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Are your kids drinking these healthy drinks?

Parents should know which drinks are the healthiest for their kids.

Making sure kids are getting enough vitamins and nutrients is so important for building healthy bodies and active minds. But for a parent whose children are picky eaters, it can be challenging to make sure they’re getting all of their essential vitamins and nutrients every day.

7 Healthy Kids' Drinks (Slideshow)

For this reason, many drinks are formulated to help parents meet their kids' daily nutrition requirements. These beverages can contain protein, vitamins, and other nutrients to ensure that kids can be active while growing strong and healthy.

As a parent, it’s important to be on the lookout for drinks containing these essential nutrients that will help a child grow strong, but it's also vital to be on the lookout for drinks containing added sugars, artificial ingredients, and other ingredients that can be harmful to kids’ health.

Since some drink options are healthier than others, a good parent should know which ones are the healthier options as well as what’s in them. Drinks such as TruMoo Chocolate Milk, Honest Kids Organic Juice, and PediaSure contain a healthy dose of daily vitamins, while drinks such as Horizon Organic Milk and Froose use all-natural and organic ingredients. Here are some healthy options for milk- and juice-based drinks for your kids.


7 Super Easy and Healthy Grab and Go Meals!

To make a meal “grab and go”, it literally has to fit in your hand and not require utensils or plates. So, we’ve divided these grab and go dinner ideas into 7 areas.

Grab and Go meals are what we all need when carpooling from after school activities, sports, fundraisers, meetings, etc. But I know what you’re thinking… grab and go meals, as in packaged meals? No, HEALTHY grab and go meals as in REAL food based meals that you can literally prep the day of or weekend before. Then all you have to do is GRAB them (or store in a cooler) and GO on your merry way. You can feel good about your healthy food choices and feeding your active family.

Now that deserves a high five!

Let’s jump the recipes so you can grab them and go make! Sound good?

1) The first grab an go meal idea is SANDWICHES!

Packed with veggies and protein, sandwiches are the perfect, “on the go” dinner! Our kids love

2) The second grab and go dinner category is hand pies or calzones

Hand pies are popular, delicious, and easy for kids to eat.

A few of our favorite are

3) A third grab and go meal idea is Quesadillas

Whether you roll them up, or eat them flat, quesadillas are easy for kids to take in the car or on the go. Some of our favorites are:

4) A fourth category for meals on the go is chicken fingers or tenders

Made popular by fast food restaurants, chicken fingers are a kids favorite! Some of our favorite recipes include

5) Fifth on the go dinner idea- Wraps or Burritos!

Veggie Burritos To Go!

A healthy grab and go meal that’s packed with good nutrition and lots of flavors. Perfect for carpool meals or a quick dinner after sporting event!

6) Sixth category is pizza

What kid hasn’t eaten pizza without a plate or utensils? Pizza, although it can be messy, really is a kids favorite dinner idea! A few pizza recipes we like include:

7) And the final category for on the go dinner ideas is falafel.

Falafel is the vegetarian version of chicken nuggets or mini meat loaves! We love these made from chickpeas!

Comfort food made healthy and portable! Protein packed and great with just a ziplock bag of fruits or vegetables. All van fit nicely in a cooler.

I think we got all our healthy grab and go meals covered for the week! All you need now is a little weekend food prep and you’re set.

Just because summer is nearing doesn’t mean that our busy schedules are coming to an end. Nope. In fact, I’d say we’re actually filling our weeknights with more activity! The weather is nice and the days are longer. That’s a good for a Vitamin D boost, but not when it comes to trying to plan healthy meals. Which is why we are sharing these 7 super easy and Healthy grab and go meals!

For those nights where you need something fast and easy, check out our calendar of 30 Last minute dinner ideas– one for every single day of the week!


Ginger Ale

Per one cup serving: 36 calories, 9.2 g sugar (recipe yields three gallons)

This carbonated beverage is made from water, ginger root, lemon zest and a combination of brown and white sugar. Super simple, low-calorie and delightfully refreshing!

Get the recipe from The Homemade Soda Expert.


4th Of July Drinks For Kids: 7 Quick And Easy Recipes

As kids, we're always looking for ways to seem older and cooler. This Fourth of July, make your little son or daughter feel like they're party of the scene my mixing up some of these easy and colorful drinks. They're also perfect for non-alcohol drinks and pregnant mommies-to-be.

1. Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie

1/2 cup vanilla flavored yogurt, plus more for garnish
2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup milk or water
1 large banana, cut up
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup blueberries, for garnish

Place yogurt, strawberries, milk, banana and sugar into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into tall glasses and top each drink with 1 teaspoon of yogurt and garnish with blueberries.

2. Patriotic Drink

Cranberry juice
Wild Berry flavor Gatorade Fierce
Diet 7-Up

Fill a clear glass with ice cubes. Pour the drink with the most sugar (check the nutrition label) into the glass. For our red, white, and blue recipe, start with the cranberry juice. Very slowly add a beverage that contains less sugar-in this case Wild Berry flavor Gatorade Fierce. Be careful to pour it onto an ice cube -not directly into the other drink to keep them from mixing. Use the same technique to add a layer of Diet 7-Up.

3. Iced Fruit Punch

1 Cup Red CranApple juice
1 Cup White Sobe Pina Colada flavored drink
1 Cup Blue G2 Gatorade
Ice

Fill your glass 1/3 of the way full with CranApple juice. Fill to the top with ice. Slowly pour the remaining drinks directly on top of a piece of ice.

4 oz. Cranberry Juice
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
2 oz. Club Soda

Shake juices with ice and strain into a tall glass. Top with club soda and stir.

5. Watermelon Lemonade with Kiwifruit Splash

4 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into fourths
1 tablespoon sugar
8 cups cubed seedless watermelon
2 cans frozen lemonade concentrate
4 cups water

Place kiwifruit and sugar in blender. Cover and blend on medium speed just until smooth. Freeze 1 to 2 hours or until firm. Then add watermelon in blender or food processor. Cover and blend on medium speed until smooth. Place frozen lemonade concentrate and water in large pitcher. Add watermelon mixture mix well. Pour watermelon lemonade into glasses. Spoon dollop of frozen kiwifruit on top. Serve immediately.

6. Shirley Temple

1 1/4 ounces grenadine
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Ice
3 ounces club soda
2 maraschino cherries

Place the grenadine, lemon juice, and lime juice in a tall glass and stir with a cocktail spoon or straw until combined. Fill the glass with ice and top with the club soda. Stir gently to combine.

Garnish with the maraschino cherries and serve immediately.

7 . Lemon Mint Spritzer

1 cup water
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 3/4cups fresh mint leaves, plus 6 sprigs for serving
4 1/2cups chilled club soda
1 cup mint syrup
3/4cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
Ice, for serving

In a large saucepan, bring 1 cup each water, sugar and fresh mint leaves to a boil lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool, then strain, pressing to extract any liquid refrigerate. In a pitcher, using a wooden spoon, muddle 3/4 cup mint leaves and 2 tablespoons sugar. Stir in 4 1/2 cups chilled club soda, 1 cup mint syrup and 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons). Strain into ice-filled glasses and top with a mint sprig.


10 Healthy Smoothies for Kids | Mango Peach Smoothie

What better way to get more fruits and veggies in your kids’ diet than a refreshing smoothie! Your kids will love these smoothies for breakfast or a snack.

  • Author: MOMables – Laura
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 smoothies 1 x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Cuisine: Drink

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup s almond milk
  • 1 cup diced peaches, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup chopped mango, fresh or frozen
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine the almond milk, peaches, mango, and vanilla. Blend on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Add the ice and continue to blend until smooth. If it’s too thick, add a little more almond milk as needed.

Equipment

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 115
  • Sugar: 18.1g
  • Sodium: 140.1mg
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.3g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Protein: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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Kids’ Cherry Cocktail Recipe

My little bartenders loved making these drinks! But a little background first. Since training for this upcoming marathon, I’ve had some pretty painful knee problems. It was clear to me that inflammation due to overuse was to blame. So, obviously I got online to find remedies, cause I wanted to continue to run. One thing I came across in several articles stating tart cherry juice can reduce pain caused by inflammation during exercise. Check out this exciting study:

Background

Perfect! I thought, so I went out to buy some cherry juice. The cheapest way to buy it was concentrated at the health food store. Pure cherry concentrate, nothing else added. By itself, its quite syrupy, but add a little water and its delicious.

So, I made some “cherry ice cubes” first.

Then we pulled out some frozen cherries from when they were in season, and a few other frozen berries.


7 Healthy Kids’ Drinks - Recipes

These cold drink recipes are easy to make and perfect when kids need to cool down on a hot day.

1/4 cup of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup orange juice
carbonated lemon lime drink (known as fizzy lemonade in the UK)
ice

Crush raspberries and then put into a large glass. Pour in orange juice and stir. Top with carbonated lemon lime drink. Add ice.
This recipe was submitted by Rachael, age 9, from the United Kingdom.

assorted fruit (no skin)
carbonated water or Sprite

Cut fruit into small pieces. Blend in blender all the fruit and the carbonated water.

Pour the drink into a cup and enjoy.
This recipe was created by Shannon, age 10, from Canada.

1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup lime juice
1/2 cup water
ice cubes

Mix all the juices together, then, while stirring, slowly pour in the water as well. Pour into a glass and add the ice cubes. Enjoy the Vitamin C goodness! Serves 1 person. If you want to serve a whole pitcher, multiply the whole recipe by 10.
This recipe was created by Anne, age 10, from the Philippines.

1 6 ounce can frozen orange juice
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
10 ice cubes
1 teaspoon vanilla

Blend all ingredients in a blender for 30-40 seconds, pour in glasses, and serve this delicious drink.
This recipe was created by Lauren, age 8, of the United States.

1 packet Kool Aid drink mix, any flavor
1 cup sugar
1 can crushed pineapple
6 cups ice

Combine drink mix, sugar, and pineapple in blender. Add ice to fill blender and mix until smooth.
Recipe courtesy of "D" from the USA.

1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup Sprite or Fanta soft drink
2 tablespoons sherbert fizzy powder (***see below)
1 cup of boiling hot water

Mix all ingredients except boiling water. Mix thoroughly. Add hot water. Stir in all ingredients. Cool down in fridge. Serve.
Recipe submitted by Chelsea, age 11.

4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons citric acid
1 teaspoon baking soda (bicarb soda)

Mix ingredients together making sure measuring spoon is dry. Add this powder to drinks to add "fizz".

Any fruit you like (fresh or frozen)
1 cup orange juice
2-3 tablespoons yogurt

Pick any fruit, fresh or frozen, that you like. Cut into semi-small chunks and place in a blender. Add orange juice and yogurt. Blend together for one minute. Depending on the fruit, use a strainer if there are seeds or skin that don't blend.
This recipe was submitted by Haley.


Victoria's Funky Frozen Treat

2 tablespoons lime juice
4 cups cola
7 tablespoons apple juice
4 cups rice crispy cereal

First pour rice crispy cereal into a freezer ready container. Then add cola and apple juice and stir. Next put in freezer for approximately 3 hours.

Take out frozen mixture. Squeeze lime juice into a glass and pour over the frozen treat. Thaw then break up into slushie. Serve and enjoy.
*Thanks to Victoria for sharing this recipe.

1 bar of Philadelphia cream cheese
1 spoonful of sweet condensed milk
1 can of evaporated milk
1 box of Jello gelatin, your favorite flavor
water as per Jello instructions

Boil water for 3 minutes then add Jello and let it cool for 3 minutes. Next pour Jello mixture, cream cheese, condensed milk and evaporated milk into a blender and blend for 1 minute. Drink and enjoy!
*This great recipe was sent in by Alejandra.

5 cups lemon juice
3 cups white sugar
5 cups lime sherbert
20 tablespoons baking soda
8 cups carrot juice

Combine baking soda and sugar in blender. Add lemon juice. In another bowl mix carrot juice and sherbert. Add all ingredients together in blender and blend for 1 minute. Serve immediately.


*Thanks to Josie for sending in this far out fizzy kid drink recipe.

1/4 cup cranberry juice
1 cup ginger ale
Serves 1.

2 cups orange juice
2 cups grapefruit juice
1/4 cup apricot nectar
1/3 cup pineapple juice
4 cups ginger ale

Mix together and chill. Add floating chunks of frozen fruit or fruit juice ice cubes for fun. Great for parties.

1 cup cola
1/3 cup lemon lime soda
1 maraschino cherry
1 orange slice

1/2 cup lemon lime soda
2 limes
1 tsp cherry juice
1 maraschino cherry

Rinse limes, cut in half, and squeeze juice into a tall glass. Add soda and cherry juice and stir well. Add a maraschino cherry on top for fun.

8 large lemons
8 cups water
1/2 cup sugar

Rinse lemons, cut in half, and squeeze out juice into a pitcher with a manual or electric juicer. Add water and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add some ice and keep in the fridge for at least one hour.

2 kiwifruit peeled
1 cup honeydew melon cubes
2 tablespoons sugar

Blend together for one minute.

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Coconut-Berry Smoothie Vegetable Juice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups tender coconut water
  • Tender coconut
  • 3-4 strawberries
  • 1/2 peach
  • 1/2 apple
  • A pinch of black pepper

Directions

  1. Roughly chop the apple, tender coconut, and peach and throw the pieces into the blender.
  2. Add the strawberries and give it a spin.
  3. Add the coconut water and a pinch of black pepper.
  4. Stir well and drink.

Benefits

This low-calorie drink is loaded with natural electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals. This drink helps to lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and make your hair and skin healthy.


Self Care: 7 Days of Fruit-Infused Sparkling Water

In my renewed quest to eat healthier, my husband and I have recently become totally hooked on sparkling water.

Something about the bubbles, make it seem like a treat instead of plain old water, and the health benefits of substituting it for all our other drinks have been amazing!

We’ve also found that while the store-bought, lightly flavored stuff is OK, infusing the water with fresh fruits, citrus and often some mint makes them feel even fancier. (Friends are especially impressed when we entertain with these drinks too.)

So today I’ve asked fellow sparkling water enthusiast, and MPMK contributor, Kristin to share 7 of her favorite fruit-infused sparkling water recipes. Try a new one each day this week and enjoy!

My kids beg for soda when we go out to eat. Beverage companies are just so good at marketing soda as a refreshing drink.

Kids and adults alike crave it as a compliment to a delicious meal.

So last summer, I started making my own sodas at home. I would create a fruit or citrus simple syrup and then add club soda. It was a great alternative to artificially-sweetened soda when we wanted something sweet as the temperature rose.

This year, I’ve been exploring the idea of fruit infused sparkling water.

It a no-guilt way to enjoy a refreshing drink. In-season fruit is so sweet and juicy, it makes the perfect compliment to sparkling water.

Right now berries are in-season. Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries will all be available at the grocery store and at the peak of freshness.

Citrus is also in-season. Think lime, lemon and tangerine. Mint is also a tasty addition to any combo of fruit and citrus.

If you’re making your beverage with berries, you have the option to float the berries or muddle them. Muddling creates more flavor, but also results in a thicker textured drink.

7 Recipes for Fruit and Citrus Infused Sparkling Water

Lemon and Tangerine

Everyone loves lemon in their water, but adding tangerine gives you a hit of sweetness with the tart.

Lemon and Mint

Again, spicing up the original lemon water with mint is unexpectedly delicious.

Raspberries and Blueberries

I float these berries and they slowly add flavor to the sparkling water. You could also try soaking them overnight.

Tangerine and Blackberries

This is one of my favorites. Tangerine and Blackberries both have a lot of sweetness.

Lime and Mint

This combination always makes me think of a mojito. A healthy mojito, of course!

Lemon and Blueberry

There’s something about these two ingredients that is reminiscent of a blueberry muffin.

Muddled Berries and Lime

Like I said, you can always muddle the berries in any of these recipes. You can see in this drink how the flavor expands through the whole drink. The lime balances out the sweetness of the berries too.

Once you’ve added your citrus and berries (muddled or not) to your glass, fill it with ice. Then, top it with club soda or sparkling water.

For those that really enjoy their sparkling water, you can make tons of your own and help the environment by skipping cans and bottles with a SodaStream.

Maybe your kids are still getting used to a sugar-free drink. Sometimes, I’ll also make a simple syrup (with sugar or honey). This way I can choose what kind of sweetener is added and how much.

A Few More of Our Favorite Healthy Snacks:

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4 Healthy Electrolyte Sports Drinks for Toddlers + Kids

These 4 Healthy Electrolyte Drinks for Toddlers + Kids are made with whole and natural ingredients and designed to keep your little ones energy levels going strong on a hot day or during a sporting event. For an extra special treat on a hot day, you can even turn these drinks into freezing cold popsicles!

Like most siblings, my two girls couldn&rsquot be more different. Parker is a girls-girl and likes dolls, twirling, princesses and anything pink. Ellie is more into space, camping, climbing trees and playing in the mud. These differences are what makes being a parent so fun and interesting. You birth two children, yet these children are so completely different.

One more difference between the two is a small thing &ndash drinking water. Ellie will drink what seems like gallons of water a day, while Parker drinks maybe a cup a day <&mdash&mdash&mdash- not ideal!

Normally, I try to just encourage her to drink water and then let her be. But on hot days when she is running around outside, I have to step in. Her entire face is bright red, she&rsquos hot and sweating and she just doesn&rsquot understand that water will make her cool down.

So while she doesn&rsquot drink water, she loves juice. But I am not going to give her gallons of juice a day, I&rsquom not that nice of a mom.

I had to make something that looked like juice, but was healthy.

Enter these 4 electrolyte Sports Drinks! These fun flavors are the cure for boring water!

Blackberry + Lemon + Mint Electrolyte Drink
Pineapple + Ginger Electrolyte Drink
Cucumber + Melon Electrolyte Drink
Strawberry + Lime + Coconut Water Electrolyte Drink

Let&rsquos take a peek at what inside these amazing drinks &ndash

Fruit &ndash they have just enough fruit flavors to keep them interesting. You can use fresh or frozen, but I used mostly frozen when I could because I always have bags of frozen fruits already on hand for our daily smoothies. While fruits have a ton of nutrients in them, in this recipe they are mainly used to enhance the flavor of the water, the nutrients they provide is just a happy bonus!

Honey + Himalayan Pink Salt &ndash Don&rsquot be fouled by fancy cans of sports drinks, salt and honey are all you really need to replenish your electrolytes. It&rsquos that easy! Because Himalayan salt (or a good quality of unrefined sea salt will also work) is loaded with over 70 trace elements like magnesium and calcium this is what provides the bulk of electrolytes to your body.
Honey is in there to not only make the drink a little sweeter and more juice-like, but it also helps your body absorb the minerals from the salt. So if you are going to change up the flavor combos below (which I highly encourage you to do) make sure you keep the salt and honey in there for the healing properties of the drink.

Water, Herbal Tea or Coconut Water &ndash while I generally use water in my electrolyte drinks you can also use your favorite herbal tea (this is one of our favorites) or coconut water. Coconut water is amazing for replenishing the body because of it&rsquos extra potassium but on the downside it can get pretty pricey.

And while I came up with these drinks to help Parker stay hydrated, I also fill my own water bottle up each morning and I have noticed a huge difference on how much energy I still have in the afternoons. These drinks really do help you feel replenished, recharged and refueled all-day-long!

Okay, now for the fun part &ndash these popsicles!

As you may know we love popsicles in this house (see here for more healthy popsicles for your toddler) but these electrolyte popsicles are so amazing! They are a perfect item to toss in your little ones pool, soccer or lunch bag for them to have after they spend hours outside in the hot sun!

And because they are like 95% water and 5% other healthy ingredients, I am completely fine with my girls eating as many of these as they want! This makes them the happiest girls on the planet:)

To make these popsicles I usually make a double batch of one of the recipes below (the Pineapple Ginger is my personal favorite) and then I fill our water bottles up with half of the electrolyte drink. With the remaining drink, I add in a little more honey and then fill up some of these amazing ziplock pop bags with the remaining drink and then toss them in the freezer for later that day or week.

Now, it&rsquos time to have some summer fun while staying refreshed and energized!



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