Flavour your water without adding any sugar or artificial sweeteners. It’s important for you and your family to stay hydrated, especially during the warm weather but nobody needs all of the sugar that is packed into so many drinks.
Before I go on I need to say that babies do NOT need juice (pet hate of mine!).
Calories or energy consumed as drinks is not accounted for in the same way as energy from food by our body’s natural homeostatic mechanisms. This means that it’s easy to put weight on by drinking energy laden drinks (including juices) and it’s one of the main causes of excess energy intake that we see in our early years clinic.
The sugar is also very detrimental to oral and tooth health. Sadly one of this biggest causes for hospital admissions in the early years is for dental extraction, something that is more often than not a totally preventable ‘illness’.
Drinking water (or council pop as one of my clients calls it!) doesn’t have to be boring though! Why not try keeping a jug of water in the fridge? Water tastes better chilled.
Try adding a slice or two of strawberry, orange, cucumber, mint leaves, lime or lemon. Or try a combination of these. You can freeze chunks into ice cubes to have a cooling effect too. Its also a good way to use up a glut of something.
Fruit and herbal teas e.g. Peppermint or Camomile are also great sugar free drinks served hot or cold (brew in hot water and then chill).
What other things do you like to add to your water?
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