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Healthy Drinks Recipes

It may seem like an uphill task to try and get your kids and families to shift from much advertised Sodas to healthy nutritious drinks. However, as they say, Try, try till you succeed. And trust me, its important that you do, These sugar loaded sodas account for a major role in the high increase in America’s obesity levels. 1 can of Soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar! And judging by how we go out of our way to avoid sugar in anything we cook at home, surely that figure sounds potentially dangerous. Another draw back of these
Soda drinks is that they reduce the calcium level in the bones, leading to weak bones. And I don't even need to touch upon the endless dental problems, every parent is aware of that.

So how do you deal with this menace? Many parents believe that pre packaged fruit juices are the answer. Sorry to burst your bubble but they are just as bad, even more so because of all the preservatives and flavoring. One way of getting your children and spouse to stop patronizing Sodas is to talk to them and educate them about how these drinks can lead to weight gain, weak bones and dental problems. Ensure that they are aware of the various ingredients used in these sodas and how unhealthy they are. Of course the easier way out is to provide a healthier alternative to them so that they do not feel the need to have a soda! Take a look at these healthy drinks recipes.

Tropical fruit Smoothie (Serves 4)

  • ½ small papaya
  • ½ pear
  • ½ nectarine or peach
  • ½ banana
  • 1 (6 ounce) container yogurt (pineapple flavor works well)
  • Whirl everything together and enjoy!
  • If the mixture is thick, you can always add a little milk or juice, or add an orange to the combo to lighten it up a bit.

Frozen Watermelon Slush (Serves 6)

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 cups cubed watermelons (without seeds) or other melon
  • 1½ cups ice cubes
  • ½ lemon, juice of, plus grated rind
  • 1 cup cooled strong-brewed tea, from a cherry or almond tea bag (you can try other flavors, too)
  • Heat the sugar and water, stirring constantly, until the sugar melts.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Put all the remaining ingredients, including the dissolved sugar syrup, in a blender and blend just long enough to achieve that icy-mush quality.
  • Serve immediately, in tall frosty glasses.