Summertime is a wonderful time of year when school is on break and we can take vacations. It is also the time when temperatures soar and it can be easy to become dehydrated. This is where water steps in and comes to the rescue. Most people know it is very important to drink plenty of water all the time and especially in the summer. But when you have kids, sometimes it’s a challenge to get them to drink enough water.
What some people may not be aware of is that there are also certain foods that can help keep kids hydrated. There is one food in particular that may not really shock anyone, but the rest might be a pleasant surprise.
Watermelon is a fabulous food to enjoy throughout the summer. What cookout or picnic would be complete without a big red juicy watermelon? Watermelon is surprisingly healthy because it’s high in fiber and vitamins and of course, water (91%). This fruit is aptly named since it contains so much water.
The greatest thing about watermelon is that most kids and adults enjoy eating it. Just put out a tray of watermelon slices the next time you’re concerned about keeping kids hydrated on a hot day! There is a good chance you will not have to fight to find a good watermelon because most grocery stores and farmers’ markets carry them all summer long. No matter where you and your family go during the summer, you will probably be able to find a watermelon or two.
Milk and Yogurt
For kids who don’t like drinking water, milk can be an alternative. Milk supplies calcium and vitamin D and is good for healthy bones and teeth. Milk is also great for hydration because it is over 80% water. And the best part? Most kids like it. Milk can be enjoyed plain or with flavor additives like chocolate, banana and strawberry. If additives are used, be aware that the carbohydrate (and sugar!) count increases.
Yogurt is another surprising member of the hydrating foods family. Yogurt contains almost as much water as some fruits. A real upside to eating yogurt is that it’s available in many of your favorite flavors. You can get it at any grocery store and even some convenience stores. Instead of packing sweet unhealthy sodas and juices to keep kids hydrated, pack yogurt (just remember to pack it in a cooler with ice).
Another wonderfully juicy fruit joins the hydration camp. Grapefruit is over 90% water and contains vitamins. Just like watermelon, grapefruit is easy to find and easy to pack for a trip or an event.
Some people may not care for the “zing” that grapefruit has, but that tartness can be tamed with a tiny sprinkling of sugar or low calorie sweetener, or for best results-salt!
This is good news for people who enjoy a good salad. Lettuce is made up of over 90% water and packed with goodness. It is versatile because lettuce can be used as a garnish and as part of the main course in all types of salads. The leafy vegetable is naturally low in calories and helps you feel full longer.
The variety that offers the most water content is iceberg lettuce. There are so many ways to enjoy iceberg lettuce other than salad: on burgers, as the foundation for chicken and taco salads and that is just the tip of the…iceberg.
When the temperatures start to climb, it is nice to know that there are options besides plain water when it comes to staying hydrated. It’s always a good idea to drink plenty of water, but sometimes water seems kind of plain. Some people just do not like the taste of water at all. If water is not your family’s “go to” for hydration, then consider some of the wonderful and healthy food alternatives.
Fruits like watermelon and grapefruit are excellent sources of water and taste really good. Milk and yogurt lend a hand to healthy teeth and bones as well as helping keep you hydrated. Water is important, but it is nice that there are other choices when it comes to hydration.
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