Healthy Drinks for Kids

Sodas may be convenient, but soft drinks are linked to tooth decay, skin problems, and poor concentration. Plus, they constitute the biggest source of refined sugar in the American diet, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Rather, instill good habits early on by giving your kids these optimal picks.

If you choose just one drink for your child, make it plain water. Naturally sugar free, water replenishes moisture lost in sweat, helps the body eliminate waste, and transports oxygen and nutrients in the bloodstream. Plus, kids who drink water get used to flavorless thirst quenching.

“Drink your milk” is still good advice. Organic milk is packed with vitamin D and calcium for strong bones, and protein for energy, as well as scores of other nutrients crucial for still-growing bodies. Even if you opt for nondairy alternatives, always choose organic products and ones with no added sugar.

Fruit juice
In moderation, juice supplies kids with beneficial vitamins and minerals. For instance, 8 ounces of fresh-squeezed orange juice contains 25 mg vitamin A, 124 mg vitamin C, and 496 mg potassium. But because it’s also loaded with natural sugars, limit kids to 1 cup of 100 percent fruit juice per day. And avoid “juice drinks,” which can contain a lot of calories but very little actual fruit.

Fizzy drinks
The risk of obesity rockets to 60 percent in kids who drink just one 12-ounce soda per day, and many sodas contain the stimulant caffeine. The biggest reason to nix soft drinks: Sodas–even diet ones–push out better choices because kids will pick them first.

For more information, see Easy Greening: Soft Drinks.

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By Katy Neusteter, Delicious Living


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Mel, for Sharing this!

Tanya W.
Tanya W5 years ago


Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Roger M.
Past Member 5 years ago

Good info. Thank you.

Sasha M.
Past Member 5 years ago

That's interesting - thanks

Lara Kinast
Lara Kinast6 years ago

Kids need to be kids sometimes, but obviously water should be the main way of quenching thirst, and sodas and chocolate milk and other drinks should be treats, like cookies. We are designed to drink water. :)

Anne G.
Anne G6 years ago

Oh lord, we all know the evils of soda, the "sugar" in fruit juice and whatever people like to say to trod on milk, but really, I have a hard time to admit that fruit juice (mixed with bubbly water for a natural fruit soda) and milk are not good for kids. Water is of course the best, but kids need to be kids and sometimes all this forbidding will boomerang on well meaning parents.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks for posting .

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Ann Fuller
Ann Fuller6 years ago

Water is the best and my children and now my grandchildren drink water most of the time and milk ocassionally. Lots of fruit