“Can I have a glass of fruit punch?” my son asks, pointing to the carton in the fridge.
“Water,” I respond, steering him away from the sugary beverage.
“I’m so sick of water,” he counters, woefully accepting a bottle.
While staying hydrated over the summer months is incredibly important, it can also be a drag for little ones. We’ve all been told that water is the simplest (and most effective) way to prevent dehydration, but kids crave variety and often get frustrated when the only option for refreshment is plain old H2O.
However, what are the alternatives? Pop? Juice? Super sweet icy treats? They’re a favourite among kids, there’s no doubt, and they do offer hydration benefits… but they’re not ideal due to the high caloric and sugar content. I’m constantly looking for refreshing options that the kids will love while keeping them safely hydrated throughout the summer.
Introducing DeeBee’s TeaPops. TeaPops are the ultimate treat; created by Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker to satisfy her own kids’ cravings, each of the seven flavours are bursting with a delicious combination of organic super fruits and a heart-warming cup of organic tea. These tealicious treats are certified organic and vegan, non-GMO, kosher and gluten-free – for absolutely every taste out there!
TeaPops are low in sugar (all-natural and 7-9 grams per TeaPop) and have a low count of about 25-50 calories. They’re available in refreshingly delicious varieties such as Raspberry Citrus, Strawberry Harvest, Tropical Mango, Pink Lemonade, Berries ‘N’ Cherries, Chocolate Fudge and Toasted Coconut. YUM! I’m partial to Pink Lemonade and my boys love Raspberry Citrus. In between glasses of water, I feel good about serving TeaPops to my kids. Remember, children are at greater risk for dehydration as they actually require more fluids in relation to their body weight:
4-8 year old girls and boys: 5 cups
9-13 year old girls: 7 cups / boys 8 cups
14-18 year old girls: 8 cups / boys 11 cups
So, what are some other fun ways to up the quality hydration content? Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker provides these great tips:
1. Home made fruit lemonade: squeeze lemons into water, sweeten with a little bit of watermelon juice and add frozen berries, they hold a lot of moisture than fresh berries and will seep out all their delicious fruit flavor! This is not only tastes delicious, it looks delicious too!
2. Frozen fruit cutouts: use your cookie cutters creatively- cut out watermelon into shapes like teddy bears, stars, or any other cool shape you can find. Eat the watermelon fresh or stick the watermelon into the freezer to make them even more refreshing.
3. Rooibos tea cubes: jazz up your water with a splash of freshly squeezed orange, drop a few frozen rooibos ice cubes in and you have yourself an orange summer splash!
4. Healthy summer slushy: in a blender mix watermelon and ice cubes. Watermelon is composed mainly of water and contains the powerful antioxidant lycopene. You will have to cut them off after they have reached their quota because this slushy is so delicious!
5. Hydration packs are great! You can buy them as backpacks or clip on to attach to a pack you already have. These are perfect to use when you head out on a walk, hike or bike ride. Don’t forget to fill them with ice cubes so they stay nice and cool.
And, of course, try DeeBee’s TeaPops! They’re available at grocery stores (Whole Foods, Sobeys and Safeway) across Canada. Visit www.deebeesorganics.com for more information.