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Healthier Alternatives to Your Favorite Holiday Drinks

Posted by Editor in , on December 22, 2017

Eggnog, mulled wine, and hot chocolate—oh, my! These holiday drinks are tempting and delicious, but also full of sugars and sometimes citrus. You don’t need to give up your beloved seasonal drinks in order to cut down on bacteria in the mouth (not to mention extra calories). Check out these alternatives to popular holiday drinks with no to low sugar, lower calories, and citrus alternatives:

  • The boxed so-called “eggnog” at the store is notorious for having oodles of excess sugar. Make your own eggnog at home, with or without alcohol. An easy concoction is one pack of sugar-free Jello-pudding in vanilla (or whatever flavor you like!), five cups of non-fat milk, pinches of nutmeg and cinnamon to taste, a few drops of vanilla, and Stevia sweetener to taste. You can add in rum if you like, or rum-flavored extract. Two parts white rum to one part dark rum will give you the taste of traditional eggnog.
  • Hot chocolate. We’ve come a long way when it comes to the taste of sugar-free chocolates, and there are a variety of tasty zero-sugar hot cocoas out there. However, Hershey has also shared a delectable sugar-free option. Use one tablespoon of Hershey’s cocoa (bitter powdered chocolate), one cup of non-fat milk, a few drops of vanilla extract, and add Stevia sweetener to taste. If you’d prefer dairy-free, try cashew milk. (Just keep in mind that you need to use dairy in the eggnog recipe, or the Jell-o won’t set). You can top your hot chocolate with homemade whipped cream. Simply blend heavy whipping cream with a sugar-free liquid sweetener.
  • Mulled wine. This holiday favorite combines two things that are terrible for your teeth: red wine and citrus. However, in some parts of Germany white wine is used in this recipe. Honey mulled wine requires a bottle of white wine, ¾ cups water, ¾ cups honey, 15 black peppercorns and three cinnamon sticks. You can swap out the honey for a sugar-free alternative if you’d like.

What’s your favorite recipe for a tooth-friendly holiday drink? It’s time to get creative. Your teeth will thank you!