Fertility Friendly Mocktails for Spring
The sun is staying out longer and the weather is getting warmer. It’s the perfect time for going out in the warm evenings, spending time with friends, or just kicking back at home with your favorite beverage. Unfortunately, when it comes to your fertility, it’s probably best to keep your favorite cocktails off your home bar for a while. Studies like the one done by the NIAAA show that even a little alcohol lowers female fertility. For that reason, your nurse or doctor might recommend you cut back on adult beverages or cut them out altogether while you are preparing to freeze your eggs. With Spring officially here we don’t want you to miss out on tasty cocktails after work or being able to have your girls over for drinks and a GOT binge. We know that having your downtime and kicking back whether it’s on your own or with your crew is important, maybe even vital to your soundness of mind.
We pulled together this fun list of not just of drinks that are free of alcohol but specific soft cocktails that include components (mainly types of fruit) that could actually promote fertility. That way you can drink without worry and instead feel extra good about getting some quality nutrients in that contribute to your reproductive wellness.
To start, most berries are probably going to be helpful due to being high in antioxidants, but raspberries and blueberries have been gaining some extra attention these days. Anything that helps protect your body from free radicals like pollution, tobacco smoke, and radiation is going to be a plus for your reproductive system especially when living in the city. For that reason, it makes sense to start off with a virgin version of the refreshing Berry Blast cocktail.
- 3 tsp lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of honey or agave or your choice of a natural sweetener
- 3 blackberries
- 3 raspberries
- 3 tbsp cranberry juice
Throw it all into a blender until smooth and then strain into a glass. Garnish with a few extra berries.
Much like the original, this drink is filled with fresh fruits which pack it with nutrients. It takes no time to prepare and you can even keep it in the fridge for an emergency grab and go. And here’s something cool about the oranges you’d add to this drink; they’re high in a polyamine called putrescine. There are a few different kinds of polyamines out there, and all are essential components in living cells. But with putrescine, there are actually studies that imply it could help develop healthy eggs on a chromosomal level. So go ahead and drink up!
- Pomegranate juice
- Mango juice
- Orange, sliced
- Pear, sliced
Mix the mango and pomegranate juice together in a pitcher. Add slices of oranges and pears and let it chill in the fridge for your grab and go needs. We like the idea of feeling sneaky by putting this one in your to-go cup with a straw on your way to work. You can feel a little rebellious without breaking any rules. What are you drinking? Just some Sangria on the way to work— rebel. Or, serve it right away over ice, that’s cool too.
Fresh Fig & Lavender Spritz
This recipe we have to give credit to blogger IV Green House because it’s so original. Like pomegranates, figs have been thought of as a symbol of fertility since ancient times. As it turns out, those ancient people were on to something. Figs are actually high in iron which is helpful during ovulation and like berries, figs are very high in antioxidants. A little bonus for this mocktail is the sprig of lavender. Lavender has a known soothing effect which can help take the edge off after a long day.
- Fresh Lavender Sprig
- 2 Fresh Black Mission Figs
- Half Lemon (Juiced)
- 1 tsp. honey
- Ice (half crushed, half cubed)
- Soda Water
Break off a few lavender leaves from your sprig and rub them together in your hands to release their aroma. Drop them into your shaker. Add juice of half a lemon & your tsp. Honey. Cut one of your figs in half and scrape out the insides into the shaker. Top shaker with Ice and shake until chilled. Strain liquid into a coupe glass (or glass of choice). Fill glass with crushed Ice & fill to the top with Soda. Garnish with the remainder of your lavender sprig and half of the second Fig.
With or without any potential nutritional benefits, making mocktails can be one more way that you add a little self-careto your routine. While tea, juice, and sparkling water can also be a good alternative during the egg freezing cycle, there can be something playfully meditative about preparing a drink for yourself. Enjoy the little moments where you can and if coming home after an exhausting day and cutting perfectly thin slices of oranges and pears and garnishing them in a stemless wineglass of pomegranate and mango juice brings you three minutes of calm and delight as you tuck in for the evening, then it’s worth every sip.