Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wellness Wednesday! Eat Your Water!

It is so hard sometimes to get your kids to drink enough water. I always worry when they are outside for long periods of time that they are sweating it all out, but not taking nearly enough in. I found this article in the August 2010 issue of Parening magazine that gives you a few more "exciting" ideas on how to up your child's water intake.

Eat your water!

How do you keep your tag-playing, tree-climbing, cartwheeling little monkey hydrated on hot days if she's not keen on water? Offer her these foods, says Houston dietitian Roberta Anding, R.D..

Fruits and veggies: They contain 70 to 95 percent water, Try watermelon, strawberries, lettuce and cucumbers.

Make it fun! Freeze cups of applesauce for an icy summer treat.

Yogurt: Whether plain or fruity, it's 80 percent water.

Make it fun! Blend some frozen berries with plain yogurt for 10 seconds in a processor for a sorbetlike snack.

Oatmeal, beans, couscous, & pasta: These foods absorb more than 50 percent of their weight in water as they cook.

Make it fun! Serve cute pasta shapes--bow ties, wagon wheels, shells.

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