Have you ever had cranberry juice?
I’m not talkin’ cran-grape or cranberry & vodka or even cranberry cocktail juice. I’m talkin’ CRANBERRY JUICE.
You know, the liquid that tastes like dirt and lemons?
While I’m faithfully ticking off the checklist of pregnancy signs and wonders, one common occurrence that I’d like to avoid is getting a urinary tract infection. Apparently, along with all the other goodies like varicose veins, hemorrhoids and stretch marks, pregnant women are more susceptible to UTI’s as well.
(If you wanna know what makes us child-growers more susceptible, check this out.)
It’s common knowledge that an excellent way to avoid UTI’s is cranberry juice. (I suppose the cranberry supplements would work, too, but clearly that’d be too easy for me.) The thing is, they don’t want you getting the yummy cranberry juice with sugars. Au contraire. They want you to get the real-deal-straight-from-the-berry-and-likely-straight-from-Satan-himself cranberry juice.
You see the ingredients in this one?
Yep. That’s it. The ONE ingredient IS cranberry juice.
So I’ve been tinkering with ways to tolerate this junk.
Here’s the best I can do right now. (I’m open to tried & true suggestions.)
First, here’s the cranberry juice I found at the most reasonable price. It’s Safeway’s brand (see, Safeway isn’t alllll bad… just their produce prices).
First, I get the kettle going with some hot water. Then I’m fairly generous with honey, so I hope that doesn’t ruin the benefits of the cranberry juice too much.
This is the tea that I’m using these days. Once I’m in my third trimester, I plan on switching to red raspberry leaf tea. (You know me, I’ve got my reasons.)
So I steep two of those for 10-15 minutes.
I always cover the top when I’m steeping as I find I get fuller flavor that way.
As you can see, there’s not a ton of room left for cranberry juice, but I fill the jar the rest of the way.
Under no circumstances will you enjoy this while it’s still hot. Nope. Dirt & lemons, but warmer. Surprisingly, it’s not bad once it’s nice and cold.
That’s the best I can do.