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Cool Drink Recipes for Kids

Posted 3 years ago by Lori Scholle

This spring was an unusual one here in Georgia.  In our house I attempted to put away long pants and sleeves on more than one occasion only to have to drag them back out again.  Now that we are in May the weather has turned HOT overnight and will take us some time to adjust to the heat again.   Part of adjusting to the heat requires plenty of cool beverages to drink.  Staying hydrated is an important part of staying healthy as I noted on a previous blog about how much your child should be drinking.  How much you should drink is as important as what you choose to drink.  Beverages that are full of sugar or caffeine are not good choices when it comes to beating the heat.  Water is the best choice but sometimes we would like a little more when we are thirsty.  Here are some cool drink recipes for kids that offer some healthy alternatives that you can use to help them beat the heat!

Frozen Grape ”Ice Cubes”

Rinse grapes and remove from the stems.  Place grapes in a freezer bag and freeze until solid.  Add them to the kids water and it will cool it down.  When they are finished with the water they can eat the grapes for snack – a snack beverage!

Do It Yourself Flavored Water

Have your kids try to create the tastiest water flavor by using cut up fruits and vegetables and pouring ice water over them.  Below is a list of good ingredients to use and mix and match for fantastic flavor combinations.

-Berries- raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, sliced strawberries

-Fruit- Mango, watermelon, apple slices, pear slices, papaya slices

-Citrus- Orange slices, lemon slices

-Vegetables- Cucumber slices, Celery sticks

-Herbs- Basil, mint, rosemary

Watermelon Punch

4 cups watermelon

1-2 T lime juice

1-2 cups  water (optional)

Garnish with thinly sliced limes(optional)

Add watermelon to a blender and blend until smooth.  Add lime to taste.  Do not strain it so you can keep the added benefit of fiber. It should keep in the fridge for at least 4 days.