It’s only the start of the holiday season and you’re child’s already on sugar overload. Candy, pies, soda. Does it ever stop? Thankfully, you can curb your child’s sugar intake with healthier alternatives to some of their regular high-sugar choices.
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 450 calories per week from sugar-sweetened drinks (approximately 4-5 sodas weekly). Teenage boys are averaging well above those numbers: 1911 calories per week (273 a day)!
Replacing sugary drinks is an easy way to curb the sugar, without curbing the holiday food fun. Here are a few alternatives to high sugar drink options:
·Honeydrop Beverages: This healthy line of teas and juices is powered by honey and a great alternative to sugary drinks. Each bottle of Honeydrop is made with a spoonful of pure honey, void of all refined or artificial sweeteners and contains around 80 calories each. Honeydrop is also packed with antioxidants, helping your child resist the germs flying around holiday parties.
·Milk: Milk boasts nine essential nutrients (including calcium, protein and vitamin D) that benefit your child’s health. Need we say more?
· HINT Water: The no calorie, unsweetened essence water available in 10 flavors including Blackberry, Watermelon, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Strawberry-Kiwi, Mango-Grapefruit, and Raspberry-Lime. HINT has become the preferred alternative to sugary beverages.
You can also cut back on the sugar intake by making sure that your kids eat LOTS of fruits and veggies! And be sure to cut back on the holiday sweets too! 😉