Mother’s Day is around the corner and we have the best gift for expecting moms! Selected as one of Food Network's "Best Healthy Cookbooks of 2019" and as a "favorite must-read" by The Bump, Drinking for Two is perfect for pregnant women, the health-conscious new mom, or any woman just trying to stay healthy. Let’s dive in and find out why every mom-to-be needs this book!
How Drinking for Two was born
As dietitians interested in both pregnancy and alcohol-free living, we were struck by how few books on nutrition in pregnancy, including cookbooks, provide alternatives to alcoholic beverages or drink recipes beyond smoothies—even though they all say that alcohol should be avoided.
What’s more, mocktails and their alcoholic counterparts are often loaded with sugar, syrup, and other undesirable ingredients. Seltzer water is great, especially with all of the fun flavors out there, but will that quench your thirst for a margarita on Taco Tuesday? With all of this in mind, we set out to fill the gap and develop recipes that were not only free of alcohol but nutritious and flavorful.
This book combines Diana’s knack for recipe development, Kerry’s interest in nutrition during pregnancy, and our shared love of food, nutrition education, and a whole-food, plant-based approach to eating.
Unique elements of Drinking for Two
Drinking for Two contains over 45 nutritious, plant-based mocktail recipes carefully crafted with purpose to maximize flavor, deliver essential nutrients and antioxidants, and target common pregnancy symptoms, all leading to a healthy pregnancy.
The drinks are made with everyday items that you can find at your local food store and on the recipe pages, you'll see suggestions for using leftover ingredients to keep food waste to a minimum. Throughout the book, we highlight the benefits of various ingredients, particularly those that help manage common pregnancy symptoms like nausea and swelling. These recipes are suitable for anyone looking to cut back on their alcohol without feeling left out at parties and events—in fact, if you start serving these drinks, people will be coming to YOU for drink-spiration.
Why Drinking For Two is the perfect book for expecting moms
Chapter 1: Nutrition Primer
This book opens with a pregnancy-focused nutrition primer but also includes information relevant to women who are hoping to conceive, women who are postpartum, and even men. We cover a variety of topics regarding nutrition during pregnancy including plants vs. meat intake, fluids, alcohol, added sugars, caffeine, and even supplements. We also discuss how to manage common symptoms associated with pregnancy, such as the best ways to deal with morning sickness, constipation, swelling, cravings, and more. And lastly, we even briefly talk about the importance of pre- and post-partum nutrition.
Chapter 2: Making a Mocktail
In Chapter 2, we describe the tools and tricks of the “mocktail” trade. We aren’t expert mixologists, and we don’t expect you to be either! In this chapter, we help you get your kitchen set up so that you can make any of our drinks whenever the mood strikes. Here, we review the kitchen appliances, tools, and glassware you’ll need, teach you a few basic bartending techniques, and highlight a number of ingredients to have on hand.
In addition to avoiding added sugars, we want to avoid adding any stress to your routine with our drink recipes. You’ll find that our mocktails are easier to prepare than you might think—no prior bartending experience required! Most of our recipes only take a few minutes to throw together using ingredients, methods, and tools that are widely available.
45+ Healthy Mocktail Recipes
Next up, we have over 45 non-alcoholic drink recipes that were specifically crafted to support a healthy pregnancy. We did extensive research to make sure all of the ingredients we used were 100% safe to consume during pregnancy. We kept sugar to a minimum and maximized the nutritional content of every drink.
What's more, our recipes also use ingredients that can help tackle common pregnancy symptoms, like morning sickness, cravings, and swelling. For example, some recipes include ginger, an ingredient used for centuries as a way to combat nausea.
Our different sections of drinks include flat, bubbly, frozen apres-dinner (dessert!), warm comfort drinks, and batch drinks for special events. We also leave suggestions for using leftover ingredients so nothing goes to waste.
So, have we convinced you yet?? Drinking for Two includes quick-to-prepare recipes that feature plant-based and everyday ingredients that are healthy for mom and your baby. Whether for fun at a party or to put up your feet and relax at home, Drinking for Two has the perfect mocktail recipe. This book is truly a labor of love, and we hope you enjoy the recipes as much as they do. It's the perfect gift for moms-to-be, cheers!