Delicious Drinks for Kids

Children run and play hard in 70 degree weather just as easily as 90 degree weather so it's real important to keep them well hydrated. Under hydrated children suffer from urinary tract infections, decreased resistance to disease, crabbiness and listlessness. Under hydration can quickly turn to dehydration which is acutely serious.

There are many nutritious alternatives to kool-aid , Dr. pepper, and other fruit flavored squeeze box drinks . There are two and half tablespoon of sugar in 8 ounces of soda, visual that ! Sugar consumption can also contribute to dehydration.
The trick is to offer something good that they will drink without a lot of sugar.

Try making your own root beer with this mixture of herbs,
2 tsp sarsaparilla root
1 tsp licorice root
1 tsp wintergreen leaves
1 tsp stevia leaves (for sweetness optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon bark
2 cups water
1 quart carbonated water
Simmer herbs in the water in 10 minutes, then remove from heat. Cover the pan and let cool. Strain out herbs, add carbonated water and serve.

Purple Pineapple drink
1/4 cup soy milk
1/2 cup pineapple juice
cup of blueberries or any other berries in season
1 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or frozen
1 banana, peeled
2 teaspoons Flaxseed oil
( provides Essential Fatty Acids which are greatly missing from the American diet)
1 tablespoon wheat germ
Using a blender, whirl the soy milk, pineapple juice, pineapple chunks, blueberries, banana, wheat germ, and oil until smooth. Pour into a glass

Good Source for Organic Herbs

Chocolate Monkey!
1 cup of chocolate soy milk
1 banana peeled
cup of ice cubes
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
Whirl away until smooth ! Pour into glasses

Sneaky Peppermint!
1 cup of soy milk
cup of brewed then cooled peppermint tea( fairly strong)
1 cup of ice cubes
handful of fresh spinach leaves
( don't let anybody see you do this.. it will make the drink green but not interrupt the flavor, adds nutrition)
You may need some raw sugar for this
Whirl away until smooth ...pour into glasses

You can also make some diluted herbal teas and add ice to them.
Lemon balm with lemon slices or peppermint make a refreshing drink .
There are also teas called tisanes which the main ingredient is a variety of dried fruit.
They make great cold drinks great smoothies and flavored ice cubes!
These drinks are a good way to offer nutrition and keep the children and the big kids drinking too!

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