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Hot weather increases our need for fluids. As the body activates its cooling system, water is lost to perspiration. Dehydration among young children can turn serious, so it’s important to be aware of the early signs of fluid loss: fewer wet diapers or infrequent urination; dark, concentrated urine; and a tongue that appears “coated” rather than wet.
Don’t wait for your kids to tell you they need a drink. Instead, offer them fluids every few minutes when they are playing outside. Fun, colorful bottles or silly straws may entice them to drink more.
Try keeping a few chilled bottles of Nestlé® Pure Life® Water nearby for convenient rehydration.
Enhance the flavor of the water by adding fresh fruit and mixing or muddling it with the water. It's a fun way to get kids involved and wanting to drink more. We suggest the following fruit combos:
- Lemon, Lime & Orange
- Raspberry & Lime
- Pineapple & Mint
While all children have variations in their growth and appetites, the hot summer sun can disrupt an already finicky eater even more.
Allow your kids plenty of time to “cool down” before eating. Thirty minutes prior to meals, encourage them to read a book or play quietly indoors where it is cool. Also, make sure you have plenty of enticing “cool” foods on hand such as fresh fruit, vegetable sticks with ranch dip, sandwiches, yogurt, smoothies, and frozen juice pops.
These OUTSHINE® Fruitbars are a healthier choice for an after school snack, weekend sweet, or dessert.
Nutrients lost in sweat include sodium, potassium, and small amounts of magnesium.
Eating regular meals and snacks is the key to replacing these nutrients. Whole grains, nuts, beans, and green vegetables provide magnesium, while Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of potassium.
This Mamey Shake is high in potassium, vitamins A and C, and dietary fiber. While fresh mamey is not widely available in the United States, frozen puréed mamey is often sold in Latin American markets.