I decided early on that my kids won’t be fruit juice kids. We eat lots of fresh fruit here, and I want them to always count on water being their primary drink. Not to mention:
Eating fruit and drinking store bought fruit juice are not the same.
We make smoothies with our Vita-Mix often, and we throw fresh fruit in there. What I love about juicing the fruit this way, is that we get the benefits of the entire fruit.
Store bought fruit juice, including several organic varieties, have added sugar that I don’t want my kids consuming on a regular basis. Although some juices may not have the actual word “sugar” in the ingredients, it is often disguised as:
- high fructose corn syrup
- evaporated cane juice
- fruit juice concentrate
- sucrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose or dextrose
I could write a whole post on the dangers of kids eating too much processed sugar, but severe dental damage and obesity are just a few.
And while we are at it, here’s the most common form of artificial sweeteners found in juice.
- Aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal)
- Saccharin (Sweet’N Low)
- Sucralose (Splenda)
For the love, you are not doing yourself any favors by consuming artificial sweeteners over regular sugar. Click HERE to read a great article by Dr. Mercola on the dangers of these sweeteners.
So what do my kids drink? We primarily just drink water, but they also have raw milk, a little kombucha and Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood.
I’m a huge fan of this superfood, and we’ve had it in the house since my oldest was 18 months. They also have it in chocolate, but we prefer the berry! I do not consider it a replacement for consuming vegetables and fruit, but it is a great way to “fill the gap” when I feel like they haven’t had enough.
We usually have it in the house, and we always take it with us when we are traveling. We had a mega-nutrition guru over once and I asked him to take a look at it and he gave me the thumbs up. I really trust his nutritional advice, and it put me at ease to know he approved.
Here is what I like about this kids superfood specifically:
- it has less than one gram of sugar per serving
- inexpensive (50-75 cent per serving)
- it uses whole foods as a source of minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants which support their immunity
- dairy free, gluten free and soy free
- each serving has 3 servings of fruits and vegetables
- nothing artificial in it
And in case you are wondering… this is not a sponsored post. Amazing Grass doesn’t know O’Mamas exist, I just really like this stuff!
I just want to say once more that I absolutely do not consider this a substitute for my kids consuming fruits and vegetables. I would say, however, that if your kids are not consuming fresh produce daily than this would be something great for them to have. If your children are used to consuming sugary juice, they may not like the taste of this right away. You could start by mixing some with water and a little of the juice they are used to, and then slowly wean them off the juice!
My 3 year old takes 1-2 servings a day, and I am just starting to give my 14 month a little (about 1/4 a serving) each day.