Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bon'App's Favorite Festive Beverages

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The holiday season is best time of the year, filled with friends and family, and tasty treats! Whether hosting a holiday party, attending a family gathering, or just sitting by the fireside, nothing brings holiday cheer more than seasonal beverages. Festive drinks are as much a part of the holiday tradition as delicious food, but the calorie count can be hard to swallow. Sip smarter with Bon'App's slimmed down holiday drink options. 

Hot Chocolate
 Nothing warms you up like a steaming cup of hot cocoa, full of sweet, creamy, chocolate goodness.  Whether out shopping for those last-minute holiday gifts, or just looking for a way to treat yourself, indulging in a cup of Starbucks hot chocolate is the perfect compliment to any day. But the vanilla-mocha syrup and sweetened cream in Starbucks traditional version packs quite a punch, with 9 grams of saturated fat and 340 Calories. Any easy solution? order this tasty treat with nonfat milk and skip the whipped cream. For a 16 oz. serving that  can save you 130 calories, far more reason to celebrate! 
And if your snowed in at home, why not whip up your own low-calorie version of this winter classic? Heat up  cocoa powder, dark chocolate and low-fat milk, then try adding peppermint extract for a new twist on this holiday favorite. Check out this slimmed down recipe with 218 Calories and 11 grams of protein! 

Egg Nog
The Brits call this classic holiday drink ‘Egg Flip’, while American’s know it as Egg Nog. We at Bon’App just call it delicious! Just a few simple ingredients create the perfect holiday addition to any family gathering. Unfortunately, the heavy cream and eggs in the traditional eggnog translates to high levels of saturated fat and calories. For a less Bon'App battery lowering option, try swapping cream for low-fat milk and using egg whites instead of whole eggs, cutting the bad fat in half. 
Whip up a cup of this low-fat eggnog version, top with nutmeg, and let the merriment begin!

Spiced Apple Cider 
Since medieval times, apple cider has been bringing festive cheer to holiday gatherings. And did you know the mulled spices in hot apple cider also improve health? Evidence shows the cinnamon and cloves in spiced cider have important anti-inflammatory properties, reducing risk of for life-threatening diseases including heart disease. Although most apple cider recipes contain high-sugar cinnamon flavored syrup, you can easily whip up your own more healthful version at home. Combine 1-quart of apple cider with orange zest, whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks in a large pot, bring to a boil and then simmer for five minutes. It's a delicious way to warm the soul for only 100 calories per cup! 

When the weather outside is frightful, there's nothing more delightful than one of these classic holiday drinks. Try one of Bon'App's recommendations today, and bring on the holiday cheer! 

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