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(HealthDay News) — The holidays are rich with family, fun and food, which often includes high-calorie, high-fat drinks.

The American Heart Association suggests how to make holiday beverages healthier:

  • If you’re serving eggnog, cut the calories with equal parts eggnog and skim milk.
  • Leave out the alcohol and skip the whipped cream to save even more calories.
  • Cut the fat in hot chocolate by making with skim milk and skipping the whipped cream.
  • Take it easy on toppings for hot chocolate.
  • When it comes to apple cider, opt for sugar-free or low-sugar products.
  • Make apple cider yourself with low-sugar apple juice and spices — such as nutmeg, cloves, cranberries or cinnamon sticks.

— Diana Kohnle

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