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Healthy Drink Choices Your Kids Will Love

Tired of your kids heading straight for the sugar-filled sport drinks or soda?  Then you might want to try some of these drinks.  Your kid’s waistline will thank you.

Coconut water

It’s pretty much what it sounds like — the water you get inside coconuts. Most brands have no added sugar and some are blended with fruit juices.  Many fruit juice-infused varieties have just 60 calories or fewer per 8-ounce serving.

Natural lemonade

Fill bottle with water, then add a hefty splash of lemon juice and — my secret weapon — a few drops of liquid stevia. Stevia is a natural, plant based sweetener that has no calories. Some people don’t like its aftertaste, but I find the lemon juice completely masks this. It really is delicious. And try this using seltzer water, too.

Natural lemonade (without stevia)

Stevia not your thing? No worries. Instead, pop the water and lemon juice in the blender, then add watermelon. Blend until smooth, maybe with an ice cube or two, then bottle. Just shake before drinking for an incredibly sweet and delicious drink.

 Spritzers

Whether you buy them or make them, bubbly juices are winners. Just remember that the “no shake rule” applies to all seltzer-based drinks.

 Smoothies

They’re not just for breakfast. Blend light almond milk or yogurt and fresh or frozen fruit, maybe a pinch of cinnamon, a tiny speck of salt (to heighten the natural sweetness), then pop it in an insulated bottle. Filling and refreshing.

 Iced tea

Homemade iced green tea has many health benefits and can be sweetened with honey. How about trying one of my favorites, rooibos tea. Brew it, chill it, and then add a splash of orange juice. Delicious.

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