Homemade Energy Drink For Kids: Are They Good For Kids Health?

Energy drinks have become popular in modern times. There are hordes of TV commercials promoting cans and bottles of energy drinks. However, when it comes to kids and children you have to be extra cautious. It is true; kids need to remain hydrated especially when they play sports. In fact everyone has to remain well hydrated if they want to maintain perfect health.
Is it necessary for the kids to drink those commercially available energy drinks, especially kids who play outdoor sports? According to pediatricians and researchers, energy drinks which are available on store shelves should not be given to kids.

This is because they contain high level of sugar and caffeine. Both are detrimental for kid’s health.

The best alternative is to make a homemade energy drink that is all natural to boost the child’s energy, especially when they play sports. For an average kid who is active may only require healthy nutrient diet with enough water consumption.
Below are given few homemade for kids who play sports.

How To Make Energy Drinks For Kids At Home?

Recipe no. 1:

  • Half cup of orange juice.
  • 2 to 3 fresh strawberries.
  • One banana.
  • Half cup plain Yogurt. Instead of yogurt, you can also use soy milk.
  • 1 teaspoon of honey.
  • 2 to 3 ice cubes.

Puree all the ingredients to make a tasty smoothie.

The natural sugar and protein present in banana and honey will give necessary energy for the young kid during his practice or the final game. Fructose, glucose and sucrose present in most citrus fruits including orange juice is a natural energy booster for the kid.

Recipe no2:

Drinking a cup of coconut water is also a refreshing natural energy drink for the kid. It is used since centuries in south Asian countries. It contains necessary salt such as potassium and other electrolyte. Besides, the natural sweetness is better than artificial sugar. Potassium present in coconut will prevent cramps experienced by many kids after their hectic sports activity.
Certain fruit juices such as Acai juice made from Acai berries is all natural replenishing energy booster for the growing kid.

Recipe no3:  Fruit smoothie:

Ingredients: Apple, Banana, Kiwi, Peach and Tomato.

Cut all the ingredients in small pieces. Remove the skin of apple and kiwi fruit. Put them in a blender and grind well till it becomes a delicious smoothie. You can give a cup of this smoothie to your kid in his breakfast. The texture and color of this smoothie is very attractive and kids will like to eat it voraciously. Besides, the mouth watering aroma is maintained as there is no added ingredient such as ice cubes etc.

Are Energy Drinks Good For Kids?

Given the recipes of few homemade energy drinks, now the bigger question arise is are they good or bad for kids.
To an extent as already said, nothing beats like a well balanced diet. If your child is provided all the necessary nutrients in his food there is no need for an extra energy source.

All that is necessary for the kid is to eat well, remain hydrated by drinking enough water, and remain physically active having a good night sleep and taking rest at suitable time.
However, even if the kid consumes homemade energy drinks it is safe as they are all natural, without any artificial or flavored items. They have additional nutrient value, as they are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals.