Refreshing Orange, Ginger + Mint Mocktail

This is a refreshing summer mocktail that is perfect if you’re expecting, since it has a hint of ginger. The citrus and mint give this drink its zing, while the ginger helps keep nausea at bay. It’s perfect for your next summer soiree or to sip at home anytime:orangeginger

Ingredients:

  • oranges
  • 1 1/2cup demara [raw] sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 81-inch pieces ginger
  • bunch fresh mint
  • liter club soda
  • crushed ice

Directions:

  • Use a vegetable peeler to peel rind from oranges in thin pieces, taking care not to get white pith on rind. Cut oranges in half and squeeze juice into a 3-quart saucepan.
  • Add sugar and water to saucepan and place over medium high heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium. Add orange rind, ginger, and mint; simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain syrup, discarding solids. Store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up 1 week.
  • To make sodas, fill a tall glass halfway with crushed ice. Add 1/4 cup of orange-ginger-mint syrup to glass and top off with club soda. If desired, add a splash of orange-flavored vodka or spiced rum to glass before topping with club soda. Garnish with thin slice of orange and a couple of mint leaves. Recipe from: www.food52.com

Butternut Squash Bruschetta

FitPregnancy is one of our favorite resources for all things related to health and nutrition both during and after pregnancy. As the leaves begin to change and the weather cools down, we find ourselves craving delicious seasonal specialties including apples, cranberries, pumpkin and especially butternut squash!

Try FitPregnancy’s simple, vitamin-packed and oh-so-tasty recipe for Butternut Squash Bruschetta. Whether as a healthy snack for yourself or when you’re entertaining a crowd, it will not disappoint. Photo Source: fitpregnancy.comfitpregnancyIngredients:

  • 1/4 cup pureed butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ricotta
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced scallion white
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 6 slices whole wheat baguette toast brushed with olive oil and rubbed with garlic
  • Small handful baby arugula leaves, for garnish
  • Minced scallion green, for garnish
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Directions:

In a bowl, combine the squash, ricotta, lemon, parmesan and scallion white. Season with salt and pepper and spread the mixture on the toasts. Scatter with arugula leaves and garnish with the scallion green.

Click here for more on this recipe and additional ideas from FitPregnancy.

Ease the First Trimester “Queasies”

Refreshing AND can help to ease morning sickness? Sign us up! Fit Pregnancy provides this delicious and healthy drink recipe, which may help to ease some of the nausea that many expecting women experience during their first trimesters.

The super simple recipe only requires 4 ingredients:

  • 1 knob unpeeled raw ginger (about 3-4 inches), scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons organic honey
  • 8 ounces sparkling mineral water

To make syrup, place ginger and lime juice in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Cook uncovered until juice is reduced by one-quarter, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover pan and allow ginger to steep for 20 minutes. Strain liquid and discard ginger. Stir in honey; place syrup in a glass jar and refrigerate until ready to use. (Yields about 3⁄4 cup.) Put ice in a 12-ounce glass. Add mineral water and 2 tablespoons syrup. Stir and drink immediately.

View the complete recipe and more from Fit Pregnancy here.

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