Beat the Heat: 7 Delicious Ways to Keep Kids Hydrated this Summer

by , 07/08/13

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Agua Fresca

A friend who grew up in Mexico first told me about agua frescas: hearing her describe the variety of blended fruity waters was enough to make me want one immediately. This melon agua fresca recipe from Smitten Kitchen is simple enough for kids to help out with, and it is so tasty and refreshing! It calls for club soda or seltzer, which is a real treat for my kids since they’ve never had soda.

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Infused Waters

Try out one of these recipes for fruit and vegetable-infused waters to make drinking water more exciting!

I was a camp counselor for several years, and one of our favorite, no-fail tricks for keeping our kiddos hydrated was to challenge them to a water drinking contest. We always let the kids win, but that was our secret! If a simple contest isn’t enough to draw them in, make it more fun by modeling it after other drinking contests. For example, anytime their favorite song comes on in the car, they have to take a swig.

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Smoothies for Breakfast

Get kids off to a liquid start in the morning. Check out our favorite Inhabitots smoothie recipes that will let the whole family get a jump on their hydration, and that are packed with healthy fruits and veggies!

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Popsicles

After a playground playdate or a romp on the beach, a great thirst-quenching snack is a popsicle. Make them with fruit juices or purees, coconut water, or yogurt and you have a filling snack that takes the edge off the heat. Another bonus, popsicles are tricky for little ones to eat so even the most active tot may sit down and chill out for a minute or two while slurping away!

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One Response to “Beat the Heat: 7 Delicious Ways to Keep Kids Hydrated this Summer”

  1. Beth Shea says:

    Your little darlings are TOO CUTE for words!

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