A Fresh + Festive Mocktail for Mamas-To-Be

Cranberry Basil Non-Alcoholic SpritzerI love entertaining even more during the holidays! Whenever I am hosting a gathering, I serve a signature cocktail that tastes just as good without alcohol. For Thanksgiving, this festive cranberry spritzer recipe is my go to. It’s delish, super simple to make and when displayed, adds a decorative touch to a holiday tablescape. I hope you enjoy! -Olivia

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. sugar
  • ½ c. basil leaves
  • 2 c. unsweetened cranberry juice
  • ¼ c. fresh lime juice
  • 1 L chilled club soda
  • 4 slice lime
  • 1 c. fresh cranberries
  • ½ c. basil leaves

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add 1/2 cup basil leaves, remove pan from heat, and let steep for 20 minutes.
  2. Strain syrup and let cool for at least 1 hour. In a large pitcher, combine syrup, unsweetened cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice.
  3. Fill pitcher with chilled club soda, then add lime slices, fresh cranberries, and 1/2 cup basil leaves. To serve, pour spritzers over ice, top each with a splash more club soda, and garnish with basil.

The original recipe is from CountryLiving.com

Quick and Easy Recipes for Pregnancy and Beyond

Guest Editor: Catherine McCord, Author + Blogger of Weelicious

My third pregnancy was filled with so many firsts. Kenya, my oldest, was old enough to really understand what’s happening inside my belly. Chloe, my second, was about to become a big sister for the first time. The kids and hubby waited on me hand and foot and I’d say they loved my pregnancy cravings as much as I did! They all thought it was funny that I had to have my daily pregnancy parfait every morning, and that I followed them around eating their leftovers. Somehow, I still had late night cravings for a smoothie. I try to keep a healthy balance of foods in my diet all the time, but with a baby camping out in my belly it felt even more important to listen to my body and stay healthy.
Catherine with family

Photo: Instagram / @weelicious

I also still had to feed a grown man and two children, so I made tons of dinners the whole family would enjoy and that required minimal prep, but that were fresh and wholesome. Here are a few of my favorite easy meals that satisfied my pregnancy cravings and my family during pregnancy number three:

Chilled Avocado Soup // Hummus Veggie Wraps // Superfood Salad // Pesto Pasta with Roast Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes // Asian Rice Bowls with Egg

When you’re pregnant, it’s also important to remember that getting your fat and calories from nutrient dense foods with tons of vitamins and minerals (and don’t forget those omega 3 fatty acids) is essential. If you decide to breastfeed your baby this is especially true. This is not the time to start dieting as you need to eat plenty of nutritious calories to keep up with milk production. A great way to get tons of vitamins and minerals is drinking a pregnancy smoothie! Here’s a recipe I love:Pregnancy Smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, frozen in chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup milk (almond, soy, or cow’s)
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon hemp, chai, or flax seeds, optional

Directions:

  1. Place ingredients in a blender and puree pushing down with spatula to combine between pulses (mixture is very thick so it may take a few minutes).
  2. Place in a tall glass and drink immediately or freeze for several hours to achieve the consistency of ice cream.
Photo: Instagram / @weelicious

Lastly, to keep you energized all day long after baby arrives here’s a few of my favorite snacks. The bonus? I can make them for my older kids too, so we’re all happy!

Avocado Toast // Sweet Potato Dippers // Breakfast Cookies // Brainy Breakfast // Veggie Garden Cups // Protein Bars

This blog post provides general information and discussion about health, diet, lifestyles and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. The views expressed on this post represent those of the blogger and not of Destination Maternity.

Four Things We Love // Winter 2014 Edit

With the long, cold days of winter remaining in the foreseeable forecast, weekends spent indoors are much to be adored. From comforting eats and cozy knits to adding a touch of brightness and nesting away, we hope you will find the following four things as fabulous as we do.

maternity sweater

Wake up to the sinfully delicious smell – and scrumptious taste – of Baked Cinnamon Raisin French Toast, hot out of the oven.

Wrap your bump in luxury by slipping into this Joie Maternity Sweater, the perfect topper for leggings, jeans or your coziest pajamas.

Put the dew back into your skin by dabbing on some highlighter for a refreshingly glowing look.

Bold, bright and beautiful, this orange and turquoise nursery is a fresh haven for your little one.

Four Things We Love // Fall 2013 Edit

Weekends are all about kicking back and taking a much needed breather. Whether you relax by running around town, meeting up with friends or simply curling up on the couch with a good book, hot drink and a comforting meal, we hope you enjoy every minute of it.

maternity sweater

Breakfast in bed never tasted so good thanks to Oatmeal Pancakes with Maple-Glazed Roasted Apples.

There may not be a more fall-perfect maternity sweater – we love the cut, the color, the whole thing.

Put away that flat iron; a messy-chic low bun is just what the weekend calls for.

We’re reading the inspiring book, Words That Matter, because if Oprah tells you it’s a must-read, it is.

4th of July Desserts

Fourth of July is the perfect occasion to try out some delicious dessert recipe – and satisfy those pregnancy cravings! Mixing seasonal ingredients like fresh berries, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and even star-shaped accents give your desserts a fun, patriotic look. Try the Fourth of July recipes below from Better Homes and GardensApple, Rhubarb, and Raspberry Pie with Almond Star Crust , Cherry Berry Shortcake StarsRed, White, and Blue Parfaits Photo Source: bhg.comFestive 4th of July Desserts_2015-07-28_16-28-33

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