Hydrating Snacks/Drinks For Your Kids This Summer
While some look forward to the summer just to gorge on the delectable mangoes, others may detest it for the brutal heat. As the temperature soars with each passing day, one of the prime concerns is to ward off dehydration especially in kids.
70% of the human body is made up of water. Despite the rising mercury levels, children don’t cease to play in the scorching heat. Perfuse perspiration increases the loss of water and thereby promotes the probability of dehydration. Research showcases by the time children realise they are thirsty and ask for water, they are already at least 3% dehydrated!
Dehydration can result in heat strokes, infections, low activity level, and other debilitating heat-related illnesses. Adults comprehend the importance of remaining hydrated naturally by consuming adequate fluids and nutritious diet. However, kids can’t be pushed into drinking water regularly. With kids, variety is the key to good health.
Here are certain ways in which you can keep your child healthy all through the summer.
Frozen Yogurt Bark
For children, summer is synonymous with ice-cream. Consider offering your child a healthy alternative this season!
- Yogurt (Greek preferred) – 2 cups
- Honey – 2 tablespoons
- Cranberries – 1 tablespoon
- Raisins – 1 tablespoon
- Strawberries – 5 chopped
- Dark Chocolate Strips – 1 tablespoon
- Coconut – 1 teaspoon desiccated
- Mix the yogurt and honey together. Add the cranberries and raisins. Stir well.
- Line a baking tray with foil. Pour the yogurt mixture in the desired thickness. Suggested bark thickness is ½ inch.
- Sprinkle the strawberries, chocolate strips and desiccated coconut on top.
- Place in the freezer for about 2 to 4 hours until completely frozen.
- Remove from the freezer and cut the bark into desired shapes.
- The bark can be stored in the freezer for later use.
Chilled Mango Cucumber Soup
Summer announces the mango season. Tired of eating mangoes as juice or milkshakes? Try this recipe!
- 2 mangoes, peeled and pitted
- 2 cucumbers
- 3 tbsp finely chopped red onion
- 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
- Salt to taste
- Chop 1 mango and 1 cucumber into big pieces.
- Blend together with 1/4 cup water until smooth.
- Chop 1 mango and 1 cucumber finely.
- Transfer the contents of the blender into a bowl and stir in finely chopped mango and cucumber, onion, lime juice, and 2 cups cold water.
- Place bowl in a larger bowl of ice and cold water and stir until cool.
- Just before serving, add the coriander and salt to taste.
Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Pops
Fresh strawberries are one of the summer’s juiciest treats. Explore this recipe to offer healthy ice pops to your little one!
- Strawberries – 1 pound, hulled
- Buttermilk – 1 cup
- Plain Yogurt – 1 cup
- Honey – ½ cup
- Sugar – ¼ cup
- Salt to taste
- Blend all the ingredients in a blender to make a smooth puree.
- Pour the mixture evenly into ice pop moulds. Insert the ice-pop sticks and freeze until absolutely firm.
Natural Hydration Drink
This drink has coconut water as its base, which is one of the greatest sources of natural electrolytes. The honey makes it a rich source of carbohydrate offering abundant energy!
- Coconut Water – 3 cups
- Apple Juice – 1 cup
- Honey – 1 tablespoon
- Salt – 1/8 teaspoon
- Ice – 1 cup
- Mix all the ingredients in a blender and churn for a minute.
- Pour and enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for later.
- You could experiment additionally with a squeeze of lime juice!
Nothing beats the combination of lemon and mint as natural coolers. While lemon regulates the digestive juices in the stomach, mint controls the gastric acids.
- Lemon Juice – 2 cups
- Fresh Mint Leaves – ½ cup
- Water – 2 cups
- Sugar – 2 cups
- Mix all the ingredients in a blender for a minute.
- Top it up with ice and relish!
Children are certainly prone to dehydration during summers owing to vacation time and the higher number of hours spent in outdoor physical activities. The relentless summer can sap away their appetite and energy.
Hopefully, after this read, you will not run out of tricks to keep your child hydrated. Welcome the summer and keep your bundle of joy fit and fine!