I know how water is essential for our health, and I know that over 70% of the body consists of water so we should keep drinking bla bla but… I just cannot drink any! I can really go through a full day by only drinking a glass of water because I’m hardly thirsty, plus I don’t enjoy drinking just plain still water..
When it comes to my kids I do my best to make them drink plenty of water but often I fail with them too so I recently did some research and got a couple of tips that I hope will be useful for you too if you are struggling to get your kids to stay hydrated especially this time of the year when soon they will be spending more time running around in the – hopefully- good weather
Tip number one: give them water-rich food
Water doesn’t just have to come from what we drink. We can stay hydrated by choosing to eat foods with a high water content, like cucumber, peppers, spinach, melon and apples. These foods not only are healthy but they will keep you fuller for longer.
Tip number two: use a marked water bottle
Sometimes we feel like we had drunk plenty of water but effectively we barely drunk a glass. By using a marked water bottle and make it a game “who’s going to drink to the first line”, the whole “drinking process will be more enjoyable and easy.
Tip number three: let the kids use a straw
I still have to meet a child who doesn’t like to drink using a straw. Especially if it’s a fun straw, I can assure you they will sip more water and more often
Tip number four: reward them for drinking water
A sticker will do, kids love stickers so I’m sure they will be interested in playing the game of who’s getting more stickers
Tip number five: carry water with you wherever you go
If you have water available anywhere you go the chances that you are going to be drinking more are higher. Simple!
In the past the only thing that my kids (and I) were happy to drink, was diluted fresh orange juice with some water or water with squash . To be honest I was never convinced about the latest as the majority of them contained aspartame which is incredibly bad for your body. Finally someone invented a squash not only without aspartame but sugar free too and with no preservatives or artificial colours. How’s that as a solution?
We recently discovered the Robinson super concentrated portable squash which comes in many flavours and most importantly it is sweetened only with sucralose whose safety has been supported by scientific studies conducted over a 20-year period (see? I did my homework ;))
The flavors are actually really good, they do taste like real fruit because there is actually real food in it -duh! We particularly like the mango and lime (I’d be tempted to add these squashes to cocktails but that’ll be for another time, today I’m writing about healthy stuff! lol).
Robinson kindly sent us a lovely chart to help us keeping track of how much water the kids drink. It’s fun and the children really care about getting more “fruity sticker” on their chart. It’s a win win situation!
We have been spending so much time outdoors in the last few weeks and I found this portable squash particularly handy when going to the park or going for a picnic.or even when driving and all of the sudden you hear from the back the screams ” I’m thirsty, I’m thirsty” and obviously kids cannot wait when they need something!
This squash bottle is small enough to be carried on all day with you. We always have bottles of water in the car and I recently started to carry one of these size pocket squashes in my handbag so we can enjoy it on the go whenever we are.
Like this weekend.
To celebrate Father’s day we went for the first time all together at the cinema!
Everyone was really excited! We brought plenty of food to make sure the children were fully entertained. And obviously after so much popcorn and crisps and marshmallow the kids were pretty thirsty. So when I took out the water bottle both kids went ” I don’t want water, I want juice”
I took out of my bag my mini Robinson bottle, squished a bit in our water bottle and it was ready to drink!
Easy and tasty. Let’s enjoy more water!
*This post is an entry for BritMums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, by Robinsons”