It’s that time of the year. The city is filled with colourful lights and stores are filled with Christmas carols and songs. The weather is cooler and you’ve been waiting all year long for those holiday drinks. Yes, the pumpkin spice lattes, eggnog lattes, peppermint mochas, and so on. They’re only available around the holidays and the number of times you hear it on the radio and commercials, you have to get your hands on them. After all, one of the most enjoyable parts of the holidays is to catch-up with a friend over coffee. What are in those holiday drinks anyway? You can say one little drink here and there doesn’t matter, and I do agree with you. If you have one special drink once in a while, then go ahead and treat yourself. But to be honest, we all know we would be drinking those more than once in a while. The drinks have around 300-600 calories (depending on the size and the type of drink you order). The calories in one drink could add up to a size of a meal and it won’t keep you full for long. Here are some tips to healthify and still enjoy those drinks with some simple modifications.
- Choose a small size. Instead of getting a larger drink, choose a smaller sized drink. You’d be able to enjoy your drink, but with less calories.
- Choose non-fat milk. This will help reduce the fat content and total calories.
- Ask for “skinny” or “light” version. Switch up the syrup to sugar-free. This will reduce the amount of sugar you’re adding to your drink.
- Ask for ½ or 1/3 of the sugar added. If you don’t like sugar substitutes, then ask for less syrup. You’ll reduce the total sugar added to the drinks.
- Skip the whip. If your drink comes with whipped cream, leave it off.
- Lastly, enjoy the holidays and your treats. Don't blame yourself when you're indulging.