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Fun Ways to Keep Kids Hydrated

I have water accessible nearly everywhere my kids go, and I offer them water a lot. However, I make sure that they are getting hydration from other sources too including fruits, veggies, other drinks and even dessert. Yes, dessert!

Strawberry-Watermelon Water with Basil

Strawberry-Watermelon Water with Basil

I’ve read that children need between five and eight cups of water each day — and children who are very active may need more. So wait…how much water exactly should my kids drink? It’s a bit confusing.

Here’s what I do. I have water accessible nearly everywhere my kids go, and I offer them water a lot. However, I don’t count every ounce of water my kids drink because I make sure that they are getting hydration from plenty of other sources too.

A Toast To Drinks Other than Plain Water

You can prevent taste bud boredom by simply flavoring water with lemon, lime, mint or a little 100% fruit juice. Freeze slices of citrus and then drop them right your drink. Or make infused water such as Strawberry-Watermelon Water with Basil at home. Here are a few more ideas when your kids (or you) are craving something other than plain water.

Blueberry Summer Refresher
Watermelon Lemonade
Mango Agua Fresca
Blueberry-Herb Lemonade Punch

Blueberry-Herb Lemonade Punch

Fruits and Veggies

Nutrition isn’t the only reason I serve my kids hearty helpings of fruits and veggies. Lots of varieties have a very high water content making them good additional ways to hydrate. Snacks for my kids often include melon, strawberries, pineapple, orange slices, apples slices, cherries or grapes. (Cool tip: For older kids, freeze the grapes whole as a cool treat.)

Sadly my kids don’t yet like lettuce and cherry tomatoes at mealtime, but cucumber slices and broccoli are warmly received thankfully.

I’m also a big fan of 365 Everyday Value® Fruit & Veggie Bars. They are another delicious way to get some of the benefits of fruits and veggies — each refreshingly delicious frozen pop has the equivalent of 1/2 cup! Choose from Tropical Greens, Berry Rhubarb or Carrot Tangerine.

 

Sweet Treats

On hot days an icy dessert is just the thing for kids of all ages. Here are a few of my favorites.

Double Grape Slushies
Lemonade Ice with Whipped Yogurt
Watermelon Granita
Cherry Ice Pops

Cherry Ice Pops

Your turn! In addition to water, what do you serve your kids to keep them hydrated during warm active summer days? 

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