Happy (Birthday) Friday!
I’m writing you today from the other side of the halfway point to 70 years old. From the medical definition of “high-risk pregnancy.” From the ripe old age of 35! That’s right, you guys, I’m 29 weeks pregnant and 35 years old, so I’ve spent January celebrating my “high-risk pregnancy” and my upcoming (now past) birthday with some fantastic new recipes. Today, I’ve got three delicious alcohol-free mocktails to share with you (and a bonus smoothie!).
I also did some yoga and ate some delicious cupcakes on my birthday, but that’s a story for another day. Today, let’s talk about mocktails!
Mocktail #1: The YourGood’Elf Cocktail
The first mocktail on my list was the GYourGood’Elf Mocktail from FittaMamma. This one was straightforward and easy to make, but man, was it delicious. Ginger ale, grenadine, and orange juice over crushed ice equals refreshing, a little bit sweet, and easy on third trimester indigestion. As a bonus, since it has some vitamin C, I used the YourGood’Elf to chase down my iron supplements more than once this month.
Mocktail #2: The FittaFitta Pregnancy Cocktail
The FittaFitta Pregnancy Cocktail is another great recipe from FittaMamma. This one uses pineapple juice (yum!), grenadine, lime juice, and ginger ale. When I was a little girl, my mom and I would drink the pineapple juice when we opened canned pineapples. I used to feel so special when she’d share that pineapple juice with me! Now, decades later, drinking this pineapple juice mocktail gave me warm and fuzzy feelings.
Have you noticed my pretty mocktail glasses? I bought these in Germany from an Italian glass maker. They weren’t terribly expensive, but I think they’re just beautiful. They came in a multi-colored set, so each glass is a different color. They’re my very own “fancy glasses,” that I bought on a whim and have fallen totally in love with.
Inspired by another Millie who’s shared lots of wisdom with me and who’s cuddled Small Shaw more than over the last couple of years, I decided that my January mocktails should be served in my fancy glasses. If you need a good read (and a reason to break out your prettiest glassware), please hop over to Millie Magpie’s blog and read this post.
Mocktail #3: Nick’s Prickly Pear Preggo Punch
My amazing husband is from Arizona, where there’s this thing called a prickly pear. It’s a type of flowering cactus, from what I’ve been told, and they use the prickly pear flower to make syrup that’s used in all sorts of delicious treats like…well, margaritas. Nick introduced me to prickly pear margaritas early on in our relationship, and we’ve basically kept a jar of prickly pear syrup in the house (even in Germany, thank you to my in-laws!) ever since.
On my birthday, he usually cooks me anything I want for dinner. This year, my acid reflux has been so bad that I basically just haven’t been eating dinner. I’ll graze a bit in the evening, but my main meals come at breakfast and lunch. When he asked me what I wanted for birthday dinner, I told him all I really wanted was a fresh veggie tray (nope, I’m not kidding).
When he came home (early!) from work on my birthday, he fixed a veggie tray for me, beside which stood a pretty purplish-colored non-alcoholic cocktail. I knew immediately from the color that my sweet man had found a way to share prickly pear with me, minus the alcohol, on my 35th birthday. He’s a keeper, my husband.
I didn’t get a photo of the drink itself, but here’s a picture of our prickly pear syrup with what remained of the veggie tray at the end of my birthday.
And here’s the recipe for Nick’s Prickly Pear Preggo Punch:
- ginger ale approx. 1 Tablespoon prickly pear syrup
- approx. 1 Tablespoon prickly pear syrup
- shot glass worth of lime juice
- add ice, and top with ginger ale
- stir well — the prickly pear syrup is heavier than the other ingredients, and you don’t want it to settle.
Bonus Recipe: A Sweet Spinach Smoothie
I mentioned in the beginning of this post that I’d share a bonus smoothie recipe with you. This one’s close to my heart because it’s made with spinach, and spinach has iron in it. And because even after a month of regular red meat, lots of supplements, and lots of other iron-rich foods, my iron levels are still low. Wah-wah.
Don’t let the whole “this smoothie has spinach in it” thing fool you: this smoothie tastes really, really good. It uses a whole apple, a whole pear, and some apple juice, so you don’t even notice the flavor of the spinach. On the flip side, if you eat a whole apple, a whole pear, and some apple juice in a single sitting, you might get a sugar rush.
This recipe is definitely healthy, but since it makes two servings, I’d suggest sticking one in the fridge for the next day. Nobody wants to waste their pregnancy blood glucose on fruit juice, right? That’s what birthday cupcakes are for! 😉
Get more tasty smoothie recipes from FittaMamma right here!
I’m wearing FittaMamma’s Pregnancy Yoga Top in Light Pink!
29 Week Bumpdate
Unrelated to food and libations, things are going much better pregnancy-wise than they were a couple of weeks ago. Even though I’m still not totally over the head cold or sinus infection or whatever it is that I’ve been sick with, I’m feeling a lot better than I was. My energy is gradually coming back, and I’ve gotten back into the groove of regular workouts. This week I took a spin class and two power yoga classes, and last week, I tried a Body Pump class for the first time.
Read about how intimidated I was to try Body Pump for the first time, 28 weeks pregnant here!
It feels good to know that (birthday cupcakes excluded) I’m treating my body pretty well while I’m pregnant. Each week, I have to modify more exercises (no deep twists, lying on my back leaves me dizzy, etc.), but even with modifications and omissions, I think it’s awesome to have the general good health to be able to exercise through pregnancy. I’ve been eating lots of whole foods, and I’ve learned a lot this time around about how vital iron is to a healthy and active pregnancy.
Read more from MilliGFunk.com: Iron, It Isn’t Just for Pumping!
Thanks to my yoga classes, my balance and my awareness of my growing body is much better than it was with Small Shaw. And for reasons I don’t have any way of understanding (but am grateful for, nonetheless), I’ve not had the after breakfast dizzy spells or the black-outs I often had with Small Shaw.
I’ve gained a little more weight in this pregnancy than in my pregnancy with Small Shaw, but my doctor says that that’s very normal for a second pregnancy, no matter how active you stay. What’s strange to me (and gives me a little bit of encouragement), though, is that even though I’ve gained more weight, I think I actually look a little just as fit, and maybe even a little bit smaller this time than I did the first time around.
Another really cool thing about this pregnancy has been my ongoing relationship with UK-based maternity activewear company, FittaMamma. FittaMamma has been an incredible. They’ve sent me several sets of fantastic maternity workout clothes in exchange for me writing blog posts that document my healthy and active pregnancy. You can find their entire line of supportive maternity workout clothes in the FittaMamma Shop, but be sure to check out their free recipes and pregnancy exercise tips on their website, too!
I’m grateful for the ongoing opportunity as a blogger to work with such a fantastic brand. Come back every Friday to follow my second pregnancy with my #FittaMammaFriday posts!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FittaMamma, who has graciously outfitted me with maternity activewear for my active pregnancy. FittaMamma supports active mammas by offering exercise tips, recipes, and maternity activewear that holds and supports your baby bump!
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