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Ugh – we all have the same struggle with our kiddos, right? We struggle to get them to make the right choices with their food and drink. Some days I’m awesome at it and some days I need a lot of help! One of the best ways to help our kids be healthy is just as simple as it can be – they need to drink water. I know you’re saying Heather DUH – well? I think we forget how simple it is. Well, hopefully reading this will give you some awesome tips. We’ll give you a super easy (healthy) snack of Fruit Kabobs with Fruity Dip, and we can all make a better effort in the healthy kid department.
One of the best and most healthy choices we can teach our kids is to ditch the soda and sugary drinks and choose water. Drink water water water. Nestlé® Pure Life® Water makes it really easy. I am in love with their 8 oz bottles because they are the perfect kid size! I can fit them in my boys’ lunches. One weird thing in my life is that my kids think that drinking water out of the bottle is fancy! Do what you have to – decorate your Nestlé® Pure Life® Water bottles, give them a fancy straw – silly things work! Also be sure to be on the lookout for these new super cute and fun Nestlé® Pure Life® “Juniors” with the Share a Smile labels, they are sure to be kid pleasers!
Just so we’re on the same page – not only is Nestlé® Pure Life® Water refreshing and a healthy choice, it is also the sponsor of The Ripple Effect! It’s an awesome charity that helps kids make healthy choices. The Ripple Effect does things like provide water to after school programs and helps connect moms with each other to learn and share about healthy choices! Check it out at PureLifeRippleEffect.com Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year through After-School All-Stars. Information source – At over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country
A few tips from Tips for Hydration by Robin Plotkin on how to keep your kids properly hydrated! (I love these kinds of things. They always give me some new ideas – hopefully you’ll find one from here too!):
- 33% of kids surveyed* find it hard to remember to drink water without reminders. One suggestion to remind kids to drink more water during play dates or other group events is to designate an adult Water Captain to help with hydration. The captain sets an alarm on his/her phone for various intervals, depending on conditions such as the temperature, the type and level of play. Each time the alarm sounds, the group breaks for water. (Heather here – this is one I’m totally going to do – my kids would think it’s hysterical to have a Water Captain – and would then be ALL in for a Water Break!)
- Have cups, straws, lids and other drinking “equipment” available to provide to your kids to make drinking water more fun. Empower them to fill their own cups of water-and praise them when they do. (This is what I was referencing above – my boys LOVE their drinking from a water bottle. Your kids might think something else is fancy – make it custom to fit your kids!)
Some other things that were found by a survey recently conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life®*
- Nearly 2 in 5 (37%) moms agree letting their child drink bottled water instead of out of a cup would help get their child to drink more water. (See? It’s not just me!)
- Drinking water is one of the biggest “healthy habit” struggles moms have with their kids (38%), even more than struggles like “eat your fruit” (29%), “get enough exercise” (23%), and “eat your breakfast” (19%). (Life shouldn’t be a struggle! Start with making it fun for your kids to drink water – whatever makes them excited – a Chart, a personal water cup, a bottle, decorate their own bottle…you get the idea!)
I grab big cases of Nestlé® Pure Life® Water at Walmart at least once a week. It’s our favorite choice of drinks in our house (I know this is about the kids but my husband takes at least 2-3 a day with him and on hot days we all grab more than that!). I personally love the convenience of taking a healthy drink wherever we go. My boys are in sports (YES, I AM A SOCCER MOM GO AHEAD AND LAUGH), so with every sport function – practice and games – they need to stay hydrated. Every time here comes Nestlé® Pure Life® Water. It’s So EASY!
The recipe I made (see below) actually can be used for any occasion. Are you the snack mom at sports? Just looking to fill your kids with a healthy option? Want a great afterschool snack? Any of the above are the perfect reasons to whip up some Fruit Kabobs with Fruity Dip. Honestly – it is the same as getting your kids to be healthy and drink Nestlé® Pure Life® Water – Kabobs make fruit fun. The dip is even more fun (what kid doesn’t love a dip?). The dip even has extra fruit in it. I mean come on mom’s, let’s get those kids healthy!
Before I give you my delish recipe – come on don’t hold out on me – give me your how to keep your kids healthy tips! Leave them in the comments! I think we can always learn from other parents! Want more great tips? Check out Nestlé® Pure Life® on Facebook for more tips on healthy hydration, and make sure to share your own tips on by visiting pureliferippleeffect.com using the #pureliferippleeffect hashtag.
- For Dip
- 4 ounces Strawberry Yogurt
- 2-4 ounces cream cheese (depends how thick you want the dip)
- 4 ounces fresh pineapple
- For Kabob
- Short Kabob sticks (or long tooth picks)
- Pineapple chunks
- Watermelon chunks
- For the Dip
- Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender
- Blend until smooth
- For the Kabobs
- Arrange fruit in any order that your kids will eat it!
- Serve immediately or store in refrigerator
*Nestlé® conducted their online survey in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12. © 2015 Nestlé® Waters North America Inc.