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 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
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 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.