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Seltzer water is an acquired taste. And I’ve got it.

Instead of drinking soda around our house, when my kids have a craving for bubbles, I like to give them LaCroix seltzer water.

I usually mix LaCroix with fresh juice to give it some flavor (and to clean out my fruit drawer–mandarin oranges that might be too sour for eating are perfect squeezed into a drink). When I don’t have the time or the fruit on hand, I’ll use boxed orange, pineapple, or apple juice.

Alone, I find juice is just too sweet straight, and seltzer alone, too boring. Together, they make the perfect combo for kids–they feel like they’re getting a treat, while I know they’re getting fewer calories and sugar than if they were drinking soda or even juice.

So for New Year’s Eve if you’re looking for something for your kids to drink besides soda (or you!), pick up some LaCroix. I’d suggest that you fill their glasses first halfway with seltzer water and then the rest of the way with the heavier fruit juice.

As a side note, after extensive testing I find that LaCroix is better than the store brand seltzers which tend to be way too bubbly and to loose their bubbles much faster. I know, I know, I’ve given this way too much thought:)

How about you–what do you give your kids when they want something special to drink?

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