How to Keep Your Kids Healthy & Hydrated this Summer!
Summer is the most fun and exciting season for our children but it is also a time for parents to be more aware and attentive to make sure that their children stay hydrated and safe at all times. During the summer, a lot of children get dehydrated and end up in the doctor’s office or at the hospital because they don’t drink enough fluid while they are active outdoors. Our goal as parents is to always make sure our children consume a lot of liquid during the summer season all while keeping them HEALTHY.
The best way to keep your children hydrated is with water; however, we all know that children like juices too and sometimes we give in to their wants, especially on a hot summer day after they spent their time playing sports outside or simply playing with their friends. Instead of having a constant battle with them about balancing their water and juice intake, perhaps we can consider the healthy juice options available for our children. What about if we can keep them hydrated with juices that have zero refined sugar or harmful ingredients in them? If there was only a way for our children to drink juices but stay healthy at the same time. I have good news for you, there is…
The Bad Kind of Juice
You are probably familiar with the store brand juices available in supermarkets or big retail stores but perhaps you haven’t been fully informed on the ingredients that are in the juices you’re buying your children. As a mom with a busy schedule, I completely understand that there isn’t enough time in the day to research everything we buy and to learn about the foods or juices we are bringing into our homes; however, you can at least start by recognizing certain ingredients and reading the fine print on the labels so you can look out for them on your next trip to the supermarket. Let’s take a look at this juice:
This juice right here is supposed to be 100% orange juice. We spend about $4 to $5 on one bottle of “all natural orange juice” because we think it’s a healthy juice option for our children. Let’s dissect this a little more.
- At the top of this label it says 42% juice? What happened to 100% all natural orange juice? So what is the other 58% made out of? Water and other chemicals. This is not PURE ORANGE JUICE.
- Modified food starch is a chemically altered food ingredient made from starch that is used to keep the texture of the juice while frozen or in liquid form.
- Natural flavors can be a combination of 25-80 ingredients used to make “IMITATION JUICE” which is used to flavor the juice. This ingredient adds so much sweetness to the juice that it may affect the health of children and adults. Natural flavor ingredients can be anything from animal products and MSG to harmful chemicals and additives.
- Reb A is a sweetener that is high in sugar and we know high sugar levels result in Diabetes long term.
As you can see, store brand juices are toxic for our children. Not only are these juices high in sugar and don’t have any nutritional value but they also have chemicals that can negatively impact their health. These are the kind of juices we want our children to stay away from. These store brand juices will make them overactive, very thirsty, and addicted to sugar.
The Good Kind of Juice- All Natural & Homemade
Being that there aren’t any healthy juices available in supermarkets today (except Whole Foods, Local Farmer’s Market & Trader Joes), we have to bring the healthy juices home to our kids. It’s very simple. Buy the produce, cut them, and use a juicer. The secret to juicing for kids is to use fruits they love mixed with vegetables that are manageable in taste.
The best way to keep your children healthy and hydrated this summer is by giving them an all-natural organic healthy juice made by you. An all natural juice will give them lots of energy, and provide daily vitamin intake to prevent sicknesses and promote healthy habits along the way. Yes, homemade natural juices are the way to go. Your child will love his all natural juices and will come back for more, I promise.
Below is a great juice recipe I use for my little one. Try this recipe with your kids this summer.
Healthy Juice Recipe- 3 cup serving
6 sticks of carrots
1/4 of beets
1 handful of kale
Fruits to Eat
Another way to keep your children hydrated this summer is by buying them fruits that contain a lot of water such as:
You can either give them the actual fruit or just make them a fruit juice from time to time. While your children are playing outside, make them a rainbow fruit salad. They won’t refuse it. Instill healthy habits in your kids early on.
Let’s keep our children hydrated this summer by trying out this recipe and following these tips. Remember that our children being healthy is as important as anything else on our parent “to- do” list.
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