Holiday Drinks With Hidden Calories

Holiday gathering are a minefield for adults trying to watch their weight while enjoying the season.   Rich desserts, calorie-laden appetizers and traditional hearty meals can quickly result in weight gain that can be difficult to take off, especially when the weather may keep older adults indoors and less active.   But holiday drinks can often be just as full of cholesterol and calories as the honey-baked ham and scalloped potatoes.

Traditional egg nog, even without the rum, has as much cholesterol as two double cheeseburgers, two fries and two soft drinks, according to Humana’s learning center.  A White Russian, made with heavy cream boasts 580 calories and that Peppermint Mocha, made with whole milk and whipped cream, carries a hefty 470 calories.

By limiting alcohol and substituting cream with 2 per cent milk in recipes or using sparkling flavored water in place of high fat or high sugar mixers, adults can enjoy the holidays without sabotaging a healthy diet.   Hosts can help their guests by supplying non-alcoholic natural sparking sodas or sparkling water that feels festive without the extra calories.   Here’s a low calorie winter sangria you can make ahead:

Winter Sangria


1 cup fresh satsuma orange juice (about 4 satsumas)
1 cup satsuma orange sections (about 2 satsumas)
1/3 cup Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
1/4 cup sugar
2 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
1 (750-milliliter) bottle fruity red wine

Still until sugar is dissolved and refrigerate for at least 4 hour or overnight. One 2/3 cup serving is 137 calories.  Source:  Cooking Light

For more holiday cocktail recipes that will help keep your waistline in check follow this link.