Trying to be Sugar Smart Week 2 – Drinks

Fabulous and healthy smoothies

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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37 Replies to “Trying to be Sugar Smart Week 2 – Drinks”

  1. It’s crazy how much sugar is in drinks. My son is now 11 and I still don’t let him have fizzy drinks…
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    1. That’s good! Some people give in, but we treat it the same way as beer or wine – just for grown-ups!

  2. 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!)

  3. 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.

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    1. Oh wow, I might have to look for that in Lidl Deb. Maybe a Mother’s Day hint…

  4. It’s shocking how much sugar there is in a bottle of pop ! What a fun experiment to do although I’m not sure I would be brave enough to try it. Thanks for linking up with #TuesdayTreasures.
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    1. That’s why we did it outside Angela! Although, it didn’t turn out too bad really. I expected worse!

  5. This sounds great. I’m so concerned about how much sugar my boys are consuming and I also worry about artificial sweeteners in low sugar drinks. I make a smoothie almost every day and my partner and I love them but sometimes it can be difficult to get the boys to drink them, we’ll keep persevering though 🙂

    1. Daily smoothies sound like a great idea. Maybe if you get your kids to help decide what goes in them, it may encourage them?

  6. I keep saying to myself I should make smoothies more, too! I used to consume a lot of sugar but I switched from fruit juice and fizzy drinks to carbonated flavoured water which is much better. It’s everywhere!

    1. It’s a real eye opener isn’t it?

  7. Pop has so much sugar, it’s really shocking! Erin is only 1 so doesn’t even know what it is yet

    1. Long may it continue!

  8. Chris always makes his own smoothies to take to work each day. The kids love milk and water so rarely have squash or juice (except at my parents’ house where they get treats ALL the time!). I gave up sugar in tea and coffee when I started dental nursing 15 years ago and have never missed it. We have no sugar on cereal either, never have done .

    1. Wow sounds pretty much ideal!

  9. The smoothie making sounds so fun and yummy too! I think it’s good for kids to know how much sugar is in fizzy drinks. Ours only have water and very occasionally juice, but even that is a rare occasion! We do sometimes have those yogurt smoothies, as I find it hard to get milk into my oldest. But I feel inspired to try making our own now, with no sugar! x
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    1. Oh that’s great, both on the water drinking, and the smoothie making fronts!

  10. It’s insane how much sugar is in some drinks. Especially ones that are marked as healthy. We just give Elise water at the moment, and luckily she loves it!
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    1. You’re very lucky she loves drinking water. I wish my two did.

  11. This sounds like a fun challenge but harder than it looks! We used to trick the kids into drinking water by re-naming it Adams Ale. Worked for about a month.

    1. Adams Ale – I like it!!

  12. Making smoothies is so much fun! I don’t particularly like fizzy drinks so my boys didn’t have them when they were younger but the big one discover coca cola last year (he is at college now) and it is horrid to know what he consumes sometimes. So far, the younger one will not even taste fizzy drinks when out and I am hoping it continues!
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    1. I hope it continues for you too!

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  14. The smoothie maker is coming out! Tonight! Thanks for the reminder and for sharing some healthy stuff with us at #TweensTeensBeyond Nicky
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    1. Excellent! Mine are asking for more smoothies tonight too. Big hit!

  15. Brilliant challenge and well done you for doing it. Wow the sugar content of fizzy drinks is staggering! We just never bought them so they were never in the house and as a result my kids don’t like them. Instead that drink fruit juice which is so expensive! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond.

    1. I think that’s key Sharon, if they’re not in the house the kids don’t drink them.

  16. One of my teens does enjoy a coke, the other less so, however, I have been told by my dentist that fruit juices are also very high in sugar and that the worst tooth decay he has seen was that of employees of a very famous smoothie brand – mentioning no names. I apply the same rule to sugar as to everything – moderation! Love the challenge. Thanks for linking again. #TweensTeensBeyond

    1. Yes, makes sense Jo. Obviously fruit sugars are more natural, but still sugars, plus there are fruit acids too. So everything in moderation makes a lot of sense!

  17. My daughter loves making smoothies – delicious and healthy! Thanks for linking up to #youtubesunday

    1. My two are asking for them all the time now!

  18. What a great initiative. It is a good way for kids to really see how much sugar is in these fizzy drinks. We limit their fizzy drink amount and only allow sugar free. #TweensTeensBeyond
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      It has been a real eye-opener for us!

  19. […] as possible from everyone we can, to compile ideas for being sugar smart as a family. (weeks 1, 2 & 3 are […]

  20. […] saw us looking at our drinks, and performing some interesting experiments! You can see the full psot we did here, but as previously mentioned, we aren’t too bad as a family where drinks are concerned. Our children don’t have fizzy drinks, just squash which is sugar free. I only drink diet coke as a ‘naughty’ choice, and we don’t have sugar in tea or coffee. So we found this week relatively easy. The boys also really enjoyed making smoothies, and want to do this much more often, which is brilliant. […]

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