Cut Out the Sugar Not the Fun
Do you find that during the summer the little ones consume more beverages than when they are in school? I tease my crew that they are camels in the summertime because they drink everything in sight. Now, if I made sure that all their options were the good for you kind…then maybe I wouldn’t be so concerned.
But they are not always the best options. Well, until this week when I learned an alarming fact. Did you know that on average, school age children consumer nearly 49 pounds of sugar each year? FORTY-NINE pounds! Yikes!
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), they recommend that children and teens limit their intake of sugar-sweetened drinks to no more than eight ounces weekly. And the USA Today magazine recently noted that about 2/3 of kids have at least one soda, fruit juice or sports drink each day, which is far over the AHA guideline.
Did you see this video about these statistics?
Okay..maybe one beverage a week might send my crew into a mutiny, I am alarmed at the sugar intake consumed in beverages. So we are swapping beverages for at least one meal a day and drinking water instead of juice, soda or tea.
On top of that new rule, we have assigned cups with names on them for use during the day. If you want a soda or juice you have to drink the same amount of water first. Funny thing happens with this rule; either they ask for far less sugar filled beverage or they are not thirsty any more once they drink the large glass of water! Either way it is a win win for this mom.
Another way that I am encouraging our crew to lighten up on the sugar is to offer other options such as the AquaBall. They are the perfect size for little hands and have fun Disney and Marvel characters on them, such as their favorite Disney Princess, Mickey Mouse, Ariel, and Olaf.
They also come in great flavors. AquaBall is the only zero-sugar, zero-calorie and zero-preservative children’s beverage on the market.
This naturally flavored water comes in flavors my crew enjoy and it is a good additional source of vitamins B3, B5, B6, and C.
We held a taste testing session and our results were:
Strawberry Lemonade – Didn’t smell like strawberry but tasted like it.
Grape – It smelled more like grape than it tasted.
Fruit Punch – Had least amount of scent but the most flavor.
Berry Frost – No one could put a name to the flavor but they liked it.
Compared to other beverages, AquaBall has a lot going for it.
Wait… we are also going to be giving away a case of each flavor to one lucky winner. Enter below on the giveaway form. Good luck!
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