We were recently given the opportunity to get to know the 100% Australian owned Cocobella Kids range, coconut water and juice mix boxes. We met the Cocobella team in Melbourne over a weekend and talked to them face to face before being contacted to write about the boxes. This is not a sponsored post, but we have received some of the product to use and share with others to form an opinion on it.
As a family who are very specific about feeding their children healthier alternatives, and as a Midwife who has many times recommended coconut water as a source of preservative free hydration for pregnant women suffering morning sickness, it felt like a good fit for us to take a look over the product.
Many people are drinking coconut water simply because they find straight water difficult to get down in volumes. Kids often have the same experience: and the expectation of flavour that is the norm for most box drinks.
Coconut water for kids
The Cocobella Kids drink boxes come in two flavours, Apple Berry Breeze and Tropical Island. The Apple Berry Breeze is coconut water with apple and blackcurrent and the Tropical Island is a mix of coconut water with mango, pineapple and grape juice. The boxes have no added sugar, colours, flavours or preservatives. The juice is from concentrate; so read on for my thoughts about that. Of course I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t say that I wish organic juice was being used.
Whilst giving box drinks or any sugar containing drink is something that we would still maintain as a special treat, we were happy to know of this option and we have since bought a few more here and there ourselves.
An alternative to the traditional juice box
We know that not every family is as comfortable with their children drinking water alone at school, and many that are making the change away from sugar need a transition product for everyday use. For this purpose I think that the Cocobella Kids product is a great idea! Coconut water is naturally mineral rich and it also contains a good amount of potassium [similar content as a banana], and with around 50% less sugar than leading kids fruit juices we would definitely advocate for more families to sub their standard juice boxes out for some Cocobella Kids.
Why? Because too much sugar leads to obesity and other health issues and any reduction in it is a good thing. Sometimes it’s just having options to make it easier to deal with the sugar situation without feeling we are socially isolating our little ones. Not that that thought ever stopped me from finding healthier alternatives for my little ones 😉. Even if you aren’t a believer in the benefits of coconut water, you can think of this as juice with 50% water and no ‘number’ nasties = win.
The sugar situation
With the release of the great ‘That Sugar Film‘ and the popularity of books like ‘I Quit Sugar‘, everyday families are becoming more aware of the effect of sugar in our diet. As I have mentioned, the Cocobella boxes contain around 50% less sugar than leading fruit juices. Because drinks containing sugar, even naturally derived sugar – gets turned into fat very quickly by our livers, it is important to us that our children drink this at the same time as eating something high in fibre to assist in halting that sugar to fat process. Apologies #sorrynotsorry if that gets a bit technical! 😛 You can read a simple language explanation about added sugar vs natural sugar here.
At the end of the day, our children are likely going to come across a product with a little sugar in it even if only on a very rare occasion. We feel that for most families the Cocobella Kids juice boxes present a great box drink option with less sugar than straight juice.
Aaand the packaging is cute too 😛 #kidapproved
Where do I get more?
Cocobella Kids coconut water and juice in a box is available nationwide via Woolworths supermarkets. They are sold in a 200ml tetra pack (that is also BPA free) at $3.49 for a pack of 3. Remember to squash and recycle the boxes and teach your children to do the same. Often we find that schools don’t have recycling bins set up; so encourage your children to bring the boxes home for recycling if this is the case.
Other ideas for Cocobella Kids Coconut Water
We can recommend using Cocobella kids in smoothies for a special treat, or freezing the box and breaking out the slush for an extra cold special event in warmer weather.
You can get more opinions by searching #cocobellakids across social media or by visiting their website at cocobellakids.com.au.
*We have included mentions of our sponsors in this post which we are very transparent about, it is the right balance of energy to acknowledge and be acknowledged for our support of something awesome. Most of our sponsors we have proactively approached after loving what they do. Opinions are always our own xx You can read our full official statement on this type of thing on our policies page.