It's easy to blame winter weight gain on holiday cookies, but festive foods and rich desserts aren't the only culprits. Sugar-sweetened beverages (soft drinks, sports drinks, sweetened teas, etc.) are a factor in excessive weight gain. Cozy, warm winter drinks, such as hot chocolate, eggnog, flavored coffee and cider, can be full of sugar and fat too.
At 500 calories, a Starbucks 16-ounce eggnog latte has almost twice the calories of a regular-size (2-ounce) Snickers bar. A cup of rich hot chocolate can add up to 13 Hershey's Kisses.
Cut the extra sugar, fat and calories from winter drinks with EatingWell's healthy winter drink recipes so you can eat, drink and be merry and healthy.
Here are four of our favorite healthier classics:
Spiced Hot Chocolate
4 cups prepared hot cocoa with 1% milk
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
4 cinnamon sticks
Combine cocoa, nutmeg and chili powder. Pour into mugs and serve with aRead More »from Hot chocolate for a hot bod