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I love when it is our turn to bring snacks for any of the kids sporting events because it means I get to be creative and have fun with what we hand out to the teammates! Currently, we are having to bring snack for Jude's T-Ball practices and games on Saturdays so I knew I had to come up with something that the kids would love and the parents would appreciate.
I have to be honest, I am not very good about drinking water. I’m not the only one because a survey* recently conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life® they found that just half of moms (52%) regularly remind their child to drink water. Hey Moms! We have some work to do! We need to focus on the kids and really push that water, especially after those T-Ball practices, dance recitals and playground time.
I’m fortunate however, because my kids on the other hand could drink water all day long. This is wonderful because in the same survey* they found that kids who drink 4+ glasses of water per day are more likely to frequently exhibit healthy habits, such as getting their own water when thirsty, eating their fruits and vegetables at mealtimes without reminders, and requesting healthy food and beverage options for school lunches. They also found that Kids who drink less than 4 glasses of water a day are more likely to request soda, juice, and sports drinks (76%). I need to take tips from them!
I want to support and teach my kids that their current water drinking habits are perfect to keep themselves hydrated in a normal day and also when they are out playing on the T-Ball field. To get the conversation started with your own kids try this tip from Robin Plotkin: Using age appropriate concepts, talk to your kids about the importance of hydration. For young children, explain that it helps them stay cool when they are hot; for older, school-aged children, remind them that even mild to moderate dehydration can negatively impact mood, energy, concentration and short term memory—which are all important when studying, taking exams or playing sports.
This last weekend I decided to go a little easy on the snack front but totally dressed it up with a fun inspirational printable. I started off with a store bought trail mix with everyone's favorite nuts, candy and raisins. Yummy. We are a big trail mix family in my house because the raisins and nuts really add some much needed protein and fiber along with a little treat of the candies. Nom! I also picked up some Nestlé® Pure Life® Juniors, smaller 8 ounce bottles that are the perfect size for Jude's team.
I feel good about this snack because of the snack itself but also the water. Hydration is so important at every age and especially when kids are playing sports.
To make these trail mix snacks, I simply created an adorable encouragement note and filled the snack size reusable baggies with 2 hand fulls of trail mix each and then place one note in each baggie. I paired each trail mix snack with a Nestlé® Pure Life® Water bottle and snack day was done!
I have seen a lot of snacks after sporting events in the last couple of years and I am always surprised at the drink choices for kids. Nestlé® Pure Life® agrees and is supporting the Partnership for a Healthier America's Drink Up initiative - committing to helping families make healthier choices, starting with hydration.
Nestlé® knows that establishing healthy habits in early childhood has lifelong benefits - they call this The Ripple Effect - and they're encouraging parents and their kids to reach for water first!
To ignite The Ripple Effect movement and encourage kids to get the water they need throughout their day, 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, an organization that strives to keep children safe and healthy through after-school programming.
To inspire other moms to join the Ripple Effect movement, they've enlisted mom ambassadors across America to share their tips for making healthy changes in their lives and the lives of their children.
At PureLifeRippleEffect.com, parents can share tips and tricks that they use to teach their kids about the importance of staying healthy and hydrated. You really should visit pureliferippleeffect.com and share your tips for healthy hydration using the hashtag #pureliferippleeffect - get in with the conversation and movement!
As I confessed earlier, I am not a water drinker so I am in need of tips on how to not only drink more water myself but teach my kids to also drink more water and have that be their first choice for hydration and health. Here are some more great ones to help inspire you as well!
Tips for Hydration by Robin Plotkin:
- Prep ahead a week's worth of bottled water, like Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water, for lunches or on-the-go-events at one time. Store in the freezer and remove when needed to stock lunches, backpacks or gym bags. The water will be ready to drink when your child is ready.
- Together with your child, set a water intake goal. Create a chart or a graph (or log it online) and help them meet their goals with frequent reminders throughout the day. If goals are met, reward with a water-centric item such as a personalized water bottle or a novelty straw.
- 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.
Download this free printable to use for your snack day duties.
So many great ways to get that water flowing. I know that after learning more about the stats on hydration in children I will be focused on having more water available for the kids and the Nestlé® Pure Life® Water is the perfect way to do this.
Start your Pure Life Ripple Effect by picking up some Nestlé® Pure Life® water bottles from your local Walmart. Start today and strive for a big ripple of change in our children's hydration! And make sure you make snack time fun with a little creativity! It is the fun part about snack day!
I've shared my tricks with you on how we use Nestlé® Pure Life® Water to create a delicious after T-Ball Snack!
What is your favorite way to use it for your family or team?