At two and a half years old, Dora hasn’t been exposed to many sweet drinks. The drink of choice here is water. She tried a sip of lemonade at a birthday party recently and screwed her nose up at it. I’m sure there will come a day when she’ll want sweet drinks but as long as the choice is mine as her parent, I will be choosing healthy alternatives.
I was interested to read about Water Buddies drinks on another blog and was happy that an opportunity came my way for us to review them in our house.
Immediately, the brightly coloured easy grip bottle, designed by kids, appealed to Dora. The ‘No Junk Promise’ along with them having no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners appealed to me. In fact, they contain just 1.8% sugar which is fantastic compared to many drinks on supermarket shelves marketed at children.
Dora got to trial three of the four flavours. Her favourite was Awesomely Orange. She called it her ‘maniwin dwink’ because she has a healthy obsession with mandarins at the moment. What I like about the flavours is that they are not sickly sweet. They taste like water with a dash of fruit juice.
The flavour range includes Real Yum Rasperry, Awesomely Orange, Goodie Goodie Grape, Kiwi and Strawbs along with a pure water version called Nothing But Water. Cute, playful characters appear on each bottle: Milla in her magical crabsuit, Bubble Merfriend, Carter the Deep Water Robot, Baloopa the Starfish and Jam the Jellyfish. The addition of little jokes and facts on the bottle also adds to the appeal.
Joke: What did the water say to the boat?
Answer: Nothing, it just waved!
I can imagine Water Buddies would be fantastic for reluctant water drinkers and could see them being placed in school canteens as a healthy alternative to some of the juices and sugary options available at the moment.
With 80% less sugar than many orange juices, it makes a great treat for an active two and a half year old.
Water Buddies are available at Woolworths nationally and leading independents including New Zealand Natural Ice Cream stores across Australia. RRP $1.99 (300ml).
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