Chilly weather often finds us reaching for a mug of warmth.  And no doubt you are offered a festive cocktail at the holiday mingle.  Ever stop to consider the impact of those beverages on your weight and health goals?   Well if you’re like many you don’t really account for your beverages when considering your nutrition journal.   Studies have shown that our hunger and fullness signals don’t do a very good job at accounting for these either.   We seem to be able to drink calories without this really signalling to our bodies that we have consumed energy.  So how much is going down unnoticed?  Check out the calorie (and sugar content) of some seasonal sips.

Hot Shots

 

Tim Horton’s

Sugar Cookie Latte (Large) 330 Calories, (53 g Sugar)

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate (Large) 530 Calories,  (78g Sugar)

Better Choice: Original or Dark Roast Coffee with single milk and sugar 40 Calories,

 

Starbucks

Chestnut Praline Latte 330 Calories

Better Choice: Skinny Vanilla Latte 100 Calories

 

Second Cup

Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate 400 Calories (48 g Sugar)

Naughty Nog with Whip Cream 530 Calories (49 g Sugar)

 

Cool Spirits

Rum and Eggnog (1.5 oz. plus 1/2 cup) 200 Calories

12 oz. Beer 150 Calories

5 oz. Wine 120 Calories

 

Try your own festive spritzer with fewer calories: mix 1-2 oz. of flavourful juice such as cranberry or pomegranate with sparkling water or diet lemon lime soda or ginger ale.

 

Cheers!

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