Why We Shouldn't Give Our Kids Juice!

Happy Friday Everyone!  With it being so hot outside, it's nice to have an ice cold drink in hand most of the day! Plus I don't know about you, but summertime just makes me crave fruity drinks! And there are plenty of healthy options for those, they just might not be the ones you are used to. Even for me, I used to love a Cherry Limeade from Sonic, but I haven't had one in well over a year, and even now, they have tons of sugar in them. 

It's also this time of year that we tend to lean more towards giving our children fruit juice to drink more often than we normally do. 

Today I'm going to share with you Why we shouldn't give our kids juice, as well as give you my 5 Favorite Summer Fruit Drink Recipes! 

Why we shouldn't give our kids juice, plus 5 awesome summery fruit drinks recipes that are good for you!

First off, why we shouldn't give our kids juice. 

Let's start by chatting about the lame store bought juices that are full of stuff other than just juice! Most store bought juices will have added things to them, sugar or high fructose corn syrup being some of the worst and most frequent ingredients found in them. So obviously you can tell that is no good! 

So how about freshly juiced juice from your own juicer at home! You know, I used to think...I won't buy store bought juice for my son, I will make him fresh juice from home! That is until I "met" JJ Virgin. When sharing my NO Sugar Journey with you all, which started in January of 2015, I mentioned that a lot of it was triggered by JJ's book The Virgin Diet. In that book, and in many of her podcasts she talks about why apple juice is worse for you than soda! (you can read a full post about it here, but I will summarize some of the info below).

Here's how JJ describes drinking juice in her article,"Consider the difference between a carrot and carrot juice, an orange and orange juice. You wouldn’t sit down and eat four oranges, but you could easily consume that amount in a glass of OJ."

Doesn't that make total sense!! And why does it matter you ask? 

Because when you juice fruit, you are taking out all of the fiber from the fruit, and so basically all you are getting is fructose, or sugar, and a lot of it! Even if it's the good kind of sugar, too much of a good thing isn't always good. Especially in this case. 

So imagine, we are giving our children a big hit of sugar every time we give them a glass of fruit juice! And for many parents, that's their go-to drink! And they think they are doing the right thing by getting the all natural juice, but either way, it's not good. 

Still not sure if it matters enough, here's why JJ Virgin claims that drinking apple juice is worse for you than a can of soda....

"Let’s look at the numbers. A 12-ounce glass of apple juice contains 39 grams or almost 8 teaspoons of sugar. A 12-ounce can of cola, by contrast, contains 33 grams (6.6 teaspoons) of sugar."

HOLY SMOKES! Now if that doesn't put it into perspective than I don't know what will. 

And the way that I look at it, my kid doesn't NEED juice. For some reason we have just made that the go-to drink for children...well either that or Capri Suns, (and don't even get me started on why Capri Suns aren't good for your kids). But why did we ever decide to make juice the kids drink? But since my kid has never had juice, then he has no grid for it. Which means, he's not missing out on anything or being deprived. I just give him other alternatives. If your child is "hooked" on fruit juice, then you might need to slowly ween them off, but keep reading and I'll share some healthy alternatives that are still yummy fruit drinks for the summer! 

Now before I move on, just to explain a little more, when you take the fiber out of the fruit, then all that fructose (sugar from fruit) goes straight to our liver. When fructose is delivered to us the right way, in the whole form of fruit, "things change for the better— our digestion slows down, we burn some energy extracting the fructose, and fructose moseys to our liver in a steady stream rather than a torrent."

If you want to learn more about this, read JJ's entire article on Why Apple Juice is Worse for You Than Soda.

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Don't worry though, I'm not going to drop the bomb on you and leave you with NOTHING! I've got 5 Healthy Summer Fruit Drink Alternatives for you!

Why we shouldn't give our kids juice, plus 5 awesome summery fruit drinks recipes that are good for you!

Let me preface, these are all fruit infused water drinks, but some great blends! So try them out and give them a chance. It might take a while to get used to them because they won't be as sweet as what you are used to! 

1) Lemon & Mint

2) Strawberry Basil

3) Watermelon & Cucumber

4) Lemon Balm & Raspberry

5) Grapefruit & Mint

Just add the ingredients to water and let it sit for a few minutes to infuse the taste, then enjoy! Or make a big batch in a water pitcher and have it ready to pore and share with the family! 

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LEAVE A COMMENT & tell me: 

What's your favorite summer drink? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!


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