Strawberry Iced Pregnancy Tea
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At a recent prenatal appointment, my midwife recommended I start drinking N.O.R.A. tea to help with some of the uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms I was having. (I love that I see a practitioner who recommends holistic and natural remedies before conventional supplements or pharmaceuticals). N.O.R.A. tea is a blend and stands for nettles, oat straw, red raspberry leaf, and alfalfa. After I started drinking it, I did a little research and was stunned at the huge list of benefits it offers! Some midwives have a policy that all their patients must drink N.O.R.A. tea during pregnancy because it can prevent many complications in labor! If you’re pregnant or looking to become pregnant, look into it!
This Strawberry Iced tea is the PERFECT summer beverage for pregnancy! It's cold, refreshing, and full of healthy herbs that offer a huge list of benefits to pregnant women!
The Benefits of N.O.R.A. Tea
Again, some midwives make N.O.R.A. mandatory for their expecting mothers because it can lower the risk of complications in delivery. N.O.R.A. helps tone the uterus, supports liver function, can help prevent post-partum hemorrhage, and optimizes the absorption of nutrients (vitamin C and iron especially). In addition to these benefits, each herb in N.O.R.A. is nutrient-packed and has its own list of benefits!
To read more about the benefits of each herb in N.O.R.A., a doula named Jenni-Jenkins has an excellent post on the subject! Visit her post here to read more about it!
Strawberry Iced Pregnancy Tea
Cook Time: 20 minutes Serving Size: 6
A pot large enough to hold 6 cups of water
A saucepan (or similar)
A large pitcher or glass jar
A large strainer
A spoon or spatula
A large funnel
1/3 cup of N.O.R.A. tea blend (see notes)
6 cups of filtered water
3 cups of strawberries (see notes)
1/3 cup of maple syrup
1. Add water and tea to a pot and bring to a low boil. Once this temperature is reached, turn off the heat and leave the tea on the stove to steep while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
2. Add strawberries to a pan and turn the heat on low. Add juice from half the lemon and maple syrup. Bring the mixture to a simmer and allow the strawberries to reduce and the mixture to thicken. Stir frequently to not allow the mixture to stick to the edges of the pot. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
3. Strain the tea blend into a pitcher or large jar, and discard the tea leaves.
4. Remove the strawberry mixture from the heat, and add to the strainer over the pitcher or jar. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, stir the mixture around the strainer to extract as much liquid as possible.
5. Add the juice from the other half of the lemon to the mixture and stir thoroughly.
6. Allow to cool in the fridge before enjoying or just pour over a large glass of ice to enjoy immediately!
N.O.R.A. tea can be bought as a blend, or you can make your own blend at home. Here is a link to a blend. If you're planning to drink N.O.R.A. tea throughout your pregnancy, it is more cost-effective to make your own blend at home. Simply add equal parts of each herb. Here are links to each tea individually: Nettles, Oat straw, Red raspberry leaf, and Alfalfa.
Strawberries for this recipe can be fresh or frozen. I used strawberries that I harvested from my garden and froze. If you're buying strawberries, frozen is likely the more affordable option.
If stored in a sealed container, this tea should last 2-3 days in the fridge.
This is the perfect beverage for pregnant ladies in the summer months! Even if you're not pregnant, this tea is still delicious and full of beneficial herbs!
Looking for more pregnancy tips? See my other posts!