Natural Healthy Summer Foods
At the ballpark, at the carnival its hard to find a good replacement for soda, says Zied. "Even lemonade isnt a great option, with all the added sugar."
"One soda once in awhile is fine," she says. "But I also give my kids the option of choosing whether they want a can of soda or three cookies instead. I let them make the choice. That empowers them to not waste calories."
Share those huge lemonades divide it in cups. Dilute with a bit with water.
Carry fruit juice with you. Or, flavor ice water with an artificially sweetened powder. "If it's hot, they're not going to fuss over drinking water," Zied says.
Another option: Make a spritzer with exotic fruit juices (like pomegranate or noni juice) plus sparkling water. Or, use blueberry extract with sparkling water. "Kids love blue food," says Rarback.