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Hot and Healthy Holiday Drinks

Next time you want something hot and delicious to drink, skip the regular old coffee and try one of these soothing drinks.

Hot Eggnog

Can something as rich and yummy as eggnog really be good for you? Yes, but make it with skim or low-fat milk so it doesn't have as many calories and fat. And of course, calcium is also great for keeping bones strong. The eggs provide a good dose of protein and lutein, an antioxidant that has been touted for preventing vision problems.


No-Sugar-Added Minty Hot Cocoa
Recipe provided by Executive Chef Marc Gilberti and Molly Kimball, LSN, RD, at Ochsner Clinic's Elmwood Fitness Center in New Orleans.


  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2 packets of Splenda sweetener (to desired sweetness)
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract


Mix cocoa, Splenda, and salt in large mug. Heat milk in microwave for 1-1/2 minutes, until hot. Gradually add hot milk to cocoa mixture in mug, stirring until well blended. Stir in vanilla and peppermint. Yields 1 serving.

Warm Eggnog
Recipe provided by Dara Steiger, MS, RD, director of nutrition at L.A. Weight Loss Centers.


  • 4 cups skim milk
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cups of Splenda
  • 2-3 tablespoons of brandy, bourbon, or amaretto
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup light whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Beat the eggs, Splenda, and salt in a bowl. Stir in skim milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture coats a metal spoon. Remove from heat.

Stir in alcohol of choice, vanilla, and ground nutmeg. Before serving, beat light whipping cream with a mixer on medium speed until soft peak forms. To serve, put the eggnog into a punch bowl and fold in whipping cream. Serve immediately. Sprinkle each cupful with additional ground nutmeg.


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