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Enjoying the routine of 'coffee' without the caffeine

For a lot of us during our pregnancy journey, it can feel like we’re being pressured into giving up some of the tastier things in life... Just because you’re trying to do right by your body and baby, it doesn’t mean you can’t continue to enjoy new and delicious beverages.

During my first trimester, I completely went off coffee and this was a big change for me as I have been a passionate, daily coffee drinker for years! Now in my second trimester, I am personally aware of the effects of caffeine on my body and have explored different drink options to keep things interesting. Personally caffeine is something I am actively avoiding throughout pregnancy however it is important to acknowledge that we are all different and what may be the right decision for me does not have to be the right decision for you.

Here are a few of my personal all-time fave pregnancy lovin’ drink recipes that don't compromise on taste and help to promote health and balance in your body!

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Chai Latte Mix


  • 700ml-800ml canned pumpkin puree

  • 6 - 7 tsp cinnamon powder

  • 3 - 4 tsp nutmeg powder

  • 3 - 4 tsp ginger powder

  • 1 1/2 tsp of ground cloves

  • 4 tbsp sugar (sugar syrup)

  • 4-8 tbsp water (sugar syrup)

  • A few shakes of black pepper

Instructions: 1. Heat a deep pan or pot on low to medium heat setting (150F/250F)2. Add spices to pan and cook for 30 seconds - 1 minute 3. Add pumpkin puree to pan/pot and cook for 3-4 minutes to cook out the raw pumpkin flavour 4. Mix the sugar syrup and add in 5. Add additional water to fill out the mixture as needed 6. Add the black pepper (if desired) to taste 7. Cook on low for 10-15 minutes, stirring often 8. TASTE - add more spices/sugar as desired 9. Transfer to container/s and allow the mixture to cool. 10. Keep your chai mix in the fridge for easy use, extra mixtures can be stored in the freezer

Winter Warmer Hot Cocoa

Healing Hot Toddy

Cucumber Mint Fizz

Mama's Golden Milk

Creative Hot Chocolate

Heading into a New Zealand winter, nothing is more comforting than brewing up a nurturing and comforting drink to start the day or wind down with in the evening. These recipes are also great to make in batches as part of your postpartum meal prep!


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