The American Academy of Pediatrics says that “kids today” drink too much juice. It fills them up with empty calories and then they’re not hungry for real food.
But at our house the kids can drink as much juice as they want and everyone is happy! Well, not juice, but “juice” — and here’s how.
I start with a gallon pitcher, pour in 3 juice boxes, and top off with water. This way the whole pitcher only has a small amount of juice in it, and the kids can have all they want.
In fairness, I started doing this when my kids were … how old are they when they can start having juice? I no longer have a short term memory, but let’s say about 6 months? So they’re used to it and to them this is just what juice at home tastes like.
They have had real juice at school and friend’s houses. And when we have kids over I’ll give them all a juice box. When that happens it is like Mardi Gras! But for day-to-day, this is what they drink, and I get no complaints.
If your kids are older and wiser, you can just switch over gradually. You know, sneaky-style! But whatever you do, don’t fall for this CapriSun crap. I saw an ad for it a few months ago and I was so excited! But then I went to read the ingredients.
It contains High Fructose Corn Syrup so this is just some sort of fruit-colored beverage! I guess they can use the word “Water” in the title because the product is clearly a liquid, but seriously folks, this is so misleading! If they’re going to make fruit punch, just call it that and get on with it. Sheesh!