What you drink is as important as what you eat. The 0 in 5210 Healthy Military Children stands for 0 Sweetened Beverages. Many drinks have added sugar and do not contain vitamins or minerals. Here are 7 tips for choosing better beverages.
Be a role model for your family by choosing water!
Drink water when you are thirsty, and offer water to thirsty children. Carry a water bottle with you, so you always have something to drink.
Add flavor to water.
Try adding slices of cucumber, lemon, or other fruits. Add crushed ice and a fun straw!
Instead of soda or soft drinks, try sparkling water.
Sparkling water comes in many different flavors. You can also buy plain sparkling water and add a splash of 100% juice or a squeeze of lemon or lime.
Keep a pitcher of water in the front of the refrigerator.
Keeping water in the front of the refrigerator makes it easy for your family to see.
Choose a juice that says 100% juice on the label.
Watch out for labels on juices that say juice drink, juice beverage, or fruit-flavored drink. These are not 100% juice. Juice beverages and juice drinks have added sugar and very small amounts of juice.
Avoid added sweeteners by reading the ingredient list on the food label.
If any of the following ingredients are listed on the food label, the drink has added sugars: sugar, honey, corn syrup, and brown rice syrup. Also look for ingredients that end with “-ose,” such as fructose.
Watch the serving size!
Many bottled drinks and juices contain 2 or more servings.
Remember to aim for 0 sweetened beverages every day!
May I Have Some Juice Please?