Healthy Children - January 2015

Better Beverage Choices Made Easy

Now that you know how much difference a drink can make here are some ways to make smart beverage choices:

  • Choose, water, diet, or low-calorie beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • For a quick, easy, and inexpensive thirst-quencher, carry a water bottle and refill it throughout the day.
  • Don’t “stock the fridge” with sugar-sweetened beverages. Instead keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge.
  • Serve water with meals.
  • Make water more exciting by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, or watermelon, or drink sparkling water.
  • Add a splash of 100% juice to plain sparkling water for a refreshing low-calorie drink.
  • When you do opt for a sugar-sweetened beverage, go for a small size. Some companies are now selling 8 oz. cans and bottles of soda, which contain about 100 calories.
  • Be a role model for your friends and family by choosing healthy, low-calorie beverages.