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8 Christmas Drink Recipes To Warm Up Your Holiday Parties

8 Christmas Drink Recipes To Warm Up Your Holiday Parties

Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy some warm drinks with family and friends. If you life in a region with snow during Christmas, you understand how amazing it can feel to come in from the cold outside and have a warm Christmas drink to warm your spirits.

If you do not live in a region where it is cold in winter, no worries. You can still enjoy these delicious drinks regardless. These recipes will help you bring Christmas into your house — no matter where you live.

How to use these during your parties

Make sure to plan ahead if you want to serve these drinks this Christmas. It may seem obvious, but keep in mind that you should:

  • Plan ahead and know how many people you are serving
  • Get all the ingredients in the right ratios
  • Try making the drink once before the party to test it out

The following recipes are ones you should try this Christmas. While they are delicious, Christmas drinks are often not the healthiest. I recommend using these damage-control techniques to enjoy your delicious Christmas drinks without guilt (they work great for all the luxurious dinners too!).

1. Peppermint White Chocolate Hot Cocoa

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    Hot chocolate is perfect for cold winter days (and hot ones too). This recipe is a creative twist on the “regular” hot chocolate, combining white chocolate and mint in a lovely winter drink.

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    This drink fits perfectly with a cold afternoon, sitting next to the Christmas tree. Serve it with whipped cream on top for full deliciousness!

    Find the full Peppermint White Chocolate Hot Cocoa recipe here.

    2. Gingerbread Latte

      This recipe takes two delicious things and mashes them together: latte and gingerbread. Not only that, it should take only 5 minutes to make.

      Use this recipe to transform your regular teatime into a Christmas delight.

      Find the full Gingerbread Latte recipe here.

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      3. German Glühwein

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        This drink is traditionally enjoyed in Germany and surrounding countries. It’s the grandfather of mulled wine. My family has been drinking it as a Christmas drink for as long as I can remember.

        This drink is perfect as an aperitif before dinner, or after dinner while sitting on the couch.

        Find the full German Glühwein recipe here.

        4. Candy Cane Cocoa

          Christmas makes many people think of hot chocolate and candy canes. Put them together and you get a perfect Christmas drink. This is the perfect drink to welcome you home from a walk in the forest or park.

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          Find the full Candy Cane Cocoa recipe here.

          5. Swedish Glogg

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            Christmas is a time of tradition, but also discovery. Try this traditional Swedish cousin of mulled wine. It is made with stronger spirits though, so enjoy responsibly.

            Find the full Swedish Glogg recipe here.

            6. Hot Apple Cider

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              Hot cider is, to many people, a perfect companion for a winter’s day. This recipe uses maple syrup for an extra twist. If you want to go full apple this Christmas, combine it with a delicious, freshly-baked apple pie.

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              Find the full Hot Apple Cider recipe here.

              7. Russian Friendship Tea

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                This tea combines the taste of oranges and spices for a warm drink that tastes of winter. Oranges and spices combine to form a perfect Christmas smell. If you have never tried this, try sticking a couple of handfuls of cloves into an orange and leave it in a room. It will soon smell like Christmas.

                Find the full Russian Friendship Tea recipe here.

                8. Candy Cane Cocktail

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                  Throwing a cocktail party for Christmas? This candy cane-flavored cocktail is perfect to bring the Christmas theme to your party. For full effect, serve it with a candy cane!

                  Find the full Candy Cane Cocktail recipe here.

                  Featured photo credit: Candy Cane Cocoa via allrecipes.com

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                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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