Miami is hot 24/7, 365 days a year. Even in our 2 week “winter” period, we are still hitting temps in the 60’s. It’s hot.
Since I am a mom of boys who are EXTREMELY active, we are outside a lot. That’s why as summer soon approaches, and the 90º temps are in full swing, I’m thinking not only about keeping my kids entertained, I’m also concerned about keeping them well-hydrated. My boys will automatically reach for a sports drink in the hot summer sun. We all know that water is a healthy beverage choice, but sometimes getting my kids to choose water over sugary beverages can often feel like an uphill battle.
I’m not one to talk…water is not always my first choice for a beverage. I have gotten better in my old age though…I find myself reaching for water more and not opting for a sweet replacement.
Did you know that today, beverages account for 47% of added sugars in the U.S. American diet and more than 13% of calories consumed per day? Wow…Amazing! Did you also know that replacing a single 12-ounce, 140 calorie sugar-sweetened beverage with water each day for a year can cut more than 50,000 calories from one’s diet?
If your kids are anything like mine, you may need to arm yourself with the following creative tips to keep your family healthy, happy and hydrated this summer.
How to Make Hydration More Fun:
- Prepare ahead of time. Sort out a week’s worth of bottled waters at the beginning of the week for lunches or on-the-go events. Store them in the freezer and remove when needed to stock lunches, backpacks or gym bags. The water will be on hand to drink when your children are thirsty and ready.
- Get silly with your cups. Have cups, straws, lids and other drinking “equipment” available to provide to your kids to help make drinking water more fun. Empower them to fill their own cups of water, and praise them when they do.
- Use “fun tactics” to personalize bottles or cups. Try storing a disposable cup or water bottle on a low shelf or in the side door of the refrigerator, and label it with your child’s initial. You can use a favorite character sticker or trinket to identify their specific cup or bottle, or designate a special space in the fridge just for your child’s water!
- Integrate water drinking habits into playtime. During play dates or other group events designate an adult Water Captain to help with hydration. The captain sets an alarm on his/her phone for various intervals, depending on conditions such as temperature and the type and level of play. Each time the alarm sounds the group breaks for water.
- Create a reward system. Create a chart or graphs (or log it online) together with your child, and help them meet their goals with frequent reminders throughout the day. If goals are met, reward them with a water-centric item, such as a personalized water bottle or novelty straw.
Tapping into your family’s creativity will encourage everyone to participate and develop healthy habits over time. This year Nestlé Pure Life is also helping to make drinking water not just a healthy choice but also a fun one by kicking off an interactive contest. Visit www.shareyoursmilecontest.com for details on how to submit your child’s drawing of “What Makes Them Smile” for a chance to have their child’s design included in the 2017 Share-a-Smile bottle label collection, plus additional prizes.
NESTLÉ PURE LIFE is helping to make drinking water not just a healthy choice but also a fun one by kicking off an interactive contest.
Beginning May 6, NESTLÉ PURE LIFE is inviting parents to have their children submit a drawing of “What Makes Them Smile” for a chance to for a chance to have their child’s design included in the 2017 Share-a-Smile bottle label collection. The two Grand prize winners will each also receive a $25,000 college scholarship and a trip for four to Florida.