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Being aware of the calories in Holiday Drinks!
copyright 2006 by Greg Landry, M.S.





Many of us are used to seasonal parties and get-togethers. They are yearly traditions which usually occur around Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Easter, 4th of July, the super bowl and birthdays. Majority of us tend to incorporate certain traditional beverages during these seasonal holidays. For some of us itís just a means of adding to the festivities while for others itís a part of a family tradition. One great example of an honored tradition is eggnog on Christmas. For some people, it may as well not be Christmas without it! However, in spite of their long time honored tradition, a lot of these drinks are laden with calories and letís admit it, how many of us have just one?

Here are a few numbers to give you an idea of the calories in one serving. Alcoholic eggnog (8 oz) has approximately 394 calories, whereas, nonalcoholic eggnog has about 343. Our winter time hot cocoa made with whole milk has 190 calories (8 oz). Irish Cream Liqueur, another holiday favorite, has a shocking 407 calories in just 4 ounces. A frozen margarita, which is a birthday favorite, has about 181 calories per 8 ounces. So if you are concerned about your weight you should be aware of the high calorie count in these beverages.

Some less troubling, weight loss friendly alternatives include non alcoholic wine. This particular beverage has only 9 calories. A 5 ounce wine spritzer has only 72 calories, while a 4 ounce glass of champagne has 99 calories. Champagne punch is yet another favorite, with only 74 calories per 4 ounces. So if you are looking forward to your next holiday party, be sure to limit your calorie laden drink intake or try some of the weight loss friendly alternatives.




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