Holiday challenge: healthy drink


By Lethia Lee Contributing columnist


The holiday season is upon us – do you have the tools you need to help navigate its pitfalls? Today I want to share one more resource that you can use. This is an excerpt from the Holiday Challenge program that will help you during the holidays.

Holiday Drinks Matter:

The Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute said it best, “Many people don’t realize just how much sugar and calories we drink in a day.” When the holiday’s roll around, the calories skyrocket and the portions get more generous. The reason holiday drinks matter is threefold:

1. Drinks often contain a surprising number of calories. Studies indicate that beverage calories do not help people feel full.

2. Weight gain goes up around the holidays. Every calorie counts when people want to maintain their weight.

3. Holiday beverages tend to be very high in sugar, fat, and calories. And if they are high in alcohol, then people often lose track of what they are eating too.

Instead of reaching for that glass of eggnog, try these festive holiday alternatives:

* Flavored water – pep up your water with slices of fresh fruit, some berries, or a few sprigs of mint or basil. This works well with sparkling water too!

* Tea – warm up with tasty hot tea- just skip the sugar. You can add fruits or herbs to teas as well. Try black, herbal, and green teas to find a flavor profile that works for you.

* Cocoa – make your cocoa with skim milk and nonfat cream. Garnish with cocoa powder, cinnamon, and /or nutmeg.

* Fresh fruit smoothies – combine ice and fresh fruit, then blend it up.

Information sources from foodandhealth.com

For more information on health literacy contact Lethia Lee, EFNEP assistant with the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Office at 910-592-7161.

By Lethia Lee Contributing columnist
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For more information on health literacy contact Lethia Lee, EFNEP assistant with the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Office at 910-592-7161.

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