Quench Their Thirst Without Colas

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Kids love sugary soda drinks; but as parents, we know that between the sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, complete lack of nutrients and caffeine, that soda should remain a special occasion drink and not an everyday beverage.

When your kids are craving colas, what can you give them that they'll love just as much but without all the sugar and additives of soda? Believe it or not, you can make your own healthier sodas at home, using juice and every mom's best friend-club soda.

Juice + Carbonated Water = Healthy Drink Kids Love

When a child is craving soda, what they are really after is typically a sweet drink with some fun bubbles. You can make your own healthy sodas at home by applying this concept to your child's favorite juice flavors and adding in some club soda (carbonated water) to give it that fun, soda-bubble feel.

The trick here is getting the combination right. While 100% fruit juice does contain some of the nutrients and vitamins your kids need, they also contain a lot of sugar. To make your child's "healthy soda" actually healthy, stick to a combination of 1/3 juice and 2/3 club soda.