Summer is an important time to keep a watchful eye on hydration, especially when it comes to kids. Nutritionist, Zoe Bingley-Pullin shares her quick and simple tips to trick kids into drinking more water this summer.
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Make water colourful and fun
If plain water doesn’t appeal, try adding bright coloured freshly sliced fruit and herbs. Some yum combos include strawberries, sliced lime and mint leaves or watermelon and blueberries. Fruit infused water not only looks more appetising than plain water but also improves taste.
Dilute fresh fruit and veg juice
If your kids receive a fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juice in the morning or as a snack, try diluting it with water. Slowly increase the water content over the course of a week or two and kid’s taste buds will adapt.
Offer hydrating foods
When thinking water, don’t restrict yourself to purely liquids, many solid foods are also a source of water. Try adding some of the following hydrating foods to your kids diets this summer:
– Cucumber: offer sticks of cucumber with avocado mash as a snack
– Tomatoes: offer grape tomatoes at a snack and add to salads
– Yoghurt: yoghurt and fruit is simple hydrating snack
– Zucchini: grate zucchini into pasta or try zucchini noodles
Turn leftover smoothies or fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juice into ice-blocks by adding extra water. When kids are looking for a sweet and refreshing treat, these ice-blocks are a win win!
Set a challenge
Get kids engaged in drinking water by setting them a challenge to drink their recommended amount of water daily. Stick a calendar on the fridge and allow children to mark off their achievements.
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