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Tasty Beverages for Kids that Aren’t 99% Sugar

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Teaching our kids great nutritional habits are important for their growing bodies and for their health as they become adults. Unfortunately, there are so many sugar-laden foods and drinks on the market that are targeted towards them, and the sugary stuff often has very little nutritional value beyond extra calories. Not only can the sweet stuff lead to an unhealthy weight, but the sugar can do a number to your child’s teeth, especially since children are already at a higher risk for cavities. For a healthier alternative, here’s a list of drinks that are healthy for their teeth and their growing bodies.

Homemade smoothies
Not only are they a tasty alternative, but you can slip some veggies in there without them even noticing! All you need is a high-powered blender and a few ingredients. Here’s an easy favorite that’s also high in fiber:

  • 1 cup – Cherries
  • 1 cup chopped – broccoli
  • 1 fruit – Avocado
  • 1 medium – banana
  • 1 tbsp, ground – flaxseed, ground
  • 1 cup – Pomegranate juice

Just put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. They’ll have no idea they’re drinking something healthy.

Milk
Although it does contain natural sugars, milk is a great source of calcium, which is an essential mineral for strong teeth and bones. That calcium is needed for building stronger enamel (the outer layer of your tooth), and is low in acidity. In some studies it has been found that cheese and milk can help protect your child’s tooth enamel from degradation caused by high acidic foods. Just be sure to make it plain milk. Adding chocolate or strawberry flavoring adds a bunch of sugar, too.

Water
Drinking plenty of water is also important for kids to satisfy thirst and keep their bodies hydrated. Healthy drinks provide these benefits without giving kids too many calories from sugar. Healthy drinks also protect the teeth from sugar and acid that can lead to cavities and pain.

Sparkling water with fresh fruit
If regular water just doesn’t cut it for your child, try sparkling water with fruit added. If your child likes sugary sodas, this is a good replacement beverage. Adding strawberries or something similar will sweeten it to taste, and although the fruit has natural sugars, it also has nutrients that your child’s body needs.

SunWest Dental Centers has nine valley wide convenient locations in Apache Junction, Biltmore, Buckeye, Chandler, Mesa, Prescott Valley, San Tan Valley, Sun City, and Tempe

Apache Junction

1601 W. Apache Trail, #2
Apache Junction, AZ 85120
(480) 982-4200
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Biltmore

4425 N 24th Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-354-5800
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Buckeye

407 N. 4th Street
Buckeye, Arizona 85326
(623) 327-3206
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Chandler

2175 N. Alma School Road, #C108
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 782-6200
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Mesa

600 E. University Drive
Mesa, AZ 85203
(480) 610-5100
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Prescott Valley

8256 E. Hwy #69
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 772-4433
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San Tan Valley

2510 E Hunt Hwy, Ste 28
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
480-355-0761
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Sun City

13000 N. 103rd Avenue, #85
Sun City, AZ 85351
(623) 583-6666
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Tempe

7660 S McClintock Dr. Ste 101
Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 831-8022
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