At Stretch-n-Grow, nutrition is just as important to us as getting exercise; and we believe in educating our kids about the importance of good foods and, importantly, healthy hydration. Making sure that everyone gets hydrated is an important part of ensuring people are healthy and that their bodies will function properly. From joints to eye health to muscle development, having the proper amount of fluids is important. For lots of kids though, water is boring, or after a long play session, their bodies are craving salt and sugar, so they want something different. In fact, sometimes it is healthy to replace nutrients lost through sweat during play, as an important part of a healthy and active lifestyle. Walking the balance between indulging in a treat like a soft drink while instilling healthy habits can seem difficult, but there are other options! It is possible to make “sports” drinks at home that can enhance water, and provide fun flavors, while still ensuring good hydration.
Did you know these benefits of proper hydration?
- Can help the body maintain a healthy weight.
- Can help prevent cavities.
- Can help reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Can help with headaches, poor concentration, and lethargy.
- Can improve mood and memory.
Here are 3 homemade sports drink recipes that are healthy but can help kids drink more water and stay hydrated without being too sugary:
- Tropical Limeade: 3 cups coconut water, juice of 1 lime, 1 cup apple juice, ⅛ teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon honey
- Grape Day: 2 cups coconut water, 2 cups grape juice, ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Sunshine Sunday: 1 cup orange juice, 3 cups water, ⅛ teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon honey, juice of 1 lemon
Water should always be the first go-to beverage for hydration; but when you need a little more or a kid just wants something different, these sports drink alternatives can be a good solution.