As Christmas approaches and the temperatures drop it’s all too easy to turn to a comforting drink to feel the Holiday cheer. What’s not so cheerful is their sugar content and the effect not just on our waistline but on our mood too!

We’ve taken a look at some of the most popular Christmas beverages and provided an alternative, so that you can opt for healthier versions without having to sacrifice taste.

1. Chai Latte → Chai Tea alt The classic Chai Latte sold at many conventional coffee shops packs around 200 calories in a small 350ml serving. That might not sounds so bad, but laden with approximately 30g of sugar this treat belongs on Santa’s naughty list.

Why not opt for a Chai Tea instead, making it from scratch using black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and black pepper. Not only does this cut the calories and sugar down to almost 0 - depending on what milk you use, if any - but the spices that give chai it’s delicious, complex flavour bring various health benefits too! Pushed for time? Use a pre-blended tea bag; we especially love Hoogly’s Vanilla Chai.

Not a Chai fan? Try this healthy Hot Chocolate recipe from Rude Health intead.

2. Breakfast Orange → Wow Chia Drinks alt

Sweet, fresh orange juice is a great accompaniment to Christmas breakfast, full of Vitamin C to keep that immune system healthy. However, all too often supermarket varieties of pre-squeeze orange juice are bursting with sugar - around 10g per 100ml, which is the equivalent to two and a half teaspoons!

Avoid the sugar rush and opt for Wow chia drinks, which have around 33% less sugar than regular fruit juice. What’s more the functional benefits make this swap a no-brainer; bursting with plant-based protein, fibre, antioxidants and omega-3’s! Choose from 4 delicious flavours: Watermelon & pomegranate; Orange, carrot & mango; Apple, spinach & kiwi; and Blueberry, pear & lemon. Scroll to the bottom to find out how you and a friend can win each flavour!

Alcohol → Alcohol alt Yes, we know alcohol is not especially healthy, but it is party season after all, so we don’t blame you for wanting to raise a glass or two. Just make sure you enjoy in moderation! Check out Co-founder Myles’ top tips in these two articles from The Daily Mail and Coach Magazine.

Looking for more healthy festive swaps? Read more here.

Make sure you also check out our social channels @MindfulChefUK for daily advent giveaways this December. Including 8 bottles of Wow chia drinks up for grabs for your and a friend!