The Importance of Beverages!

 

The Importance of Beverages!


The Importance of Beverages!

Make sure to send your kids off to nursery or school with a small bottle or thermos of water because drinking water prevents dehydration. It is important to teach your children the health benefits of quenching their thirst with water and fluids such as juice and milk instead of sugary sodas (which contain absolutely no health benefits), or caffeinated soft drinks which cause dehydration.


MILK

Everyone knows that calcium in milk is important for developing and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Milk is not only an excellent source of calcium; it also provides your child with 15 essential nutrients. Milk is a mixture of protein, carbohydrates, and fat along with vitamins, minerals, and water. These nutrients provide energy, support growth and development, and will help your child stay healthy.


One Glass of Whole Milk

Vitamin A (IU)               350

Vitamin B1 (mg)           7

Vitamin B2 (mg)           44

Niacin (mg)                  2

Protein (g)                    9

Carbohydrates (g)         12

Fat (g)                          9

Food Energy (calories)        160

Calcium (mg)               288


JUICE

Fruit and vegetable juices supply vitamins and minerals in varying amounts while satisfying thirst. Fruits and vegetables not only taste great, they’re loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants. Because of their importance, it is a great idea to make sure that your child has at least one glass of juice daily while he is at school. If you’re going to send fresh juice with your child to school, make sure to send it in a thermos to keep it as chilled as possible and fresh! If you are going to send juice in a carton, remember to put it in the fridge from the night before so your child can have a refreshing cool drink.


One serving of certain juices will provide your child’s daily requirements of vitamin C and other nutrients. Half a cup of citrus fruit juice – orange, grapefruit, lemon – or guava nectar will provide your child’s daily requirement of vitamin C. Tomato juice also provides an adequate amount of vitamin C if you double the serving. Apricot and mango nectar and carrot juices are very high in vitamin A. Be creative when making juices for your child so he does not get bored! You can combine many fruits and vegetables together for a variety of nutritious drinks. If you’re going to buy juice in a carton, choose 100% fruit juice, and experiment with the variety of different flavors available on the market until you discover the ones your child prefers the most!