Healthy Holiday Drinks
December 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM
As we enter the holiday season, it usually means we're running to more parties and more opportunities to indulge in tasty treats and drinks. But did you think about what exactly is in your holiday cocktails?
Dr. Lindquist from Swedish Weight Loss Services has some tips for eating at holiday gatherings.
And he offers some tips for preventing holiday weight gain:
Chef Eric has some tips for healthy holiday drinks, and you can make them yourself with the recipes below!
Spiced Hot Toddy
Serves 6 -- 5oz drinks
- 1 quart Light Soy milk
- 1 vanilla bean -- split with seed scraped out
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 TBSP honey
- 1 whole Nutmeg
- Place soy milk w/vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks in sauce pan, bring just to simmer, insuring not to boil. Remove from heat. Add honey.
- Allow the spices to steep for 10 minutes.
- Transfer all the ingredients to a French press and press all spices down to the bottom.
- Froth the toddy by carefully pumping up and down on the press, divide among 6 tea cups
- Grate fresh Nutmeg over the Toddy, serve immediately.
(Nutritional information per serving: 100 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, 12 grams carbs)
Green Tea & Rosemary Sparkler
Makes 1 -- 12 oz serving
- 1 bag - Favorite Green Tea
- 2 inch stalk of Lemongrass (can substitute a lemon wedge)
- 1 stem of rosemary -- small sprig removed from the top reserved
- 4 oz hot water
- 8 oz favorite sparkling water
- Ice cubes (optional)
- Artificial sweetener (optional)
- Steep the tea bag in the 4 oz of hot water with the lemongrass and the rosemary. Remove the teabag after 3 minutes let the herbs remain until the water reaches room temperature.
- Strain tea into a tall glass over ice and sweetener (optional)
- Add the 8 oz of bubbly water and a sprig of rosemary for garnish
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