There is just something so satisfying about the carbonated goodness of a cold drink at the end of a long day. But, I knew I wouldn't be one of those girls that would be totally comfortable indulging in a glass of champagne while preggo, at least not until I was past the halfway point. And with my sisters wedding just three weeks away, we'll just have to wait and see what happens with that.
All judgements aside, I knew I wanted to find a few 'virgin' options that I could keep on hand around home. A girl can totally drink Ginger Ale out of her favorite wine glass while she cooks dinner, right?
So, over the last five months, I've come up with a few go-to 'mocktails' that make this preggo Momma feel special when she needs a pick-me-up. Nothing super fancy, and they can all be found in grocery stores and travel well if you're headed to a friend's house, a party, or just kicking your feet up at home.
- Martinelli's Sparkling Cider: I am sure I'm not the first girl to buy a bottle of this when a little celebrating is in order. It's light, refreshing and even comes in a champagne-like bottle.
- Ginger Ale: For me, it doesn't really matter what brand it is. I stocked up on some mini cans at the beginning of my pregnancy to help combat the nausea that I never really ended up having. Now I like to have one or two each week just for something different. My favorite thing to do is pop one into the cupholder in my car for a road trip refreshment!
- Safeway Organics Italian Soda: My SIL introduced me to this 'mocktail' at our family Christmas celebration this past year, and I have had at least one bottle in my fridge at all times ever since. My favorite is the Blood Orange, but I have also tried Passionfruit. This stuff is light, fruity and easy to sip on! I definitely recommend trying it if you can find it in your area.
- Hot Chocolate: This list would not be complete without my favorite evening/dessert beverage. Since I am trying to keep my caffeine intake down, I am limiting my coffee drinking to just the mornings, so in the evening, if I want something warm and satisfying, I don't hesitate to prepare a hot cup of cocoa and top it with a bit of whipped cream!
So, if you're craving something other than water these days, I recommend giving each of these a try. I'm also open to any and all suggestions, ladies! Happy FRIDAY!