Cut Down on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Water is just fine, thanks: Serve water or milk instead of soda.

Sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened waters are associated with a range of health conditions, including weight gain/obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. When you substitute water for a single 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda, you can reduce your caloric intake by approximately 250 calories. Strive to drink plain water. However, if your child struggles with this, add fresh or frozen fruit. Not only does fruit enhance flavor, it also makes for a nutritious treat once the water is gone. Mash the fruit in the glass or shake your fruit-filled water bottle to distribute the flavors and add more color.

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