Are your Favorite Holiday Drinks Really Worth it?

Are your Favorite Holiday Drinks Really Worth it?

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Dec 16, 2014, at 9:49 pm


IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN. For most, the holidays mean family, friends, giving and great food and drinks. Celebrations of the season are certainly a valid reason to consume beverages you wouldn’t typically consume, however, the high calorie content of some traditional holiday drinks may not be worth it. On top of the increased calorie consumption, the holidays are for rest, which typically translates into a more sedentary lifestyle. While this is perfectly reasonable, it’s just another reason to consider how many additional calories, fats and sugars you are actually drinking. To help put this into greater perspective, we have collected our top-3 list of some classic holiday drinks and broke them down.

1. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

Available at many coffee shops, the pumpkin spice Frappuccino is a frozen blend of coffee, milk and syrup is a favorite for many needing a sweet treat. According to calorie count, a venti size from Starbucks has 540 calories in one serving, with 144 of these calories coming from fat. Additionally, the drink has 79 grams (15.8 teaspoons) of sugar. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the average male adult should consume no more than 9 teaspoons, while the average female adult should consume no more than a mere 6.

Instead of purchasing a traditional pumpkin spice frapp, consider making a healthier version at home. Check out’s here!


This classic holiday beverage is made with milk, sugar, cream and of course, eggs. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, traditional eggnog contains about 460 calories per serving. Eggnog is often served with alcohol, which is not included in this calorie count. Instead of drinking multiple glasses of eggnog throughout the day or night, consider treating yourself to one glass and have it for dessert instead.

For a healthier version of the classic recipe, try using almond milk, stevia and egg whites instead of the calorically dense classics.

3.Hot Buttered Rum

According to WebMD, one serving of this classic holiday favorite has about 418 calories. Almost all of these calories come from the fats, which include unhealthy saturated fats. Considering the ingredients (hot melted butter, rum and brown sugar) it’s no wonder this drink is so high in calories. In addition to the butter mentioned above, it also contains added creams, which accounts for its high fat content. Like eggnog, this drink is great in moderation, so consider drinking it as your dessert, instead of sipping throughout the night.

If you want to make an alternative and healthier version, check out LAmag’s Vegan Hot Buttered Rum here!

The list of traditional holiday drinks dense in calories goes on, but remember to indulge in moderation. The holidays are about rest, so take time off to celebrate with family and friends. When these celebrations include food and drink, it’s ok to indulge, but remember, overindulging can pack on the pounds.

Instead of the heavy classics, opt for the naturally lighter classics like hot chocolate, chai, mulled cider and red wine. You’ll feel better and just as satisfied. Happy holidays from Advanced Medical Certification!

What’s your favorite holiday beverage or dish?

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

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