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Healthy, water-based drinks for kids

Flashback to summer as a kid: It’s a hot, sunny day and you’re outside playing for hours. You come inside for a break, and Mom pours something refreshing to drink. For people of a certain generation, summer drinks used to come from flavor packets mixed with water. Years later, kids quenched their thirst with juice pouches—or even soda. We may have fond memories of our childhood drinks, but unfortunately, they had a lot of sugar.

Healthier drinks

But there’s good news. Today, Americans of all ages are drinking less sugar. To support this encouraging trend, parents are choosing to make their own healthy, water-based drinks for kids.

Fresh juice for all ages

Author/blogger Ciara Atwell of My Fussy Eater takes inspiration from the juicing craze among adults. She recommends letting kids join in the juicing process, including gathering together the fruits and veggies. Of course kids shouldn’t operate a juicer, but they will enjoy watching the produce become liquid. Ciara also suggests starting with more sweet-flavored fruits, like apples and berries, before trying a vegetable juice.

Easy recipe to start

To begin, try an Apple Lemonade. Chop up two medium-sized apples and add them to a juicer. Next squeeze the juice of one-half lemon over the chopped apples. Blend. If it’s too tart for your little one, add a few drops of honey. This will make about 250 milliliters, or one cup, of juice as the base. Next mix the juice with filtered water to taste and add ice.

Have fun experimenting with different fruit and veggie juices for your kids. As a general rule, use one cup of juice, and mix it with water to taste.

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