There is no way that any parent can control exactly what it is that their kids are going to eat and drink. Kids are just gone too long for most of the part of the day – and they are always getting themselves into things that they perhaps shouldn’t. You can pack a kids lunch, but you can’t make sure that he or she isn’t going to become an all-star lunch trader; Perhaps a Little-Debbie for one of his or her healthy tuna-fish sandwiches (They would really have to be a pro to pull this one off).
What you can do however is make sure that the fridge and cupboards are always stocked with healthy foods and drinks – teaching them good habits at home for when they get older as best you can. Kids can have nasty eating habits, but they can have even nastier drinking habits. And since research shows that our health and weight is directly related to what we drink, it is never too early to start with good habits. Here are some unhealthy drinks and their substitutes.
Fake Fruit Juice
Not all juice is created equal, and even if it is 100% natural you should limit the amount of juice that your child drinks on a daily basis because of the fact that it is loaded with so much sugar. Most definitely, there are worse fruit juices than others. “Juices” like Sunny Delight, Capri Sun, and the king of unhealthy fruit drinks, Tropicana Tropical Fruit Fury Twister (10 percent juice and 90 percent sugar laced with a glut of artificial flavors and coloring), are all over the place and many kids drink them religiously.
If you are going to go with juice, make sure it is 100% natural fruit juice. A common practice is to dilute the juice with a bit of water. A tastey recipe would be to fill the cup up with half orange juice, spray a little bit of lemon juice in it, and then fill the rest of the cup with water and ice. Juicing your own vegetables would be the perfect and ideal substitute, but good luck getting your kids to drink cabbage juice(rich in Vitamin U).
Fast Food Smoothies and Shakes
Without a doubt one of the unhealthiest things that kids can drink on this planet. The McDonald’s triple thick chocolate milk shake has the same amount of sugar as 13 McDonald’s apple pies and the Smoothie King peanut power plus grape has the same amount of sugar as 20 Reese’s peanut butter cups. These are very common summertime drinks and obtaining an affinity for drinks like these early on may prove to be some trouble for later on in life.
Homemade smoothies and shakes are great substitutions for fast food disaster drinks. Banana smoothies are a popular and healthy choice. A common recipe would be to blend half a cup of cold milk or substitute with one apple, half a banana and 4 strawberries and pour it over ice. Another great substitue would be a a healthy fruit drink like the Monavie acai juice.
Soda’s and Other Caffeine Drinks
Soda is infamously unhealthy. Not only does it’s sugars and caffeine pose a problem for mild addictions, but it is also very bad for your teeth. Sunkist is an infamous unhealthy soda with enough sugar to fill 6 Oreo ice cream sandwiches. In today’s world, another type of drink is becoming wildly popular: The energy drink. Not only are these drinks unhealthy, but they have been proven to be dangerous as they are loaded with an inordinate amount of caffeine and sugar. Drinks like “Red Bull and Monster should be avoided at all costs.
It is hard to substitute for soda as there is really nothing in the world quite like it – and everyone deserves a nice refreshing Coke once in a while. Limiting soda is realistic. Add ice to glasses of soda and make sure they aren’t drinking it too late in the evening and never in the morning. Crystal Light and carbonized water are two possible substitutes for soda as well.