Pregnant women are especially prone to urinary tract infections (UTI), particularly during weeks 6-24, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Cranberries are a natural way to avoid these painful bladder infections: the fruit contains a substance that helps stop bacteria from sticking to the walls of your bladder.
I thought it would be fun to incorporate cranberries in a twist on the lassi, a tangy, delicious Indian drink. It's a bit thinner than a smoothie, but just as satisfying:
- 1 cup plain kefir (or yogurt)
- 1 cup frozen cranberries, partially thawed
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 tsp honey or agave nectar (to taste)
- 1-2 Tbs cranberry juice concentrate (available at health food stores)
Blend until smooth and frothy, like this:This yields about 16 ounces; my husband and I split it and each had a glass for breakfast. It's a bit tart and very refreshing.
Of course, this drink is not only good for your urinary tract, but your digestive tract. Whether you use kefir or yogurt, you'll be getting lots of beneficial bacteria for your tummy!