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H2O Is the Way to Go
One of the simplest and most important things you can do for your health is to drink water. The human body is made up mostly of water (about 60 percent), and it relies on water to help perform every function. This means your body uses lots of water and needs you to replace it continuously. Make water your first choice every time, especially during warmer seasons and after vigorous physical activity. A good guide for most people is to try and drink 8 glasses of water each day.
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100 Percent Fruit Juice All the Way!
Sugar comes naturally packaged in many of the foods we eat, including fruit. One way to avoid added sugars, especially in the drinks you serve to your kids, is to look for and purchase products that are “100% fruit juice.” Try to avoid making juice the only beverage you provide to your kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends up to 12 ounces of 100 percent fruit juice per day for children over the age of 7 and only 6 ounces for children 1 to 6 years.
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Low-Fat Milk for Calcium and Vitamin D
Generally speaking, children between the ages of 5 and 12 need two to four servings of dairy products per day. Low-fat milk is one of the best sources of dairy you can provide for your family. It is a rich source of calcium and vitamin D, both of which are important to bone health as your kids grow and develop. An eight ounce glass of milk equals a single serving of dairy and needs to be balanced against the other sources of dairy in your family’s food choices: low-fat yogurt and cheese to name two.