August 05, 2012

Get Your Kids to Drink Water

Okay, so we all know we're supposed to drink water. All of us need water, including our kiddos. But have you ever had a little one who just doesn't like water? This can be especially true if said little one has been primarily given bottled juice to drink. Of course they don't want water! It's not sweet, which means it's boring! Enter a little cuteness + stevia.

First, you'll need a super-cute water bottle or cup that doesn't leak. We have these Camelbak water bottles for our girls, and we love them. I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with researching products before we buy them, so I was fairly certain these wouldn't leak, and after almost a year of use, they have lived up to that expectation.

Okay, now that we have the cuteness factor out-of-the-way, let's get our kids to drink some H2O! Fill your cup or bottle with water, add a bit of stevia, attach lid, shake, and watch your little one drink down a ton of water! A note on the stevia: a minuscule amount really goes a long way. If you've never used it before, definitely trust me on this and only use a tiny sprinkle. You can always add more if you need to. The great thing about stevia is it doesn't impact blood sugar levels, like sugar does. I can tell you my kids do not get hyper after ingesting stevia, like they do with sugar. Also, it comes from a plant, so it doesn't scare me, like aspartame and those other fake sweeteners, so that's a bonus! We like the Kal brand, because it doesn't have a weird aftertaste like some brands do. Stevia may also have some health benefits, but that's a subject for another day.

Have fun making your kids some not-boring water, and enjoy the fact that their cute little bodies are being hydrated without coloring, preservatives, sugar, or any of that other hullabaloo! And pretty please, let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for leak-proof kiddy cups or water bottles. Thanks! Until next time...

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