Summer treats for health and hydration!
Here comes the sun! Thank goodness for the balmy spring and summer most of us are enjoying. This week is set to bring another heatwave so we’ve put together some simple sunshine treats and ideas for your little cooks.
Vitally, make sure you keep them hydrated! Did you know that children should drink around:
- 5 glasses (1 litre) for 4 to 8 year olds
- 7 glasses (1.5 litres) for 9 to 12 year olds
- 8 to 10 glasses (2 litres) for 13+ years
Water helps our body in many ways:
- It carries nutrients to cells;
- It helps to remove waste products from our major organs;
- It boosts our metabolism;
- It helps us to control our body temperature and so much more
But water isn’t always exciting to drink so having some healthy alternatives up your sleeves can help. We’ve included some tips for getting kids to drink more, and also some of our favourite frozen treats. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Fun with straws! – not only do they increase the volume of liquid children drink in one sitting, they are fun! My little cook was obsessed with a twirly straw for months, transfixed by watching the water move around the circles in it! We also recently discovered the wonderful Stroodles who make straws made of pasta – they last for hours and are fascinating for children! All customers who receive a July cooking kit will be receiving free Stroodle samples so don’t miss out on trying these wonderful eco-friendly straw alternatives
Fruit infused water – it’s not always easy to get children to drink enough water. One way to encourage them is to infuse water with fruit. You can buy fruit diffuser water bottles – they have a removable section in the middle that you fill with your favourite fruits and herbs, which then diffuse the water and make it taste yummy (and flush it with vitamins and minerals!). You can engage your little ones in the process by asking them to choose which fruits they would like to use and getting them to help fill the bottle up. Our favourite combo is cucumber, mint and melon that is super simple to make in one of these bottles
Iced tea – tea isn’t just for grown-ups as many of our wonderful little cooks have found in their July kits. Our friends at Small and Wild have created happy herbal teas for children and they make a delicious ice tea! It’s such a brilliant way to keep children hydrated in a fun healthy way: https://www.smallandwild.com/blog/2017/10/26/brewing-the-perfect-iced-tea
Make fun ice cubes – either pop a blueberry or two into standard ice cube trays before filling with water and freezing, or buy some fun moulds that you kids will love to have in their drinks!
Frozen yogurt bark – a brilliant alternative to ice cream for dessert, and super versatile. You can add pretty much any fruit, nut or seed. We’d love to see a little cook design a rainbow bark! Send us your pictures if you do!
Creamy mango lollies – these actually taste like the mango ice cream from a Chinese restaurant we used to go to when I was little! I never saw the ingredients list (nor did I care at 5 years old!) but it’s an absolute certainty that these have less with just 2 ingredients in them!
Frozen raspberries – an absolute favourite in Little Cooks Co HQ. And our top tip…use a clean Calpol syringe to fill your raspberries with yogurt! Such a great way to hone little cooks’ fine motor skills and the outcome is a delicious little frozen snack!
Banana lollies – frozen bananas taste like ice-cream. Fact. We actually have a couple of variations of frozen banana treats on our website, both of which are absolutely heaven! https://www.littlecooksco.co.uk/recipes/frozen-banana-bites/ and https://www.littlecooksco.co.uk/recipes/ghoulish-banana-ghosts/
Water bottles – these help you keep track of how much your children are drinking. We teamed up with the wonderful Klean Kanteen to create lovely Little Cooks Co bottles which have a 500ml capacity, and in celebration of this lovely weather we are offering 10% off with code HYDRATION2020