Have you tried these juice boxes yet? The minute I saw them in my local grocery store I knew we had to try them. Now my kids don't actually drink juice. Come to think of it they mostly drink water or milk on a daily basis. My oldest likes sparking water and there is an occasional Gatorade Zero for him. Contrast that with how I grew up with a huge bottle of Sunny Delight and Sweet Teas in the fridge. Woah—small mom win for me! Woot Woot!
I am also very well aware that my children don't have the same things as other kids—mostly by choice, but I certainly don't want them to feel weird or outcasted or deprived in any way. So when there are products like this that align with my desire to keep them low-carb and free from sugar and/or processed foods, I'm all for it.
The package boasted 1g of Sugar and only 5 calories per juice box. Plus there is "No added Sugar". I was skeptical of the taste, though the back did show monk fruit as the sweetener. I decided to give it a try and see what the consensus was. As for me, the no sugar and natural sweetener option sat well with me. I gave it the first 3 stars off the bat.
The packaging is very fun and cute. Ok, why is this even being reviewed you may ask. Well, when you are presenting a new lifestyle with the potential of "no sugar" to three children under 8 years old, the probability of complete and total buy-in at the beginning of anything new is low. The cute characters and bright colors make it look "fun" so in my opinion, the kids are more willing to try it.
"Yeah, my kids' don't pay attention to the packaging," you say? I kinda thought so too until my 5 year old said, "Oh, can we do this? Adults vs kids." I was all, "what are you talking about?" Then she goes, "This. On the juice box. The fun fruit kids are playing tug-a-war with the Mommy pineapple!"..... Touché my friends. They DO pay attention and it matters to them. So therefore another star for the packaging and kid-friendliness.
Now for price. My grocery store sells a pack of 6 for $4.49, about $0.75/per juice box. Our prior go-to juice box averages at $0.42/per juice box but is sweetened with sugar and has more carbs/sugars per serving. We're certainly not talking hundreds of dollars here, but comparatively speaking, the Rethink juice boxes are almost twice as expensive as "the leading brand".
Luckily my grocery store has had these on sale for a few weeks now and so I'm paying $0.63/per juice box. But honestly even if they weren't on sale I would still buy these and spend a little extra so that I know that my kids are getting quality ingredients. The whole argument that kids can handle processed crap better because they have been metabolisms is flawed and sad. Their bodies are trying to develop under all the inflammatory stress. Why do you think there are so many cases of asthma and autism these days? Ok thats a post for another day, but for now, another star for price!
They were so excited to open these up. Every time I ask them to try something new they always ask, "It is keto?" I guess I should be proud they are aware of what keto means...or maybe I should be worried I've made mini keto police monsters ?. They of course have to try all the flavors (my grocery store only carried 3 flavors, but their website says there are 5 flavors). Their little eyes lit up with the first sip and three little thumbs shot straight up in the air.
"Good?" I asked.
"DEEEELICIOUS!" said my youngest.
"Mmmm tasty" said my middle.
"Can I have all the flavors tonight?" said my oldest (always the negotiator).
Where to find them?
If you can't find these in your store, lucky for you Amazon carries them in bulk, packages of 32 boxes.
Arlene Santos is a Certified Health & Nutrition Coach and works with women and families to implement achievable nutrition plans centered around primal, nutrient dense foods that are easy to prepare, kid-friendly and delicious. She believes that every woman and mother deserves to feel energized, focused, healthy, lean, happy and confident. As purveyors of nutrition within our own households, mothers have a unique opportunity to change the definition of "healthy foods" in their families. Arlene empowers women to take back their own health, fill and strengthen their cups, so they can advocate for wellness in their families.