Saturday, 9 August 2014

Vita Coco Kids* - Coconut water and juice drinks for children - Review

Ethan was one of those children who didn't like water, when he was a baby, and when we were advised to start introducing it but I was lucky - Once he started liking water he was happy to have it all the time. He's never had juice, or squash, very often he has water almost all of the time, as his day-to-day drink. This means that when he does have a carton of juice, or a fruit shoot, he sees it as a special treat and he enjoys it even more than he ordinarily would.

As such, when we were offered the chance to try some of the 'Vita Coco Kids'* range I was happy to say yes, I knew I'd have a very happy boy when it came to trying them out.

We were sent two cartons of each of the flavours which they do which are Apple & Blackcurrant and Mango & Pineapple. Both of the flavour combinations sounded really nice, though the Mango & Pineapple was a nice addition as it seems to fit nicely with the tropical feel that you get with something like coconut water.

With the weather being as hot as it is it's even more important than ever to keep our little ones hydrated so something like this is a fantastic idea. If you've not already heard about how coconut water has become a really big deal then where on earth have you been? (haha!) It's been popular in other parts of the world for a while time but in the UK it's really taken off more recently - It's supposed to be a great replacement for sports drinks and people are just swapping it for water/juice/smoothies on a more general basis now, too. This is because the potassium found in coconut water helps our body keep itself hydrated and that can only be a good thing!

The drinks were really tasty and Ethan really enjoyed them - I'm not a big fan of the taste of coconut water but these were much nicer, with the fruit included to give them a nice added flavour. They didn't last long at all, even as just for a special treat!

If your kids normally drink things with lots of added sugar, even just natural fruit juice sugar, then these might be a great substitute as there's a lot less sugar in coconut water and there's only some additional fruit juice added for flavour - Vita Coco has a little section to explain this on their site -

These aren't something we'll buy really regularly, because juices aren't something we buy really regularly, but when we do these will definitely be towards the top of my considered list as they have the additional benefits that coconut water has and Ethan still really enjoys them. 

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These drinks were sent to us for the purpose of review but opinions are entirely my own (and Ethan's)*


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