Lower-Calorie Holiday Drink Recipes

Lower-Calorie Holiday Drink Recipes

Wine Spritzer

(Instead of a full glass of wine/champagne, this has half the calories.)

3 oz white wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, etc), 1 oz club soda, handful of ice, lemon or orange garnish

Pour wine into glass containing ice.  Top off with club soda.  Squeeze a wedge of orange or lemon and add garnish to glass or rim.





(Instead of the regular, high-calorie, high-fat version, try this one.)

3.5 cups 1% or fat free milk, ½ cup sweetened condensed fat free milk, 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour, ¼ tsp grated nutmeg, 1/8 tsp salt, 2 large egg yolks, ¼ cup bourbon, 2 Tbsp brandy, 1 tsp vanilla extract, extra nutmeg to garnish


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a saucepan and boil over medium heat on stove, stirring with whisk.    Place egg yolks in a bowl and whisk 1/3 of hot mixture into egg yolks.  Add everything back to saucepan, stir with whisk and continue to cook on medium heat for 1 minute or until thickened.  Pour into pitcher and stir in brandy, bourbon, and vanilla.
  2. Cover pitcher surface with wax paper and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with added nutmeg when serving.

This makes 8 ½ cup servings, each at 147 calories and 2.3 g fat.



Apple Sangria

(Try this fall fruit version instead of the usual sugary one.)

3 cinnamon stick with extra for garnish, 2 chopped honeycrisp apples, 1 orange sliced thin, 1 bottle red wine (light bodied Spanish works well), 1.75 cups apple cider, ½ cup brandy, ¼ cup orange juice (or juice from 2 medium oranges), juice from one lemon, club soda


  1. Place cinnamon sticks, apples and orange slices into a pitcher.  Add wine, cider, brandy, orange and lemon juice.  Refrigerate for 6-24 hours.
  2. Pour into glasses with fruit, and add extra cinnamon stick to garnish as desired.
  3. Add club soda to taste right before serving. The more club soda vs. mixture, the less calories!
Drink Less Calories this Holiday Season

Drink Less Calories this Holiday Season

The holidays are officially upon us once again.  And we know ‘tis the season to eat and drink.  Whether you will be drinking to celebrate or beat the shopping and family stress, here are some tips to decrease the amount of calories that go into your body this winter.

  1. Eat before you drink. Drinking alcohol decreases inhibitions.  If you drink on an empty stomach, you will be more likely to indulge in the bread basket or high-calorie snacks and foods that you see at a holiday party.  Enjoy a healthy snack or small meal before you go out OR wait to drink with your meal.
  2. Decrease your serving size. Here are the facts:

-1.5 ounces of hard alcohol has about 100 calories

-12 ounces of beer has about 100-150 calories (light vs. regular)

-5 ounces of dry wine or champagne has about 100 calories

Calories increase with sweeter wines and higher alcoholic content (higher proof).   An evening (or season) of celebrating can easily add up to hundreds of extra calories.  Many restaurants are strict with their pours and measure the amount of alcohol they serve you.  When you or a friend is pouring, it may be more generous.  Try using a smaller glass or supervising your servings.

  1. Select the correct mixers. Did you know that tonic has as many calories as regular soda?  Stick with plain wine, beer, or alcohol instead of adding mixers (tonic, soda, juice, sugary syrups). If you gain too much calories, your body might lose shape. Good thing, Dr. Matthew Galumbeck offers tummy tuck operation with promising result. You can try your liquor on ice with added lemon, lime, or mint.   Mix in zero-calorie additions, including club soda, diet soda, ice, or even water.  If you want juice for flavor, try adding a tiny splash.
  2. Pace yourself. Try putting down your drink to slow down the rate at which you finish.  OR if you want to have something in your hands at all times, drink a glass of water or club soda between each alcoholic beverage.  This will help keep you hydrated AND decrease the risk of a hangover.
6 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Foods

6 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Foods

(CBS) – It seems the holiday season was made for fatty foods. Many people will soon be gathering with friends and family, eating cookies cakes and pies.

But there are ways you can enjoy some seasonal foods without overdoing it.

Dietician Robin Kaiden suggests:

1 At the buffet, steer clear of foods loaded with cream, butter and gravy.

2 . Don’t have a little bite of every food. Just have a couple of your favorites.

3. Some nutritionists recommend eating a handful of nuts or half a banana before going to a holiday party in order to avoid more tempting foods when you get there.

4. Also don’t skip meals- thinking you’ll save all your calories for the big party.

5. Don`t start your celebrating with alcohol. Alcohol limits your inhibitions, you don’t want to end up at a rehab new jersey.

6. Don’t beat yourself up if you have one bad night; just try to be healthy the next day.

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