Coconut Water for Kids: Healthy and Balanced

Concerned parents want their children to eat and drink healthy choices. Childhood obesity levels are soaring and more and more kids are in health crisis mode each day. Coconut water can help!

Packing your child’s school lunch or sport snack is an opportunity to leave out the over-sweet “fruit drinks” that are more sugar than natural fruit, and add in a coconut water container of wholesome goodness.

Coconut water is the purest liquid next to water. It is isotonic which means that it easily slides into the body’s cells to hydrate and nourish as well as water does. Plus CW has potassium, magnesium, other vitamins, and minerals that will help small (and big) bodies stay in a nutritionally balanced state.

How early can you give coconut water to children? In Central and South American countries, everyone grows up drinking healthy coconut water. It especially is important in the hot tropical climates where dehydration can occur quickly. Those children don’t think twice about making CW a vital part of their day.

Read over the labels of the major bands of coconut water: all natural ingredients, low in sugar, high in nutrients, no artificial flavors, no chemicals. Show it to your pediatrician for confirmation that CW is better for your child to drink than soda, sugared “ade” drinks, and many of the fake fruit drinks on your store shelves. Don’t overdo it; just add it as a daily drink. And if your child has food or nut allergies, talk this over with your doctor.

The plain coconut water might be a bit of an acquired taste for your little ones (and yourself too), but most companies have introduced natural fruit puree-added flavors that appeal to younger taste buds. Also remember, kids are tuned in to very sweet tastes and need to be weaned away from those choices.

Another excellent use for this liquid nectar is when kids are sick. Trying to rehydrate a child who is vomiting, running a fever, or has diarrhea is often a struggle. How many parents run out to buy the “pedia” drinks only to have a locked-lips refusal to drink it? Coconut water has history as a rehydration drink for ill children in many countries.

Freezing coconut water into “ice pops” makes a refreshing treat especially using pineapple or mango flavored CW. Getting healthy and ill children to finish off an ice pop is not usually hard to do! This is a great “sneaky” way to get your kids to drink more and drink healthy.

Adding coconut water into morning oatmeal or on cereal in place of milk, a splash on salads, or added to soup stock are other ways to get your kids the health benefits of CW without even knowing it. Smoothies appeal to the younger set too so increase their nutrition with CW in their “shakes.”

All the major brands (VitaCoco, O.N.E., Naked, Harvest Bay, Zico) come in small containers that fit into lunch boxes or diaper bags. O.N.E. (One Natural Experience) has come out with O.N.E. Kids, which is a blend of coconut water and fruit juice for active little bodies.

However you can get CW into your children, better health is the goal. Taking these steps now will lead your child on the path of good choices. Coconut water has been a healthy drink of choice for all ages around the world. Isn’t it time to introduce your family to this nutritious beverage?