Christmas season is a time for many of us to catch up with family and friends, which also means holiday food and drinks are at an abundance. So, what can we do to watch the waistline and still enjoy the festive drinks? To answer that, here are a couple recipes that we like:
Pomegranate Champagne Punch
Important to note, this light drink is 128 calories and only 7 grams of carbohydrates!
Makes: 6 servings, 3/4 cup each
- 2 cups champagne
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 cup seltzer
- 1/2 cup citrus vodka
- Lemon twists, for garnish
- First, combine champagne, pomegranate juice, seltzer and vodka in a large bowl or pitcher.
- Serve over ice with a twist of lemon.
**For a nonalcoholic version, combine 2 1/2 cups seltzer and 2 cups pomegranate juice
Hot Apple Cider
When you combine cider with tea, it adds a whole new dimension of flavor. It brings the calorie count down from 280 to just 180 calories per 16 oz serving. Serves 6.
- 1 orange-spiced tea bag
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 whole allspice
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider
- Begin by brewing tea in hot water, according to package directions, with the allspice, cloves and cinnamon stick in the cup as it brews.
- Heat apple cider for 60-90 seconds in the microwave until warm in a large microwave-safe mug. Meanwhile, discard tea bag, allspice, cloves and cinnamon stick.
- Finally, pour tea into warm cider and stir to combine.
Perfectly Light Homemade Hot Chocolate
So yummy & perfect for cold nights! Serves: 1 Check out the nutrition information for this drink! Calories: 101; Total Carbs: 14.9g; Protein: 9.4 g
- 1 tablespoon Cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 5 teaspoon No Calorie Sweetener of your choice
- 1 cup nonfat Milk
- 1 dash of Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
- Mini-marshmallows, optional
- Add cocoa, Splenda, salt, and vanilla extra to a mug.
- Heat milk in microwave-safe container for 1.5-2 minutes, until very warm.
- Mix about a 1/4 cup of milk into mug with other ingredients and stir thoroughly.
- Poor in rest of milk and stir to mix well. Garnish with a few mini-marshmallows, if desired