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Try it Thursday: How To Stay “Light” This Holiday when you say Cheers!

The weather outside is frightful…but good conversation among family and friends and a drink in hand could be delightful! Here are some tips for preparing a drink for yourself at home, or what to order at your favorite local hang out.cheers

Approximately 96 calories

Red tops off at 125 calories per serving and is packed with antioxidants, specifically resveratrol.

White wine approximately 121 calories (think red wine is the only vino with health benefits? Think again.)

“The wine that provides the most health benefits is red because the skins are included in its processing. The grape skins are removed when white wine is processed, which decreases its medicinal benefits. The grape itself also contains nutrients and antioxidants. So, white wine, while not as healthy as red, is still considered a healthy beverage.”
Read more: here

Non Dairy Eggnog:


We liked this recipe, but decided it would have been better with the canned version of the coconut milk. It can still be a "light" holiday drink!

We liked this recipe, but decided it would have been better with the canned version of the coconut milk. It can still be a “light” holiday drink!

Spiced Spiked Apple Cider:
Picked up from your favorite vendor take your organic or no sugar added cider (this is best), add some rum and cinnamon. Warm cider over the stove = you warm and cozy. Approximately 117 calories.

Gin and Tonic:
120-166 calories


Vodka Soda:
Ask your bartender for a vodka and soda, and you will likely receive 1 jigger, or 1.5-oz., of a well-known brand vodka with 3-oz. of club soda. Well known brands are usually 80 proof and club soda has no calories, so your drink will be 64 calories. You could order with a splash of cranberry.  To put a holiday spin on cranberries, they are harvested between September and December, and are a traditional holiday additive here and in many other countries.  Sure, this drink is festive 🙂

Organic Hot Chocolate mixed with a shot of Butterscotch Schnapps:
Approximately 120 calories for the pre-mixed cocoa and around 68 calories for a shot of the liquor.

For an even healthier version without all the additives, try your hand at making your own homemade hot cocoa with this quick and easy recipe.


For the Craft Brew Beer Drinkers:
-Full Sail Session Lager
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.10%
Calories: 130

-Victory Prima Pils
Style: German Pilsner
ABV: 5.30%
Calories: 150

-Guinness Stout
Style: Irish Dry Stout
ABV: 4.20%
Calories: 126

-Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden Ale
Style: Kölsch
ABV: 5.10%
Calories: 124

-Sam Adams Light
Style: Light Lager
ABV: 4.00%
Calories: 124

Gluten Free Beers:
-Widmer Omissin Lager
Style: American Lager
ABV: 4.60 %
Calories: 140

-New Planet Tred Lightly Ale
Style: Specialty Gluten Free
ABV:  5.00%
Calories: 135

-Lakefront New Grist Sorghum Beer
Style:  Compare Specialty Beer
ABV:  5.00%
Calories:  150

When it comes to consuming alcoholic beverages moderation is key. Safety and sensibility are things to keep in mind! Increased drinking can lower your inhibitions to over eating among many other things. A great rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water after each cocktail, and limit your servings to 2-3 glasses for a special night out. Too much alcohol consumption can also lead to health problems and disease. Enjoy life’s simple pleasures with a healthy balance. Lastly, please drink responsibly and when you are of age. With that, cheers and blessings!cheers 2

Your Trainer,

Works Cited

Staff, Mayo Clinic. “Holiday Drinks: Good Cheer, but Watch the Calories.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 25 Nov. 2009. Web. 19 Oct. 2012. <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/holiday-drinks/NU006

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