Summer holidays are here and the kids are nagging for an icy cold drink. Obviously, water is the best way to rehydrate, yet almost half of Aussie kids are having a sugar-sweetened drink every day. Sugary drinks are loaded with extra kilojoules, and ramp up the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.
So what do you do when the kids want fruit juice, cordial or soft drink? Try these five easy ways to beat the heat.
When it’s hot, chilled water is more refreshing than plain old tap water. Pop water bottles in the freezer overnight and let them thaw over the course of the day.
Fruity ice cubes
Half-fill ice-cube trays with mixed berries (or other chopped fruit) and top up with water. Freeze, then pop them into a glass of water with a straw for a fun and fruity drink.
You can dilute one part fruit juice with four parts water to give the kids a slightly sweetened beverage without loads of added sugar.
It’s 90 per cent water, so it helps keep kids hydrated, but also provides 10 essential nutrients, including calcium for strong bones and teeth.
Freeze grapes, pineapple rings, berries and orange quarters, and serve as a snack on a hot day. Or try our yummy Rainbow slushie!
Kids of all ages will love this colourful frozen Rainbow slushie made entirely of fruit!
Fun facts about H2O
The human body is up to 60 per cent water
Kids and teens need to drink 5–10 glasses of water a day
Koalas are among the only animals that do not drink water
Humans can live about a month without food, but only one week without water