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Memorial Day “mocktails” for expecting moms

Sip in summer with drinks so fun and tasty that you’ll forget you skipped adding the alcohol


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May 15, 2017

     


Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for many people. And it’s common for that to mean barbecues and parties nearly every weekend. While those often include drinking alcohol, it’s important to provide social environments where it’s okay to not drink. This is especially true if you or someone else at the party is an expecting mother.

“There is no known safe amount of alcohol for pregnancy,” HealthPartners OB-GYN Adrienne Richardson, MD, said on a recent episode of the podcast Mom Enough. “That’s why we recommend that pregnant women avoid all alcohol. Not even a single glass can be considered safe.”

Unfortunately, some people disregard that recommendation and believe that alcohol is not dangerous for expecting mothers. In a 2015 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10.2 percent of pregnant women self-reported that they had drunk alcohol in the past month. But Dr. Richardson says alcohol use during pregnancy is likely even higher at 12 to 15 percent. And 3 to 5 percent of women continue to binge drink during pregnancy.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a medical condition that affects an unborn child when the mother drinks. The fact is that this condition makes for a difficult start to life for babies who are born with it. They can have physical defects as well as brain-based disabilities, both of which lead to learning and behavior problems as they grow older.

So Dr. Richardson stresses: Make your summer fun and festive without being so focused on alcohol! Wondering how? We’ve collected and taste-tested 5 easy mocktail recipes from Momjunction that are a good place to start:

1) Pineapple Orange Mocktail

You will need:

  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple juice
  • A quarter cup of fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped

How to make it:

  1. In a glass, combine the crushed pieces of ice and pineapple juice.
  2. Then pour the orange juice.
  3. Stir in 1 teaspoon of honey.
  4. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  5. Shake hard and serve.

2) Holiday Shirley

You will need:

  • ¼ cup of orange juice
  • ½ cup of lemon-lime soda
  • Grenadine
  • Cherry for garnishing

How to make it:

  1. Mix lemon-lime soda and orange juice in a glass.
  2. Then add 2 teaspoon of grenadine.
  3. Garnish the mocktail with cherry and serve.

3) Virgin Mojito

You will need:

  • 10 fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • Ice cubes
  • ½ can of lemon-lime soda
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish

How to make it:

  1. In a tall glass, add crushed mint leaves, sugar and lemon wedges.
  2. Then use a wooden spoon to release the juice from lemons.
  3. Add the ice cubes and then top it with lemon-lime soda.
  4. Mix well and garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices.

4) Virgin Pina Colada

You will need:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple diced
  • 1 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 3 cups of ice cubes
  • Pineapple wedges for garnishing

How to make it:

  1. In a blender, blend banana, pineapple pieces, pineapple juice, ice and coconut milk.
  2. Pour the mixture into the glasses and garnish with pineapple wedges.
  3. Serve immediately.

5) Ombré Grapefruit Mocktail

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of chilled grapefruit juice
  • 1 can of chilled lemon-lime soda
  • 2 tablespoons of simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of Grenadine
  • Ice

How to make it:

  1. Add 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice in a tall glass.
  2. Then add 2 tablespoons of simple syrup to it.
  3. Top each glass with lemon-lime soda.
  4. Then stir in a teaspoon of grenadine and serve.
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