Part of the fun of being a kid is enjoying a nice cold drink on a hot summer day. As a parent, you have to balance letting your child have fun with the fact that some drinks are inherently unhealthy. What are some drinks that you should have available for your children to help them cool off when it’s hot outside?
Lemonade Always Pleases the Young Ones
Nothing says summer quite like lemonade. Whether you use sugar or actual lemon as a sweetener, your kids will ask for it by name whenever they get thirsty while playing outside. You can put your own twist on this summer classic by adding cherry or lime flavors. Adding umbrellas or using curly straws will help your kids enjoy their drink even more.
Everyone Likes a Milkshake
Milkshakes are easy to make and don’t have to be made with a lot of sugar or cream to taste good. To make them extra thick without adding a lot of calories, you can add yogurt or ice instead of milk or heavy cream. The kids can top them off with cherries, some chocolate sauce or sprinkles to personalize their drinks.
Use Flavored Syrup to Make Any Drink a Delight
The use of flavored syrup can turn any drink into your child’s favorite. There are many flavors to choose from such as cherry, blueberry, or raspberry. Some companies, like Monin, know that it may be possible to find syrup that has reduced or no sugar added to make it healthier for your kids. A reduced sugar option may be best if you tend to let your child have these types of drinks often.
Root Beer Floats Help Create Instant Memories
Root beer floats are like milkshakes, but you can make them with ice cream for kids who may be lactose intolerant. Instead of ice cream, you use cream, sugar and eggs to create a thick and creamy drink. If your child doesn’t like root beer, you can substitute it for other types of soda flavors that your child does prefer like lemon-lime or orange. The use of chilled mugs will make the root beer flavor standout even more when consumed.
As a parent, you want your kids to have as much fun as possible during the summer. Part of achieving that goal is making great drinks that they won’t find anywhere else. When your children have kids of their own, they will look back fondly on your creations and try to do the same for their children.