Say No to Soda: What Your Kids Should Be Drinking Instead
It is a known fact that kids love sweets, and that includes soda. Unfortunately, soda is one of the biggest sources of calories in the American household diet. It is also loaded with caffeine, sugar, and other artificial flavors and colorings. So as early as now, we should try to wean our children off of the stuff, before they get addicted to it as they grow older. Rather than indulging in soda, what we can do is to provide them with healthier items such as the following beverages:
You can imitate the fizz of a soda by using sparkling mineral water, which adds bubbles to a drink. In a tall glass, mix 4 ounces of sparkling water and 4 ounces of 100% fruit juice. Add ice cubes and real fruit slices before serving.
Virgin Grapefruit Mojito
In a glass, put crushed ice and mint leaves, 2 tablespoons of grapefruit juice, and ¼ teaspoon of honey. Stir thoroughly until the honey is completely dissolved in the mix. Transfer the contents of the glass in a cocktail shaker and add 4 more tablespoons of grapefruit juice then shake. Pour into a tall, slender glass, add a sprig of mint, then serve.
In a blender, throw 1 ½ cups of unsweetened pomegranate juice, 1 orange, ½ cup of avocado, ¼ cup of red bell pepper, 1/8 cup of arugula, ½ cup of spinach, and 1 cup of strawberries. Put 1 cup of ice cubes in and pulse until it turns into a smooth and creamy smoothie mixture. Serve in a glass.
Real Grape Juice
Rinse 2 – 3 cups of grapes and put it in a blender. Pulse it until it turns into a paste. Pour into a strainer to filter out the seeds. Squeeze some lemon juice and add a few tablespoons of honey. Stir well, then add water and ice cubes. Best served when chilled.
Combine two cups of kale leaves, ½ cup of Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, 1 banana, 1 cup of vanilla almond milk, ½ teaspoon of honey, and a pinch of flaxseed in a blender. Pulse until it becomes smooth, and then serve immediately.
Cherry Orange Smoothie
Pour a cup of freshly squeezed blood orange juice on a blender, then add 1 cup of pineapple chunks and 1 cup of pitted dark sweet red cherries. Add ½ of an overripe banana, ½ cup of Greek yogurt, a pinch of chia seeds, and a drizzle of agave nectar or honey. Pulse until it reaches a creamy consistency. Add more of the orange juice if it becomes too thick.
Melon Berry Juice
Throw 12 frozen strawberries and 4 cups of diced watermelon in a blender. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice, chia seeds, and ice cubes, then pulse. Serve in a glass.
The great thing about these smoothies is that the recipes are totally flexible, and you can adjust with whatever is in season or whatever you currently have in the fridge. But when it comes to making green smoothies for your kids, it is important that the combinations of the ingredients will result into a pleasant flavor. While you may be able to tolerate the taste of the greens, your child might not think so, and will want something that is less “green”. For the meantime, you may want to load up on the fruits to increase the sweetness, while your kid is still in the process of adjusting to the taste of green smoothies.
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