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‘Tis the Season to Take a Probiotic: Here’s Why

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Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas, and Halloween candy are a lot for your digestion to handle.

The changing season isn’t always comfortable; our metabolisms shift, our weights fluctuate, and our energy levels are as unpredictable as the temperatures outside. Winter and fall are prime seasons for overeating, indulgence, and family time, but also for anxiety, depression, and lack of sleep. To take some of the stress off your body, you might consider investing in your gut health.

Healing the imbalances in your gut flora has been linked to lower stress levels, easier digestion, and even painless hangovers. According to experts from the probiotic manufacturer Renew Life, “The gut — essentially the body’s second brain — can positively impact your mood, memory, immunity, and digestion.”

Below are some benefits of taking a probiotic or investing otherwise in your gut health specific to the colder seasons.

Fall

  • A healthy gut can improve your memory. If you’re in school, you’ll need the extra brain power when studying for upcoming tests. Regardless of whether you’re in school or not, fall often brings a newly packed schedule and a crammed to-do list. A healthy gut is proven to help improve memory and cognitive function — essential for this hectic time.
  • Your immune system needs the support. While sickness spreads year-round, viruses are most common during the fall and winter. At least 70 percent of your immune system is located in the gut. A healthy gut has the power to boost your immune system, further protecting you from this season’s woes.
  • Stress levels will go down with easier digestion. The fall can be stressful with school and new work commitments. A healthy gut can help lower stress and help you take on new routines with ease.

Winter
Winter is the season during which we typically indulge in family and holiday celebrations — which usually means rich foods and alcohol. All of this overindulgence takes a toll on the gut. Imagine trying to handle a Thanksgiving dinner while your gut is already a little unstable. Doesn’t sound too easy! In the winter, you want to have a healthy gut.

  • You’ll experience less digestive discomfort. Those luscious holiday meals can take a toll on our stomachs. A healthy gut can help protect against stomach discomfort after eating a huge, rich meal, or after drinking too much.
  • You’ll keep the holiday stress at a minimum. No matter how much we plan, the holidays are somehow still hectic. A healthy gut can help lower stress to help you handle the craziness.
  • Fight seasonal depression. Winter is long and cold. For many, this takes a toll on overall mood, happiness, and other aspects of our mental health. People don’t realize that a healthy gut actually does have the power to improve your mood. The depression-fighting hormone serotonin is produced in the gut; so healing an imbalance can help regulate your mood over time. For some depression-fighting foods to add to your diet, click here.

10 Ridiculously Healthy Cocktails

Ok, ok&mdashso cocktails aren't exactly health food. But every once in a while, they can be oh-so-good for your mental health. 'Tis the season to indulge, so we wondered: is there a healthier way to drink?

Absolutely, says Nikki Brender, RD, who teaches a class called "Nutritionist's Guide to Boozing" for Skillshare and runs LittleBitesNutrition. Alcohol is farily calorie-dense, she says, so the slimming secret is in the mixers. Check out her top 5 tips for lightening up cocktails:

  • Ice is your friend "Adding ice&mdashespecially crushed ice&mdashhas a triple benefit of keeping your drink cold, keeping you hydrated, and diluting the alcohol flavor, requiring less juice and other sweetener," she says.
  • Sip seasonally Take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies. The riper the ingredients, the more natural fruit sugar and less added sugar you'll need, Brender says.
  • Make mine spicy Instead of packaged mixes, flavor your cocktails with fresh herbs and spices, says Brender. Cayenne pepper adds kick, lemon and lime add pucker, and bitters? Well, they make everything better.
  • Don't get loose with juice "If the recipe calls for more than 1/2 cup juice per cocktail, replace the remaining juice with flavored seltzer or dilute with water or extra ice," Brender says.
  • Save your sugar Slash half of the sugar from any recipe you follow. "You can always add in more later," she says. "But the majority of the time, you can get away with cutting back at least 1/4 of the amount."

We followed Brender's advice and found 10 light and healthy, RD-approved cocktail creations. It's happy hour somewhere, so grab your muddler and get mixing!

This intensely sippable drink by Warren Bobrow, cocktail writer for Foodista and author of forthcoming book Apothecary Cocktails, will warm your whole body. Lemon alters your body's pH, which might make it more resistant to viruses.

3 oz smoky whisky (we used Johnnie Walker Black Label)
2 Tbsp honey simple syrup (honey and water, warmed)
Assorted herbs from the garden, such as thyme, rosemary, sage and lavender
1 cheesecloth bag for steeping
1/2 mug black tea
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

ADD 3 oz. whisky and 2 Tbsp honey syrup to the mug

PLACE herbs in a cheesecloth bag and steep them in the hot tea for about five minutes, then pour over the whisky and honey mixture

STIR IN lemon juice.

"I prefer the tiny, intensely flavored Maine wild blueberries for this cocktail they come either frozen or canned during the off-season," Bobrow says. We skipped the cranberry sauce and maple syrup to save on calories and sugar&mdashand we still wanted a second mug.

1/4 cup each of crushed cranberries and blueberries
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
4 shots gin (we used Bulldog London Dry Gin)
1/3 cup water
1 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Grade B dark amber maple syrup, optional
Several orange slices
2 fresh lemon thyme sprigs

MUDDLE the crushed cranberries with the blueberries to make a slurry, then add the cranberry sauce to the mix

ADD the gin and let sit for a few minutes to combine the flavors

BRING the water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the cranberry and lime juices

ADD the heated cranberry juice mixture to the muddled cranberry mixture and stir together. Pour into 2 preheated mugs (we strained it)

SWEETEN with maple syrup if desired, and garnish with orange slices and a sprig of lemon thyme.

After knocking back a couple of these, you'll definitely feel high on prana&mdashSanskrit for "life." This refreshing drink comes straight from Mat Snapp, mixologist of True Food Kitchen, a venture co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take comfort in the fact that as the alcohol depletes your electrolytes, coconut water helps restore them. It's the circle of life.

1 oz. pineapple juice
3 wedges clementine
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1 lemon wedge
1 oz. coconut water
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1.5 oz. Belvedere vodka

MUDDLE first 4 ingredients together

ADD all ingredients to cocktail shaker, shake, and strain. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a clementine wheel.

RD Tip: "Use fresh grapefruit squeezed instead of grapefruit juice, especially because they are so sweet this time of year," Brender says.

This herb-forward hot chocolate comes from HumanaVitality and Janice Newell Bissex, RD, and Liz Weiss, RD, also known as the Meal Makeover Moms. By using real cocoa powder instead of packaged hot chocolate mix, you're able to control the amount of total sugar. We love the kicky undertones of stomach-soothing ginger.

5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop almond extract
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
Miniature marshmallows, optional

CRUSH mint leaves and combine with ginger

HEAT milk in a large saucepan, then add crushed mint leaves and ginger, sugar, and cocoa

STIR over medium heat until heated through

REMOVE from heat and strain

STIR IN vanilla and almond extracts add Baileys Irish Cream.

 Serve in mugs with marshmallows, if desired.


10 Ridiculously Healthy Cocktails

Ok, ok&mdashso cocktails aren't exactly health food. But every once in a while, they can be oh-so-good for your mental health. 'Tis the season to indulge, so we wondered: is there a healthier way to drink?

Absolutely, says Nikki Brender, RD, who teaches a class called "Nutritionist's Guide to Boozing" for Skillshare and runs LittleBitesNutrition. Alcohol is farily calorie-dense, she says, so the slimming secret is in the mixers. Check out her top 5 tips for lightening up cocktails:

  • Ice is your friend "Adding ice&mdashespecially crushed ice&mdashhas a triple benefit of keeping your drink cold, keeping you hydrated, and diluting the alcohol flavor, requiring less juice and other sweetener," she says.
  • Sip seasonally Take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies. The riper the ingredients, the more natural fruit sugar and less added sugar you'll need, Brender says.
  • Make mine spicy Instead of packaged mixes, flavor your cocktails with fresh herbs and spices, says Brender. Cayenne pepper adds kick, lemon and lime add pucker, and bitters? Well, they make everything better.
  • Don't get loose with juice "If the recipe calls for more than 1/2 cup juice per cocktail, replace the remaining juice with flavored seltzer or dilute with water or extra ice," Brender says.
  • Save your sugar Slash half of the sugar from any recipe you follow. "You can always add in more later," she says. "But the majority of the time, you can get away with cutting back at least 1/4 of the amount."

We followed Brender's advice and found 10 light and healthy, RD-approved cocktail creations. It's happy hour somewhere, so grab your muddler and get mixing!

This intensely sippable drink by Warren Bobrow, cocktail writer for Foodista and author of forthcoming book Apothecary Cocktails, will warm your whole body. Lemon alters your body's pH, which might make it more resistant to viruses.

3 oz smoky whisky (we used Johnnie Walker Black Label)
2 Tbsp honey simple syrup (honey and water, warmed)
Assorted herbs from the garden, such as thyme, rosemary, sage and lavender
1 cheesecloth bag for steeping
1/2 mug black tea
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

ADD 3 oz. whisky and 2 Tbsp honey syrup to the mug

PLACE herbs in a cheesecloth bag and steep them in the hot tea for about five minutes, then pour over the whisky and honey mixture

STIR IN lemon juice.

"I prefer the tiny, intensely flavored Maine wild blueberries for this cocktail they come either frozen or canned during the off-season," Bobrow says. We skipped the cranberry sauce and maple syrup to save on calories and sugar&mdashand we still wanted a second mug.

1/4 cup each of crushed cranberries and blueberries
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
4 shots gin (we used Bulldog London Dry Gin)
1/3 cup water
1 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Grade B dark amber maple syrup, optional
Several orange slices
2 fresh lemon thyme sprigs

MUDDLE the crushed cranberries with the blueberries to make a slurry, then add the cranberry sauce to the mix

ADD the gin and let sit for a few minutes to combine the flavors

BRING the water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the cranberry and lime juices

ADD the heated cranberry juice mixture to the muddled cranberry mixture and stir together. Pour into 2 preheated mugs (we strained it)

SWEETEN with maple syrup if desired, and garnish with orange slices and a sprig of lemon thyme.

After knocking back a couple of these, you'll definitely feel high on prana&mdashSanskrit for "life." This refreshing drink comes straight from Mat Snapp, mixologist of True Food Kitchen, a venture co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take comfort in the fact that as the alcohol depletes your electrolytes, coconut water helps restore them. It's the circle of life.

1 oz. pineapple juice
3 wedges clementine
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1 lemon wedge
1 oz. coconut water
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1.5 oz. Belvedere vodka

MUDDLE first 4 ingredients together

ADD all ingredients to cocktail shaker, shake, and strain. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a clementine wheel.

RD Tip: "Use fresh grapefruit squeezed instead of grapefruit juice, especially because they are so sweet this time of year," Brender says.

This herb-forward hot chocolate comes from HumanaVitality and Janice Newell Bissex, RD, and Liz Weiss, RD, also known as the Meal Makeover Moms. By using real cocoa powder instead of packaged hot chocolate mix, you're able to control the amount of total sugar. We love the kicky undertones of stomach-soothing ginger.

5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop almond extract
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
Miniature marshmallows, optional

CRUSH mint leaves and combine with ginger

HEAT milk in a large saucepan, then add crushed mint leaves and ginger, sugar, and cocoa

STIR over medium heat until heated through

REMOVE from heat and strain

STIR IN vanilla and almond extracts add Baileys Irish Cream.

 Serve in mugs with marshmallows, if desired.


10 Ridiculously Healthy Cocktails

Ok, ok&mdashso cocktails aren't exactly health food. But every once in a while, they can be oh-so-good for your mental health. 'Tis the season to indulge, so we wondered: is there a healthier way to drink?

Absolutely, says Nikki Brender, RD, who teaches a class called "Nutritionist's Guide to Boozing" for Skillshare and runs LittleBitesNutrition. Alcohol is farily calorie-dense, she says, so the slimming secret is in the mixers. Check out her top 5 tips for lightening up cocktails:

  • Ice is your friend "Adding ice&mdashespecially crushed ice&mdashhas a triple benefit of keeping your drink cold, keeping you hydrated, and diluting the alcohol flavor, requiring less juice and other sweetener," she says.
  • Sip seasonally Take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies. The riper the ingredients, the more natural fruit sugar and less added sugar you'll need, Brender says.
  • Make mine spicy Instead of packaged mixes, flavor your cocktails with fresh herbs and spices, says Brender. Cayenne pepper adds kick, lemon and lime add pucker, and bitters? Well, they make everything better.
  • Don't get loose with juice "If the recipe calls for more than 1/2 cup juice per cocktail, replace the remaining juice with flavored seltzer or dilute with water or extra ice," Brender says.
  • Save your sugar Slash half of the sugar from any recipe you follow. "You can always add in more later," she says. "But the majority of the time, you can get away with cutting back at least 1/4 of the amount."

We followed Brender's advice and found 10 light and healthy, RD-approved cocktail creations. It's happy hour somewhere, so grab your muddler and get mixing!

This intensely sippable drink by Warren Bobrow, cocktail writer for Foodista and author of forthcoming book Apothecary Cocktails, will warm your whole body. Lemon alters your body's pH, which might make it more resistant to viruses.

3 oz smoky whisky (we used Johnnie Walker Black Label)
2 Tbsp honey simple syrup (honey and water, warmed)
Assorted herbs from the garden, such as thyme, rosemary, sage and lavender
1 cheesecloth bag for steeping
1/2 mug black tea
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

ADD 3 oz. whisky and 2 Tbsp honey syrup to the mug

PLACE herbs in a cheesecloth bag and steep them in the hot tea for about five minutes, then pour over the whisky and honey mixture

STIR IN lemon juice.

"I prefer the tiny, intensely flavored Maine wild blueberries for this cocktail they come either frozen or canned during the off-season," Bobrow says. We skipped the cranberry sauce and maple syrup to save on calories and sugar&mdashand we still wanted a second mug.

1/4 cup each of crushed cranberries and blueberries
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
4 shots gin (we used Bulldog London Dry Gin)
1/3 cup water
1 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Grade B dark amber maple syrup, optional
Several orange slices
2 fresh lemon thyme sprigs

MUDDLE the crushed cranberries with the blueberries to make a slurry, then add the cranberry sauce to the mix

ADD the gin and let sit for a few minutes to combine the flavors

BRING the water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the cranberry and lime juices

ADD the heated cranberry juice mixture to the muddled cranberry mixture and stir together. Pour into 2 preheated mugs (we strained it)

SWEETEN with maple syrup if desired, and garnish with orange slices and a sprig of lemon thyme.

After knocking back a couple of these, you'll definitely feel high on prana&mdashSanskrit for "life." This refreshing drink comes straight from Mat Snapp, mixologist of True Food Kitchen, a venture co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take comfort in the fact that as the alcohol depletes your electrolytes, coconut water helps restore them. It's the circle of life.

1 oz. pineapple juice
3 wedges clementine
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1 lemon wedge
1 oz. coconut water
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1.5 oz. Belvedere vodka

MUDDLE first 4 ingredients together

ADD all ingredients to cocktail shaker, shake, and strain. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a clementine wheel.

RD Tip: "Use fresh grapefruit squeezed instead of grapefruit juice, especially because they are so sweet this time of year," Brender says.

This herb-forward hot chocolate comes from HumanaVitality and Janice Newell Bissex, RD, and Liz Weiss, RD, also known as the Meal Makeover Moms. By using real cocoa powder instead of packaged hot chocolate mix, you're able to control the amount of total sugar. We love the kicky undertones of stomach-soothing ginger.

5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop almond extract
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
Miniature marshmallows, optional

CRUSH mint leaves and combine with ginger

HEAT milk in a large saucepan, then add crushed mint leaves and ginger, sugar, and cocoa

STIR over medium heat until heated through

REMOVE from heat and strain

STIR IN vanilla and almond extracts add Baileys Irish Cream.

 Serve in mugs with marshmallows, if desired.


10 Ridiculously Healthy Cocktails

Ok, ok&mdashso cocktails aren't exactly health food. But every once in a while, they can be oh-so-good for your mental health. 'Tis the season to indulge, so we wondered: is there a healthier way to drink?

Absolutely, says Nikki Brender, RD, who teaches a class called "Nutritionist's Guide to Boozing" for Skillshare and runs LittleBitesNutrition. Alcohol is farily calorie-dense, she says, so the slimming secret is in the mixers. Check out her top 5 tips for lightening up cocktails:

  • Ice is your friend "Adding ice&mdashespecially crushed ice&mdashhas a triple benefit of keeping your drink cold, keeping you hydrated, and diluting the alcohol flavor, requiring less juice and other sweetener," she says.
  • Sip seasonally Take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies. The riper the ingredients, the more natural fruit sugar and less added sugar you'll need, Brender says.
  • Make mine spicy Instead of packaged mixes, flavor your cocktails with fresh herbs and spices, says Brender. Cayenne pepper adds kick, lemon and lime add pucker, and bitters? Well, they make everything better.
  • Don't get loose with juice "If the recipe calls for more than 1/2 cup juice per cocktail, replace the remaining juice with flavored seltzer or dilute with water or extra ice," Brender says.
  • Save your sugar Slash half of the sugar from any recipe you follow. "You can always add in more later," she says. "But the majority of the time, you can get away with cutting back at least 1/4 of the amount."

We followed Brender's advice and found 10 light and healthy, RD-approved cocktail creations. It's happy hour somewhere, so grab your muddler and get mixing!

This intensely sippable drink by Warren Bobrow, cocktail writer for Foodista and author of forthcoming book Apothecary Cocktails, will warm your whole body. Lemon alters your body's pH, which might make it more resistant to viruses.

3 oz smoky whisky (we used Johnnie Walker Black Label)
2 Tbsp honey simple syrup (honey and water, warmed)
Assorted herbs from the garden, such as thyme, rosemary, sage and lavender
1 cheesecloth bag for steeping
1/2 mug black tea
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

ADD 3 oz. whisky and 2 Tbsp honey syrup to the mug

PLACE herbs in a cheesecloth bag and steep them in the hot tea for about five minutes, then pour over the whisky and honey mixture

STIR IN lemon juice.

"I prefer the tiny, intensely flavored Maine wild blueberries for this cocktail they come either frozen or canned during the off-season," Bobrow says. We skipped the cranberry sauce and maple syrup to save on calories and sugar&mdashand we still wanted a second mug.

1/4 cup each of crushed cranberries and blueberries
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
4 shots gin (we used Bulldog London Dry Gin)
1/3 cup water
1 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Grade B dark amber maple syrup, optional
Several orange slices
2 fresh lemon thyme sprigs

MUDDLE the crushed cranberries with the blueberries to make a slurry, then add the cranberry sauce to the mix

ADD the gin and let sit for a few minutes to combine the flavors

BRING the water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the cranberry and lime juices

ADD the heated cranberry juice mixture to the muddled cranberry mixture and stir together. Pour into 2 preheated mugs (we strained it)

SWEETEN with maple syrup if desired, and garnish with orange slices and a sprig of lemon thyme.

After knocking back a couple of these, you'll definitely feel high on prana&mdashSanskrit for "life." This refreshing drink comes straight from Mat Snapp, mixologist of True Food Kitchen, a venture co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take comfort in the fact that as the alcohol depletes your electrolytes, coconut water helps restore them. It's the circle of life.

1 oz. pineapple juice
3 wedges clementine
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1 lemon wedge
1 oz. coconut water
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1.5 oz. Belvedere vodka

MUDDLE first 4 ingredients together

ADD all ingredients to cocktail shaker, shake, and strain. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a clementine wheel.

RD Tip: "Use fresh grapefruit squeezed instead of grapefruit juice, especially because they are so sweet this time of year," Brender says.

This herb-forward hot chocolate comes from HumanaVitality and Janice Newell Bissex, RD, and Liz Weiss, RD, also known as the Meal Makeover Moms. By using real cocoa powder instead of packaged hot chocolate mix, you're able to control the amount of total sugar. We love the kicky undertones of stomach-soothing ginger.

5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop almond extract
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
Miniature marshmallows, optional

CRUSH mint leaves and combine with ginger

HEAT milk in a large saucepan, then add crushed mint leaves and ginger, sugar, and cocoa

STIR over medium heat until heated through

REMOVE from heat and strain

STIR IN vanilla and almond extracts add Baileys Irish Cream.

 Serve in mugs with marshmallows, if desired.


10 Ridiculously Healthy Cocktails

Ok, ok&mdashso cocktails aren't exactly health food. But every once in a while, they can be oh-so-good for your mental health. 'Tis the season to indulge, so we wondered: is there a healthier way to drink?

Absolutely, says Nikki Brender, RD, who teaches a class called "Nutritionist's Guide to Boozing" for Skillshare and runs LittleBitesNutrition. Alcohol is farily calorie-dense, she says, so the slimming secret is in the mixers. Check out her top 5 tips for lightening up cocktails:

  • Ice is your friend "Adding ice&mdashespecially crushed ice&mdashhas a triple benefit of keeping your drink cold, keeping you hydrated, and diluting the alcohol flavor, requiring less juice and other sweetener," she says.
  • Sip seasonally Take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies. The riper the ingredients, the more natural fruit sugar and less added sugar you'll need, Brender says.
  • Make mine spicy Instead of packaged mixes, flavor your cocktails with fresh herbs and spices, says Brender. Cayenne pepper adds kick, lemon and lime add pucker, and bitters? Well, they make everything better.
  • Don't get loose with juice "If the recipe calls for more than 1/2 cup juice per cocktail, replace the remaining juice with flavored seltzer or dilute with water or extra ice," Brender says.
  • Save your sugar Slash half of the sugar from any recipe you follow. "You can always add in more later," she says. "But the majority of the time, you can get away with cutting back at least 1/4 of the amount."

We followed Brender's advice and found 10 light and healthy, RD-approved cocktail creations. It's happy hour somewhere, so grab your muddler and get mixing!

This intensely sippable drink by Warren Bobrow, cocktail writer for Foodista and author of forthcoming book Apothecary Cocktails, will warm your whole body. Lemon alters your body's pH, which might make it more resistant to viruses.

3 oz smoky whisky (we used Johnnie Walker Black Label)
2 Tbsp honey simple syrup (honey and water, warmed)
Assorted herbs from the garden, such as thyme, rosemary, sage and lavender
1 cheesecloth bag for steeping
1/2 mug black tea
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

ADD 3 oz. whisky and 2 Tbsp honey syrup to the mug

PLACE herbs in a cheesecloth bag and steep them in the hot tea for about five minutes, then pour over the whisky and honey mixture

STIR IN lemon juice.

"I prefer the tiny, intensely flavored Maine wild blueberries for this cocktail they come either frozen or canned during the off-season," Bobrow says. We skipped the cranberry sauce and maple syrup to save on calories and sugar&mdashand we still wanted a second mug.

1/4 cup each of crushed cranberries and blueberries
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
4 shots gin (we used Bulldog London Dry Gin)
1/3 cup water
1 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Grade B dark amber maple syrup, optional
Several orange slices
2 fresh lemon thyme sprigs

MUDDLE the crushed cranberries with the blueberries to make a slurry, then add the cranberry sauce to the mix

ADD the gin and let sit for a few minutes to combine the flavors

BRING the water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the cranberry and lime juices

ADD the heated cranberry juice mixture to the muddled cranberry mixture and stir together. Pour into 2 preheated mugs (we strained it)

SWEETEN with maple syrup if desired, and garnish with orange slices and a sprig of lemon thyme.

After knocking back a couple of these, you'll definitely feel high on prana&mdashSanskrit for "life." This refreshing drink comes straight from Mat Snapp, mixologist of True Food Kitchen, a venture co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take comfort in the fact that as the alcohol depletes your electrolytes, coconut water helps restore them. It's the circle of life.

1 oz. pineapple juice
3 wedges clementine
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1 lemon wedge
1 oz. coconut water
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1.5 oz. Belvedere vodka

MUDDLE first 4 ingredients together

ADD all ingredients to cocktail shaker, shake, and strain. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a clementine wheel.

RD Tip: "Use fresh grapefruit squeezed instead of grapefruit juice, especially because they are so sweet this time of year," Brender says.

This herb-forward hot chocolate comes from HumanaVitality and Janice Newell Bissex, RD, and Liz Weiss, RD, also known as the Meal Makeover Moms. By using real cocoa powder instead of packaged hot chocolate mix, you're able to control the amount of total sugar. We love the kicky undertones of stomach-soothing ginger.

5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop almond extract
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
Miniature marshmallows, optional

CRUSH mint leaves and combine with ginger

HEAT milk in a large saucepan, then add crushed mint leaves and ginger, sugar, and cocoa

STIR over medium heat until heated through

REMOVE from heat and strain

STIR IN vanilla and almond extracts add Baileys Irish Cream.

 Serve in mugs with marshmallows, if desired.


10 Ridiculously Healthy Cocktails

Ok, ok&mdashso cocktails aren't exactly health food. But every once in a while, they can be oh-so-good for your mental health. 'Tis the season to indulge, so we wondered: is there a healthier way to drink?

Absolutely, says Nikki Brender, RD, who teaches a class called "Nutritionist's Guide to Boozing" for Skillshare and runs LittleBitesNutrition. Alcohol is farily calorie-dense, she says, so the slimming secret is in the mixers. Check out her top 5 tips for lightening up cocktails:

  • Ice is your friend "Adding ice&mdashespecially crushed ice&mdashhas a triple benefit of keeping your drink cold, keeping you hydrated, and diluting the alcohol flavor, requiring less juice and other sweetener," she says.
  • Sip seasonally Take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies. The riper the ingredients, the more natural fruit sugar and less added sugar you'll need, Brender says.
  • Make mine spicy Instead of packaged mixes, flavor your cocktails with fresh herbs and spices, says Brender. Cayenne pepper adds kick, lemon and lime add pucker, and bitters? Well, they make everything better.
  • Don't get loose with juice "If the recipe calls for more than 1/2 cup juice per cocktail, replace the remaining juice with flavored seltzer or dilute with water or extra ice," Brender says.
  • Save your sugar Slash half of the sugar from any recipe you follow. "You can always add in more later," she says. "But the majority of the time, you can get away with cutting back at least 1/4 of the amount."

We followed Brender's advice and found 10 light and healthy, RD-approved cocktail creations. It's happy hour somewhere, so grab your muddler and get mixing!

This intensely sippable drink by Warren Bobrow, cocktail writer for Foodista and author of forthcoming book Apothecary Cocktails, will warm your whole body. Lemon alters your body's pH, which might make it more resistant to viruses.

3 oz smoky whisky (we used Johnnie Walker Black Label)
2 Tbsp honey simple syrup (honey and water, warmed)
Assorted herbs from the garden, such as thyme, rosemary, sage and lavender
1 cheesecloth bag for steeping
1/2 mug black tea
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

ADD 3 oz. whisky and 2 Tbsp honey syrup to the mug

PLACE herbs in a cheesecloth bag and steep them in the hot tea for about five minutes, then pour over the whisky and honey mixture

STIR IN lemon juice.

"I prefer the tiny, intensely flavored Maine wild blueberries for this cocktail they come either frozen or canned during the off-season," Bobrow says. We skipped the cranberry sauce and maple syrup to save on calories and sugar&mdashand we still wanted a second mug.

1/4 cup each of crushed cranberries and blueberries
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
4 shots gin (we used Bulldog London Dry Gin)
1/3 cup water
1 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Grade B dark amber maple syrup, optional
Several orange slices
2 fresh lemon thyme sprigs

MUDDLE the crushed cranberries with the blueberries to make a slurry, then add the cranberry sauce to the mix

ADD the gin and let sit for a few minutes to combine the flavors

BRING the water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the cranberry and lime juices

ADD the heated cranberry juice mixture to the muddled cranberry mixture and stir together. Pour into 2 preheated mugs (we strained it)

SWEETEN with maple syrup if desired, and garnish with orange slices and a sprig of lemon thyme.

After knocking back a couple of these, you'll definitely feel high on prana&mdashSanskrit for "life." This refreshing drink comes straight from Mat Snapp, mixologist of True Food Kitchen, a venture co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take comfort in the fact that as the alcohol depletes your electrolytes, coconut water helps restore them. It's the circle of life.

1 oz. pineapple juice
3 wedges clementine
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1 lemon wedge
1 oz. coconut water
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1.5 oz. Belvedere vodka

MUDDLE first 4 ingredients together

ADD all ingredients to cocktail shaker, shake, and strain. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a clementine wheel.

RD Tip: "Use fresh grapefruit squeezed instead of grapefruit juice, especially because they are so sweet this time of year," Brender says.

This herb-forward hot chocolate comes from HumanaVitality and Janice Newell Bissex, RD, and Liz Weiss, RD, also known as the Meal Makeover Moms. By using real cocoa powder instead of packaged hot chocolate mix, you're able to control the amount of total sugar. We love the kicky undertones of stomach-soothing ginger.

5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop almond extract
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
Miniature marshmallows, optional

CRUSH mint leaves and combine with ginger

HEAT milk in a large saucepan, then add crushed mint leaves and ginger, sugar, and cocoa

STIR over medium heat until heated through

REMOVE from heat and strain

STIR IN vanilla and almond extracts add Baileys Irish Cream.

 Serve in mugs with marshmallows, if desired.


10 Ridiculously Healthy Cocktails

Ok, ok&mdashso cocktails aren't exactly health food. But every once in a while, they can be oh-so-good for your mental health. 'Tis the season to indulge, so we wondered: is there a healthier way to drink?

Absolutely, says Nikki Brender, RD, who teaches a class called "Nutritionist's Guide to Boozing" for Skillshare and runs LittleBitesNutrition. Alcohol is farily calorie-dense, she says, so the slimming secret is in the mixers. Check out her top 5 tips for lightening up cocktails:

  • Ice is your friend "Adding ice&mdashespecially crushed ice&mdashhas a triple benefit of keeping your drink cold, keeping you hydrated, and diluting the alcohol flavor, requiring less juice and other sweetener," she says.
  • Sip seasonally Take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies. The riper the ingredients, the more natural fruit sugar and less added sugar you'll need, Brender says.
  • Make mine spicy Instead of packaged mixes, flavor your cocktails with fresh herbs and spices, says Brender. Cayenne pepper adds kick, lemon and lime add pucker, and bitters? Well, they make everything better.
  • Don't get loose with juice "If the recipe calls for more than 1/2 cup juice per cocktail, replace the remaining juice with flavored seltzer or dilute with water or extra ice," Brender says.
  • Save your sugar Slash half of the sugar from any recipe you follow. "You can always add in more later," she says. "But the majority of the time, you can get away with cutting back at least 1/4 of the amount."

We followed Brender's advice and found 10 light and healthy, RD-approved cocktail creations. It's happy hour somewhere, so grab your muddler and get mixing!

This intensely sippable drink by Warren Bobrow, cocktail writer for Foodista and author of forthcoming book Apothecary Cocktails, will warm your whole body. Lemon alters your body's pH, which might make it more resistant to viruses.

3 oz smoky whisky (we used Johnnie Walker Black Label)
2 Tbsp honey simple syrup (honey and water, warmed)
Assorted herbs from the garden, such as thyme, rosemary, sage and lavender
1 cheesecloth bag for steeping
1/2 mug black tea
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

ADD 3 oz. whisky and 2 Tbsp honey syrup to the mug

PLACE herbs in a cheesecloth bag and steep them in the hot tea for about five minutes, then pour over the whisky and honey mixture

STIR IN lemon juice.

"I prefer the tiny, intensely flavored Maine wild blueberries for this cocktail they come either frozen or canned during the off-season," Bobrow says. We skipped the cranberry sauce and maple syrup to save on calories and sugar&mdashand we still wanted a second mug.

1/4 cup each of crushed cranberries and blueberries
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
4 shots gin (we used Bulldog London Dry Gin)
1/3 cup water
1 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Grade B dark amber maple syrup, optional
Several orange slices
2 fresh lemon thyme sprigs

MUDDLE the crushed cranberries with the blueberries to make a slurry, then add the cranberry sauce to the mix

ADD the gin and let sit for a few minutes to combine the flavors

BRING the water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the cranberry and lime juices

ADD the heated cranberry juice mixture to the muddled cranberry mixture and stir together. Pour into 2 preheated mugs (we strained it)

SWEETEN with maple syrup if desired, and garnish with orange slices and a sprig of lemon thyme.

After knocking back a couple of these, you'll definitely feel high on prana&mdashSanskrit for "life." This refreshing drink comes straight from Mat Snapp, mixologist of True Food Kitchen, a venture co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take comfort in the fact that as the alcohol depletes your electrolytes, coconut water helps restore them. It's the circle of life.

1 oz. pineapple juice
3 wedges clementine
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1 lemon wedge
1 oz. coconut water
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1.5 oz. Belvedere vodka

MUDDLE first 4 ingredients together

ADD all ingredients to cocktail shaker, shake, and strain. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a clementine wheel.

RD Tip: "Use fresh grapefruit squeezed instead of grapefruit juice, especially because they are so sweet this time of year," Brender says.

This herb-forward hot chocolate comes from HumanaVitality and Janice Newell Bissex, RD, and Liz Weiss, RD, also known as the Meal Makeover Moms. By using real cocoa powder instead of packaged hot chocolate mix, you're able to control the amount of total sugar. We love the kicky undertones of stomach-soothing ginger.

5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop almond extract
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
Miniature marshmallows, optional

CRUSH mint leaves and combine with ginger

HEAT milk in a large saucepan, then add crushed mint leaves and ginger, sugar, and cocoa

STIR over medium heat until heated through

REMOVE from heat and strain

STIR IN vanilla and almond extracts add Baileys Irish Cream.

 Serve in mugs with marshmallows, if desired.


10 Ridiculously Healthy Cocktails

Ok, ok&mdashso cocktails aren't exactly health food. But every once in a while, they can be oh-so-good for your mental health. 'Tis the season to indulge, so we wondered: is there a healthier way to drink?

Absolutely, says Nikki Brender, RD, who teaches a class called "Nutritionist's Guide to Boozing" for Skillshare and runs LittleBitesNutrition. Alcohol is farily calorie-dense, she says, so the slimming secret is in the mixers. Check out her top 5 tips for lightening up cocktails:

  • Ice is your friend "Adding ice&mdashespecially crushed ice&mdashhas a triple benefit of keeping your drink cold, keeping you hydrated, and diluting the alcohol flavor, requiring less juice and other sweetener," she says.
  • Sip seasonally Take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies. The riper the ingredients, the more natural fruit sugar and less added sugar you'll need, Brender says.
  • Make mine spicy Instead of packaged mixes, flavor your cocktails with fresh herbs and spices, says Brender. Cayenne pepper adds kick, lemon and lime add pucker, and bitters? Well, they make everything better.
  • Don't get loose with juice "If the recipe calls for more than 1/2 cup juice per cocktail, replace the remaining juice with flavored seltzer or dilute with water or extra ice," Brender says.
  • Save your sugar Slash half of the sugar from any recipe you follow. "You can always add in more later," she says. "But the majority of the time, you can get away with cutting back at least 1/4 of the amount."

We followed Brender's advice and found 10 light and healthy, RD-approved cocktail creations. It's happy hour somewhere, so grab your muddler and get mixing!

This intensely sippable drink by Warren Bobrow, cocktail writer for Foodista and author of forthcoming book Apothecary Cocktails, will warm your whole body. Lemon alters your body's pH, which might make it more resistant to viruses.

3 oz smoky whisky (we used Johnnie Walker Black Label)
2 Tbsp honey simple syrup (honey and water, warmed)
Assorted herbs from the garden, such as thyme, rosemary, sage and lavender
1 cheesecloth bag for steeping
1/2 mug black tea
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

ADD 3 oz. whisky and 2 Tbsp honey syrup to the mug

PLACE herbs in a cheesecloth bag and steep them in the hot tea for about five minutes, then pour over the whisky and honey mixture

STIR IN lemon juice.

"I prefer the tiny, intensely flavored Maine wild blueberries for this cocktail they come either frozen or canned during the off-season," Bobrow says. We skipped the cranberry sauce and maple syrup to save on calories and sugar&mdashand we still wanted a second mug.

1/4 cup each of crushed cranberries and blueberries
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
4 shots gin (we used Bulldog London Dry Gin)
1/3 cup water
1 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Grade B dark amber maple syrup, optional
Several orange slices
2 fresh lemon thyme sprigs

MUDDLE the crushed cranberries with the blueberries to make a slurry, then add the cranberry sauce to the mix

ADD the gin and let sit for a few minutes to combine the flavors

BRING the water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the cranberry and lime juices

ADD the heated cranberry juice mixture to the muddled cranberry mixture and stir together. Pour into 2 preheated mugs (we strained it)

SWEETEN with maple syrup if desired, and garnish with orange slices and a sprig of lemon thyme.

After knocking back a couple of these, you'll definitely feel high on prana&mdashSanskrit for "life." This refreshing drink comes straight from Mat Snapp, mixologist of True Food Kitchen, a venture co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take comfort in the fact that as the alcohol depletes your electrolytes, coconut water helps restore them. It's the circle of life.

1 oz. pineapple juice
3 wedges clementine
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1 lemon wedge
1 oz. coconut water
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1.5 oz. Belvedere vodka

MUDDLE first 4 ingredients together

ADD all ingredients to cocktail shaker, shake, and strain. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a clementine wheel.

RD Tip: "Use fresh grapefruit squeezed instead of grapefruit juice, especially because they are so sweet this time of year," Brender says.

This herb-forward hot chocolate comes from HumanaVitality and Janice Newell Bissex, RD, and Liz Weiss, RD, also known as the Meal Makeover Moms. By using real cocoa powder instead of packaged hot chocolate mix, you're able to control the amount of total sugar. We love the kicky undertones of stomach-soothing ginger.

5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop almond extract
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
Miniature marshmallows, optional

CRUSH mint leaves and combine with ginger

HEAT milk in a large saucepan, then add crushed mint leaves and ginger, sugar, and cocoa

STIR over medium heat until heated through

REMOVE from heat and strain

STIR IN vanilla and almond extracts add Baileys Irish Cream.

 Serve in mugs with marshmallows, if desired.


10 Ridiculously Healthy Cocktails

Ok, ok&mdashso cocktails aren't exactly health food. But every once in a while, they can be oh-so-good for your mental health. 'Tis the season to indulge, so we wondered: is there a healthier way to drink?

Absolutely, says Nikki Brender, RD, who teaches a class called "Nutritionist's Guide to Boozing" for Skillshare and runs LittleBitesNutrition. Alcohol is farily calorie-dense, she says, so the slimming secret is in the mixers. Check out her top 5 tips for lightening up cocktails:

  • Ice is your friend "Adding ice&mdashespecially crushed ice&mdashhas a triple benefit of keeping your drink cold, keeping you hydrated, and diluting the alcohol flavor, requiring less juice and other sweetener," she says.
  • Sip seasonally Take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies. The riper the ingredients, the more natural fruit sugar and less added sugar you'll need, Brender says.
  • Make mine spicy Instead of packaged mixes, flavor your cocktails with fresh herbs and spices, says Brender. Cayenne pepper adds kick, lemon and lime add pucker, and bitters? Well, they make everything better.
  • Don't get loose with juice "If the recipe calls for more than 1/2 cup juice per cocktail, replace the remaining juice with flavored seltzer or dilute with water or extra ice," Brender says.
  • Save your sugar Slash half of the sugar from any recipe you follow. "You can always add in more later," she says. "But the majority of the time, you can get away with cutting back at least 1/4 of the amount."

We followed Brender's advice and found 10 light and healthy, RD-approved cocktail creations. It's happy hour somewhere, so grab your muddler and get mixing!

This intensely sippable drink by Warren Bobrow, cocktail writer for Foodista and author of forthcoming book Apothecary Cocktails, will warm your whole body. Lemon alters your body's pH, which might make it more resistant to viruses.

3 oz smoky whisky (we used Johnnie Walker Black Label)
2 Tbsp honey simple syrup (honey and water, warmed)
Assorted herbs from the garden, such as thyme, rosemary, sage and lavender
1 cheesecloth bag for steeping
1/2 mug black tea
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

ADD 3 oz. whisky and 2 Tbsp honey syrup to the mug

PLACE herbs in a cheesecloth bag and steep them in the hot tea for about five minutes, then pour over the whisky and honey mixture

STIR IN lemon juice.

"I prefer the tiny, intensely flavored Maine wild blueberries for this cocktail they come either frozen or canned during the off-season," Bobrow says. We skipped the cranberry sauce and maple syrup to save on calories and sugar&mdashand we still wanted a second mug.

1/4 cup each of crushed cranberries and blueberries
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
4 shots gin (we used Bulldog London Dry Gin)
1/3 cup water
1 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Grade B dark amber maple syrup, optional
Several orange slices
2 fresh lemon thyme sprigs

MUDDLE the crushed cranberries with the blueberries to make a slurry, then add the cranberry sauce to the mix

ADD the gin and let sit for a few minutes to combine the flavors

BRING the water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the cranberry and lime juices

ADD the heated cranberry juice mixture to the muddled cranberry mixture and stir together. Pour into 2 preheated mugs (we strained it)

SWEETEN with maple syrup if desired, and garnish with orange slices and a sprig of lemon thyme.

After knocking back a couple of these, you'll definitely feel high on prana&mdashSanskrit for "life." This refreshing drink comes straight from Mat Snapp, mixologist of True Food Kitchen, a venture co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take comfort in the fact that as the alcohol depletes your electrolytes, coconut water helps restore them. It's the circle of life.

1 oz. pineapple juice
3 wedges clementine
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1 lemon wedge
1 oz. coconut water
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1.5 oz. Belvedere vodka

MUDDLE first 4 ingredients together

ADD all ingredients to cocktail shaker, shake, and strain. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a clementine wheel.

RD Tip: "Use fresh grapefruit squeezed instead of grapefruit juice, especially because they are so sweet this time of year," Brender says.

This herb-forward hot chocolate comes from HumanaVitality and Janice Newell Bissex, RD, and Liz Weiss, RD, also known as the Meal Makeover Moms. By using real cocoa powder instead of packaged hot chocolate mix, you're able to control the amount of total sugar. We love the kicky undertones of stomach-soothing ginger.

5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop almond extract
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
Miniature marshmallows, optional

CRUSH mint leaves and combine with ginger

HEAT milk in a large saucepan, then add crushed mint leaves and ginger, sugar, and cocoa

STIR over medium heat until heated through

REMOVE from heat and strain

STIR IN vanilla and almond extracts add Baileys Irish Cream.

 Serve in mugs with marshmallows, if desired.


10 Ridiculously Healthy Cocktails

Ok, ok&mdashso cocktails aren't exactly health food. But every once in a while, they can be oh-so-good for your mental health. 'Tis the season to indulge, so we wondered: is there a healthier way to drink?

Absolutely, says Nikki Brender, RD, who teaches a class called "Nutritionist's Guide to Boozing" for Skillshare and runs LittleBitesNutrition. Alcohol is farily calorie-dense, she says, so the slimming secret is in the mixers. Check out her top 5 tips for lightening up cocktails:

  • Ice is your friend "Adding ice&mdashespecially crushed ice&mdashhas a triple benefit of keeping your drink cold, keeping you hydrated, and diluting the alcohol flavor, requiring less juice and other sweetener," she says.
  • Sip seasonally Take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies. The riper the ingredients, the more natural fruit sugar and less added sugar you'll need, Brender says.
  • Make mine spicy Instead of packaged mixes, flavor your cocktails with fresh herbs and spices, says Brender. Cayenne pepper adds kick, lemon and lime add pucker, and bitters? Well, they make everything better.
  • Don't get loose with juice "If the recipe calls for more than 1/2 cup juice per cocktail, replace the remaining juice with flavored seltzer or dilute with water or extra ice," Brender says.
  • Save your sugar Slash half of the sugar from any recipe you follow. "You can always add in more later," she says. "But the majority of the time, you can get away with cutting back at least 1/4 of the amount."

We followed Brender's advice and found 10 light and healthy, RD-approved cocktail creations. It's happy hour somewhere, so grab your muddler and get mixing!

This intensely sippable drink by Warren Bobrow, cocktail writer for Foodista and author of forthcoming book Apothecary Cocktails, will warm your whole body. Lemon alters your body's pH, which might make it more resistant to viruses.

3 oz smoky whisky (we used Johnnie Walker Black Label)
2 Tbsp honey simple syrup (honey and water, warmed)
Assorted herbs from the garden, such as thyme, rosemary, sage and lavender
1 cheesecloth bag for steeping
1/2 mug black tea
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

ADD 3 oz. whisky and 2 Tbsp honey syrup to the mug

PLACE herbs in a cheesecloth bag and steep them in the hot tea for about five minutes, then pour over the whisky and honey mixture

STIR IN lemon juice.

"I prefer the tiny, intensely flavored Maine wild blueberries for this cocktail they come either frozen or canned during the off-season," Bobrow says. We skipped the cranberry sauce and maple syrup to save on calories and sugar&mdashand we still wanted a second mug.

1/4 cup each of crushed cranberries and blueberries
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
4 shots gin (we used Bulldog London Dry Gin)
1/3 cup water
1 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Grade B dark amber maple syrup, optional
Several orange slices
2 fresh lemon thyme sprigs

MUDDLE the crushed cranberries with the blueberries to make a slurry, then add the cranberry sauce to the mix

ADD the gin and let sit for a few minutes to combine the flavors

BRING the water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the cranberry and lime juices

ADD the heated cranberry juice mixture to the muddled cranberry mixture and stir together. Pour into 2 preheated mugs (we strained it)

SWEETEN with maple syrup if desired, and garnish with orange slices and a sprig of lemon thyme.

After knocking back a couple of these, you'll definitely feel high on prana&mdashSanskrit for "life." This refreshing drink comes straight from Mat Snapp, mixologist of True Food Kitchen, a venture co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take comfort in the fact that as the alcohol depletes your electrolytes, coconut water helps restore them. It's the circle of life.

1 oz. pineapple juice
3 wedges clementine
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1 lemon wedge
1 oz. coconut water
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1.5 oz. Belvedere vodka

MUDDLE first 4 ingredients together

ADD all ingredients to cocktail shaker, shake, and strain. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a clementine wheel.

RD Tip: "Use fresh grapefruit squeezed instead of grapefruit juice, especially because they are so sweet this time of year," Brender says.

This herb-forward hot chocolate comes from HumanaVitality and Janice Newell Bissex, RD, and Liz Weiss, RD, also known as the Meal Makeover Moms. By using real cocoa powder instead of packaged hot chocolate mix, you're able to control the amount of total sugar. We love the kicky undertones of stomach-soothing ginger.

5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop almond extract
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
Miniature marshmallows, optional

CRUSH mint leaves and combine with ginger

HEAT milk in a large saucepan, then add crushed mint leaves and ginger, sugar, and cocoa

STIR over medium heat until heated through

REMOVE from heat and strain

STIR IN vanilla and almond extracts add Baileys Irish Cream.

 Serve in mugs with marshmallows, if desired.