The holiday season is finally here, and it’s time to eat, drink and be merry. Luckily, celebrating doesn’t mean your weight loss goals have to come to a halt. An easy way to decrease calorie consumption is to cut back on the alcohol and replace boozy beverages with non-alcoholic drinks. Just one shot (3 tablespoons) of vodka or rum contains about 100 calories. Add in sugary mixers, and you’re looking at up to 250 calories per drink. Holiday drinks tend to be even more caloric, given that many are milk or cream based (think eggnog or a white Russian), which deliver a good dose of saturated fat with the calorie dense liquid. One cup of boozy eggnog is 344 calories with the white Russian not far behind at 287 calories. We also tend to overeat when we drink, pulling us further away from our goals.
Be your healthiest this holiday season, and vow to cut back on alcoholic drinks. However, just because you’re cutting back on alcohol, doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate with a fun, festive beverage. Read on to check out 8 healthy for you non-alcoholic drink recipes that allow you to treat yourself without making a dent in your lifestyle goals.
This beautiful red drink is made by combining strawberry kombucha with fresh strawberries, raspberries and mint to create a refreshing and delicious smoothie-like treat. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink with many health benefits. As a rich source of probiotics, kombucha can help regulate the gut. The kombucha and fresh fruit also makes this drink chocked full of antioxidants. It will taste sweet without any need for added sugar.
This fizzy beverage is made with fresh ginger, lemon juice, a few drops of stevia (a zero calorie, natural sweetener) and a unique ingredient – kefir water. Kefir water is made from kefir grains, a bacterial/yeast starter. Like kombucha, kefir grains are probiotic rich and have gut regulation benefits. Kefir water can be made at home or purchased from most large grocery stores, such as Whole Foods, or from health foods stores. The kefir water in this recipe can also be replaced with plain old seltzer per preference.
The Bloody Mary is the ultimate spicy brunch drink. This recipe is exactly the same as the drink that you’re used to, minus the vodka. By using fresh ingredients as opposed to a mix, you know exactly what’s going into your drink and can tweak the recipe per your preference. Add more horseradish to this non-alcoholic drink for a spicier taste, or more lemon juice for a pucker-up flavor.
This festive mocktail is created with natural cranberry and pomegranate juice, non-alcoholic ginger beer and garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds. The key to ensuring this mocktail is low in calorie and not full of sugar is to choose natural juice options. Most cranberry juices found in the grocery store are cranberry juice cocktail, which contains a whopping 33 grams of sugar per a cup. Natural cranberry juice cuts the sugar content by a third, containing only 11 grams. This Ocean Spray juice is a great option.
Made with fresh pears, this heart-warming non-alcoholic cider drink is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. A touch of vanilla bean and maple syrup adds sweetness without too much sugar, while the ginger adds a zest appropriate for the season. In addition, the bled-and-strain technique used makes the recipe super easy to create.
This stunning mocktail will look incredible on any holiday party tablescape. It is mixed with the strong taste of rose water, a little bit of honey for sweetness, and grapefruit or pomegranate juice for color. Topped with sparkling water and garnished with a fresh rose, we promise you won’t miss the alcohol one little bit.
Creamy eggnog is usually quite caloric, given the milk and cream used to create the beverage. This recipe replaces those high-fat ingredients with unsweetened almond milk, to create a non-alcoholic drink that is just as delicious, with fewer calories and less fat. Blended with cinnamon and cloves, this drink will feel cozy and is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
This delicious holiday sangria combines all your favorite flavors of the season, including pears, apples, pomegranate seeds, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and ginger. The sliced fruit makes for a beautiful presentation, highlighting the ingredients of the drink. The recipe calls for pear juice. As with any other juice, make sure to purchase a 100% no-sugar-added variety to cut down on calories.
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