Healthy Drinks for Kids: 3 Things to Know
It may surprise you to learn that what your kids drink can have just as much of an impact on their health as what they eat. Today, we will discuss the best healthy drinks for kids to keep your little ones healthy and hydrated.
- Stick to Water and Milk.
Water has zero calories, zero sugar and is simply the best way to hydrate. Milk is a good source of calcium, with 300 milligrams in 1 cup. Toddlers age 1-3 should aim for 2 cups of milk or fortified non-dairy beverages, kids 4-8 can have 2 ½ cups, and kids 9 and older can have 3 cups. Choose low-fat or non-fat dairy most of the time.
- Limit Juice.
Fruit juice is high in sugar, and your child will get more nutritional value out of eating a whole piece of fruit. However, if your child likes juice, limit it to a cup a day, and always buy juice without any added sugar. Read labels carefully to make sure it is 100% juice.
- Say No To Soda.
Soda has zero nutritional value, is high is sugar and contains caffeine, which kids do not need. It can lead to tooth decay, excessive weight gain and other health problems. The best way to get kids not to drink soda is to never start them on the habit. If you do not drink it or have it at home, your kids won’t either. By the time your kids are exposed to soda outside the home, hopefully their healthy habits stick. Either way, not serving soda at home will limit the opportunities your kids have to drink it.
If you are struggling with implementing healthy drinks for kids or other healthy habits at home, our health coaching team can help. Set up a free consultation with Dr. Karen to see how our holistic approach to healthy living can help your family. From developing weekly meal plans to cooking for specific dietary needs, we are here to support you in your healthy goals.
Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach