Happy National Pina Colada day! It’s sweet, it’s creamy and it’s even better virgin! As we all know, alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy, but a virgin Pina Colada is a healthy Mama’s Dream! Coconut and Pineapple are two superfoods of pregnancy and labor and together become an excellent way to stay cool on these hot days.
Coconut is the most abundant natural source of Lauric acid available. This antifungal and antimicrobial acid can be found in breast milk too! Rich in electrolytes, potassium, calcium, dietary fibre, vitamin c and magnesium, this incredible superfood can be consumed every day as an oil, water, or milk/cream. In the recipe below, I will be using coconut cream. Coconut is an overall aid in digestive help and can be applied to the skin as a moisturizer or to prevent stretch marks (I like to add lavender essential oil to help soothe the skin). It is safe for both mom and baby and can even help balance hormones, aid in morning sickness, manage weight, aid in circulation, and prevent fatigue.
Pineapple is a source of vitamin c, manganese, vitamin b1 and b6, anti-inflammatories, and bromelain. Bromelain is an incredible aid in thinning and softening the cervix, it is also excellent for digestive health. Most pregnant women stay clear of pineapple until they are at or past their due date, but it will take more than a serving of pineapple to achieve enough bromelain for a soft cervix. If you are cautious about using pineapple during your pregnancy, I do recommend sticking to your instincts and trying out some other fruits. If you are heading to the grocery store to pick up a pineapple, the trick to finding out if it is ripe is to tug on the innermost leaf and see if it comes out relatively easy. If it does, the pineapple is ready to eat.
The recipe below can be altered depending on how creamy, fruity, thick or thin you like your drinks. Try adding different fruits or juices for variations and new drinks!
Superfood Pina Colada:
¼-1/2 cup coconut cream
1 ½-2 cups pineapple chunks
Splash of orange juice
Handful of ice