Best Juice for Toddlers
- 1 orange
- 12 – 15 strawberries
To limit how much juice you are offering the bambino, you can dilute the juice with water or seltzer (for a fizzy treat).
Fill up sippy cup, bottom’s up!
Aside from juicing the fruit, offering whole fruit to children is also a healthy option as it contains fiber and other nutrients.
It’s never too early to develop healthy habits.
** Infants should not be given fruit juice at bedtime, as a treatment for dehydration or management of diarrhea.**
Here’s a chart to gauge a healthy amount of juice for your child, by age:
|6 to 12 months||4 ounces per day|
|1 to 4 years||6 ounces per day|
|4 to 12 years||8 ounces per day|
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Orange juice is a great source of thiamin and folate and other cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Oranges are packed with potassium and have the highest amount of vitamin C. Citrus fruits are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Nutrition because they do not contain sorbitol. Sorbitol is sugar that is found naturally in some fruits. Due to the absence or shortage of enzymes, sugars are not fully absorbed in the small intestines causing gas.
Here are a few other fruits that don’t contain sorbitol: strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and white grape juice.
Other juices that can be offered to toddlers and children is grapefruit juice, apricot juice, prune juice (a great source of niacin, fiber, zinc and iron), white grape juice.