The temperatures are starting to soar outside. So how do you Get Your Kids To Drink More Water? Our Wild Blueberry Acai Iced Tea Recipe is bound to help!
Now that summer is in full swing and the kids are outside all day long, it’s really important to keep them hydrated. We all know that water plays a vital role in maintaining optimal health, especially in little kids. But when they’re out and about playing in the gorgeous sunshine, it’s very easy for them to forget to come inside for a cool drink.
To make sure that our kids are taking in enough fluids each day, we keep their beverages in plain sight and set a timer to remind us to remind them to come inside for a drink every 20 minutes or so. Over the years, we’ve also found some other tricks to keep them drinking fluids all day long, so we thought we would share them with you.
5 TIPS TO GET YOUR KIDS TO DRINK MORE WATER
1.) Use ice cube trays and add small pieces of their favorite fruit to the water before freezing.
Our kids love going into the freezer and picking out their own ice cubes. Blueberries, grapes, cherries and raspberries work really well.
2.) Buy special summer mugs.
Our kids are old enough now to use glass cups safely, so we got them these awesome mustache mason jars. The kids crack themselves up each time they drink from them.
3.) Keep bottles of water right at eye level in the fridge.
We always encourage plain Jane water first, but sometimes, they want something else. When they do, we have some other healthy kids drinks on hand like sparkling water, Honest Kids Organic Drinks, and Horizon Milk Boxes, so they can grab and go whenever they’re thirsty.
4.) Buy a really cool glass beverage dispenser with an infuser.
We fill the infuser with some not-so-perfect fruit and let it steep overnight so the fruit has a chance to properly diffuse into the water. The kids inhale the fruit-water and we don’t need to add any sugar to it! We’ve found that it helps to squash some of the fruit as you pack it into the infuser to release the natural fruit juice.
5.) Lead by example.
I don’t have the greatest kidneys on the block, so I have to drink lots, and lots, and lots, of water each day. My kids know that my glass is always full of lime water or cucumber water and that I really, really like drinking water because it keeps me healthy. They see me drinking it, so they drink it too.
Although we teach our kids that water should always be their first choice, sometimes they just want something different, which is why we created this Wild Blueberry Acai Iced Tea for Bigelow Tea a few weeks ago. This refreshing blueberry iced tea is so easy to make and only uses herbal tea, fresh fruit, water, and honey (if you need it sweet). Our kids loved the intense purple color and the kid-friendly self-serve beverage canister. We hope you do too.
WILD BLUEBERRY ACAI ICED TEA
Makes 12 cups of iced tea.
- 12 tea bags
- 6 cups hot water
- 6 cups cold water
- Orange slices, blueberries (these are great to add to an infuser pitcher like ours – they add natural sugar to it.)
- Honey or organic cane sugar (if desired)
Step 1: Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside.
Step 2: Add tea bags to water and steep for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Remove tea bags and allow to cool.
Step 4: Once cooled, pour steeped tea into a pitcher and add 6 cups of cold water. If using an infuser pitcher likes ours, fill the infuser with fresh fruit. We opted for clementines and blueberries. Add honey or sugar, if desired.
Step 5: Allow iced tea to chill overnight to enhance the flavors.
What do you do to get your kids to drink more water? How do you keep kids hydrated when the temperatures are soaring outside? Let us know in the comments section below.
Thanks for reading,
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This post originally appeared on We Know Stuff here.