Between being up all night and feeding baby, being a new mom is exhausting — and dehydrating. And while water (and more water) is the best thing you can do to stay hydrated, there are times when you just want something else. Like this refreshing yet easy three-ingredient agua fresca made with pineapple, coconut, and a healthy handful of mint.
During my second pregnancy, pineapple has been my most frequent craving. (I'll even admit to driving across town to the supermarket with the packages of fresh diced pineapple and eating a container in my car in the parking lot.) It's completely refreshing, sweet enough to curb any sugar cravings, and it packs a hefty wallop of Vitamin C. And while I love it plain, I also like to add it to as many cold drinks as I can.
This easy drink shows off the bright and refreshing flavor of pineapple, but it adds the hydrating qualities of coconut water. The mint adds even more freshness and takes the drink up a notch to the realm of special, but it doesn't complicate things or require any special tools.
This is the drink I turn to when I need an afternoon pick-me-up from pregnancy fatigue or an energy boost after chasing after my 3-year-old. And it's really easy to transform the base recipe into a slushy or a granita, which is pretty perfect for a warm summer night — even if you know you still have nighttime wake-ups ahead of you.
Minted Pineapple Coconut Agua Fresca, 3 Ways
1 cup cold diced pineapple
Fresh mint leaves, optional
Place the coconut water and pineapple in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with torn mint leaves if desired. Serve immediately.
- Minted pineapple coconut slushie: Use frozen diced pineapple instead of fresh, and blend in the mint.
- Minted pineapple coconut granita: Triple the recipe, blend, and pour into a 13x9x2-inch nonstick baking pan. Freeze about 2 hours, scraping and mixing with a fork about every 30 minutes to create large icy flakes. Cover and keep frozen until ready to serve.
- This dairy-free drink has the creamy consistency of a milkshake, but it won't upset baby's tummy if you've had to cut out milk products to help with her digestion or ease colic.
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