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Healthy drinks for kids can give them much needed nutrients that they might not get otherwise. As parents and carers we need to make sure our kids stay healthy. In order for them to receive the best start possible in life, we try and make sure that everything that goes into their body is full of nutrients. But more often than not, finding the right food and healthy drinks for kids can sometimes be an uphill battle! We know the damage sugar, artificial colours and preservatives can cause to our children's teeth, weight, skin and general well being. So why shouldn't parents take the necessary steps to create healthy drinks for kids instead of giving them store bought drinks filled with sweeteners and preservatives? We want to prevent as much harm as possible, we do love them after all!
Making healthy drinks for kids doesn't need to be complicated. In fact it could be as simple as swapping over soda to fruit juice, milk and water. But even with those simple alternatives, you can still have fun creating healthy drinks for kids together. Its a great way for kids to try new tastes, learn about different types of fruit and have fun at the same time. Here are some healthy drinks recipes for kids. Enjoy!
Healthy drinks for kids
The Watermelon Blaster
The watermelon blaster is sweet, tasty and completely delicious. It makes perfect healthy drinks for kids and it is simple, and full of flavour! Lovely for those hot summer days...
- 3 cups cubed, seeded watermelon
- 1 1/2 cups strawberries
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Honey, to taste
Put watermelon, strawberries, lime juice, ice, and honey if desired into the pitcher of a blender, and blend for 15 seconds on high speed. (Always put the top on the container before processing.) Stop machine, and stir ingredients with a long wooden spoon. Blend for 15 seconds more on high speed.
The recipe and image is from Martha Stewart.
Healthy Drinks For Kids
Haelthy Hot Chocolate
When making healthy drinks for kids, you can also recreate your children's favorites, such as hot chocolate. This recipe is big on taste as well as nutrients! It was originally created for raw vegans so you know its all good. It tastes amazing and really hits the spot on a cold winter night.
- 1 cup pecan nuts (soaked overnight)
- 3 cups water
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cacao powder
- Tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
First blend the pecans together with the honey to form a smooth paste. Add the rest of the ingredients to blender then heat on warm stove. Sprinkle a bit of cocoa powder on top.
The recipe and image is from The Raw Food Solution
Healthy Drinks For Kids
Banana Chocolate Milkshake (Lactose Free)
Most healthy drinks for kids are so easy and quick to make, just like this banana chocolate milkshake. The frozen bananas nicely replace the need for ice cream and are much lower in fat. Remember to peel your bananas ﬁrst before freezing them. It’s full of wonderful things like medium chain fatty acids, electrolytes, anti-oxidants, magnesium, copper, iron, B vitamins, Potassium, Tryptophan and so on. Add lecithin and vitamin E powder and it will really be a power breakfast. Full of high quality calories and energy, it’ll get your kids going with a huge smile…
- 1 Young Coconut (water and meat)
- 1 TB Coconut Butter
- 1/3 Cup Agave Syrup
- 3 TB Raw Cocoa Powder
- 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt
- 3 Frozen Bananas
- 8 Large Ice Cubes
Blend everything on high except the bananas and ice. Then once it is smooth add the bananas and ice and blend again on low until the ice crystals are dissolved and broken down. Serve immediately.
Recipe and image from G Living
Healthy Drinks For Kids
Sweet corn milk is full of goodness and makes healthy drinks for kids. Good fresh corn, has a flavour that is reminiscent of vanilla. Its a traditional Southern American drink but can be recreated anywhere. Corn is a good source of many nutrients including thiamin (vitamin B1), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), folate, dietary fiber, vitamin C, phosphorus and manganese.
- 1 Ear of Fresh Corn
- 400ml Water
- Honey for sweetnes
- Spices such as cinnamon or ginger
- Chocolate powder or cocoa
Remove the leaves and silky strands off the corn and use a sharp knife to cut the fresh kernels from the cob. Put the kernels into a blender with the water and blend until smooth with no obvious signs of whole kernels. Drain through a sieve to remove the skins of the corn kernels. Taste the mixture then add your chosen optional extras to taste. Add more water if you prefer a more watery milk. Will last in the refrigerator in a container for a couple of days. Serve hot or cold.
Recipe and image from SheShimmers
Healthy Drinks For Kids
This delicious Martha Stewart strawberry lemonade is a little sweet, a little tart and very refreshing. Not only does my daughter love the taste but she loves that it is pink! Another way to make healthy drinks for kids more fun!
1 pint strawberries
8 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons honey
8 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Purée strawberries and 2 teaspoons sugar in a blender. Set out two glasses, and spoon 3 tablespoons of the resulting strawberry puree, 4 tablespoons sugar, and 4 tablespoons lemon juice into each glass. Stir the lemonade, and add ice. Top off the glasses with seltzer water. Add more sugar if desired.
Recipe and image from Martha Stewart
Healthy drinks for kids are just as important as as healthy food. If we incorprate healthy drinks along with good food into our childrens lifestyle, they have a better chance of recieving more nutrients. Research has shown that unhealthy children lead shorter lives, and the main cause is diabetes.Diabetes is sugar in the blood. The children get all the symptoms that an adult would have that require insulin to get their shots for diabetes. By ensuring your healthy drinks for kids only have the nutural sugar found in fruits or even in honey, they wont feel like they’re missing out. If you don’t take the neccessary precations, it could make them very sick. It also influences their life and puts them at risk for cardiac complications later, kidney complications, and eyesight complications.
Another issue that arises, is parents who pass on unhealthy habits to their kids. Part of your responsibility as a parent is to teach your children how to lead healthy lives. The best time to start teaching these lessons to children is when they’re young, before unhealthy choices become lifelong bad habits. Healthy drinks for kids are part of this lifestyle choice as we often neglect the impact sugary drinks will have. By living what we preach we, we help them to also choose a healthy lifestyle.