Drink and Be Merry

These festive, delicious nonalcoholic beverages offer some pregnancy-friendly nutrition and plenty of holiday fun.

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Before you became PREGNANT, you probably didn’t think twice about enjoying a few glasses of wine or champagne during celebrations. But drinking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight and stillbirth, and can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, a combination of severe physical and mental defects. Since no one knows for sure if there is any safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, the best policy is to abstain altogether. Our array of virgin cocktails will be the hit of any party, so raise your glass and drink to your (and your baby’s) health!

White Raspberry Daiquiri Benefits: calcium and folate Serves 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes 1 cup frozen raspberry sorbet 2 cups white grape juice with calcium and added vitamin C 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 10 ice cubes 4 ounces sparkling apple cider fresh or frozen whole berries fresh mint sprig or candy cane for garnish (optional)

Combine all ingredients except apple cider in a blender. Blend at medium speed until smooth. Pour into wineglasses, stopping at least 1/2 inch from the rim. Top each glass with 1 ounce of sparkling apple cider. Float berries on top and garnish with mint sprig or candy cane, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving (6 1/2 oz.): 158 calories, % fat, 99% carbohydrate (39 g), 1% protein (.5 g), 2 g fiber, .5 mg iron, 18 mg calcium, 7 mcg folate.

Orange Snow Frost Benefits: calcium and folate Serves 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes 2 cups orange juice with calcium and vitamin D 1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 8 ice cubes 1/4 teaspoon almond extract or almond syrup (optional) 4 long strips orange zest and nutmeg for garnish 4 cinnamon sticks (optional)

Combine orange juice, frozen yogurt, cinnamon, ice cubes and almond extract in a blender and process at medium-low speed until smooth. Pour into four martini glasses or small tumblers. If desired, loosely tie a strip of orange zest around a cinnamon stick and place inside each glass as a garnish, then top with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Nutritional information per serving (6 oz.):

74 calories, 11% fat (1.5 g), 81% carbo-hydrate (1.5 g), 8% protein (2 g), .5 g fiber, .7 mg iron, 330 mg calcium,

30.5 mcg folate.

Sparkling Pear Cider Cocktail Benefits: fiber, calcium and folate Serves 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus freezer time (at least 4 hours) 2 cans pears in extra-light syrup 2 cups sparkling apple cider 8 ounces Kerns Peach Nectar (or flavor of your choice) 8 fresh or frozen berries of your choice (optional)

Make pear purée ice cubes one day prior to serving: Drain the canned pears and process in a blender until smooth. Pour the pear purée into an ice cube tray. (Try to find trays with fun shapes, like stars.) Place in freezer until completely frozen.

When ready to serve, remove eight purée cubes from the trays and place two in each of four standard-size champagne flutes. Fill each glass approximately 1/3 full with sparkling cider, top with 2 ounces of peach nectar and drop in two berries, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving (6 oz.): 172 calories, % fat, 100% carbohydrate (43 g), % protein, 7 g fiber, 1 mg iron, 28 mg calcium, 10 mcg folate.

Spiced Cran-Apple Cocktail Benefits: calcium and folate Serves 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes 1 quart apple juice 2 cinnamon sticks 8-10 whole cloves 4-6 whole allspice 4 ice cubes 1 cup 100% cranberry juice blend of your choice 4 cinnamon sticks and/or mint sprigs for garnish

Place apple juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice in medium pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then refrigerate for at least six hours. When ready to serve, fill four tumblers with ice. Pour 1/4 cup cranberry juice and 3/4 cup spiced apple juice in each tumbler. Place a cinnamon stick inside each glass for garnish. A mint sprig adds a nice touch.

Nutritional information per serving (8 oz.):

121 calories, % fat, 100% carbohydrate (21.5 g), % protein, .3 g fiber, .8 mg iron, 14 mg calcium, 5 mcg folate.

For more information on prenatal nutrition, visit www.fitpregnancy.com/yourpregnancy/452

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