You know your kids are constantly busy. No matter what they are doing, their minds and bodies are always working hard. And, sadly, most of the time they are not interested in stopping long enough to get something healthy to drink. But as parents, it’s our job to ensure they stay healthy. We understand that you have to keep your kids hydrated and that can sometimes be challenging.
If you are an advocate of drinking tap water, we are pretty sure you should look into your filtration options. We suggest you read this post. The truth is, tap water often has a lot of impurities. The kinds of contaminants and impurities will differ based on your location and whether or not you have a well. But, you don’t have to succumb to the bottled water solution. There are some inexpensive faucet filtration systems out there and that post can help you make an informed decision for the sake of your family.
The Best and Worst Things for Your Kids to Drink
If you live in the South, you know full well that your kids are quick to drink a glass of sweet tea. However, that is really not the best thing for them (or their teeth). And, no matter where you live, you know that your kids would prefer to reach for a sugary soda. But, that’s also a bad option. These kinds of drinks add unneeded calories and will contribute to potential obesity. So, what are the best and worst things for your kids to drink? We’re glad you asked. Check these out:
We know it’s kind of plain Jane, but water and milk are your best options. Water is, of course, at the top of the list because it can provide hydration while simultaneously quenching thirst. Plus, there are no calories, fat, or sugar in water.
Milk, on the other hand, is the second best thing for them to drink because it is full of calcium, Vitamin D, and protein. But, if your kids have milk related issues, we suggest 16-24 ounces each day of an alternative option: soy, almond, or coconut milk. However, be sure it is the unsweetened version. Learn more.
We already pointed some of these out, but for the purpose of reiteration, colorful drinks slam full of sugar are definitely on the “worst” list. Add to that fruit drinks and flavored milk. All those beloved pouch drinks and powdered mixes are not helping your kids. Even when they say they contain 100 percent of Vitamin C intake. When your children are eating the suggested daily serving of fruits and vegetables, they won’t need that extra Vitamin C anyway.
And, flavored milk adds as much as 4 teaspoons of sugar to your child’s daily intake. Basically, in trying to make milk more amenable they have created a host of additional calories that are utterly useless. So, keep the strawberry milk and chocolate milk intakes to a bare minimum. Click here for more information.
Don’t forget that sports drinks, specifically the kind that tell you that they offer the best hydration, are really not good. They add 8 teaspoons of sugar to each 20 ounce bottle. And, sodas have zero benefits. We see them linked to bad teeth, weight gain, and even type 2 diabetes. These are problems you don’t want your kids to have.
If you’d like to learn more about keeping your kids hydrated, we suggest you read this.