Worried about packing on the pounds this holiday season? Put down those PSLs you’ve been sipping since Labor Day and check out this list of the most fattening holiday drinks. According to Delish, not all holiday drinks are created equal when it comes to calories. If you’re watching your waistline then you might want to avoid these calorie-packed culprits.

But don’t worry—we know there are certain flavors of the season you just can’t resist, so here are our picks for less calorie-packed options for your fave holiday drinks.

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Egg Nog

On top of the heavy calorie count this Christmas tradition also packs in 20 to 30 grams of fat. “Are you serious, Clark?!” …That’s a polite pass. Calorie count? You’re looking at 340-435 calories—per cup!

What to drink instead: If you still want to enjoy the flavors of the holidays without all the calories, opt for a cider instead. This Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider will leave you feeling festive and cozy with the guilt.

Peppermint Mocha

If this is your go-to at Starbucks for the holiday season, you might want to rethink your order. A grande peppermint mocha has 18 grams of fat and 68 grams of sugar. What’s the damage? 240–540 calories. Yikes.

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What to drink instead: Give a regular cup of joe a healthier peppermint punch by adding a few drops of peppermint oil, a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and milk. Using a milk substitute, like soy milk, can add some sweetness.

Hot Cocoa

Marshmallow-topped cocoa is always a fun way to end a day in the snow with the kids, but too many cups and you’ll face more than a sugar rush. Depending on the brand, each cup can pack 170–420 calories.

What to drink instead: Bypass the packet mixes, which are loaded with sugar, in favor of making your own mixture. Follow these tips from Health to make a healthier version.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Et tu, PSL? While pumpkin is a relatively healthy ingredient, sadly this drink contains none. It’s actually packed with dairy, sugar and spices. One cup could set you back 210–470 calories.

What to drink instead: Enjoy your pumpkin fix without all the artificial ingredients with this Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe, thats not only healthier, but will also make your house smell amazing while it’s cooking.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

 

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