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Drink and Be Merry

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

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.

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