5 Diabetes Winter Drinks that are Warm and Cozy

This holiday season, when sugary treats are everywhere, avoiding carbohydrate-rich cocktails becomes even more important for people with diabetes.

Watch your consumption as you would any other time you consume alcohol – even low-sugar beverages can disrupt your hormone levels and interfere with insulin control.

If you want to celebrate and have a good time, try one of these diabetes-friendly festive concoctions:

1. Peppermint Hot Chocolate for Adults

Healthwise produces a delectable low-carb and low-sugar hot chocolate beverage. For a warm beverage, mix the powdered packet with hot water or low-fat milk and a splash of peppermint schnapps.

2. Rum with Hot Buttered Topping

A traditional holiday favorite, you can make an easy batch of hot buttered rum using SPLENDA's brown sugar blend instead of brown sugar.

You could also replace the butter with margarine to cut back on calories and fat. For a traditional hot buttered rum recipe, try Emeril Lagasse's from the Food Network.

3. Spiced Wine

Traditional mulled wine contains sugar, but you can substitute a sugar substitute to make this warm drink. Try SPLENDA's recipe, which includes cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg flavors.

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4. Apple Cider with Spices

Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Drink Mix is a sugar-free drink mix. For a non-alcoholic beverage, mix it with hot water and some cinnamon (which studies suggest can help to lower blood sugar).

Use half a packet instead of the entire packet if you want to reduce your carbohydrate intake with this drink (each packet contains about 20 carbohydrates).

5. Cranberry Hot Toddy

Hot toddies are synonymous with the winter season, and this sugar-free cranberry juice version is perfect for the holidays.

You can make a hot toddy alcoholic by using bourbon or rum, or you can keep it simple with juices and spices.

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