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#1 of 8 Old 11-03-2006, 06:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I posted this on the Life with babe section but I'll try here too...

I'm looking for some kid friendly warm beverage for my 3.5yo DD that does not include milk or chocolate.

She usually has 2 cups of warm milk a day, also I don't want to introduce her to chocolate milk or cocoa yet.

Any suggestions??
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My son is 2.5 and we occasionally do some warm apple cider sprinkled w/ cinnamon

Bone broths? A lot of NT families do this. I've never done them plain but DS does like to drink the broth from his soup.

Miso?

eta: DS also likes tea. We do Rooibos pretty often and he likes chamomile as well.
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dd and I had hot cider with cinnamon and lemon slices at breakfast today and then had some warmed Silk soy milk egg nog with nutmeg and vanilla for our "tea party" this afternoon.

Celestial Seasons makes some holiday teas (just don't get a caffinated one) that dd enjoys too.
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My boys love honey and lemon tea, which is really just raw honey in warm water with a squeeze of fresh lemon. It started when ds1 had a sore throat but now he asks for it all the time!

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Mulled juices. The girls love mulled cranberry juice. Just put some cranberry juice in you coffee pot (not the water part, but the actual pot) and turn it on. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamon...whatever you like. It takes about 4 hours to brew, but it's so good on a cold day after school.
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We do tea here too, and "cocoa" -- which is homemade, milk or soy milk with cocoa powder and either honey or stevia. Not sure what your objections are to cocoa, but there are ways to get around both the sugar and the actual chocolate part (you could use carob powder). Unless it's just out of principal.

You could also do warm honey milk, or vanilla milk, with vanilla extract and a natural sweetener if desired. Or cinnamon/other spices.

cjr, I've done mulled cider (and wine, but obvy not for the kids) in the crockpot.
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I like to heat up unfiltered apple juice with some cinnamon and nutmeg added. For ds, I just cut it with water. Chammomile tea is a huge hit here, as well as other herbal teas (especially blueberry).

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My kids really like herbal teas, especially ones that have a more fruity note. Traditional wassail, which is a mix of fruit juices and spices, is a big holiday hit around our house, though I don't serve it regularly throughout the rest of the year.

Bone broths, as a PP mentioned, and miso soup are both warm "drinks" that (some) of my kids like. I really spike the broth with a lot of soup spices and garlic, to give it extra flavor, because most everyone in our house finds it to be too bland, as a drink, otherwise.
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