The holiday season is here! Making healthy drink choices for your kids can be challenging since many festive drinks are high in sugar and fat. These jolly and healthy drink options are great to serve to your kids while enjoying the season!
- Peppermint tea: Try making peppermint tea for a low-cost holiday drink choice. It’s naturally caffeine free and can be easily prepared by boiling water and steeping a tea bag for 3-5 minutes. This warm, minty flavor will surely bring holiday cheer to your kids! Remember to make sure the tea is cool enough to serve to your kids without burning their mouths.
- Apple spice: Combine 4-5 sliced apples and 2 cinnamon sticks in a large glass pitcher. Allow the apple spice mixture to sit in the fridge for several hours. Remove apple slices and cinnamon sticks (to prevent choking) and pour into clean glasses for your kids. For more recipes like this, visit Rethink Your Drink Website.
- Hot apple cider: Warm up 100% apple cider or 100% apple juice with a dash of cinnamon. This comforting combination is full of vitamin C to help keep your kids healthy. If you purchase apple cider to make this drink, make sure it is pasteurized to protect your children from harmful bacteria.
If you do chose to indulge in traditional holiday drinks, remember to do so in moderation. Consider making healthy modifications to these drinks. For example, for hot chocolate, try making it with non-fat or low-fat milk and adding only ½ of the chocolate mix that the directions call for. For eggnog, try diluting it by adding ½ cup of eggnog with ½ cup of non-fat or low-fat milk. These healthy changes will result in a less sugary, but still satisfying treat.
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