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Eggnog, sangria and other drinks that skimp on the calories

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.

Eggnog tea at DAVIDsTEA

Green rooibos, white chocolate chips, meringue powder and
Photo Credit: DAVIDsTEA

Green 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.com

Sweater Weather Sangria at Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel

You don't need to wait until summer for
Photo Credit: Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel

You 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.com

Skinny Snowman at Bounce Sporting Club

In need of a figgy pudding fix? Satisfying
Photo Credit: Bounce Sporting Club

In 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.com

Uncle Dave's Nog at The Gilroy

For a taste of eggnog minus the added
Photo Credit: Andrew Kist

For 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

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