Maintaining a healthy weight during the holiday season can be a struggle when cakes, cookies and cocoa packed with sugar and calories tempt your taste buds at every turn. Still, you don't have to miss out. If you're looking to indulge in the flavors of the season, try these skinny sips instead. All are light on calories, but big on taste.
at DAVIDsTEAGreen rooibos, white chocolate chips, meringue powder and flavoring create the actual taste of eggnog, but in tea form. Compared to the 460 calories found in a typical 16-oz. eggnog latte, DAVIDsTea's version has only 10. The gluten-free mix can be made as a tea or latte (280 calories with 2% milk) in stores, or you can take it home in loose-leaf form. $4/tea, $5.45/latte; multiple locations, davidstea.comSweater Weather Sangria at Bistango
at the Kimberly HotelYou don't need to wait until summer for sangria. Red wine, Grand Marnier, orange juice, club soda, cinnamon and pear combine for winter flavors and fruity freshness in this cocktail. If you're counting calories, it's a better option than the restaurant's mulled red wine which, with added sugar and orange liquor, tallies 388 calories versus the sangria's trim 166. $13; 145 E. 50th St., 212-888-4121, bistangonyc.comSkinny Snowman at Bounce Sporting ClubIn need of a figgy pudding fix? Satisfying your craving minus the calories with this cocktail. By using vanilla almond milk, the drink is only 205 calories, versus the 500 you'd get using heavy cream. And with fig-infused Bulleit, nutmeg, banana and a date, it's perfectly flavored for the holiday season. $13; 55 W. 21st St., 212-675-8007, bounceny.comUncle Dave's Nog
at The GilroyFor a taste of eggnog minus the added calories from heavy cream and eggs, try this specialty cocktail. It's made with Maker's Mark Bourbon, Crown Maple Syrup, almond milk, aged rum, pimento dram, walnut liqueur and bitters and served alongside candied walnuts for a nutty, lighter twist on the classic. And, it's only 235 calories per glass, compared to 343 if it used heavy cream and eggs. $14; 1561 Second Ave., 212-734-8800, thegilroynyc.com