Holidays are for celebration, and we often associate bad eating habits with decadent desserts and appetizers that typically make their appearance.

As much as we look forward to the delicious treats and drinks of Christmas time, we must also think of the extra calories. Fortunately, there are healthier alternatives. We’ve put together a few options to try out.

Water enriched with fruits

Infusing water with fresh fruits or herbs is nutritious and can help increase the absorption of vitamins and minerals. The preparation can be a fun exercise for the family.

Try a variety of fruits, single or mixed, such as cucumber and lemon, strawberries and basil, lemon and orange, kiwi or watermelon.

Cape Kingdom Detoxification Tea

Turn your iced tea into a healthy drink with Cape Kingdom Detox Tea. The hot summer days are here, which makes this tea a tasty and chilled drink. One of the health benefits is that it helps your body flush out toxins.

It also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory for pain and discomfort and keeps your digestive system in good shape. It is packed with rich antioxidants and bioflavonoids to help maintain overall good health.

Smoothies

Mixing fruits and vegetables into a smoothie is a great way to ensure that nutritious, wholesome foods are part of your diet.

Mix the ingredients with unsweetened vegetable milk such as coconut, almond or rice milk and add cocoa powder, avocado, banana or flax seeds.

Non-alcoholic champagne

Try the bubblies of the Woolworths series. They are made from local muscatel berries, used early in the season to ensure a lower sugar content, or from Van Loveren Papillon –

the Bubble is a rosé and has a taste of fruity, fresh berries and is made from red muscatel grapes. The sparkling white is made from white Muscadel grapes.

Fruity Tea Soda

You can prepare a p*t of hot tea, herbal tea or fruity herbal tisan in the evening before you go to bed so that it is ready to brew in the morning.

You can also get cold tea infusions. You might also be interested in trying Kombucha. It is a fermented and naturally carbonated drink that can also be diluted with water.

Fruit juice

Many people are surprised that juice, which is celebrated as healthy and contains “no added sugar” and (the added) benefits of vitamins, is often sweeter than soft drinks.

While it’s good to have three teaspoons of sugar in an apple, it takes up to three apples to get a full glass of juice and no fiber to curb the appetite. You do the math.