When your kids come home from playing outside or after a long day at school, they’re looking for a refreshing drink to quench their thirst.
Sodas, sports drinks and other sugary beverages are often an easy choice for kids on the go, but provide too many added calories and not enough nutrition. Instead, you can create a kid-friendly drink zone in your kitchen, and help your kids get the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong.
Here are some easy ways to rethink your drink.
Stock your fridge with water, seltzer, fat-free or 1 percent milk and limited amounts of 100 percent juice, up to 6-8 ounces of 100 percent juice per day.
Offer fat-free or low-fat — 1 percent — milk with meals and snacks. Fat-free and low-fat milk have nutrients everyone needs.
Your kids learn from watching you. Drink milk with meals and snacks, and your kids will too.
Limiting sugary drinks helps keep your whole family healthy. Look for Eat Smart New York’s Rethink Your Drink campaign messages on billboards, buses and radio announcements in the Finger Lakes. Meet Eat Smart New York staff at farmers markets, food pantries and community events near you.
Visit bit.ly/2sJITXm for more tips and recipes, including infused waters, smoothies and flavored milks. For more about the nutrient and health benefits of fat-free or 1 percent milk, go to choosemyplate.gov.