microwave for 1 ½ minutes, until hot. Gradually add hot milk to cocoa mixture in mug, stirring until well blended. Stir in vanilla and peppermint extracts. Yields 1 service.
Warm Eggnog
  • Beat the eggs, Splenda, and salt in a bowl. Stir in skim milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture coats a metal spoon. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in alcohol of choice, vanilla, and ground nutmeg. Before serving, beat light whipping cream with a mixer on medium speed until soft peak forms. To serve, put the eggnog into a punch bowl and fold in whipping cream. Serve immediately. Sprinkle each cupful with additional ground nutmeg.
Hot Apple Cider
  • Bring water and teabags to boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer 4 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add apple juice and sugar substitute. Simmer 5 minutes more. Serve immediately. Serves four. (58 calories)
  • Pour the sparkling water into a champagne flute. Add cranberry juice and champagne. Garnish with lime twist. Serve immediately. Serves one. (37 calories)
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