feel like celebrating the season with a festive sipper, but don’t want to sabotage your health goals? take a peek at our health(ier) holiday sips: sweet, spicy + spiked - guaranteed to please any palate without widening the waistline. tip: weigh your treats, sips + sweets for a healthy holiday season sans deprivation. you can have your cocktail + drink it too. just keep your food choices balanced + your portions in check!
so what are you waiting for, #goalgetter? whip up one of our 12 health(ier) holiday sips to warm your soul + celebrate the season! note: for the frothy beverages, our chief fitlosopher loves this aeroccino milk frother. don't have one handy? you can also use our multi-talented fitfuel mixer for a more budget-friendly option.
1 [healthier eggnog latte] froth ½ cup horizon organic low-fat eggnog + ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, then add either ¼ cup brewed coffee or 2 shots espresso + sprinkle with nutmeg! warning: eggnog is HIGH calorie, HIGH sugar…so this is the healthier option with only 140 cals + 3g fat per 1/2c compared to ~200cals + 10g fat…but beware, it still packs in 22g sugar!
2 [minty coco-cocoa] froth ¾ cup SO delicious mint-chocolate coconut milk + ¼ cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk, then top with a sprig o’ mint if you’re feelin’ fancy. note: this stuff might be too good to be true at only 50 cals, 2.5g fat, and (get this) only 6g sugar per ½ cup! add the chocolate almond milk to keep it from being too sweet. plus, it’s gluten-free + non-GMO verified.
3 [homemade hot chocolate] in a small saucepan, melt 1 oz 70% dark chocolate. add ½ cup nonfat milk (yes, moo milk) + ½ cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk + top with dark chocolate shavings or a few mini marshmallows. note: unless you’re lactose intolerant or just have a personal issue with milk, it’s chock-full-o-vitamins, minerals, and bone-building protein…plus, this little concoction is the perfect post-workout winter sipper!
4 [frothy caramel apple cider] in a small saucepan, heat ¾ cup reduced-sugar apple juice, then mix in ¼ tsp each of allspice + cinnamon, and add a few drops natural caramel extract. top with ¼ cup frothed nonfat milk and sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon! note: apple juice is sugary, no way around that…but this all-natural option has only 8.5g sugar + 45 cals per ½ cup – with no added artificial sweeteners.
5 [snowy white vanilla steamer] in a small saucepan, heat 1 cup reduced-fat milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 2 tsp vanilla + 1 tsp maple syrup. when it’s hot (not boiling), give it a quick blend in the blender (or a few shakes in our fitfuel mixer) to make it nice + frothy, then top with a dollop of freshly whipped cream. it’s warrrrrrrm, creamy comfort in a cup!
6 [wintery wassail] this one’s a great way to enjoy fresh (vitamin C-loaded) winter citrus + seasonal spices. in a small saucepan, heat ½ cup fresh apple cider + ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice. stir in a few dashes of cinnamon + a dash or two each of nutmeg + ground ginger. serve with a fresh orange slice.
7 [mulled wine] pour 2 cups red wine into a sauce pan with some mulling spices (cinnamon sticks are fab) + 1 tbsp honey and simmer on low. this warm wine will ensure you sip slowly – a healthier alternative to guzzling multiple glasses!
8 [hot toddy] brew a cup of black tea then add 1/2 tbsp honey, 2tsp lemon juice, + 1 oz whiskey or brandy. not only will this drink warm you up, it’s perfect for fighting the common cold this winter!
9 [winter sangria] a downright merry alternative to your typical glass of vino, make up a big batch for your holiday party. stir together 1 cup freshly-squeezed blood-orange juice, ¼ cup maple syrup, 2 whole cloves, 1 cinnamon stick + a bottle of fruity red wine (like a zinfandel), then add in 2 sliced tangerines, 1 sliced blood orange + 1 sliced lime. refrigerate overnight before serving!
10 [not-for-kiddos cocoa] add 1oz peppermint schnapps to the minty coco-cocoa or homemade hot chocolate (recipes above) for an extra hit o’ mint!
11 [festive pomegranate champagne] feeling festive? pop open some bubbly and add some pomegranate seeds for a (pretty) holiday punch. as always: sip in moderation!
12 [irish coffee] like your coffee with a little kick? stir 1 oz whiskey + 2 tsp maple syrup into a cup of brewed coffee, then top off with a dollop of lightly whipped heavy cream. just make sure you save this brew for dessert!
for day 11 of the 12 days of FITmas, we’re giving away our fitbook lite to help you stick to your holiday goals with just 4 little daily tweaks! here’s how to win:
our fitlosophy elves are busy spreading christmas cheer as we sip our (healthier) hot cocoa, but we're still watching you! check back each day to see if you won + enter to win again for 12 days of FITmas.
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