Lower-Sugar Drinks to Wean Your Kids Off Soda
I drank so much soda as a kid that I can’t remember ever drinking water. I’m sure it happened—I just don’t remember it. I also thought juice was a “health drink” so I avoided that, too. As you may have guessed, my teeth were littered with cavities. When I got my braces off, my dentist revealed that I had 12 new cavities, just that visit. That must be some kind of record. After begging me to switch to diet soda for years, I finally caved into my dentist’s recommendations when I was 16. I was amazed to see that switching to diet soda alone made me lose about 10 pounds. The cavities also stopped cropping up en masse. (To all the people out there who say regular soda is healthier than the diet kind, my personal experience leads me to believe otherwise. The New York Times agrees.)
If you’ve got a kid who keeps begging for the sugary stuff, may I recommend some alternatives? The more you can cut down and/or out the soda routine, the more your kids’ teeth will thank you. (Oh and have them floss. I haven’t gotten a single cavity since I started flossing every day.)
1. Dry Soda
Dry Soda’s founder and CEO created this line when she was pregnant and missing have wine or cocktails to compliment her meals. She created a culinary line of sodas with unique flavors like Ginger, Lavender and Rhubarb, all much lower in sugar than your average vending machine beverage. Find Dry Soda near you here.
2. Q Cocktail Sodas
Sure these sodas were created for adult purposes—to be cocktail mixers—but we think they’re delicious all on their own. Their Ginger Ale is rich in flavors like coriander and orange peel and contains only 60 calories. Their Kola brings spicy flavors like nutmeg, lemon and lime back to cola and contains only 70 calories. Perfect for a treat, rather than an every day soda habit.
3. Sparkling Water with Tasting Vinegar
We at Boka are major fans of the Sodastream. Not only is it nice to be able to whip up sparkling water at any time, but it’s also a platform for creativity. My co-worker’s children are big fans of Pok Pok Som’s Drinking Vinegars. They come in kid-friendly flavors like pineapple, honey, apple and pomegranate and they all taste delicious. Just add a teaspoon-full to a glass of sparkling water and your kids will love it. I personally have the Thai Basil vinegar at home and find it goes very well in vodka cocktails.
At Boka, we can’t recommend any kid down soda regularly. But for those treat occasions, these three options will be sure to please. Pro tip: You don’t have to tell your kids there’s less sugar.