When we stopped eating/drinking anything with added sugar, we also cut out juice. This meant I would have to find some healthy alternatives to the juice boxes I typically throw in my kids’ lunch box. I have to admit, I love juice boxes. I’ve always bought the no sugar added, 100% juice, organic boxes. They’re easy, convenient, and I thought they seemed healthy. That was, of course, until I realized that the juice is the fruit stripped of it’s natural fiber, which makes it not much different than drinking sugar with vitamins. 6 teaspoons (24g) of sugar, in fact! I was astounded when I read the ingredient label on those cute little juice boxes and saw how much sugar was in them.
Replacing juice boxes has actually not been so difficult. We’ve come up with 5 delicious and healthy alternatives to the ubiquitous juice box in the lunch box! Just fill a reusable water bottle with one of these yummy choices. It’s not that much more difficult than grabbing a juice box out of the pantry.
- Infused Water
- Iced Herbal Tea–my kids love the fruity varieties, especially raspberry
- Coconut Water
- Milk (almond, cashew, coconut, traditional, etc)
- Flavored or plain Seltzer Water–no sugar, just carbonated water (and natural flavoring). Some people have told me they find this bitter, but my kids think it’s awesome. They call it sparkely water and love to load it up with lemons (or any of our infused water ideas). Just don’t get tonic water—it has added sweeteners.
- Bonus extra idea—plain ol’ water