Meatless Monday’s – Juice for kids edition

With summer time coming up hydrating our children is going to be a very important task.  I generally do meatless Monday’s but I decided that this post was just as important as a meal!

I found this while browsing www.superhealthykids.com.  We know most children don’t like to drink water so here is a healthy alternative to juice and soda!

Hydration drink for kids

Hydration drink for kids

 

Natural Hydration Drink for Kids


Instructions

  • 3 cups of coconut water
  • 1 cup 100% juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • Squeeze of lime and orange (optional)

 

Put all ingredients in a high powered blender, and blend for 1 minutes.  Pour into containers and enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for later.  Will stay good in the fridge for 1 week

Here are some of the pitfalls of our favorite go to drinks.

Sports Drink

Energy Drink

Vitamin Water

Sports drinks may be beneficial for kids who participate in prolonged vigorous physical activity lasting longer than an hour (such as long-distance running and biking, or high-intensity exercise such as soccer or basketball).

Sports drinks contain carbohydrates (sugar) which is a quick source of energy when the body’s stores are running low.
They also contain electrolytes like sodium and potassium
which the body loses through sweat.  These are needed to
keep fluid levels balanced for muscles to work properly.
However, sports drinks are not necessary for the casual
athlete and should not be consumed on a regular basis. Typical sports drinks often contain artificial sweeteners, and other ingredients that you may not want your child consuming.

These are becoming increasingly popular with middle- and high-school students who are looking for a competitive edge. Some of these drinks are labeled unsuitable for children, but some are specifically marketed to kids claiming they boost energy and athletic performance.
Most energy drinks deliver a large dose of sugar and caffeine, both of which can have significant negative impact on kids including weight gain, ability to concentrate, headaches, nervousness, and difficulty sleeping.
Energy drinks pose a real health risk for kids and teens and should be avoided.
Kids who participate in sports should learn that they can improve their game
through hard work and practice — values that will serve them well both on and off the field.
 These come in a variety of flavors and different vitamin and mineral supplementation. They also may contain artificial sweeteners and herbal ingredients that have not been studied in kids.

Vitamin waters may look like a quick way to fill any nutrition gaps in your child’s diet, but these nutrients can come from a healthy meal or snack.

The best place for kids to get daily nutrients is from balanced meals. If you’re concerned that your child isn’t getting enough, talk to your doctor, who may recommend a daily multivitamin formulated for kids.

 

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