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Trying to be Sugar Smart Week 2 – Drinks

As you may have seen last week, we are taking part in a scheme with Kallikids to try and be a more sugar smart family. In week two our challenge was all about drinks.

We were challenged to make the world’s most disgusting drink, and the world’s most delightful (low sugar) drink. The goal was to show kids just how much sugar was in fizzy drinks, and demonstrate that low-sugar alternatives can be great.

So, just how much sugar IS in fizzy drinks? Well, in a 500ml bottle of coke for example, there are cubes 13.5 of sugar, or 54g. That is a huge amount of sugar. Enough to set my teeth on edge!!

How much sugar is in fizzy drinks?
How much sugar is in fizzy drinks?

I must admit, the drinks part isn’t too much of a challenge for us, as we’ve never allowed our children to have fizzy drinks, and consequently they haven’t really developed a taste for them. They are actually quite repulsed by most fizzy drinks, and will only try them when at a friend’s birthday party or occasion to be polite, but then come home really thirsty and want to drink juice or squash.

Iced water is so refreshing, but will the kids drink it?
Iced water is so refreshing, but will the kids drink it?

I’m not being too smug and self-righteous though. My kids still hate to drink water! Toby isn’t too bad, but Hugo flatly refuses. When very small, we used to give them fresh apple juice very diluted with water, and as they’ve grown older we also give them sugar-free squash. If we’re out we allow them to have fruit shoots or similar, or again they enjoy apple juice or squash when we’re out. They also enjoy milk and milkshakes, but they have learned at school about the amount of sugar in shop-bought milkshake, and were so disgusted that they often shy away from them.

Delicious smoothies, juices and milkshakes
Delicious smoothies, juices and milkshakes

They really enjoyed making smoothies as part of our experiments though, and it was their immediate choice when I asked them what healthy drink we should make. I’m really guilty of not making smoothies enough, as they are a brilliant healthy choice for kids. They also like making them into ice lollies too. It’s partly because my old blender broke, so I only have a food processor, and it’s quite messy to wash up afterwards. So if anyone feels like donating me a great blender/Nutri-bullet type machine, feel free! Just think of how healthy you’ll be making my family!!

Fabulous and healthy smoothies
Fabulous and healthy smoothies

The obvious choice for their disgusting drink had to involve vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Explosions and fizzes go down a storm here! So we added the coke and mints experiment for good measure too. Shame the kids thought that one actually tasted nice! We also added the 13.5 cubes of sugar found in coke to our vinegar potion, to see if it improved any. Of course it did not! Toby’s face was a picture – take a look!

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Sugar Smart drinks advice and experiments for kids. Reduce sugar in drinks for your children and help them to make healthy choices.
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6 thoughts on “Trying to be Sugar Smart Week 2 – Drinks”

  1. Gosh, I realised that fizzy drinks were bad but I didn’t realise that they had that much sugar! That is disgusting! My two aren’t allowed fizzy drinks either but it can be a real struggle just to get Youngest to even have water.

    1. My two are only allowed water at school, and they’d rather go thirsty all day than drink water! (They do get milk on a morning and juice with lunch, so not completely dehydrated thankfully!)

  2. Hi, it is shocking the amount of sugar in fizzy drinks. Like yours, our children were only allowed fizzy drinks at special occasions and they rarely drink them now and do favour water.

    I wanted a Nutri-bullet for a long time as my liquidiser was quite up to the job of making smoothies with harder fruit and veg. I recently bought a similar gadget from Lidls made by Silvercrest and it is fab at a fraction of the cost. It stays out on the counter, washes easily and is fuss free to use. My teenage daughter happily makes her own smoothies and cleans it up afterwards, it’s that easy.

    xx
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