As the temperature drops and the holidays roll around, it’s hard to resist some of those warm, sugary drinks that come with the season. From lattes to eggnog, these beverages can be loaded with unwanted fat and calories. For instance, eggnog on average contains 225 calories per cup and flavored coffees up to 400 calories! But, you don’t have to miss out on seasonal blends by using these yummy low-fat holiday drink recipes.



You’ll need:

2 cups skim milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cornstarch

Freshly grated cinnamon, for garnish


Directions: Heat 1 ½ cups milk and vanilla in a saucepan. Meanwhile, whisk eggs, sugar, and cornstarch in a large bowl until combined. Gradually add the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Place back into saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly until eggnog thickens, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately add remaining ½ cup of milk. Pour into pitcher and chill until ready to serve. Garnish with cinnamon.

Makes 6 servings



You’ll need:

2 tablespoons vanilla syrup (recipe below)

½ cup of fresh espresso or dark-roast coffee

1 cup skim milk

1 tablespoon sugar-free caramel sauce

Vanilla syrup: 1 cup water, ¾ cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions: To make the vanilla syrup, combine water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let cool and add vanilla. Place in refrigerator. Brew espresso or coffee and froth milk. If you do not have a coffee machine with a frothing attachment, use a handheld frother. Add coffee, milk, and vanilla syrup to mug. Top with caramel sauce.



You’ll need:

2/3 cup of coffee

1/3 cup skim milk

2 drops of peppermint extract

2 tablespoons of sugar-free chocolate syrup

Whipped cream (optional)

Crushed mints or candy cane for garnish


Directions: Brew coffee and pour into mug. Stir in milk, peppermint extract, and chocolate syrup. Top with 1 to 2 tablespoons of whipped cream (optional) and crushed peppermints or candy cane.



You’ll need:

1 ¼ cups skim milk

½ cup pumpkin puree

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

Pinch of ground nutmeg

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Whipped cream, for garnish

Sugar-free chocolate syrup, for garnish


Directions: Heat milk, pumpkin, vanilla, and spices in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate has melted. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream and a tablespoon of chocolate syrup.



You’ll need:

½ cup water

¼ cup brown sugar

1 cinnamon stick

1 ½ cups apple juice

1 tablespoon sugar-free caramel sauce


Directions: Bring water, brown sugar, and cinnamon stick to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon stick. Add in apple juice and sugar-free caramel sauce. Pour into mug and serve.

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So, no need to worry. By substituting some ingredients you can still enjoy those favorite holiday refreshments without all the guilt. Who knows, these recipes may even give you some ideas that could lead to your own signature low-fat holiday drink recipe.

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