Momma Mocktails

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Fellow Mothers and Soon-to-be Mothers, I have good news! Just because you’re expecting doesn’t mean you can’t wind down with a drink (non-alcoholic of course!). In fact, you should be taking some time to relax, de-stress and sip on something delicious. I’m talking about some Momma Mocktails! Best of all, these refreshing drinks pack in benefits for you and your baby!

Maternitini                                                                                                                                     This classy yet fun drink is perfect to pour into a martini glass and act like a sophisticated lady. Lucky for you, this drink is great for any expecting mom thanks to the health properties in ginger and watermelon. The ginger aids in morning sickness while giving it a kick for the taste buds. Watermelon contains vitamin A, C, potassium, B6 and magnesium – relieving heartburn and preventing preeclampsia. Mash 1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh watermelon and strain. Use watermelon juice with 2 oz. grapefruit juice, 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger, 1 oz. sparkling water and a squeeze of lime juice. Shaken or stirred is up to you!

Baby Blue-rita (Can be served frozen or on the rocks)                                                               I personally love my ‘ritas frozen; something about a slushy drink makes me feel as if I’m on vacation. This revamped margarita mixes blueberries with cranberries and grapes to give it a rich and sweet taste. Blueberries contain potassium which is vital for blood pressure control. They (along with the cranberries and grapes) also contain folate, vitamin C, calcium, antioxidants and fiber (great for preventing hemorrhoids and constipation). Mix 2 oz. each of pure cranberry juice, blueberry juice and grape juice with 1 oz. water. Garnish with a lime and voila! Note: To make frozen, replace water with 2 ice cubes and blend.

Mom-osa                                                                                                                                       Wake up to one of these Vitamin C and antioxidant boosters! We’ve put a spin on the classic mimosa by adding in some pomegranate juice (yum). Not only does Vitamin C aid in tissue building and collagen production, but it is also present in breast milk which can help your newborn reduce his/her risk of developing allergies. Antioxidant intake before and during pregnancy can prevent miscarriages as well as protect your child from diabetes and obesity. Combine 2 oz. fresh pomegranate juice, 2 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice (pulp encouraged) and 1 oz. of sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with a pineapple slice and enjoy!

With these fresh recipes, I think it’s time to invite the girls over and wow them with your recently acquired mixology skills. Pour them into fun glasses, garnish with a slice of fresh fruit and hey – if you’re feeling crazy you can go right ahead and salt or sugar your rims! Cheers!

Written by: Leana Varvella

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