By Lauren Denos: 12/14/2014 (Nutrition)

Delicious holiday drinks do not need to be bad for you. Test out some of these recipes to replace the high calorie and high sugar drinks this year. As with anything, everyone has a favorite sweetener. I use Stevia which makes them suitable for people with blood sugar problems. Feel free to substitute a different sweetener that you prefer.

Holiday Tea

This drink is my personal favorite. I drink it all the time! It is so ridiculously simple. You can do this with any tea you like, but the passion tazo tea is my favorite for this.

10 bags apple spice tea OR 2 large Tazo ice tea bags

1-2 tsp liquid Stevia

1.5-2 quart glass tea jug

Toss tea bags in jug and cover with hot water and let steep for a couple of hours. Add Stevia, start with 10 droppers worth and see if you like the sweetness. I tend to like mine pretty sweet. When you're ready for holiday deliciousness, enjoy chilled or warm.

Lemonade

Homemade lemonade is a simple drink. Those with blood sugar issues may want lemonade, but not the helping of sugar that comes with it. If you make it from scratch, you can simply swap out the sweetener! I like my lemonade strong so I use an almost 1 to 1 ratio of lemon juice and water, but you can play with how strong you want yours. The amount of Stevia can also be played with to achieve the level of sweetness you would like. For an extra kick you can add a dash of cayenne pepper, but be careful to do only a little bit.

4 cups lemon juice

4 cups water

3-4 tsp liquid Stevia

Mix and enjoy.

Coffee Chocolate Slushie

If you are like many and you like the creamy coffee type drinks, then you will love this one.

1 cup coffee (cold is best)

1 cup plain yogurt

1/2 cup chocolate powder

10 – 15 ice cubes

2 tsp liquid Stevia

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If it's too thick, then add more coffee to texture.

You now have a few ideas for holiday drinks that you can make for just yourself, or to share at your next holiday party. Enjoy these and get creative with some inventions of your own. Happy Holidays!





 

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