Recipe of the Week: Holiday Drinks

Hydration is important in the winter, and even though water is your body’s favorite way to hydrate, there are other fun drinks you can include in your holiday celebrations to keep yourself hydrated and full of energy. Whether your drinks are hot or cold, be sure to have fun with them!

Little kids love to squeeze lemons, fill blenders, and push buttons, and older kids can measure, cut, and stir hot pots, so be sure to let them be as involved as they can be! Not only will they have a great time, but they’ll be more likely to drink their new holiday drinks too.

The first drink on our list is a pretty pink Cranberry Lemonade. Cranberries and Lemons are both packed full of vitamin C, as well as phyto-chemicals, which are plant parts that help your body fight germs. Its not too sweet, and very refreshing after some intense gift wrapping, decorating, yoga, or even sledding.

Green smoothies can be any combo of fruit and green leaves you’d like, and the recipe below is just an example. Any light colored fruit like mango, pineapple, banana, peach, or pear, and green leaves like fresh or frozen spinach or kale will work just fine. Sprinkles on the glass are optional, but sprinkles are fun!

Cranberry Orange Cider really warms you up after shoveling snow, sledding, walking through light displays, or walking home from school on cold days. Its packed full of vitamins too! You can make it with any seasoning you like too! We added cinnamon, but you could float a clove or two in as the juice heats up, or even a star anise if you have one. This can be made in a bigger batch and kept in the fridge for a few days; When you need a warm up, just heat a mug for yourself, or take it to a party in a slow cooker to keep warm.

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