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Health Tips

Sugary Drinks a no, no for Kids

By 23/12/2013May 23rd, 2017No Comments

Every day Australian children are bombarded with advertising messages for sugary soft drinks, lollies and chocolate.

These beverages provide no nutrition benefit and are the #1 source of excess calories in adolescent diets. Drinks that were allowed: water (tap for filtered), flavored milk, and 100% fruit juice.

Why avoid “bad” beverages:

  • The average can of soft drink has 10tsp. of sugar
  • Synthetic sugar alternative are packed full of chemicals
  • Carbonation leaches calcium out of the bones
  • There is no safe limit of caffeine for a small child
  • 64% of Australian kids aren’t drinking enough water and are opting for fizzy drinks and cordial.
  • One in four Australian kids are overweight or obese.
  • 36% of children are drinking just two glasses or water of less per day therefore are not sufficiently hydrate

Swap:

  1. Soft drinks for mineral water with a splash of fruit juice or fresh fruit (see recipes)
  2. Milkshakes for fruit protein smoothies
  3. Processed juices for freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices (125mL of juice a day)
  4. No caffeinated beverages!! Ice teas for herbal teabag (apple and cinnamon) in water with ice
  5. Sports drinks or flavoured water for water with a squeeze of orange, apple or mint

Raspberry Soda:

  • Raspberry Soda
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp. frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 1 tsp. of honey or agave nectar
  • 200ml of soda

Method:
Blend the raspberries till smooth and then pass through a sieve to removed the seeds.
Mix in a glass the raspberries, lemon and honey, mix together. Gently pour the soda into the glass and serve.