Hydration…

Take a look at this forecast!!  Talk about HOT!

 

Here in Wisconsin we are used to extreme temperatures, but typically it’s extreme in the winter.  -30 doesn’t phase us up here in my neck of the woods, but very rarely do we see temps with a heat index between 115-120!  With temps like this it is oh, so important to keep kids hydrated!  For the past few days I’ve been filling a few bottles with water and ice and keeping them in the fridge so the kids have easy access to a drink whenever they need it.  Speaking of water bottles, I’ve tried a variety of them looking for just the right one and so far this one from CamelBak seems to work the best.  It stays cold for a long time and it’s easy for the kids to re-fill and drink from.

Sometimes my boys want a little something other than water on these long, hot summer days so I like to have a few “treat” drinks on hand.  It’s been a process finding sweet drinks that aren’t filled with artificial sweeteners and other garbage, but alas we found some that the boys love!  The first is a flavored green tea called Steaz which is available in a variety of flavors.  Our personal favorite is Raspberry…it’s especially good if you pour it in a glass with ice with a few fresh, organic raspberries.  Mmmm!

Here are a few shots of my boys drinking their “pop” after an afternoon of skiing and tubing…

My boys also love Root Beer Floats so I was determined to find a healthy alternative.  Our local grocery store started carrying Zevia in assorted flavors including root beer!  Zevia is a carbonated “pop-like” drink flavored without chemically processed artificial sugar substitutes, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives normally found in other sodas.  I combine that with So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and voila!  This is a family favorite…especially in the summer.

Stay cool everyone and remember to stay hydrated!!

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2 Responses to Hydration…

  1. Nikki says:

    What a great idea for root beer floats! I’ve never heard of zevia.

  2. Natalie says:

    I love Zeevia. Have been buying it as a treat for over a year now. FOund out about thru the food coop I ordered before. I also love the So delicious! What a great idea for a float. My kids love certain flavors of zeevia though. I am not a root beer lover at all since it’s not a flavor I grew up in my country with but the zeevia rootbeer is so much better. While my husband can’t stand the Stevia taste I really enjoy it knowing it’s a healthier alternative to the pink, blue, red aspartame type sweeteners. I use NuNaturals white stevia in my coffee and it has no bitter aftertaste. He tolerates it a lot better than the regular stevia brands.

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