| Posted by Healthy Groms
Soft drinks, cordial and packaged fruit juice; what do they all have in common? Added sugar. And lots of it.
And as we all know far too well, an overload of sugar and kids never ends well. What usually results is one cranky parent or nanny.
Finding alternatives to sugary drinks that kids actually like, however, is another matter entirely. Which is why we’ve done the hard yards for you, and found some of the best low sugar or sugar free alternatives around.
Leanne Vogel over at Healthful Pursuit has a ripper recipe for refined sugar free lemonade.
Simply add 1 cup of water and ½ cup of coconut nectar/sugar to a small saucepan, and bring it to the boil. Once boiled, remove the saucepan from heat and add to a glass pitcher. Add 1 cup of lemon juice (from approximately six lemons), and 4 cups of cold water. Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to chill, then serve with ice cubes.
Full of calcium for strong healthy bones, fibre to aid digestion, and a great source of energy for busy bodies, coconut water is an awesome alternative to sugary drinks. Most supermarkets sell actual young coconuts in the fridge section, which are the best option for natural, additive-free coconut water. Plus, kids will love drinking out of an actual coconut – pop a little umbrella in and a colourful straw to add to the fun!
Mineral Iced Tea
The beauty with iced tea is that there are so many flavours available. To make iced tea, steep 3-5 tea bags in boiling water, pour into a pitcher, then leave to chill for 2-3 hours. To sweeten it up, add their favourite fruit; raspberries and apples go particularly well with a fruity tea! Once chilled, add mineral water to give it a fizzy edge!
Juices made out of vegetables or fruits that are low in sugar, are definitely the way to go.
One glass of apple juice contains around seven teaspoons of sugar, which is more than what the World Health Organisation recommends consuming per day, let alone in one sitting! Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, Granny Smith apples, kiwi fruit and grapefruit, are all low in sugar, so make great additions to a juice blend.
Love, LBL X