Who doesn't like a good cocktail during the holidays? Sure, spending 3 days straight with your extended family might have something to do with it, but beside that, nearly everyone likes to let loose at this time of year. And there are plenty of occasions to do so. From the office holiday party to the lighting of the menorah to the various eve and morning festivities, there's no shortage of celebrations that can involve libations.
Unfortunately, most holiday cocktails tend to give the double gift of too much fat and too many calories. One cup of eggnog has 343 calories and 19 grams of fat! It's a meal in a cup, with a ton of added fat and sugar. Then there are the hot chocolates, mulled ciders, and traditional grogs that chase away the winter chill but help you hang on to the pounds. And don't forget about all the themed mixed drinks that make parties a bit more fun while making your waistline a bit more full. So how do you enjoy the fun of the holiday season without having to hide behind bulky sweaters till July? Here are 8 fun drink ideas that are lower in fat, calories, and sugar than their original versions.
So you'd like to have a "cup of cheer" this holiday season, at least now you can enjoy it without having to wear your baggy Santa outfit for the entire month of January. Happy holidays!
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Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and protein powder in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix apple juice concentrate and applesauce. Pour wet mix into dry mix and stir. Fold in raisins. Lightly spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray, then drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 2 dozen cookies.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 to 15 minutes
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