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Food and drink that has us seeing gold
The holidays are all about raising a toast to that perfect celebration, but if you aren't a big drinker, you won't have to feel left out this holiday. Here's a look at five great ways to raise a non-alcoholic toast to ring in the New Year.
Zero calories and naturally sweetened? It doesn't get much better than this, especially during the holidays when we all tend to put on some extra unwanted weight. If you haven't tried Zevia yet, you are in for a deliciously sweet treat. Better than traditional sparkling water with flavors like blackberry, lime, cucumber lemon (our favorite) and Mandarin orange, it's one of the best ways to sweeten up the holidays naturally. Mix it up with a scoop of sorbet for a tasty treat.
Nothing says holiday festivities better than a spiced up drink. One of our favorite concoctions involves simply mixing up one part Sparkling Ice Peach Iced Tea with blood orange juice and garnish with a slice of blood orange for a beautifully festive virgin Holiday Train.
Instead of whole milk drinks that are filled with lots of sugar and fat, Fairlife is a great lactose-free alternative that is low in sugar and high in calcium. We love the chocolate protein milk that we mixed into a chocolate peanut butter smoothie. The creamy drink contains 12 grams of protein that can be enjoyed in the morning or as an afternoon pick-me-up. Here's the recipe so you can try it at home:
2 cups fairlife chocolate ultra-filtered milk
1/4 cup whipped peanut butter
1 tablespoon chocolate sauce
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 each banana
Blend all with 1 cup ice.
Lighten things up this holiday with the simple flavors of Q Drinks (which includes Q Soda, Q Ginger Beer, Q Ginger, Q Grapefruit and Q Kola). Each is made with natural ingredients, i.e. quinine from real trees, ginger from real ginger root and lightly sweetened with organic agave. You won't find the traditional sugars and high fructose corn syrup that are found in most carbonated drinks, so you can raise your all natural sparkler high this holiday season.
If you love candy canes as much as we do, you can now have all of the flavors wrapped up into one cozy drink. Meet DAVIDsTEA's candy cane crush, a minty black tea that contains real candy cane pieces. This festive tea contains black tea, white chocolate, peppermint candy and snowflake candies. We think you'll agree how good this one is.
Kellie Speed is a native Bostonian and a freelance writer/editor/copywriter with more than 20 years experience writing for a variety of local and national publications, including JustLuxe, Wicked Local, AOL's City's Best Boston, Upscale Living magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Mohegan Sun's Legends and Amtrak's Arrive. She is the Boston restaurant writer for Gayot's travel site and also contributed to Moon Metro's Boston guidebook published by Avalon Travel Publishing. She can be reached at email@example.com.