Dexter is a growing tween and boy, don’t I know it. He has always had a healthy appetite shall we say, but the one thing he loves more than anything at the moment (apart from burgers obvs) are smoothies and fruit juices.
Thankfully, he has never liked Coke, but I allow him the occasional sugar-free Tango at the weekend, when he’s not sweeping the chimney, but I like to keep his drinks as natural as possible. In fact, you may remember that we invested in the poor man’s version of a Nutribullet recently, so that he could make his own smoothies.
I have been on the lookout for new fresh and interesting ideas for different drinks for him and, as if by magic, BRITA approached me (the pure water people) and asked if I’d like to work with them on a project about alternatives to
February is (apparently) Children’s Dental Month and it’s all about encouraging us as parents to think about the types of drinks we give our children. With that in mind, Jenny Edelstein, a children’t nutritionist, has come up with some alternatives, which encourages kids to drink more water.
So, I thought I’d join in and try and make two recipes for drinks myself! I was sent a lovely BRITA Marella jug to ensure I had the nicest, clearest water possible, I popped to the shops for some fruit, and off I went!
Here is the first recipe:
Tropical Agua Fresca with Jewelled Ice
100 ml BRITA filtered water
20 pomegranate seeds
400 ml coconut water
1 lime, washed and quartered
1⁄2 orange, washed and roughly chopped
50 g chopped fresh mango
2 tablespoons honey
- First, make the fruit ice cubes. Place the pomegranate seeds and blueberries in an empty ice cube tray, fill with BRITA filtered water and freeze.
- To make the agua fresca, place the lime, orange, mango and honey in a large jug and bash well with a wooden spoon to blend and release the juices.
- Add the coconut water and stir well.
- The drink can be refrigerated for up to 48 hours at this point.
- When ready to serve, strain the agua fresca into two glasses and add the BRITA fruit ice cubes.
Now I’ll be honest, I do NOT have the time to put pomegranate seeds into ice cube trays. In fact, I even got that wrong because I was meant to do the same with the blueberries but forgot! I work from home, I’m a single parent and quite frankly, I wasn’t really sure it would add anything to this recipe, other than some pretty decoration. Having now made it and drank it, the damn thing was SO delicious and if you’re not a grumpy cow like me, make the ice cubes! Why not?! Dexter didn’t know what ingredients were in the drink because I’m pretty sure if I had told him that it was coconut water, he’d have said “Urgh! I HATE coconut water!” (even thought he’s never had it) … but he gulped the whole lot down! He ranked it as a 6.5/10 (which is good for him) and agreed with me that this would be lovely in the summer.
I also don’t seem to own a sieve so couldn’t strain any of the drinks … had to go for the ‘murky’ look, but it didn’t make any difference to the taste.
The second recipe is:
2 teabags of berry flavoured tea
200 ml BRITA filtered water
70 g raspberries, rinsed
50 ml maple syrup
200 ml soda water
- Boil 200 ml BRITA filtered water, and use it to steep the teabags in a pan that can go on the hob.
- After steeping for 15 minutes, remove the teabags and add the raspberries and maple syrup. Bring to the boil on the hob, then simmer for 10 minutes stirring regularly.
- Strain through a mesh sieve, cool and refrigerate until ready to use.
- To serve, divide the raspberry syrup into two glasses. Then top up each glass with the carbonated water (or soda water), about 100 ml or to taste.
These are great alternatives for children (and I loved them too) and they would be especially great in the summer. Yes, they do require a little bit of extra effort and not everyone has the time … BUT, both of these would be lovely if you made a big jugful at the weekend maybe, and I think in the long term, it would wean your children off sweeter tasting drinks – which can only be a good thing. The ingredients are natural and you know exactly what’s gone into them and that can only be a good thing right?
As an aside, I love my new Brita jug, after not thinking I’d use it at all. I now use it ALL THE TIME! It’s ensured my kettle is less ‘scaley’, and I’m drinking more water during the day, so thanks again Brita – your jugs are lovely! 🙂