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Lose Weight With These Holiday Cocktail Mixers

by Olivia Tarantino

The holiday season doesn’t only bring laughter, cheer and goodwill to all — it also brings unwanted weight gain from all those festive foods.

It’s inevitable that you’ll lose gym time or splurge on "just one more" piece of pie, but don’t let that stop you from making healthy choices. Paleta Potions Cocktail Elixirs are a wholesome alternative to your favorite boozy indulgences. Made from all organic ingredients, they're all-natural, low-sugar, vegan and gluten-free. You can save serious calories and sugar by using them to make four traditional cocktails. We've broken down four below.

EGG NOG

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Paleta Holiday ‘Nog with a Shot of Bourbon

Per 6 oz serving, with 1.5 oz shot: 160 calories, 3 g fat, 191 mg sodium, 5 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 1 g protein

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Traditional Egg Nog with Shot of Bourbon

Per 6 oz serving, with 1.5 oz shot: 222 calories, 6 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 77 mg sodium, 12 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 7 g protein

Next in line behind Starbucks’ red cups to signal the start to the holiday season is egg nog. Even though traditional nog packs a protein punch from eggs, it’s high in calories, fat and sugar. By swapping heavy cream for almonds, cashews, coconut and dates and removing any added sugar, Paleta Holiday 'Nog saves you 3 g of saturated fat and 8 g of sugar. Plus, it contains anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric, which are good for both your head and waistline.

White Russian

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Paleta Winter White Russian + Shot of Vodka

Per 6 oz serving, with 1.5 oz shot: 146 calories, 3 g fat, 191 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 1 g protein

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White Russian with Vodka and Coffee Liqueur

Per 5 oz serving, with 2.5 oz vodka and 1 oz liqueur: 403 calories, 16 g fat, 10 g saturated fat, 19 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 13 g sugar, 1 g protein

Because a White Russian is basically just vodka and coffee liqueur with a splash of heavy cream, you’ll never get just a shot when ordering it at a bar — which is why even a small serving is a whopping 403 calories. Paleta’s version is coffee forward, containing Arabica espresso. Because this isn’t just coffee flavoring, prepare for a jolt of energy and java's proven health benefits.

Cider

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Paleta Baby It’s Cold Out-Cider + Shot of Spiced Rum

Per 6 oz serving, with 1.5 oz shot of rum: 165 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 2 g protein

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Cider (Martinelli’s) + Shot of Spiced Rum

Per 6 oz serving, with 1.5 oz shot of rum: 165 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 40 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 35 g sugar, 1 g protein

With only three ingredients and 30 grams less sugar than cider, Paleta's version will help stave off a hangover (sugar is a main contributor to queasy mornings-after). The added ginger will also help soothe your tummy after a holiday meal. Heat it up, add spiced rum, and swirl with a cinnamon stick after dinner while you relax on the couch.

Pumpkin Spice Cocktail

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Paleta Pumpkin Pie + Shot of Vanilla Vodka

Per 6 oz serving, with 1.5 oz shot: 160 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 158 mg sodium, 7 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 1 g protein

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Pumpkin Pie-tini With Vanilla Vodka and Hazelnut Liqueur

Per 6 oz serving, with 1.5 oz vodka and 1 oz liqueur: 432 calories, 26 g fat, 16 g saturated fat, 29 mg sodium, 16 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein

If you still haven’t had your fill of all things pumpkin, this drink is for you. Because the orange fruit is rich in fiber, drinking this cocktail will help slow digestion and keep you feeling fuller longer — maybe even enough to keep you to a one-drink maximum. The Paleta mixer saves you almost 300 calories that are ridden with fat and carbs. Serve it with vanilla vodka or Amaretto for a spiked treat.


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