When I was completing my undergrad, I was part of a student run organization at my school that sought to educate others on nutrition. I remember during one of our little health fairs some of the girls chose to do posters showing the amount of sugar that various popular drinks contain. It was quite enlightening to see the amounts of sugar in these products. The picture below is similar to what the girls did:
If you can, try to avoid these types of sugary drinks. You may as well be giving your child a candy bar. If you teach your child early on what types of drinks are healthy for them, then they won’t even be aware of the other drinks out there. If they aren’t aware of the drinks, then they won’t be prone to grab them as they age.
Offer water and milk more often…
- both of these have fewer caloriesand are better for your kids’ health.
- choose tap water over bottled water – it’s safe and it’s free.
- add flavor to water by mixing in fresh fruits and herbs. get creative!
- choose the right type of milk for your child’s age (this is discussed in a previous post of the “healthy eater” series
- limit the amount of flavored milk you offer – it’s full of sugar and calories. I have noticed this myself when picking out almond/soy milk. Upon comparison of the original versus the flavored (i.e. vanilla or chocolate), the latter has much more grams of sugar as opposed to the original which typically has only a few grams of sugar
offer 100% juice sometimes…
- juice can provide important nutrients but is also high in sugar and calories
- 100% fruit juice
Limit or avoid offering sugary drinks
sugary drinks are packed with calories and will not give your kids the nutrients they need.
Instead of fruit flavored drinks…try choosing 100% fruit juice, or flavor tap water with fresh fruit slices or mint leaves
Instead of sports or energy drinks…try replacing the fluids kids lose being active with water
*Be sure to check out my other posts in this series which can be found under the ‘tips for raising healthy kids’ tab
- Sweet nectar of summer: DIY strawberry + raspberry + apple juice (f00dventures.wordpress.com)
- How to raise a healthy eater: Part 1 (f00dventures.wordpress.com)
- How to raise a healthy eater: Part 3 (f00dventures.wordpress.com)
- How to raise a healthy eater: Part 4 (f00dventures.wordpress.com)
- How to raise a healthy eater: Part 5 (f00dventures.wordpress.com)
- This is what $120 of groceries looks like: the good, the bad, and the cute? (f00dventures.wordpress.com)
- Apple juice fruit Popsicles (f00dventures.wordpress.com)