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Cheers to Good Health with MyPlate - MyPlate Holiday Makeover Week 7

Posted by Elizabeth Rahavi, Nutritionist, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in Food and Nutrition
Dec 30, 2013
Liz’s Sparkling New Year’s Cider
Liz’s Sparkling New Year’s Cider
The MyPlate Team continues to share “Makeover Monday” recipes each week on the USDA blog and the MyPlate Facebook page through January 6th.

With two little ones in the house, I’m always looking for ways that I can introduce them to new flavors and textures of foods and beverages. This Sparkling New Year’s Cider recipe does just that! The 100 % apple juice is familiar and adds a touch of sweetness, while the cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon introduce them to new spices. The bubbles from the sparkling water also provide a fun new feeling for their mouths. Of course, adults can enjoy this beverage too!

My recipe includes spices to add a special holiday flavor.  If you aren’t familiar with star anise or cloves, you can often find them in the baking or spice section of your local grocery store. Some stores sell them individually in the bulk shopping aisle, so you only have to pay for what you need. You might also be able to find these ingredients at a discount store or specialty market.

Cheers to your health and have a prosperous New Year!

Be sure to check out the rest of our MyPlate Holiday Makeover Series and visit for more ideas, nutrition advice, and recipes.

Liz’s Sparkling New Year’s Cider recipe
Liz’s Sparkling New Year’s Cider recipe
Category/Topic: Food and Nutrition