Christmas is fast approaching and when not pregnant you might usually enjoy celebrating the season of goodwill with a tipple of two. NHS guidelines advocate towards no alcohol during pregnancy or very little if any at all and so pregnant and breastfeeding ladies are having to be a little creative when it comes to non-alcoholic drinks. If you’re fed-up of flat diet cola (because fizzy drinks give you indigestion) or the usual branded non-alcoholic drink why not try a few of these.
Make with fresh raspberries, freshly squeezed lemon juice and your favourite lemonade (or fizzy water). Finish with a sprig of mint.
Virgin Watermelon Mojito
Blend fresh watermelon, lime and crushed ice for an exotic and refreshing mocktail, sorry we can’t provide the beach as well !
Whizz up cranberry juice (or flavoured cordial) with mandarins , crushed ice and a touch of lime for a sophisticated fruity pregnancy-safe tipple.
Pina Colada (Banana Style)
Mix part frozen (or part defrosted) banana, pineapple chunks and coconut milk to make a smooth, refreshing and delicious mock pina colada without any added sugars and without the risk of hangover.
*You could substitute coconut milk if you find this too heavy with an alternative such as Alpro Soya Coconut Milk.
Mix fresh orange juice with sparkling water, pour over ice and finish with a few mandarin segments and a piece of raw fresh ginger. Don’t forget to stir!
The Good Old Fashioned Smoothie
When is a smoothie not a smoothie? When it’s enjoyed out of a fancy glass with an umbrella rather than from a pint glass or sports bottle! Perfect for those avoiding bubbles a smoothie may be made with literally anything you fancy, from fruits to vegetables. Serve chilled and garnished for a special, tasty and healthy alcohol-free beverage.
It may sound boring but staying hydrated in pregnancy is important and a Christmas get-together tends to be busy, stuffy and far too hot. Enjoy a long refreshing glass of water with ice, a slice of cucumber and lemon or similar.
Remember that just because your drinks are alcohol-free doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with them. Get your funky straws, umbrellas and special glasses (with sugared rims of course) out and really enjoy yourself. You might find the drinkers eyeing up your drink in envy!
What’s your favourite non-alcoholic drink tip or recipe? We’d love to hear.