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Here we come a-wassailing...

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A good diet starts with tasty, healthy food.

With Christmas holidays upon us, try this hot drink as a special treat for guests and as something different to serve your family. If you want help with your diet and/or assistance planning healthier meals that taste good — contact the Ireland Army Health Clinic Nutrition Care Division at (502) 624-9713.

CHRISTMAS WASSAIL

Ingredients:

1 gallon apple cider

1 quart orange juice

1 cup lemon juice

1 quart pineapple juice

24 whole cloves

4 sticks cinnamon

1/2 cup granulated sugar (or sucralose sugar substitute)

1. Mix all ingredients and simmer (very low heat) for 1 to 2 hours. Or mix ingredients in a crock pot and heat on low setting until hot.

2. Serve warm. Leftover wassail may be stored in refrigerator and warmed in the microwave.

Makes 32 servings.

Nutrition Facts per Serving: 98 calories, 0g total fat, 0g protein, 24g carbohydrate, 4mg sodium