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I try to keep on hand a variety of healthy drinks for kids that aren’t water. When I was younger, my mom’s response to my asking for something to drink was to tell me to drink water. While that’s definitely a great choice, there are times the kids want something else. There are a lot of different drinks that are marketed for kids but there are many that are really not very healthy. Many drinks for kids contain high fructose corn syrup and are loaded with artificial ingredients and artificial colors. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
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Healthy Drinks For Kids
Many juices and juice drinks are very high in sugar. I was surprised to find this when I looked at the label. That’s not really what I want my kids to drink so lately I have been making a few of my own summer drinks for them to enjoy. I know I can’t always control what they drink. They have their own money to buy things at their age. But, by keeping these on hand, I can at least make a difference.
- Pineapple Mint Smoothie (dairy free)
- Lemonade with Stevia
- Smurberry Pie Smoothie
- Homemade Sun Tea
- Rainbow Smoothie Recipe
- Nut Butter Smoothie
- Pineapple Lemonade
- Orange Pineapple Yogurt Smoothie
- Mango Smoothie Recipe
- Strawberry Lime Cucumber Infused Water
- Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk (dairy free)
- Banana Almond Smoothie (dairy free)
- Pineapple Lime Electrolyte Drink
- Homemade Sports Drink
- Fresh Strawberry Lemonade
- Homemade Fresh Cranberry Juice
- Watermelon Lemonade
- Mango Yogurt Smoothie
- Raw Vegan Nutella Milk (vegan, raw, paleo)
- Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
- Iced Rhubarb Tea
- Berry Infused Water
- Green Spinach Smoothie
A Few More Tips
Remember that when you’re making drinks at home, you can always reduce the amount of sugar you use in a recipe. I really don’t like super sweet beverages so I regularly cut the sugar by a third when I’m making it. Then, if I need to, I can add more. Of course, you can always substitute a different type of sweetener in place of the white sugar. I love stevia and use it regularly in my drinks. It’s much easier to use the liquid than the powder in cold beverages. The kids enjoy the taste of honey. You may want to try monk fruit or agave syrup instead.
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If you enjoy making smoothies but are frustrated that you cannot get them smooth enough, I find that a smoothie blender rather than a regular blender works wonders for me. The kids enjoy their smoothies with a straw and it’s tough to drink them when there are chunks of fruit left in the smoothie.
What are your favorite healthy drinks for kids that aren’t water?
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.