Better Holiday Beverages


Liquid calories add up! Don’t let liquid calories, which we often don’t compensate for by eating less food, sabotage your healthy eating efforts around the holidays. Take a look at how these traditional drinks stack up:

  • Regular Eggnog- 340 calories per cup 

  • Cocktails with mixer- 150-180+ calories/8-10oz (some up to 400 calories!) 

  • Wine- 120 calories per 5oz 

  • Light Beer- 100 calories 

  • Craft beer- 150-200 calories per 12oz 

  • Holiday coffee beverages (all 16oz “Grande) 

  • Peppermint Mocha- 440 calories (Peppermint White Mocha- 510 calories) 

  • Eggnog Latte- 450 calories 

  • Salted Caramel Mocha- 470 calories 

  • Hot Chocolate- 400 calories 

  • Peppermint Hot Cocoa- 470 calories 


Try these better options, and limit yourself to 1-2 caloric drinks a day (and only on special occasions) to avoid excess calories. Sweeten drinks with zero calorie sweeteners to get your sweet fix (stevia is my favorite natural zero calorie sweetener). 

  • Lite Eggnog (100-280 calories per cup) 

  • A “mocktail”- Seltzer water with a splash of cranberry juice or other favorite juice for flavor 

  • Zevia (zero calorie soda sweetened with stevia) 

  • Unsweetened hot Holiday teas (perfect for cold nights!)- many varieties, from Caramel Apple to Candy Cane Lane 

  • Unsweetened cocoa mixed with unsweetened vanilla almond milk- add sweetener if desired 

  • Lower calorie coffee options- plain latte, americano, or brewed coffee- add Sweet Drops (caramel, vanilla, chocolate, coconut squeeze bottles sweetened with stevia) for flavor and sweetness

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