Monday, December 21, 2009

Have You Been Drinking??

The holidays are notorious for being less than friendly to our waistlines.  Special meals, office parties, potlucks, cookies, candies and desserts are the "usual suspects" in the gluttony.  But what about the liquid that's washing all that flavorful goodness down?  Sometimes it's not what you eat - it's what you drink that 'weighs' you down.  Here's some stats on worst holiday drinks.

Eggnog (without alcohol)

Serving Size: 1 cup (8 oz.)
Calories:  343
Fat: 19 grams
Carbohydrate: 34 grams
Sugars: 21 grams (5 teaspoons)

Apple Cider

Serving Size: 1 cup (8 oz.)
Calories: 120
Fat: 0 grams
Carbohydrate: 28 grams
Sugars: 26 grams (6 teaspoons)

Starbuck's Hot Chocolate

Serving Size: 1 Tall Size (with whipped cream)
Calories: 330
Fat: 18 grams
Carbohydrate: 33 grams
Sugars: 28 grams (7 teaspoons)

Starbuck's Chia Tea Latte

Serving Size: 1 Tall Size
Calories: 200
Fat: 5 grams
Carbohydrate: 33 grams
Sugars: 31 grams (8 teaspoons)

Hot Buttered Rum

Serving Size: 1 cup (8 oz.)
Calories: 380
Fat: 16 grams
Carbohydrate: 37 grams
Sugars: 27 grams (7 teaspoons)

There's the damage!  Add that to all of the holiday food and you're headed for an insulin spiked disaster!  To help minimize the calorie and sugar storm stick to drinking water or green tea.    The choice is yours - Will it be eggnog and pie or eggnog or pie?  Your waistline and post holiday workouts are counting on you!

Happy Holidays!


  1. I was sure you were on your way to a "12 drinks of Christmas" countdown with that list!

  2. I truly enjoyed reading your posts, please continue!

  3. Ah, darn it. Did you have to post the truth about starbucks hot chocolate?! I love this stuff... except since I'm back on paleo starting tomorrow dairy is out for me anyway and it's too expensive too. But still how could you... ;-)
    I'm seriously pondering of skipping the step on the scale on Monday morning. All this christmas cookies and pie, mmh...

    Happy holidays and have a great start in the new year. Cheers

  4. Thanks for the great comments!! Keep them coming. I love doing this!

  5. Thank you, this saved me from egg nog this year.