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My kids (2.5 & 16 mo) drink lots of water, 1 cup a day of raw og grassfed whole milk (but at snack time, not at meal time), and often 1 cup a day of green smoothie (8 leaves of greens (kale, collards, chard, etc), two bananas, two spoons of orange juice concentrate, 2 cups water, and 1 c peaches or pineapple, etc).
I feel really good about the smoothies - it's sweet like juice but but it's basically whole fruit, and the greens are so good. Kids sometimes have a hard time with how much chewing is involved with eating greens, but it's a non-issue in a smoothie.
I'd recommend adding actual orange instead of oj concentrate, of course, but they're not in season and I can only afford organic oj if I buy it in concentrate.
M SIL made the common mistake of giving her kids juice without emphasizing water. She then gave her kids "ice juice" which was really just ice water, but because she called it juice, they were into it. They now drink water without any troubles.
Chocolate milk - I would never buy my kids premade chocolate milk. They usually use lesser quality milk when making that.