At our house we have been lucky enough to trail Vitarium sugar free drink mixes over the last few months. These have been very popular with the kids.

Vitarium sugar free drink mixes

Vitarium sugar free drinks

Essentially they have created a range of milk mix flavours that contain no added sugar or additives. They have a range of flavours including: Kids Chocolate, Strawberry and even a Premium Chocolate.

“These drinking mixes have been developed in-line with Vitarium’s philosophy of creating healthier alternatives. Popular flavours like  ‘Berry Yum Strawberry’ and ‘Crazy Dark Chocolate’ have proven to be a hit with both children and parents.  With less than 10 calories per serve, parents can be rest assured knowing that their children are consuming a fun, tooth-friendly drink without the excess energy.

The mixes are sweetened with Natvia. I have been curious about stevia and Nativia since the time that I was gestational diabetic. It is a natural sweetener derived from stevia. Apparently it is a 100% natural alternative to artificial sweeteners and sugar.

Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute made from the leaves of the stevia plant. Its taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar.  Stevia has been used extensively by for more than 1,500 years by the Guaraní people or South America. The leaves have also been traditionally used for hundreds of years in both Brazil and Paraguay to sweeten local teas and medicines, and as a “sweet” treat.

I have enjoyed these mixes myself, using the chocolate ones to pimp my afternoon smoothies or protein shakes when I have been dieting and trying to avoid sweets/sugars. They have a great sweet flavour without that awful taste of artificial sweetners… which I loathe.

I would definitely recommend to mums who want find an alternative to Milo, and other sugary drink mixes. You can offer these as an alternative.

Want to know more about what Munch has previously written on sugar? Why not check out reducing the white stuff in your family’s diet or about diabetes awareness? And this recent piece on school kids saying no to sugary treats is really quite interesting.

Mummy to three small boys

 

 

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