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Whether you're pregnant, in that in-between stage of early pregnancy (but not wanting to tell a single soul just yet) or you prefer to not drink, skipping alcohol can often feel like you have to miss out on the social aspect of drinking—or maybe you're feeling a little left out.

That's why we crafted a list of plant-based mocktail recipes from Drinking for Two: Nutritious Mocktails for the Mom-To-Be, a new book authored by registered dietitians Diana Licalzi and Kerry Criss. The best part? The recipes feature ingredients that are healthy for mamas during and after pregnancy.


Whether you're a martini, rose or mojito mama, here are our favorite alcohol-free mocktail recipes:

1. Mock-jito

Mock-jito

Ingredients:

  • 20 mint leaves
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 2 tsp light agave syrup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2⁄3 cup coconut water
  • 13⁄4 cup seltzer
  • 2 cups of ice
  • Additional mint leaves for garnish

Instructions:

1. Muddle mint leaves and lime wedges with the agave syrup and apple cider vinegar in the bottom of the shaker.

2. Add coconut water and ice. Shake vigorously.

3. Fill glasses with ice and divide the shaken mixture, including the muddled mint and lime wedges, between the two glasses.

4. Top with seltzer and stir.

5. Garnish with mint sprigs.

2. Grapefruit + rosemary fizz

Grapefruit + rosemary fizz

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup seltzer
  • 1 dash salt per serving
  • 2 rosemary sprigs for garnish

Instructions:

1. Blend the grapefruit juice, lime juice, salt and ginger.

2. Divide the mixture between two glasses filled with ice.

3. Top with seltzer and stir.

4. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, swirling in the glass to infuse flavor.

3. Smashing sage spritzer

Smashing sage spritzer

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries or cherries
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1⁄3 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup seltzer
  • 4 sage leaves
  • Additional blackberries and sage leaves for garnish

Instructions:

1. Muddle blackberries with sage leaves and honey in the bottom of a shaker.

2. Add lime juice and coconut water; fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously.

3. Divide the shaken mixture between two ice-filled lowball glasses.

4. Top with seltzer and stir.

5. Garnish with fresh sage and blackberries.


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4. No way rosé

No way ros\u00e9

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup white grape juice
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate juice
  • 1⁄2 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup seltzer
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients (except seltzer) to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously.

2. Pour into two wine glasses. Top with seltzer and stir.

5. Piña col-nada

Pin\u0303a col-nada

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (carton) (use more if needed to facilitate blending)
  • 1⁄4 cup coconut milk (canned)
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen cauliflower or cauliflower rice
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Pineapple or orange slices and sweet cherries for garnish

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients to the blender.

2. Blend on high until smooth and frothy.

3. Garnish with pineapple, orange slices or maraschino cherries.

6. Pumpkin pie mock-tini

Pumpkin pie mock-tini

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup canned pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3–4 pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Coconut whipped cream and ground cinnamon for garnish

Instructions:

1. Soak dates in water for 10 minutes to help facilitate blending.

2. Meanwhile, rim glasses with maple syrup and then dip into chopped walnuts.

3. Add all ingredients to a blender.

4. Blend on high for a longer period of time to break up the dates for evenly distributed sweetness.

5. Pour into prepared martini glasses.

6. Garnish with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

7. Plant-based hot chocolate

Plant-based hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2oz dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (canned)
  • 1 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1–2 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Coconut whipped cream for garnish
  • Optional: add a pinch of cayenne for a Mexican hot chocolate

Instructions:

1. Place the dark chocolate, coconut milk, non-dairy milk, desired syrup, vanilla bean and sea salt in a saucepan and slowly bring to a simmer as you stir. Don't allow the liquid to come to a boil, as this will impact the flavor of the chocolate and cocoa powder.

2. Add the cocoa powder and cinnamon to the saucepan. Whisk until the mixture is combined.

3. Simmer for 3–5 minutes.

4. Taste hot chocolate and add more syrup or nectar if you desire a sweeter drink.

5. Pour into mugs and top with coconut whipped cream.

As much as I love fall, it always feels like the season when my family's routine gets kicked into overdrive. With our oldest in (homeschool) kindergarten, my youngest on the brink of entering her twos, work, housework and *all the things* filling my day, it's hard not to feel a little overwhelmed sometimes. Did I mention we're still in a pandemic? (Yeah, it's a lot.) And while I try to take a positive view as much as I can, now more than ever I definitely jump at the chance to take anything off my busy plate.

One thing first in line at the chopping block? Cooking. To be fair, I like cooking. I cooked most of our meals long before I had ever even heard of social distancing. But there's something about the pandemic that suddenly made cooking every single meal feel exponentially more draining.

Enter Daily Harvest. They deliver nourishing, delicious food right to your door. Daily Harvest's mix of smoothies, bowls, flatbreads, snacks and more provide a balanced, whole food options that are as satisfying as they are nutritious. But my favorite part? When we're ready to eat, I simply pull the food from the freezer and it's ready in minutes—without any chopping, measuring or searching for a recipe. Even better, they're incredibly tasty, meaning I'm not struggling to get my girls to dig in. Not cooking has never felt so good.

Here are my 8 favorite products that are helping to lighten my load right now:

Mulberry + Dragonfruit Oat Bowl

Mulberry + Dragonfruit Oat Bowl

One thing that actually helps break up the monotony of quarantine? Trying and introducing new ingredients to my family. I love this overnight oat bowl (add milk the night before and let it set in your fridge overnight—easy-peasy!) because not only does it not compromise on nutrition, but it also helps me bring new whole fruits, vegetables and superfoods to the table with ease.

Mint + Cacao Smoothie

Mint + Cacao Smoothie

I kid you not, these taste exactly like a mint chocolate chip milkshake. (Just ask my 4-year-old, who is constantly stealing sips from my glass.) What she doesn't know? She's actually getting organic banana, spinach and chlorella with every sip. #momwin

Kabocha + Sage Flatbread

Kabocha + Sage Flatbread

Our family's eating habits have been leaning more plant-forward this year, which often means a lot of veggie washing, peeling and chopping every time I cook. That's why these flatbreads are my new best friend come lunchtime. This Kabocha + Sage Flatbread is made with a gluten-free cauliflower crust topped with kabocha squash, fennel and sage for a taste of fall in every bite. (Missing the cheese? You can add it before baking for more of a pizza feel.)

Kale + Sweet Potato Flatbread

Kale + Sweet Potato Flatbread

There's something about the combination of sweet potato crust topped with red cabbage, organic greens and an herby-cilantro sauce that is so delicious… like surprisingly delicious. I polished off this bad boy in seconds! And unlike other "veggie" crusts I've tried, these are actually clean (AKA no fillers, preservations, partially-hydrogenated oil or artificial anything). Plus, it couldn't be easier to throw in the oven between conference calls and homeschool lessons.

Cacao + Avocado Smoothie

Cacao + Avocado Smoothie

Any time I get to serve a breakfast that tastes like chocolate, it's a good day. (That goes double when it's *my* breakfast.) This rich, chocolatey smoothie is packed with organic zucchini, avocado, pumpkin seeds and pea protein for a nourishing mix of healthy fats and muscle-building protein so I can carry that baby all day long. And did I mention the chocolate?

Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl

Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl

Maybe it's just me, but after a long week of cooking, the last thing I want to do on Saturday morning is...wake up and cook. That's why these one-step breakfasts are saving my weekend. I simply add our favorite milk the night before and store the bowl in the fridge overnight. Come morning, I have a nutritious chia bowl that powers me through even the busiest day of errands. It's also Instagram-ready, which makes me feel like I'm out brunching (even if I can't remember the last time I was in a restaurant).

Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites

Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites

My kids have turned into snack monsters during quarantine, and I'm often struggling to find a wholesome option (that doesn't require a lot of extra cooking or else I resort to something ultra-refined and shelf-stable). These bites are the hero I never knew I needed. For one, they taste like cookie dough, but they're actually packed with chickpeas, pumpkin, dates and flax seed (among other whole ingredients). But unlike actual cookie dough, I don't have to go anywhere near my mixer to whip them up—all I have to do is pull the container out of the freezer, let them defrost a bit and we can all enjoy a treat.

Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

Sometimes I have a little more time to cook, but I still want a quick, stress-free solution. (Especially because it always feels like I just cleaned up from the last meal.) I love these Harvest Bowls because they warm up in under five minutes on the stove top (or microwave!) but pack tons of flavor. The Cauliflower Rice + Pesto bowl is one of my favorites, with basil, olive oil and nutritional yeast for a hearty dish reminiscent of a mouth-watering Italian meal. When I'm feeling extra fancy, I add leftover grilled chicken or a fried egg.

Strawberry + Rich, Rippled Berry Compote Scoops

Strawberry + Rich, Rippled Berry Compote Scoops

Who doesn't want to end the day with a little something sweet? This creamy and decadent frozen treat from Daily Harvest is swirled with sweet berries and tropical dragonfruit for an antioxidant burst you'll feel good about—but that your kiddos will just think is ice cream. Go ahead, take credit for being the best mom ever.

Want to try it yourself? You can get $25 off your first box of Daily Harvest with code MOTHERLY.

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9 products that will help baby sleep better (and longer!)

For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

How do I get my baby to sleep? This is one of the most commonly asked questions among new parents, and it makes sense, given that babies are born with their days and nights mixed up. For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

And while that might not exist (yet), we have found some of the best products out there that can help baby fall asleep faster and for longer durations. Because when baby is sleeping, so are you!

Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sack and swaddle

Designed by a mama, parents swear by this weighted sleep sack. It mimics your hug to give your baby security and comfort that helps them get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. The detachable swaddle wing makes it easy to transition as they grow.

It's also super easy to get on and off, and includes a bottom-up zipper for late night changes, so you don't have to wake your baby in the process.

$79

Yogasleep Hushh portable sound machine

Yogasleep hushh sound machine

With three soothing options, this is a perfect solution to help your baby settle when naps are on the go and during travel! I love how compact this noise machine is and that it can run all night with one charge.

$30

Bebe au Lait muslin crib sheets

Burt's Bees Organic Crib Sheets

With a variety of print options to choose from, these breathable sheets are *so* soft and smooth, even through multiple washes. The luxury fabric keeps little ones warm without overheating—a formula that helps ensure more sleep for everyone.

$32

The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

You know what's going to help baby have their best sleep ever? Some quality, super soft pajamas. The timeless (and aptly named!) Perfect Pajama from The Simple Folk are some of our favorites. They last forever and they're made from organic pima cotton that is safe on baby's precious skin. They come in a wide range of sizes so siblings can match and feature fold-over hand covers on sizes up to 12 months.

$37

The Snoo bassinet

Snoo

Designed by expert pediatrician and sleep guru Dr. Harvey Karp, the Snoo bassinet gently rocks your baby to sleep while snuggled up in the built-in swaddle. Not only does it come with sensors that adjust the white noise and movement based on your baby's needs, there is also an app that allows you to adjust the settings directly from your phone.

While this item is a bit on the expensive side, there is now an option to rent for $3.50 a day, which is a total game changer!

$1295

Hatch Baby Rest sound machine + nightlight

best baby sound machine

The Hatch Baby Rest is a dual sound machine and nightlight that will grow with your family. Many parents use this product with their infants as a white-noise machine and then as a "time to rise" solution for toddlers.

The thing I love most about this product is that the light it gives off isn't too bright, and you can even select different color preferences; giving your toddler choices at bedtime.

$59.99

Crane humidifier

Crane Humidifier

The only thing worse than a sick baby is a baby who is sick and not sleeping well. The Crane humidifier helps take care of this by relieving congestion and helping your baby breathe better while sleeping.

Personally, I think the adorable design options alone are enough of a reason to purchase this product, and your child will love watching steam come out of the elephant's trunk!

$46.99

Naturepedic organic crib mattress

Naturpedic Lightweight Organic Mattress

In the first few months of life, babies can spend up to 17 hours a day sleeping, so choosing a mattress that is safe (read: no chemicals!) and comfortable is incredibly important.

Naturepedic uses allergen-friendly and waterproof materials with babies and children in mind, making them easy to clean and giving you peace of mind.

$259.00

Happiest Baby sleepea 5-second swaddle

best baby swaddle

There are baby swaddles and then there is Sleepea. Similar to the brand's swaddle that is built into the Snoo, the Sleepea is magic for multiple reasons. First, it's got mesh panels ensuring baby never overheats. Second, the zipper zips from the top or the bottom, so you can change the baby's diaper in the middle of the night without ever waking them. Third, it's hip safe. Fourth, the patterns are SO cute. And fifth, the interior swaddle wrap that keeps baby's ams down has a "quiet" velcro that won't wake baby if you need to readjust while they're asleep.

$27.95

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