I’m going to shock all of you for a moment with this statement, but here I go: I can get pretty picky about what my kids eat and drink.
I know. I’m, like, the queen of dessert. I bake cookies on the regular; I’ve served donuts for dinner before, and I have a slight obsession with the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. The thing is, I totally believe in moderation.
I also believe if you sandwich those desserts in between healthy, homemade, nutritious meals, then you’ll be just fine. I am not above bribing my kids to eat their veggies in exchange for dessert. Ain’t no shame in my game. (Did I seriously just type ain’t? Ugh.)
Then again, I’m also a mother with about 3,011 responsibilities. Sometimes a healthy dinner just doesn’t happen. Try as I might, sometimes fruits and vegetables don’t make it to my table at every single meal every single day. Sometimes I even order pizza for dinner and serve it on a paper plate over a dining room table that is in serious need of refinishing.
Let me redeem myself a bit here.
I am especially strict about what my kids drink. Soda has never been an option. Now, sure, I’ll give them a single glass of soda during a special occasion or when we’re at someone else’s house, and their kids are all drinking it. At home, though? Not so much. I never buy the prepared chocolate milk that my husband loves, because it’s got an insane amount of sugar and high fructose corn syrup in it. We don’t do juice boxes or pouches, because juice is generally just sugar water with a bit of apple juice tossed in there.
Seriously. When did juice stop being healthy? Was it ever healthy?
My kids drink water. Then they drink some more water. Weird, right? Kids that drink water. Not only does it save me money, it keeps their little bodies healthy. It’s also pretty easy.
They’re always happy when I have other options in the house, and with Kraft’s new Capri Sun Super V I can do that more often. It’s juice with vegetables, you guys. Best part? It’s in a pouch, and it tastes like regular fruit juice. My kids didn’t realize it was healthier than the other juice boxes/pouches and were happy to have a fun drink that tasted good. If you pair some carrot and celery sticks with a Capri Sun Super V at snack time, your kids are getting a pretty healthful snack!
The juice itself has a combined serving of fruits and vegetables with 3/4 coming from fruit and 1/4 coming from veggies. Now, obviously this isn’t going to replace actual fruit and vegetables, but it can certainly add a boost of nutrition to your day and help you feel a little less guilty about serving that pepperoni pizza for dinner.
There is no substitute for real veggies or fruit, but if I can substitute the sugar water juice drinks with something that has real fruits and vegetables? Then, yes. Pass the juice. We’ll drink some of that. In moderation, of course.
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