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7 Caffeine-Free Hot Drinks For Mums-To-Be

Caffeine-Free Hot Drinks For Mums-To-Be

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Cozying up with a hot cup of coffee is part of the daily ritual for most people. However, that cannot be an option for those of us who are expecting. That doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy something as warm and comforting, if not more while adding some extra nutrition into your body. Below we have listed our pick of 7 warm and healthy drinks for women who want to stay away from caffeine while pregnant.

1. Golden Milk With Saffron And Turmeric

Golden Milk With Saffron And Turmeric 

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This drink is all you need to cure everything from inflammations to common cold. It also elevates your mood. What’s more? Golden milk can be prepared in mere 5 minutes.

List of ingredients:

  • A cup of milk (dairy or otherwise)
  • A pinch of ground turmeric powder
  • A pinch of ground ginger powder
  • Cardamom pods
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 2 or 3 saffron strands
  • Honey (according to your taste)

Directions

To a saucepan, pour a third of the milk and heat it up. Turn the heat off before the milk starts to boil. Mix all the above spices to this and stir until it blends. Add the remaining milk to the pan and warm it on medium heat for around 4-5 minutes. And voila! You could also add sugar to this drink according to your preference.

2. Mulled Apple Juice

Mulled Apple Juice

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Why crave caffeine when you can have something as good as this mulled apple juice? In addition to fresh apple juice, a bunch of interesting spices gives this drink extra heat and jazz.

List of ingredients:

  • 1 liter of apple juice
  • Orange peel strips
  • A cinnamon stick (save more for garnish, if required)
  • 2-3 cloves
  • Honey, sugar, or maple syrup (according to your taste)

Directions

Heat the apple juice in a pan for 5 to 10 minutes, until it simmers. Make sure to add the orange strips, cinnamon, and cloves to the pan to bring out all the flavors. Add honey, sugar, or maple syrup to it as per your preference. You could garnish each drink with a cinnamon stick and an orange peel.

3. Vegan Hot Chocolate

Vegan Hot Chocolate

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Pregnancy time calls for everything healthy. So we bring you this delicious rich hot chocolate that is completely vegan and gluten-free.

List of ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of maca powder
  • 1 ½ cup of almond milk (or any other vegan milk of your choice)
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of coconut oil
  • Maple syrup (to taste)
  • A pinch of salt (to enhance the flavor)

Directions

Mix all the above ingredients in a blender. You could also whisk them manually. Heat up the mixture in a saucepan over medium flame while stirring continuously. You could add more cocoa powder according to your taste. Take the pan off the heat once you are satisfied with the consistency of the hot chocolate. Top each drink with dairy-free choco chips or dark chocolate shavings, and enjoy!

4. Spiced Almond Milk

Spiced Almond Milk

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If you are a lover of spices, then this next recipe is guaranteed to satiate your cravings during pregnancy. In addition to stabilizing the blood sugar, spiced almond milk also helps your body unwind and destress (1).

List of ingredients:

  • A cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • A quarter of a tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of almond butter
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup
  • Cayenne pepper (to your preference)
  • Ground ginger (to taste)

Directions

Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan. Warm it over medium flame and blend the mixture. You could also transfer the mixture into a blender after heating, as it adds a light froth to your drink. Serve it hot.

5. Fresh Mint Tea

Fresh Mint Tea

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There is nothing like a cup of peppermint tea to awaken your senses. Unlike dried tea bags, tea that is brewed with fresh mint leaves releases natural mint oils that are packed with flavor.

List of ingredients:

  • A cup of filtered water
  • 3-5 fresh mint leaves
  • I-2 tsp of honey or sugar (to taste)
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Directions

Heat the water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Now take the pan off the heat and add the mint leaves. Soak the leaves for around 3 minutes, according to your desired strength of mint flavor. You could serve it hot or fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the drink after.

6. Bone Broth

Bone Broth

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A cup of delicious warm bone broth is all you need to revamp your energy and get rid of your exhaustion.

List of ingredients:

  • ½ kg of bones that you can get from your local butcher
  • 3 ½ liters of water
  • 2 tbsp of original apple cider vinegar
  • 1 onion cut in half
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • Fresh herbs and spices (as per your taste)

Directions

Add the above ingredients into a large pot or slow cooker over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil. Make sure to remove any scum that rises to the top of the pot. Now put the lid on and heat it on a slow simmer for 24 hours. Then remove the pot off the heat. Strain the broth by removing all the bones and vegetables. You could store the broth in the freezer or refrigerator.

7. Warm Beet Juice

Warm Beet Juice

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A glass of fresh beetroot juice is an excellent drink, especially when you are pregnant. Not only is it packed with nutrients, but it also tastes refreshingly delicious.

List of ingredients:

  • 1 cup of peeled and chopped beetroot
  • A quarter cup of chopped tomato
  • A quarter cup of peeled and chopped carrot
  • A small piece of peeled ginger
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 cups of water

Directions

Add all the above ingredients into a saucepan and heat it over high flame until the vegetables are soft. Now turn the flame off and set it aside for 5-10 minutes. Run the mixture in a blender. Strain it to remove any solid pieces and serve warm.

We hope that our list of 7 caffeine-free hot drinks for expecting mothers helps you stay away from chugging several cups of coffee during pregnancy. Share your recipes, if you have any, in the comments section.

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Mitha Shameer

Mitha is passionate about writing on topics related to women and children. She loves to present the brighter side of life to her readers in the form of her articles. She writes on games, stories, arts & craft, celebrations and more for MomJunction. When she isn't glued to online shopping websites, she loves reading books and watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S.