Water World

Show your kids how fun – and tasty – water can be with these simple tricks.

It’s still pretty hot out there – and we still have a good amount of hot summer days to go. With all the running around and playing the kiddos are doing these days, it’s super important that they (and us, too!) stay hydrated. But how many kids do you know who actually LIKE drinking water? With all of the juices and sodas around, simple water has fallen way down most kids’ list of desirable drinks. So how do we fill ‘em up with all that good H2O they need? With OUT making a federal case out of it, I mean! Here are a couple treats to put this under-appreciated super star back in their glasses. And if you want to throw in some ice cubes in crazy, fun shapes, that certainly won’t hurt the cause!

For all of these, just throw the ingredients in a pitcher, refrigerate and enjoy!

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Tropical Treat:

  • Water
  • Ice (for this and the drinks below, you can also use frozen grapes or cherries as substitute ices cubes)
  • Chunks of pineapple, enough to fill about half a water pitcher (freeze before adding to the pitcher – it will keep the drink colder longer)
  • Handful of mint leaves   
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One Cool Cucumber:

  • Water
  • Ice
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced – try the English cucumbers; no peeling!
  • 1 lemon, sliced 
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Berry Berry Delicious:

  • Water
  • Ice
  • 2 cups of any fruit your kids love – strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries… or a combination of all of them! (This is the same as the pineapple – freeze fresh berries first or throw in a bag of frozen berries for an extra cold and refreshing drink) 

Have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying? If you’re looking for a sugar substitute, try adding a bit of agave nectar or stevia to the water for a touch of extra sweetness. You may also want to check out Sodastream - these ‘home soda makers’ allow you to make carbonated water or naturally sweetened sodas from your own tap or filtered water! They are super easy to use and cut down on both the waste and cost of buying cases of sodas or sparkling water. Best of all, you get to choose how much of the flavors you want to add – and there are 60 different kinds!

Need a great way to take these yummy new treats to soccer practice or in the car? Try Mason jars – inexpensive, reusable and the lids really stick so no spills!

What’s your best trick for getting the kiddos to drink, or eat, good-for-you stuff? 

-Dean

 

Photo credit: Danny Kim/Bon AppétitTumblr, The Yummy Life.
Gourmet Dad
  • Jun Alapag

    if only i could live in a tropical and watery world like in the movies. i could drink tropical drinks and be hungry for thirst all the time. lol. get them while they’re nice and juicy.