Why the Food in Between Matter: Beverage Choices

Fruit juicing is a great option for children to get their nutritional needs met while providing a form of hydration. Since not all juices are created equal, homemade versions with no added sugar and pulp included is best. Concentrating on main meals will provide your child with the bulk of nutrients, but the food in between, especially beverages, matter too.2 Hydration is what will help your child’s body run efficiently and feel strong. Do not forget about milk either as it is one of the key drinks for strong bones.5 But if milk alone is not enough, Pediasure, a child nutritional supplement, can provide additional support.6

Always Choose Water First

Water is not only essential in quenching your child’s thirst, but is also vital for the functions of every cell in their body. Coming in at 0 calories per serving, it is what will help transport nutrients where they are needed. On average, a child who gets 4 to 8 cups of water a day, depending & physical activity, has a more stable mood, can concentrate better, and has improved memory retention. To promote consumption of water, infuse with natural fruits, make ice cubes with fruit pieces, have natural fruit juice popsicles, or fruits high in water content. Examples of such fruits are watermelons, pineapples, and cucumbers.1

Natural Fruit Juices Hold More Nutrients

Though store bought packaged fruit juices contain some fortified vitamins and minerals, they are ladened with sugar and little to no healthy fibers homemade juice has. Juicing is a good way to get your child to eat their daily fruit serving, so as long as you include the pulp. And juicing is not just limited to fruits, but you can also include some vegetables like cucumbers and carrots.2 A juice containing apples, pears, oranges to mask the flavor of healthy leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, your child can get vitamin A & C (to support immune function), vitamin K1 (to support bone health), and vitamin B6 to help the conversion of food into energy.3

Milk and Alternatives          

Cow’s milk is a good source of vitamin D, Calcium, and Protein, all important for supporting muscle health and bone strength to catch up on growth for children. It is recommended that a child who can drink cow’s milk, should at least have 2 servings (250 ml per serving) along with other nutrients from food to fulfill daily needs.4, 5

Equally, plant-based milks from soy, almonds, can provide similar vitamins and minerals, but often those products are not favored by children for taste. For this, parents may have to find child nutrition supplements to make up for what is missing from not drinking milk. For example, PediaSure child nutrition supplement has been formulated with 37 vital nutrients, arginine and vitamin K2 to provide extra support for growth where it is needed. ^^ Coming in a child approved taste, Pediasure powder format is adaptable into shakes and can even be made into popsicles to provide your child with a fun way to get daily required vitamins and minerals.

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References:

  1. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Choose-Water-for-Healthy-Hydration.aspx
  2. https://www.eujuicers.com/magazine/the-health-benefits-of-juicing-for-kids
  3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/carrots#vitamins-and-minerals
  4. https://www.webmd.com/children/news/20121213/cups-milk-preschoolers#1
  5. https://www.momjunction.com/articles/benefits-of-milk-for-kids_00351190/
  6. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/products/page/pediasure

^^   Alarcon PA, et al. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2003