A couple of weeks ago I received a copy of Drinking for Two: A Collection of Nutritious Cocktails for the Mom-to-Be. Before I go any further, let me just say that NO, I am NOT pregnant. However, I know that a lot of my followers are new or expecting mamas and I like to make sure I'm providing useful information for everyone around here! Anyway, Drinking for Two was created by two dietitians who felt like moms-to-be deserved a book filled with delicious and nutritious mocktail recipes. The drinks are all plant-based and non-alcoholic, low in sugar, and easy to prepare. I've included a link at the end of the post so you can shop the book - it would make a great gift for a mom-to-be!
With the holiday season upon us, it's time for holiday parties, Thanksgiving meals, Friendsgiving celebrations, and everything else that comes with this joyful time of year. We've got parties and we're entertaining left and right. We're eating, we're drinking, and generally being overindulgent. But what happens when you can't (or don't want to) drink alcohol? It doesn't mean you have to be left out! I teamed up with Dr. Jenny Schell of Concierge Postpartum Care, and we made one of the delicious recipes from Drinking for Two, and chatted about all the different reasons why we might not drink on a particular day. You can check out our video here. Our answers ranged from pregnancy, to being on antibiotics, to being sensitive to those around you who cannot or do not drink, and to having to be up bright and early the next morning because your kids are still going to be up at 6 am (that's me!).
This drink is perfect for the holidays and would pair well with a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. It's got cranberry, citrus, and thyme. It's also got ginger, so if you're suffering from nausea during your pregnancy, this could be a good one for you! Plus, it's really tasty! Dr. Schell and I were very pleasantly surprised when we tried it.
So whatever your reason, mix up a couple glasses of this, and I promise you will be grateful in the morning!
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tsp ginger, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup 100% cranberry juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1 cup seltzer
Additional thyme and cranberries for garnish
If you want to make a version with alcohol, I would add 2-3 oz of vodka to this!
Last week I shared my recipe for pumpkin cheesecake, which is something I make every year for Thanksgiving. The first year I made it, the cheesecake cracked, and I was so bummed. Being the perfectionist that I am, I needed to figure out a way to cover it up. Enter salted caramel! I used it to fill in the cracks and make the cheesecake look prettier, but it made the cheesecake EXTRA tasty, so it has become a permanent addition to the recipe. It's also nice to have a little extra in the fridge to add to your coffee in the mornings (trust me on this).
This one is from Two Peas and Their Pod and it's one of the easier ones I found (you guys know I'm all about simplicity!). The most important thing is to watch the sugar. If you let it go too long you'll get super hard caramel. If you don't let it go long enough it will be grainy and chunky. So make sure the kids are occupied when you do this!
Salted Caramel Recipe
For the last couple of years, we have hosted Thanksgiving in our home. It is something I absolutely love to do, and it's the one day a year where I really enjoy going all out. I love to set my table and create a welcoming setting for our loved ones to enjoy. I love to make our Thanksgiving spread a really classic, traditional Thanksgiving meal. Turkey, stuffing, sweet potato, the works. But since I know that not everyone is a huge fan of pumpkin pie, I wanted a twist on a classic Thanksgiving staple.
My cousin Olga makes this incredible Pumpkin Cheesecake, so the first year we hosted, I asked her for the recipe. I've really enjoyed making this cheesecake year after year, and you can bet that I'll be making it again this Thanksgiving! I like to top it with Salted Caramel - it really gives it an incredible flavor.
I haven't quite figured out how not to make it crack, but it tastes amazing regardless, so if you're on the hunt for a delicious dessert recipe for Thanksgiving, look no further!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 20 single square crackers)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 packages (8 oz each) Neufchatel cream cheese (softened)
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 can (16 oz) solid pack pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
Let me know if you make this favorite of ours! I'd love to know how it turns out!
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Check out some of my other Thanksgiving posts:
My Thanksgiving Tablescape
Classic Bread Stuffing
Salted Caramel Recipe
Here's a snack your kids will love. I used to make these for Caleb all the time when he was younger, but it had been a while since I last made them! I forgot how much he liked them. Today I made a batch and not only did he really like them and asked me to put them in his lunchbox for snack tomorrow, but Chloe liked them a lot, too - and she is my picky eater.
They're pretty simple to make and they're a healthy alternative to chips and goldfish!
We were provided with a jar of Pic's Peanut Butter in exchange for our honest opinion.
Deconstructed Smoothie Bowl
1/2 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp of your favorite peanut butter
Fresh fruit (we used strawberries and blueberries)
1 tbsp local honey (only if baby is over 1 year old)
1/2 tsp chia seeds
Click below for the printable version!
It's so easy and Chloe has devoured this every time I've prepared it for her.
I first tried Pic's Peanut Butter a couple of years ago and we loved it. It's an Australian company that only uses 100% Australian Hi Oleic peanuts. This smooth no-salt peanut butter (they have a salted option, and a crunchy one, too), is so smooth and has such a rich, nutty flavor. The ONLY ingredient in this particular one is peanuts. That's IT. So I know exactly what it is that I am giving my kids.
I like to use local honey because it helps with allergies and also because I want to support local growers as much as possible. The one we buy is an Orange Blossom Honey and it's delicious.
Let me know if you try this recipe, and how your kids like it!