It’s the holidays and that means it’s time for those special drinks that we save for Christmas and New Years Eve. Just one of your favorite holiday drinks may have all of your calorie needs for the day.
Calories in common holiday drinks
Here are a few tips to curb the calories:
- In hot cocoa use non fat milk and skip the whip cream if you can.
- When ordering your beverage from your favorite coffee house, ask for fewer pumps of sugary syrups or opt for sugar free syrups. Each pump of flavoring can be up to 25 calories and some drinks contain up to four or five pumps. You can also replace sugar with a sugar substitute.
- You can replace the cream in drink recipes with low fat or fat free milk.
- When drinking eggnog replace the egg with egg substitute and use skim or fat free milk. For an extra reduction in calories you can replace or reduce the amount of alcohol by using rum extract.
For more info, visit us at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.
Sources: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, 2008; USDA Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies, 3.0., 2009.
*Actual calories may vary by brand or recipe.
Erika Watson-Lawson is a registered dietician with Memorial Hospital.