Packaged drinks may have artificial colours and other harmful additives. Therefore, it is necessary to offer safe natural drinks to kids. Here is a list of top 10 best drinks for kids.
Do your kids love sipping on sodas and colas whenever they are served? It is obvious that kids are fond of sweet drinks, but you have to be careful if you are not serving the drinks that are not only tasty but also nutritious, or you are just allowing your kids to drink all those unhealthy calorigenic sweetened beverages all the time. Here is a quick look at the top 10 best drinks for kids.
The most important and best drink for your kids is water. Yes, plain filtered water! Encourage your kids to drink water anytime as much as they want. There are no calories, no harmful chemicals in water â€“ the best drink of all times.
A much better alternative for kids who are lactose intolerant or who do not like taste of the milk is soymilk. It contains many nutrients along with protein (from the soybeans) that will help your kids grow and develop faster.
3. Coconut Water
Coconut water is loaded with antioxidants, potassium, and electrolytes. They are also low in sugar. They keep your kidsâ€™ bodies hydrated and are proved to be good for skin and stomach. Do not go for the packaged ones; get them directly from the source.
4. Homemade Fruit Juices
Say no to packaged juices and prefer homemade fruit juices. You can choose from a wide range of fresh fruits, like watermelons, mangoes, oranges, kiwis, apples, etc., cut them into small pieces and use a blender to make fresh juices for your kids.
5. Lime Juice
Lime juices are refreshing on hot days â€“ they are also tasty. Just avoid adding too much of sugar in it. Try to stick to only fresh lime and water, and see the magic this drink does to your kids. They would want another glass too!
6. Almond Milk
If your kids are not allergic to nuts, then almond milk can be a great source of proteins and other nutrients. It also contains fiber and is low in fat. It helps in strengthening bones and glowing skin. Almond milk is a must drink for your kids.
Your kids will never say no to strawberry smoothie or a banana smoothie. You can make fresh smoothies with mixing yogurt and freshly cut fruits or vegetables and serve them cold to your kids. You can always freeze them to make popsicles and your kids would love them.
Also known as chaas, this wonder drink made from curd and spices act as a great hydrant. It also keeps your kidsâ€™ stomach calm after a heavy meal, and it helps aid digestion. This refreshing drink is known to combat acidity and is a great drink for your kids.
Jaljeera is another drink, which is known to reduce the extra heat produced inside the body and is also helpful in flushing toxins from the body. Thus it is another great drink you can serve your kids.
If you child does not like to drink milk, you can offer lassi to him or her. It is very simple to make lassi. Lassi is a good source of nutrients for kids. It is made using curd which helps to aid digestion. To make it more nutritious, you can add thin slices of soaked dry fruits to it.
Now as you know so many great drinks you can offer your kids, there can be no excuses that you do not have many options than offering coffee, sodas, colas, packaged juices, and other sweet drinks to your kids. They are harmful for your kids. It is time to switch to healthier options â€“ so select from the above-mentioned wide array of drinks and get a glass of it for your kids right now!
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