8 Ways to Eat Peppermint Right Now

These peppermint goodies are just in time for the holidays.
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This holiday classic can now be found in all kinds of delicious food and drink. Of course, some of the more decadent goodies have more calories than you think, so enjoy in moderation.

This holiday beverage is back! It’s made with espresso, steamed milk, sweet mocha and peppermint-flavored syrup, and it's topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls. Order a tall nonfat drink with whipped cream (hey, it is the holidays!) for 310 calories, 9 grams of fat, 48 grams of carbohydrates, and 10 grams of protein. If you want to cut back on calories even more, order the short 8-ounce size.

Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark

If you don’t have time to make your own peppermint bark, order this gorgeously packaged one that’s available at Williams-Sonoma online only. The price ranges from $29 to $52.

Fran’s mint thins are made with dark chocolate and locally grown peppermint. One serving, four thins, is 96 calories, 7 grams of fat and 9 grams of carbohydrates. A 16-piece box of mint thins costs $10 online; you won’t be disappointed!

Add a touch of peppermint to cookies, cakes, or even a cup of hot chocolate or joe. It’s an easy way to add a ton of holiday flavor for very few calories.

This peppermint-flavored coffee creamer is available only during the holidays, though it isn’t a very healthy choice.

This limited-edition cocoa is available only during the holidays. Just mix it with low-fat or nonfat milk and enjoy a cup.

Add peppermint syrup to cocktails, coffee, eggnog and tea. You can also add it to muffin and cookie batters, or use it in a fruit salad. Amoretti’s syrup is GMO- and gluten-free and 32 calories per serving.

This caffeine-free tea has a richly sweet white chocolate flavor with a delightful peppermint finish. It’s available for a limited time and costs $40 per 8-ounce tin. Or you can stop by your local Teavana and order a cup from the to-go counter.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

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