I'm sharing this from Dr. Andrew Weil's website. Here are four healthier choices when it comes to holiday party drinks. Red wine and Champagne are among my own favorites. Of course, moderation is key here, too.
- Sparkling non-alcoholic punch. The calories can vary, but most holiday punch can easily be diluted with additional sparkling water to reduce calories and sugars. If you are making your own punch at home, use unsweetened cranberry juice concentrate.
- Red wine. The antioxidant activity of red wine has been linked to heart health benefits, reduced stress, and even preserving memory. Limit yourself to a six-ounce glass, which typically has about 120 calories.
- Hot toddy. A combination of lemon, honey, cinnamon, cloves and brandy, this beverage has between 100 and 150 calories and provides some vitamin C thanks to the lemon juice.
- Champagne. This celebratory drink has about 90 calories in a four-ounce glass.