MAYWOOD, Ill. — Some of the most popular holiday drinks are loaded with calories. But there are simple ways to limit the damage. Here are some tips on how to enjoy five popular holiday drinks, according Brooke Schantz, a Loyola University Health System registered dietitian.
• Eggnog (8 oz.) Calories: 343. Total fat: 19 g. Healthy solution: Buy a reduced-fat version or make your own eggnog using egg whites.
• Hot Chocolate (12 oz., with whole milk and whipped cream). Calories: 310. Total fat: 16 g. Healthy solution: Use non-fat milk and skip the whipped cream and marshmallows.
• Peppermint Mocha (16 oz., with 2 percent milk and whipped cream). Calories: 400. Total fat: 15 g. Healthy solution: Add 1 tablespoon of Coffee-mate seasonal flavor peppermint mocha to your cup of joe instead.
• Pumpkin Spice Latte (16 oz., with 2 percent milk and whipped cream). Calories: 380. Total fat: 13 g. Healthy solution: Order a smaller size and sip slowly.
• Champagne (8 oz.). 156 calories. Toast in the New Year in moderation. The more you drink, the higher the calorie count, and the more likely you will be to overindulge in food.
“It’s OK to treat yourself to your favorite holiday drink,” Schantz said. “But try to do it in a way that won’t bust your waistline.”
Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, Loyola University Health System is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and 28 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-bed community hospital, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness and the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center.