Unique low-calorie recipes to celebrate the day

By Karen Borsari
Updated: October 20, 2017

Happy National Sangria Day! Though we're puzzled as to why this summery drink is celebrated in December, we're not going to argue with having a glass-as long as we keep the calories in check.

While sangria often contains 300 calories and 25 grams of sugar per serving, it's easy to give this pitcher cocktail a healthy makeover, as these tasty versions prove.

Boxed Wine Sangria

Go the eco- and budget-friendly route with this recipe using wine from Tetra Paks, which have half the carbon footprint of wine bottles. And at 98 calories, it's also waistline-friendly.

Bottled Eppa Superfruit Sangria

There's no need to slice and chop if you're feeling lazy. Try Eppa's certified-organic Superfruit Sangria at just $12 a bottle and 120 calories a glass.

Green Sangria

Skip traditional red and the slightly less common white and opt for a refreshing green mix of apple, lime, kiwi, cucumber, and mint for 115 calories. Bonus: It won't stain your teeth no matter how much you have.

VOGA's Holiday Sangria

Approximately 150 calories, 18g carbs, 12g sugars

Serves: 15

Ingredients:

3 to 4 fresh figs, sliced (or 1 cup dried figs)

1 gala apple, sliced

1 pear, sliced

1 cup of cherries

2 to 3 oranges, sliced (not peeled)

1 cup orange juice

1 cup brandy

1/2 cup triple sec

2 bottles VOGA Italia Merlot (or VOGA Italia's Dolce Rosso for a sweeter sangria)

Orange peel, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Combine all fruit in a glass pitcher and slowly pour in orange juice, brandy, triple sec, and wine. Cover and chill from two to 24 hours-the longer, the better! Stir gently and serve over ice. Garnish glasses with orange peel.

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