Chef Eric Eisenberg, Executive Chef at Swedish Medical Center, has come up with some healthy holiday drinks to help those watching their weight get through the season’s celebrations.
Chef Eric has struggled to manage his weight his entire life, and blogs on the Swedish website about food, his weight loss journey, eating in public, and more.
Dr. Richard Lindquist, a specialist with Swedish’s Weight Loss Services, provides some holiday eating tips to help you avoid those extra calories.
Spiced Hot Toddy
Serves 6 — 5oz drinks
- 1 quart Light Soy milk
- 1 vanilla bean — split with seed scraped out
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 TBSP honey
- 1 whole Nutmeg
- Place soy milk w/vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks in sauce pan, bring just to simmer, insuring not to boil. Remove from heat. Add honey.
- Allow the spices to steep for 10 minutes.
- Transfer all the ingredients to a French press and press all spices down to the bottom.
- Froth the toddy by carefully pumping up and down on the press, divide among 6 tea cups
- Grate fresh Nutmeg over the Toddy, serve immediately.
- 100 calories
- 1.5 grams of fat
- 6 grams of protein
- 12 grams carbs
Green Tea & Rosemary Sparkler
Makes 1 — 12 oz serving
- 1 bag – Favorite Green Tea
- 2 inch stalk of Lemongrass (can substitute a lemon wedge)
- 1 stem of rosemary — small sprig removed from the top reserved
- 4 oz hot water
- 8 oz favorite sparkling water
- Ice cubes (optional)
- Artificial sweetener (optional)
- Steep the tea bag in the 4 oz of hot water with the lemongrass and the rosemary. Remove the teabag after 3 minutes let the herbs remain until the water reaches room temperature.
- Strain tea into a tall glass over ice and sweetener (optional)
- Add the 8 oz of bubbly water and a sprig of rosemary for garnish
- 0 calories