Holiday Drinks: High-Calorie Diet Busters (cont.)
When it comes to alcoholic drinks in general, Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, advises: "Don't drink on an empty stomach!" To cut calories, she also recommends drinking a no-calorie beverage in between your alcoholic drinks (like water, coffee, tea or diet soda).
Holiday Drinks Without All the Calories
The good news is that you can now find lower-calorie versions of many classic holiday drinks. Here are three options:
For every high-calorie latte, there's usually a lighter latte. Take the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, for example. Order the 12-ounce pumpkin spice latte with nonfat milk and no whipped cream and suddenly you're talking about just 200 calories, 0 grams fat, 5 mg cholesterol, and 38 grams of carbohydrate (and 40% Daily Value for calcium is the bonus).
For those who like their festive drinks well chilled, a 12-ounce Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino LIGHT (blended creme) without whipped cream has 140 calories, 0 grams fat, 5 mg cholesterol, and 30 grams of carbohydrate (along with 30% of the Recommended Daily Value for calcium).
You can find light eggnog in supermarkets across the country. One cup will give you 240 calories and 5 grams of fat (2 grams saturated). This may sound like a lot, but it's a lot less than regular eggnog.
"Our sales of sparkling cider more than triple over the holidays," says John Martinelli, president of Martinelli's, which sells its sparkling apple cider and cider-and-fruit blends all over the United States. If you serve it in champagne or wine glasses instead of regular glasses, 8 ounces will seem like a full serving (instead of 12 ounces). An 8-ounce serving of sparkling cider has 140 calories.
Published November 26, 2007.
SOURCES: Alisa Martinez, communications manager, Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle. Matt Raftree, beverage and bakery operations manager, Cheesecake Factory, Inc., Calabasas, Calif. Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD; certified diabetes educator, national spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association. John Martinelli, president, Martinelli & Co. Watsonville, Calif. Starbucks web site. Drinksmixer.com web site. ESHA Research Food Processor Nutritional Analysis Software.
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