Two big independent studies just proved for once and for all: soft drinks cause obesity. Diet drinks aren’t an option either as sweeteners boost snacking behavior. Plus, the acidity of soft drinks damages our teeth enamel. There’s a much better way to quench thirst.
Filtered or not, depending on where you live. Put a jug on the table, and let children serve themselves! Add a few sprigs fresh mint or some lemon slices for extra freshness (and good looks).
Naturally flavored tea with fruit or fresh herbs (like mint, chamomile, fennel) works wonders for kids. Don’t add sugar, otherwise it becomes a hot soft drink. If your child is used to sugar in tea, gradually decrease it.
SHAKES AND SMOOTHIES
Invest the money you save on soft drinks in fruit. Mix up some frozen fruit like raspberries and strawberries, with a banana and orange juice. Kids just love it. Check our recipes for Mixico Madness, Deep Sea Shake, Unbeetable Juice and Tropical Treasure to find some interesting veggie & fruit combinations.
MILK, BUTTER MILK OR KEFIR
No more than one to two servings a day (a normal glass, that is).
Coconut water, fortified organic soy milk, rice milk or almond milk (unsweetened).
HOME MADE SOUP
Consider serving a cup of homemade soup for lunch. It’s also a perfect after school treat. Fill it with vegetables!
VEGGI RIDER says: water grows healthy kids