When my son and I go grocery shopping, I try to bypass the snacks and beverage aisles as quickly as possible. But when colorful containers jump out at your children, I can’t help but cringe at all the artificial beverages targeted towards children.
And while it’s no wonder that child obesity is such a major concern in the US, companies still make artificial drinks for children and people still buy them. Sometimes it’s inevitable because kids see their friends drink them, but as parents who want to give their children a healthier life, it is up to us to weed out bad food and bring in the good ones.
When we’re at home, it’s easy to give our kids water, milk, or the occasional all natural juice. But when we’re at parties or even in restaurants, kids just can’t resist that sugary drink or the artificial colored ones. Yes, sugar is the main attraction, but we can just as easily provide them with something made with less sugar or sweetened with natural juices. But have you ever considered giving your children tea? Tea comes in many varieties and degrees of caffeine and antioxidants. While most tea contain great amounts of antioxidants called Catechins, they are found primarily in green tea, and have superb antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. My son drinks diluted green tea now and then and he likes to drink them warm. Green tea is most powerful when it’s hot but most kids have a hard time drinking anything hot. As with most tea, the natural caffeine found in the leaves are not the same as those found in coffee so it is a safe alternative for beverages.
When we discovered Little Me Tea (http://littlemetea.com/) not too long ago at the Healthy Beverages Expo, I was impressed at the taste and quality of their tea-juice blends. Using only the natural beauty of organic tea and organic fruit juices, the melange of flavors is quite exciting. The tea/juice fusions are sweetened only with fruit and vegetable juices so there are no added sugar. For me, it was just sweet enough and when you drink it cold or iced, it’s incredibly refreshing. I like to include their beverages in my son’s lunch box as the tea-juice boxes are a good size for quenching his thirst.
Little Me Tea began as a love for their daughter, who after realizing that there weren’t enough healthy beverage choices for kids out there, the proud and innovative parents came up with the concept of blending organic tea with organic fruit juices. Knowing the benefits of tea, the company created a beverage that was both delicious and good for you. And since Little Me Tea are caffeine-free, low in sugar, and non-GMO, their tea-juice blends are an excellent choice for parents who want to find something new to serve their kids. It’s no longer just juice anymore – children’s beverages have evolved into more sophisticated tastes.
Currently Little Me Tea comes in two flavors: Julia’s Tropical Tea which is a delightful blend of organic white tea with organic citrus fruits and Zane’s Grape Tea which is a yummy blend of organic white tea with organic red grapes. Both flavors are infused with a melange of unique and ultra healthy ingredients that both you and your kids will recognize. Two more flavors have also been added to their lineup: Fruit Punch Tea and Berry Tasty Tea and we’re looking forward to trying those out as well! And rest assured that all of Little Me Teas are made with only natural and organic ingredients, have no added sugar, and packaged in BPA-free Tetra Packs which can be readily recycled. The juice boxes are 6.75 ounces and can fit into a regular lunch box for kids. They make excellent thirst quenchers and can also be used as a base for other beverages like smoothies or even frozen for a delightful iced treat.
I like to give my son Little Me Tea as an in-between meals snack or as a special beverage treat for dinner. The juice boxes come with attached straws and are easy to use for little kids. Little Me Teas can be found at most natural grocery stores and currently on their website they are offering coupons to try their tea-juice blends. So if you’re looking for a new and healthier beverage alternative for your kids, you might want to give Little Me Tea a try. If your kids have never tried tea before, don’t worry for these refreshing tea-juice blends have enough of a unique flavor to satisfy their thirsts.
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