Apple Fizz: The Best Kid-Friendly Healthy Soda Alternative!

Posted by aMusingFoodie in Blog, meals for moms on Tue, Jan 3, 2012

It seems like even kids that have never tried soda somehow have this innate desire to drink it – it’s nearly obsessive. At our house, the only soda we keep on hand is my husband’s. He doesn’t drink coffee, and he can’t have sugar (a leftover dietary restriction from a recent battle with late-stage Lyme disease), so he has a Diet Pepsi in the morning. The kids know it’s his, and that it’s off-limits to them.

As a family we go out to eat occasionally, but for the most part we don’t because it’s chaotic and typically not wallet-friendly. So since it’s a treat the kids are allowed to order a Sprite or a ginger ale when we’re at a restaurant - no treat is worth a beverage with caffeine for a child. 

What I’ve found, with my kids at least, is that it’s not so much the syrupy-sweet soda they crave. Nope, it’s the fizzy-ness from the carbonation that they’re obsessed with – or, as my 3-year old would say, “Mom, it’s spicy!” And, that’s a good thing, since one can of Sprite has about 140 calories, mostly coming from sugar. Broken down, that’s about nine teaspoons of sugar in that blue and green can. Wowzas!

At home our fridge is stocked with water, apple juice and milk. And for special, fun drinks at home they (me too!) drink Apple Fizz. Which, by the way, is also great as Lemon Fizz, Lime Fizz, Orange Fizz, or with any other juice your family enjoys.

Apple Fizz


  • Crushed ice
  • 4oz apple juice
  • 4oz unflavored seltzer water
  • 1/2 apple, sliced thin
Add the ingredients to a clear cup and serve with a fun straw.
About Liza Hawkins

With her down-to-earth approach to food, and a dash or two of snark, Liza enjoys eating, reading, cooking, dining and writing on a daily basis. By day, she's an insurance professional, by night she gracefully (or not sometimes) barrels through life keeping up with her blog (a)Musing Foodie, other freelance writing jobs, non-profit work, Twitter and Facebook, her kids, her husband, and whatever else happens to fill her plate. Read her blog here:

3 Responses to “Apple Fizz: The Best Kid-Friendly Healthy Soda Alternative!”

  1. I love this idea! My kids have recently been requesting Sprite and ginger ale as juice alternatives. I occasionally make them Italian sodas with syrups from the coffee shop but I really like the idea of using fruit juices. Maybe we’ll try this tonight. Thanks!

  2. You’re welcome! I actually love mixing Simply Limeade with seltzer in the summer – so refreshing. A favorite for me AND the kids!



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    Thanks for finally writing about >Apple Fizz: The Best Kid-Friendly Healthy Soda Alternative!

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