Healthy versions of holiday drinks: 8 healthy alternatives

Holidays are a time to eat, drink and be merry. But dieting, or even trying to enjoy the holidays without alcohol, can bring mixed feelings.

Luckily, there are healthy versions of holiday drinks.

We’ve rounded up the best healthy drink recipes with ingredients from the store to make this holiday season enjoyable, no matter what your dietary restrictions may be.

1. Egg Nog Sugar Free Egg Shake

The advantages of this cocktail are not only in the absence of sugar. It is also dairy-free and includes rum extract, which will give the flavor of rum without the addition of alcohol. But if you’re going for a more alcoholic version, a dark rum can provide a deep smoky flavor.

2. Pomegranate hot punch

You will certainly enjoy the non-alcoholic version of this drink. The recipe for this punch calls for winter ingredients like pomegranate juice and allspice. It will surely make your kitchen smell festive.

3. Hot Cider Invigorating Toddy

This cider has the added benefit of fresh ginger, which will improve heart health, lower cholesterol, and even relieve pain. This recipe has the effect of a soothing winter drink, plus some holiday warmth.

4. Mexican hot chocolateHealthy versions of holiday drinks: 8 healthy alternatives

If you’ve never tried spicy Mexican hot chocolate, give this recipe a try. If you are a vegan, skip the honey and enjoy full fat coconut milk instead of regular milk.

5. Mulled wine

Mulled wine is a warming, spicy wine recipe that fills the home with the scents of winter. This recipe uses unsweetened apple cider, which reduces sugar intake. It includes citrus fruits, honey, vanilla, cloves and anise.

6. Gingerbread smoothie

It sounds “sugar”, but in fact, everything is not so scary. This smoothie is sweetened with just one ripe banana and a pinch of molasses. And cinnamon and ginger give the classic taste of gingerbread.

7. Warm Cranberry Apple Cider

Apple cider is the perfect soothing drink for a cold evening. This recipe, which uses cranberries, is no exception. It consists of nutmeg with traditional winter spices, with a small amount of rum or bourbon added. If you’re watching your sugar intake, don’t use brown sugar – the juices themselves are quite sweet.

8. Orange juice with pomegranate

If you’re looking for something for the kids to toast with everyone around the holiday table, try this recipe. You will need a juicer to make pomegranate juice, or you can choose a ready-made 100% pomegranate juice from the store. This is an easy recipe that kids can make themselves.

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