It may be spring but that is not going to stop the near summer weather in areas are experiencing. If it is nice outside kids are going to want to play for as long as they possibly can. Some kids will go as far as to skip drinking water because of the lack of taste and go towards sweeter drinks. As care givers, parents, and overall concerned neighborly people fretting over a child’s well being is almost unavoidable. Easy, quick, healthy refreshments will keep the kids hydrated and full of energy. Some of these refreshments can be stored in a cooler outside or inside.
Reasons for homemade drinks:
- Quenches thirst.
- Replenish lost vitamins.
- Healthier than soda.
- No sugar additive.
Frozen and non frozen drink ideas:
- Popsicles and frozen icees: mix fruit juice of any kind and place in small cups with a stick (optional). Create colorful, flavorful layers by freezing one layer of juice at a time in a cup.
- Slushies: blend ice and juice in a blender for a cool refreshing fun drink.
- Flavored water (bottles and/or coolers): add lemon juice to water.
- Homemade “soda”: mix juice and club soda together.
- Flavored drinks: Mix 2 or more fruit juices together and if wanted, dilute with water.
Fruit Juice Ideas:
- Grape (Red and White)
- Grapefruit (Pink and White)
The idea about making these cold and frozen treats is to use 100% natural juice. You can make this yourself or buy the juice concentrated or regular from the store. Buying store brand or name brand can be a slight difference that kids will most likely not notice
Before giving kids anything
- Be aware of every kids allergy and sugar content.
- Apple juice for example contains more sugar than orange juice therefore watering it down might be ideal for some.
- Read the nutritional information for each juice.
- And have fun!