Healthy Alternatives to Soda for Family Dinner
WRITTEN BY: AISLING
So you want a break from plain water and finding it hard to think of healthier options? Well have no fear as we've got you covered! Here's a list of soda alternatives you need to try
Plain sparkling water is one of the healthiest soft drinks. It has no sugar and is just as hydrating as regular water. If you think it is too bland, add a splash of fruit juice or infuse it with fruits. You can also buy flavored versions, but make sure to check their labels for added ingredients and hidden calories.
Lemonade can be an easy way to add vitamins and minerals to your diet. Though you can buy it at stores, nothing beats the freshness of making it at home. A refreshing glass of homemade lemonade can be enjoyed with honey instead of sugar or sweetened with a sugar alternative of your choice.
Iced tea is great, but fruity iced tea is an undeniable more attractive version for kids at the dinner table. You can make your perfect brew by using your favorite tea(s), and adding fruits of choice. Don't forget to add herbs like mint leaves as it can soothe the stomach and ease digestion.
Fruity iced tea
Kombucha is made from bacteria, sugar, yeast, and black or green tea. It is a great source of probiotics that can help with bloating, constipation, and other gastrointestinal issues. You can make kombucha yourself, but you can also buy it at stores. Typically a bottle will be about 12g of sugar over the 35g in a can of soda.
Milk is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, and protein. For kids with small appetites and or low weight, milk can be a great way to get more calories. Though milk has natural sugars it almost never has added sugars.
All this said, water and or tea is still the best drink with a meal. Nevertheless, the drinks in these list can liven up dinner time without adding additional calories.
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