Soft drinks may be convenient to give to your kids when you just want to get them out of the way, but they are linked to tooth decay, skin problems, and poor concentration. Rather than indulge your kids in unhealthy drinks, instill good habits early on by giving them these optimal alternatives.
If you choose just one drink for your child, make it plain water. Naturally sugar free, water replenishes moisture lost in sweat, helps the body eliminate waste, and transports oxygen and nutrients in the bloodstream. Plus, kids who drink water get used to flavorless thirst quenching.
“Drink your milk” is still good advice. Organic milk is packed with vitamin D and calcium for strong bones, and protein for energy, as well as scores of other nutrients crucial for still-growing bodies. Even if you opt for non-dairy alternatives, always choose organic products and ones with no added sugar.
In moderation, juice supplies kids with beneficial vitamins and minerals. For instance, 8 ounces of fresh-squeezed orange juice contains 25 mg vitamin A, 124 mg vitamin C, and 496 mg potassium. But because it’s also loaded with natural sugars, limit kids to 1 cup of 100 percent fruit juice per day. And avoid “juice drinks,” which can contain a lot of calories but very little actual fruit.
The list is inexhaustive but these three above are not only readily available, they also don’t cost an arm to purchase. Remember, a healthy lifestyle is linked to a sound mental and physical development.