Cheers to Hydration!
At Moon Fruit we support strong and healthy kids and good habits. Hydration, as well as eating a wide variety of fruits and veggies, is part of a lifestyle to grow brilliant adults.
Good hydration promotes joint and bone health, keeps teeth healthy and helps blood circulate. For kids there are added benefits like improving mood, memory and attention and supporting a healthy weight into adulthood.
So how much should kids drink in a day? Here’s a guideline…
…but this may need to be adjusted depending on heat/humidity or activity levels. When exercising vigorously or sweating, kids aged 9 to 12 generally need to drink about 3–8 ounces of water every 20 minutes to stay hydrated.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, cool and refreshing drinks of summer come to mind. While this may include a margarita for adults, creating favorite drinks for healthy hydration is a great habit for kids.
Water is most recommended for quenching thirst, but water doesn’t have to be boring! Here are a few tips and tricks to make drinking water a bit more fun:
- Infuse water with lemons, berries, cucumber or mint for some added flavor. This is an easy way to keep the whole family coming back for refills
- Keep fruits and vegetables that are high in water content handy - and there are plenty of them. Some of the best vegetables to choose from are cucumber, zucchini, iceberg lettuce, celery, and tomato. Top fruits include watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, and grapefruit.
- Freeze fruit inside ice cubes. It dresses up the drinks at any table, and young children can help fill the trays.
- Delight kids with special water bottles or cups. Whether it is a personalized sports bottle or a fancy cup with an umbrella or swirly straw, adding a festive touch can go a long way.
- Make your own popsicles with pureed fruit for an afternoon cool-down. Make it a fun family activity by using small paper cups. Let your kids decorate them before filling or look for popsicle molds in fun shapes and colors.