Do you have a hard time finding drinks without sugar that your kids love? For sugar-free drinks, some people recommend artificial sugar-free substitutes, which are really not healthy. Did you know that sugar substitutes have more adverse health effects?
People who consume them also tend to gain weight. Therefore, if you want your children to be healthy, you need to prepare drinks that are free not only of added sugar but also free of chemicals like the ones in artificial sweeteners.
Sugar-Free Drinks: What About Fructose?
Fructose is another sweetener to avoid. It seems that this item is converting easily to fat in the body. Moreover, added fructose was linked not only to the obesity epidemic in America but also to heart disease, diabetes, and immune system disorders. Furthermore, many stores sell drinks with added fructose in them that are not sugar-free.
A Moderate Amount Of Sugar Won’t Hurt
However, if your children eat a healthy diet and get a good amount of exercise, they do not need to avoid all-natural sugar in their diet. Furthermore, you can find sugar in fruits, if eaten in moderation. These may also give them energy, and a variety of vitamins and other phytochemicals to boost their health.
Also, all-natural, 100% pure maple syrup is another good sweetener. It contains many vitamins and minerals
Reduce Sugar Intake For Diabetic Child
If your child is overweight, or pre-diabetic, especially if he or she tends to put weight around the midsection, you may encourage a lower intake of all sugars and carbohydrates. The more exercise your child does, the more carbohydrates he or she can take in without harm.
Recipes For Sugar-Free Drinks
1. Cherry Cream Soda
- Carbonated Mineral Water
- 1-2 Tablespoons 100% Pure Cherry Concentrate
- 1-2 Tablespoons Pure Cream
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla (optional)
How To Make?
Pour the cherry concentrate and cream, to taste, along with the vanilla into each 8 oz glass of the mineral water and stir. Add ice if you wish.
2. Strawberry Banana Chocolate Smoothie
- 3-4 strawberries
- 1/2 banana
- 1-2 Tablespoons chocolate whey protein powder
- 3/4 cup plain yogurt
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- 1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup (optional)
- 1-2 cubes of ice (optional)
How To Make?
Mix in a blender or in a glass with a hand-held blender (if not using the ice). If your child likes the taste of coconuts, use virgin coconut oil. Otherwise, use high-quality expeller-pressed coconut oil. This drink may be plenty sweet for some. However, for those who are used to a lot of sugar, you may need to add the maple syrup. Vanilla can make it taste sweeter without adding any sugar. Moreover, This drink is a good one at breakfast time, or when coming home from school. The protein in the whey will help to fill your child up and the coconut oil gives energy and staying power.
A Quick Tip
If your child doesn’t notice, you can also add some powdered sea vegetables, like kelp, in small quantities. Furthermore, sea vegetables have many minerals that are missing from children’s diets today so adding some can make their drinks healthier.