Holiday “Cocktail” for Pregnant Mommies

I always enjoy a glass of wine or Sangira with my Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and Champagne to toast in the New Year. Well, this Holiday Season, I have to forgo my wine and champagne. I’m excited to be pregnant again, AND I get to indulge in my favorite non-alcoholic beverage! During my first pregnancy, someone made this drink for Christmas, and it was sooo good.

I don’t have a name for the drink, but it’s festive and a perfect substitute “cocktail” for pregnant ladies during the holiday season. And just so you know…this Holiday Cocktail should not be limited to pregnant moms…it’s perfect to serve to your guests who don’t drink alcohol at all.

All you need is 100% Cranberry and Pomegranate juice (It doesn’t matter if they are separate or come mixed together), Club Soda, lime, and your favorite cocktail glass.

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Mix your juice and club soda into a pitcher and stir. This Thanksgiving I used the Kroger Brand Club Soda, but any brand will work. Chill for at least 30 minutes. When it’s time to eat, or time for the toast, pour the drink into your glass and add a lime. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

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Fresh Mango Salsa

I love chips and salsa on a lazy weekend, and it’s also one of my favorite recipes to make from scratch. I used a “Southwest Salsa” recipe as a basis to get started and experiment with. The southwest salsa came out spicy, and while I like spicy foods, I prefer to have a milder and sweeter salsa. After experimenting with a few different variations of the salsa, I finally found the right flavor for my family and our guests. Hope you salsa lovers enjoy this simple and convenient recipe!

  • Batch of vine tomatoes (Usually about 4-6 tomatoes)
  • 1-2 mangos
  • 1/4 cup of red onion (Add more if you like red onion)
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro
  • Small cam of chipotles in A0dobo Sauce
  • Small can of diced mild green chilis
  • 2 limes
  • Salt (if needed)

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Cut up tomatoes, mangos, red onion and cilantro and add to blender. One mango will suffice, but if you like a sweeter salsa, use two mangos.  Drain the liquid from the adobe and green chilies and add to the blender. (For a spicier taste, use the whole can of adobe chili. For a less spicy flavor, use 1/2 can or less.)  Add the two limes and then pulse the ingredients.

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This amount can last a week, so eat it with tortilla chips, add to chicken, nachos, eggs – any dish that goes well with salsa.

5 Day Breakfast Plan – Fresh & from Scratch

Prepare your breakfast for the entire work week. Yep! This delicious smoothie will make your busy mornings easier when all you have to do is toss all of the ingredients in the blender and enjoy. And, you start your day off with some of the most healthy fruits and vegetables. Over the years I’ve added a boiled egg, turkey bacon, or Belvita breakfast bars on the side so that I can stay full until it’s time for a mid-morning snack or early lunch.

Below are the basic ingredients for the smoothie, and you can add more or less of your favorite fruits and/or vegetables. Each bag can serve two people:

  • 1 large container of fresh spinach
  • 1 bag of baby carrots
  • 2 containers of fresh strawberries OR 1 container of strawberries and 1 container of another berry
  • 1 batch of bananas (Or enough for at least two bananas a day)
  • 100% cranberry or apple juice (Depends on your preference)
  • Protein such as Peanut Butter Powder or Chai Seeds (Optional)
  • 5 Gallon-sized Ziploc Bags

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You will add your bananas, juice and protein the day of, so put those ingredients away.

In the meantime, clean and rise your spinach, carrots, and strawberries.

Cut the tops off your strawberries and open up five bags.

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Evenly distribute the strawberries/berries.

Add about a handful of spinach and a handful of carrots to each bag.

Make sure your bags are sealed tightly, and now you have breakfast ready, Monday – Friday.

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In the morning, empty a bag into the blender and then add two bananas, protein powder (if available), about 8 oz of juice, and ice. You can adjust the amount of juice and ice for your tasting preference.

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

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