5 Healthy Holiday Drinks

Let’s face it. One of the best parts of the holiday season are the cocktails. Alcoholic or not, festive beverages get everyone in the mood to celebrate the season, from warm winter wassail simmering on the stove to sparkly party libations of which – for some reason – you can’t get enough. Pretty drinks are so easy to throw back – but have you ever thought about the calories in your cocktails? It can be easy to think that the little glass of goodness you’re enjoying won’t affect your waist line or destroy how disciplined you’ve been at every holiday dinner, but truly, one of the worst calorie culprits of party season are the drinks! To get by without adding on liquid pounds this holiday, we’ve rounded up a few of the tastiest healthy holiday drinks around. Try one, or even two – there’s nothing to feel guilty about here.\r\n

1. Coconut Hot Chocolate

\r\nHot chocolate mix (or even fresh hot chocolate) is quite the fattening concoction. This recipe includes a tiny bit of cacao, which has antioxidants, natural coconut sugar and coconut oil, which helps to boost your metabolism.\r\n

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  • 1 cup milk, coconut milk, almond milk or water
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  • 1 Tbs cacao
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  • 1 Tbs virgin coconut oil\r\n
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  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
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Directions

\r\nPour milk into a saucepan on low heat and heat slowly. Do not let this boil! Add cocao and coconut sugar; stir until this dissolves. Pour in coconut oil. Whisk for 30 seconds to a minute. A handheld mixer with a whisk attachment will help this consistency get frothy. Pour into a cozy mug and enjoy.\r\n

2. Natural Cranberry Margarita

\r\nBe sure to use 100% cranberry juice in this for the endless of health benefits it has to offer, including preventing kidney stones, kidney disease, various stomach disorders and diabetes.\r\n

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  • .5 cup 100% cranberry juice
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  • .5 cup 100% agave tequila
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  • .25 cup  Triple Sec
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  • .25 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
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  • Ice
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  • Coconut sugar, to taste, if needed!
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Directions

\r\nPour everything into a cocktail mixer and shake for at least 30 seconds. Garnish with fresh cranberries. Add sugar if too tart. Dip rim into lime juice and into coconut sugar, if desired.\r\n

3. Antioxidant Rich Vodka Libation

\r\nLike the above margarita, this is for late nights by the fire or late nights partying. However, instead of the sugar rush most cocktails tend to have, this drink is chock full of antioxidants, fiber and potassium.\r\n

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  • 3 oz vodka
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  • 1 oz Triple Sec
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  • Fresh-squeezed juice from half an orange
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  • 1.5 oz simple syrup made of honey
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  • 2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
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  • 6 1″ apple chunks
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  • 2 Tsp Ginger, peeled/sliced
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  • Ice
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  • Cinnamon & Sugar (for rim)
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Directions

\r\nMix 2 tablespoons of sugar and cinnamon on a plate; set aside. With a mortar and pestle, grind apples and ginger; move ingredients to a jar or cocktail mixer. Pour in rest of ingredients and shake. Rub a wedge of lime around the edge of the jar or glass and dip into cinnamon/sugar.\r\n

4. Almond Milk Hot Toddy

\r\nThe ingredients in this hot toddy twist are full of rich flavor and depression-fighting boosters. This comforting beverage is the perfect nightcap, as it may put you to sleep! Try a different type of milk if you wish, as well. The best part of this beverage is the depression-fighting, anti-inflammatory turmeric.\r\n

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  • 1 cup organic almond milk
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  • 1-2 oz of whiskey
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  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
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  • .25 tsp cinnamon
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  • .25 tsp turmeric
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Directions

\r\nOn medium hit in a saucepan, warm milk, honey and whiskey until it begins to foam at the edges. Pour into a cozy mug. Add cinnamon and turmeric (this will change its color to yellow). Enjoy.\r\n

5. Peppermint Mocha (vegan and low-fat)

\r\nIt can be incredibly tempting to throw today’s calorie count out the window when you pass by a coffee shop and see (or smell!) the tempting array of warm holiday coffee beverages available this time of year. It can be difficult to ignore, but no matter how specific you make your drink, it will always have a little bit of sugar or fake sugar to fill you up. Try making your own special coffee creation at home.\r\n

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  • 1 shot espresso (1 oz) (or sub strong coffee)
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  • 1 Tbs cacao
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  • .5 to 1 Tbs coconut sugar
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  • .25 tsp peppermint extract
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  • .5 cup coconut or almond milk
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  • A milk frother
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Directions

\r\nMake espresso at home using an espresso maker or substitute strong black coffee. When ready, pour 1 shot into a mug and mix in cacao, coconut sugar and peppermint extract. Stir. Pour coconut or almond milk into saucepan. On medium, stir milk until it is warm and then use a milk frother to create foam. Once foam is created, turn off heat. Pour milk into mug over espresso or coffee and spoon in some foam. Sprinkle with cinnamon.\r\n\r\n