You likely know that water is the best drink choice for your kids. It quenches thirst, is calorie-free, and if it’s from the tap, it’s fortified with fluoride — which helps your child develop strong teeth and bones. Water might not be tasty for some kids, though, mainly because it doesn’t have any added sugar like sodas, juices and sports drinks do. If taste is the issue, here are 11 healthy tips to try.
Because added sugar isn’t healthy, consider limiting your child’s intake of soda and juice to one small serving (4 to 6 ounces) on special occasions. Serve water or milk the rest of the time. This may help your child get used to not having sugary drinks on a regular basis.
Sports drinks are OK for times when your child’s exercise will be incredibly intense, typically lasting more than one hour. Energy drinks, however, contain harmful levels of caffeine, stimulants and megadose vitamins. Our experts recommend kids avoid energy drinks completely.
A lifestyle change can be hard, but here are a few easy ways to start:
- Keep a sippy cup of water or a water bottle within your child’s reach for when they’re thirsty.
- Order water at restaurants instead of soda.
- Offer your child a straw.
- Freeze berries into ice cubes or add orange slices to make drinking water tastier and more fun.
- Be a good role model by drinking your own water throughout the day.