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0-Sweet Beverages

Water and low-fat milk are the best drinks for your kids. Fruit juice- even 100% fruit juice- adds a lot of unnecessary sugar and calories to your child's diet.

Keep track of how many sweet drinks (soda pop, juice, sports drinks) your child is drinking each day; limiting these drinks will reduce empty calories and leave more room for healthy snacks and meals.

See the chart below for calorie and sugar content in kid's drinks.

Tips to Make it Easier:

  • For kids of all ages, water and milk are the best choices. Not only is water free from calories, but drinking it teaches your children to accept a low-flavor, sugar-free beverage to quench thirst.
  • Give each of your children their own water bottle.
  • Add fresh lemon, lime, or orange wedges to water for some natural flavor.
  • Gradually make the change from whole milk to low-fat or fat-free milk.

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