Since I work full-time, having her back in school makes life just a bit easier. Not so much when you factor in homework, but that is another post for another time. Unfortunately there is one major downside to her being gone all day long. Her water intake.
I dehydrate quickly because of gastric bypass surgery. I am supposed to get in my 64 oz each day and then match ounce for ounce any coffee (really any caffeine) or alcohol I may have in a day. So my 20 oz of coffee and my 6 oz of wine I usually have in a day means I need 80 oz of water…minimum.
My daughter is an entirely different story altogether. She just doesn’t drink. Since she was about a year old we’ve had chronic issues with her being dehydrated. There was a time her doctor said give her whatever she wanted to drink…anything sans alcohol of course. When Elizabeth is home all day with me, we can play the game of ‘drink when mommy drinks,’ which is just me drinking like normal and calling out to her to go drink her water. During the summer I could give her frozen and fresh fruit to help. But now that she is in school and then goes to day care, we can’t play that game.
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Now, we’re starting have issues again as a result of decreased water intake. Nestlé® Pure Life® Water has been really helpful to keep in her backpack for school, and a quick convo with her teacher and her daycare provider to help remind her as they can to drink. But it’s still tough. Since we’re on the go more now, I stock up, and buy in bulk at my local Walmart.We are not big soda drinkers, so water really is our go-to drink. I keep it on-hand at all times. It’s really not a luxury; it’s a necessity for us. When I was researching on ways I could get Elizabeth (and let’s face, I need more too) to drink more water I came across some interesting tidbits of info from Robin Plotkin, a registered and licensed dietician and also from a survey recently conducted for Nestlé® Pure Life®:
- 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.
- Lead by example. Each time Mom or Dad goes for a drink of water, ask your children if they’d like a drink of water, too. Soon, it will be the kids asking the parents if they’d like to join them for a water break
- 29% of moms surveyed say that “fun tactics” would get their kids to drink more water. What’s a fun tactic? Try storing a disposable cup or water bottle on a low shelf or in the side door of the refrigerator and label it with your child’s initial. Or, use a favorite character sticker or trinket or even designate a special space in the fridge just for your child’s water!
- 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%).
- 33% of kids find it hard to remember to drink water without reminders.
I learned that I am far from alone on getting my daughter to drink, which made me feel a bit better. Since I can’t ask her to drink every time I drink, I’m working on new ideas. I’m leaning towards a sticker chart so she can visually see her water consumption. She knows what happens to her body when she doesn’t drink, so I do often remind her of that as well.
Elizabeth stays at school for ABC club and then has lunch before heading home (or to daycare) for the remainder of her day. But since it’s still summer-like, I try to once a week pick her up and have a fun afternoon. I will usually pack us a lunch and will always bring along plenty of water.For our most recent after school luncheon, I made a simple wrap with eggs, feta, lettuce, basil, and balsamic jam. To answer your questions if she really will eat feta and balsamic; the answer is yes. She’s loved both since she was about 2 years old. However, she did object quite strongly to the fresh basil, so I did have to pick that out of the wrap for her. I also tossed in some fruit (in juice not syrup) and of course some Nestlé® Pure Life® Water. One Balsamic Feta Egg Wrap curbs all hunger pangs
Balsamic Feta Egg Wrap
- 4 eggs; divided 2:2
- 2 sun-dried tomato basil wrap shells
- 2 tbsp balsamic (no sugar added) jam; divided 1:1
- 2 leaves of lettuce
- 1 triangle garlic-herb spreadable cheese
- 2 basil leaves (or just one); cut into ribbons
- 2 tbsp crumbled feta; divided 1:1
- Salt and pepper; to taste
Using cooking spray, heat a 10" frying pan over medium high heat.
Beat two eggs with the desired amount of salt and pepper.
Once the pan is hot, add the eggs, taking care to make sure it is evenly spread around in the pan, allow to cook. Flipping will not be necessary as they should be thin like a crepe.
While the eggs are cooking, spread half of the garlic-herb spreadable cheese over one wrap, then save the remaining cheese for the second wrap.
Place the cooked egg over the cheese on the wrap. Allow to cool for a minute or so.
Spread the balsamic jam over the egg.
Place a leaf of lettuce in the center of the wrap.
Sprinkle the ribbon-cut basil and the feta all over the wrap.
Make one small fold over of one edge and then make a small and tight rolls to the other edge.
Make the second wrap the same way.
Wrap in plastic wrap until ready to eat or enjoy immediately.
Nestlé® Pure Life® knows that establishing healthy habits in early childhood has lifelong benefits. They call this The Ripple Effect, and all moms and their kids are being encouraged to reach for water first. Visit pureliferippleeffect.com and share your tips for healthy hydration using #pureliferippleeffect.
As part of their dedication to healthy hydration through the Drink Up initiative, Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to providing nearly one million 8oz servings of water to After-School All-Stars. After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national provider of year-round school-based afterschool programs, with a mission to keep children safe and healthy – helping them to succeed in school and in life.
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To help your family Drink Up and be a part of the Ripple Effect – a movement to keep kids hydrated – visit pureliferippleeffect.com and share your tips for healthy hydration using #pureliferippleeffect.Please share with me any tips and tricks you have used to get your kids to drink more water. What ideas do you have to help my daughter?
*Online survey conducted 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.