One of the most important things to consider during pregnancy is to keep yourself well-hydrated. During workouts, frequent trips to the washroom, and morning sickness, there is a loss of water.
However uncomfortable they may be, replenishing these salts and water is essential for your health as well as the baby’s development. Are you bored of switching to just water for your hydration requirements? Don’t worry! This article is dedicated to bringing you 10 refreshing beverages that are hydrating, delicious as well as nutritious. Let’s get started, shall we?
1. Mint-Melon Mocktail
Heartburns are common during pregnancy. Especially during the summer months, the occurrence of dizziness and fainting may increase. To avoid these symptoms, it is important to stay cool within. For that, we have brought this refreshing mocktail filled with the goodness of watermelon and mint!
Watermelon contains high water content which helps flush out the waste toxins from the body. The intake of watermelon through a liquid form will also help with morning sicknesses and swelling.
Mint helps in cooling and relieving morning sickness. It is the perfect herb to enhance the flavor, as well as the striking aroma of mint, which will relieve headaches and heartburns.
- 4 cups watermelon; cut into cubes
- ½ cup red grape juice/syrup
- ½ cup tonic water
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- ½ sliced lemon
- Toss the cubed watermelons, red grape juice, tonic water, and mint leaves in a high-speed blender. When blended well, pour them into a glass along with ice cubes.
- Squeeze half a lemon or garnish it with some fresh orange zest.
2. Basil-Strawberry Lemonade
This amazingly berry-licious lemonade is a must-have! Strawberries are rich in antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin C, and folate which help in delivering all the essential nutrients to you and your baby for healthy development.
Basil is a wonder herb for expecting mothers! Full of proteins, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and potassium, basil can be safely used as a delicious seasoning in your drinks.
Lemon works for both nutritional requirements like Vitamin C, folate, and potassium as well as provides the sour-tarty taste we crave during these essential months!
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup fine brown sugar
- 10-12 strawberries
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
- 3 cups of water
- Wash the strawberries well and remove their tops. Squeeze around 8-10 fresh lemons. We have mentioned brown sugar but you can also use white. Make sure to keep the sugar levels minimum. Toss all the ingredients and water into the blender and churn until smooth.
- Pour into a glass with some ice cubes and relish all the way!
3. Peachy Punch
This tropical drink will not fail to refresh you! Peach is considered as a safe fruit if consumed in moderation. It is considered to be rich in iron, potassium, pectin, and natural sugars which is beneficial for the baby.
We have added some vanilla ice cream to create a creamy texture and apple juice which is a great antioxidant. This drink is not only nutritious but also very hydrating.
- 1 cup fresh cubed peaches
- ½ cup vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup apple juice
- 3-4 thin sliced lemon
- Blend the peaches, ice cream, and apple juice together until smoothly blended.
- Pour into a glass with 3-4 crushed ice cubes and garnish it with sliced lemons.
Coconut milk is considered to be one of the best drinks for expecting mothers with its richness in calcium, protein, and Vitamin C. This amazing shake will not only serve as a delicacy but will also keep you full for long!
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream
- 2 tsp chocolate syrup
- 4-5 ice cubes
Alternative: you can also prepare this drink using low-fat cow’s milk and shredded coconut if you do not have coconut milk.
- Blend all the ingredients well until creamy and smooth.
- Pour into a glass and top it by dripping some chocolate sauce and whipped cream (optional). Enjoy this thick and creamy shake!
5. Citrus Goodness
Citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C which helps in the development of your baby’s bones. If you are suffering from morning sickness and digestive problems, the fiber content in citrus fruits will help you a lot. This juicy drink is so refreshing and nutritious that it will give you all the required amount of Vitamin C required in a day.
- 2 Valencia oranges
- 1 Grapefruit
- ½ cup raspberries
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 squeezed lemon
- Blend the oranges, grapefruit, and raspberries until smooth.
- Pour into a glass or a mason jar and mix 2 tsp of honey to balance the sweetness and the sourness. Finally, squeeze some lime and add ice cubes.
5. Ginger-Honey Hydrate
Studies have shown that ginger, when consumed in small amounts can help with nausea and morning sickness. Plus, ginger contains anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties. When mixed with honey, this beverage becomes even more delicious and healthy. Honey is an excellent alternative to refined sugars and contains antioxidant benefits. This drink is warm and hydrating at the same time!
- 1 gram grated ginger
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 4 cups of water
- 1 lemon
- Pour four cups of water into a glass and add grated ginger. Mix honey and apple cider vinegar and squeeze one lemon.
- Let all the ingredients sit for 15 minutes.
- Strain the ginger well,
- Relish the drink and add ice cubes (optional)
6. Kiwi Krush
If you are hesitant to consume Kiwi during pregnancy, relax. Kiwi is a safe fruit as well as full of Folic acid and Iron. In this beverage, we have mixed Kiwi with lychee syrup. However, you can also mix it with grape or apple juice. With crushed ice, this is a perfect beverage for hot summers. The drink is extremely easy and quick to make, which is perfect for quick thirst-quenching!
- 1 peeled kiwi fruit
- ¼ cup lychee syrup
- ½ cup tonic water
- ½ sliced lemon
- Crushed ice
- 2 cups water
- Mash the kiwi pulp and strain the juice well in a glass. You can also retain the pulp.
- Add the lychee syrup, water, and tonic water and mix well.
- Add crushed ice and finally squeeze half a lemon to enhance the flavor.
7. Go Green
Why switch only to fruits for beverages? Vegetables are equally delicious and nutritious when squeezed into juices and smoothies. We bring you this drink with healthy leafy spinach which is a storehouse of vitamins and minerals like Folate, Iron, and Vitamin A.
Bananas pose as another great source of fiber, potassium, and Vitamin B6 keeping your bowel healthy and preventing digestive ailments. If you are in the early months of pregnancy, Bananas can also help with nausea, constipation, and morning sickness.
Carrots burst with beta-carotene and Vitamin A is an excellent source of developing the baby’s vital organs like eyes and skin. This bright, yummy vegetable is also great when blended into smoothies and juices.
Coconut water is a healthy and nourishing alternative to regular water. They are extremely hydrating and fight fatigue and morning sickness.
Lastly, we add some chia seeds to this healthy smoothie. Chia seeds are nutritious, full of antioxidants and fiber giving an extra healthy boost to this drink.
- 1 cup spinach
- ½ cup carrots
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cucumber
- Wash the spinach well and blend them with peeled cut carrots, cucumber, banana and coconut water, and chia seeds.
- Pour them into a glass or a mason jar. Relish it with ice cubes to make it cold.
8. Carrot-Beetroot Relish
No doubt, carrots are boosted with beta-carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin K1, Fiber, Potassium, and antioxidants. Carrots reduce the risk of various types of cancer, improves eye health, boost the immune system, and helps in fetal development.
When this juicy, orange vegetable is mixed with the dark red, full of nutrition beetroot, this drink becomes a rich habitat of vitamins and minerals. Beetroots are rich in Folic acid, Iron, and Nitrate that helps with boosting stamina.
This drink can also be enhanced by adding orange and an apple to make it even more delicious and healthy.
- 2 large carrots
- 1 beetroot
- 1 peeled orange
- 1 large cubed apple
- Peel the carrots and cut them into cubes. Similarly, peel the beetroot and cut them into cubes. Peel the oranges and apples. Remove the core of the apple and the seeds.
- Blend them together at high speed until smooth. If you find fiber particles, strain them well.
- Finally, pour them into a glass or a mason jar and add ice cubes. You can also mix 1 tsp honey (optional) for a sugar alternative.
9. Berry Delicious Mango Smoothie
Craving a tropical smoothie to get yourself in a vacation mood? This smoothie is all you need to relax and savor! This smoothie contains blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries, which are all a burst of Vitamin C, Folate, antioxidants, Fiber, and Potassium.
Mangos are not only luscious but also safe and beneficial for the baby. This is because it contains nutrients like Folate, Vitamins B6, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. Mangoes also give all the energy required during pregnancy but if you are trying to maintain weight, you might want to cut down on some amounts as they are high in calories. Nonetheless, we would not recommend you to miss this lavishing smoothie!
- 1 cup cubed mangoes
- 3-5 raspberries
- 4-5 strawberries
- ¼ cup blueberries
- ½ orange
- 1 tsp granola/ oats
- Peel and cut the mangoes into cubes. Wash the berries well and remove their stem or leaf top. Peel the orange. Mix all the fruits into a high-speed blender until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and sprinkle some granola or oats to make it crunchy. Enjoy!
10. The Breakfast Beverage
Wondering what could give you a healthy boost right in the morning? Not only is this smoothie delicious and tasty, but full of nutrients to provide you with the energy and goodness you need throughout the day!
Bananas are a great source of fiber, proteins, Vitamin B6 and Folate. How can we miss the fact that bananas provide an instant boost of energy that you will need for your Yoga or gym classes scheduled throughout the day?
Dates provide a healthy alternative to sugar. The fructose present in dates breakdown to energy-giving sugars maintaining blood sugar levels and avoiding fluctuations. Consuming dates during pregnancy is said to ease labor, boost immunity, prevent anemia and iron deficiencies, prevent calcium deficiency, and help with morning sickness.
Oats are great sources of dietary fiber that keep you full for a long. This is why it is popularly eaten in breakfasts. Not only that, oats help in keeping the digestive system healthy by promoting smooth bowel functions.
Lastly, we add some delicious Peanut Butter which we are sure, you will relish. Peanut butter is a good source of healthy natural fats, proteins, and Folate that helps with fetal development. Plus, it just makes our smoothie extra mouth-watering!
- 1 cup cold almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1 banana
- 2 tsp peanut butter
- ½ cup oats
- 4-5 dates
Alternative: you can also use low-fat milk or coconut milk if you do not have almond milk. Make sure the milk is unsweetened as we are already acquiring natural sugars from dates and peanut butter.
- Slice the dates and remove the seeds. Add the milk, banana, dates, and oats to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour it into a glass and mix peanut butter.
- Sprinkle some chopped almonds, cashews, and walnuts (optional) to make it extra crunchy and satisfying.
We hope you liked these 10 flavourful refreshing beverages. We recommend you confirm the consumption of the ingredients once with the doctor to prevent allergies or side effects. Enjoy these wonderful bursts of healthy drinks and stay well-hydrated!
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