Canada Food Guide, Dehydration, Drinking Water, Hydration, Water

5 Easy Ways to Add Flavor To Your Water

Hydration is a HUGE Deal!

We all know that staying hydrated is so important and I am sure most of us would agree that we need to drink more water!

In my emails today, I received an update from the Canada Food Guide and it has some great tips for drinking more water. Here is an excerpt from it with 5 ways to add flavour to your water:

From The Canada Food Guide:

5 ways to add flavour to your water

You can add fruits and herbs to your hot or cold water for flavour. Here are some ideas to try:

  1. blackberries + mint
  2. raspberries + cucumber
  3. strawberries + fresh basil
  4. chopped apples + a cinnamon stick
  5. pear slices + a drop of vanilla extract

To release the most flavour:

  • crush the berries
  • chop or tear herbs
  • cut fruit into cubes

If you like some fizz in your drink, try carbonated water.

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I thought these were great ideas. I will also share the full article here if you want to read it in its entirty:

Here is a link to some of my other articles supporting hydration of the body:

Berries and herbs in water in glass jars with cute straws.

ALemonLover, celery juice, Drinking Water, Hydration, Lemons, Water

My Sunshine 🌞 Drink Recipe

So many people have asked me for this recipe

Every day I start my day with this drink. After drinking this delightful concoction, that I fondly call “My Sunshine Drink”, 🌞 I drink my straight celery juice and then my Isotonix Vitamins, that I have been taking faithfully for 23 years now.

I love starting the day with my Sunshine Drink 🌞. It started off as warm lemon water but now I have evolved it to a threesome of citrus fruits along with honey.

I have made a short video to show you exactly how I make my Sunshine 🌞 Drink.

Here it is, just click on the arrow and enJOY.

I hope you find this helpful and if you want more info on how to make celery juice and why it is beneficial you can learn more here:

And info on Isotonix Vitamins, my vitamins of choice, you can learn more here:

Two children drinking from water fountain
Dehydration, Drinking Water, Kids, Kids Health

Dehydration in Kids

Children are very prone to dehydration. We often work hard at making sure our kids eat their meals and snacks but hydration often gets overlooked.

Children are even more prone to dehydration because of their size, activity level, often lack of interest in drinking fluids, as well as dealing with sensitive taste buds.

If you notice that your child is not urinating frequently and/or their urine is of a darker color and has a strong smell, your child is probably dehydrated. Dehydration can show itself as constipation, low energy, crankiness, nausea, dry mouth, dry skin, lack of tears, skin that does not bounce back when pinched, sunken eyes, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and even headaches, to name a few!

One of the best ways to help with hydrating the body is to encourage the consumption of vegetables and fruit, especially fruit. Fruits are jam-packed with micro-nutrients and lots of water.

Easy ways to encourage fruit eating, is to:

. Lead by example! Eat fruits often and find creative ways to eat more fruits and to try new fruits

. Incorporate fruits into meals as salsas, in salads, as toppings on desserts etc.

. One of my favorite ways and it works very well. Leave cut up pieces of fruit in the reach of children. When my daughter has friends over for a sleepover for example, in the morning I knock on the bedroom door and say something fun like “Room Service” and deliver a plate of various fruits cut up. They always eat it! They may not eat the whole plate but they always eat quite a bit.

. Make fruit bowls. Take a banana and chop it up in small pieces or even mash it and then add any other chopped fruit that you like. I change it up all the time and add things like chopped apples, berries, pears, melon and whatever I feel like. I even sometimes drizzle maple syrup or honey on top for added nutrients and for more deliciousness. I have not met a person yet, child or adult, who can resist my fruit bowls. When you make them into bowls like this it is like eating something substantial and the taste is incredible!

. Make fruit smoothies and homemade fruit juices. There are tonnes of recipes if you search Pinterest or Google. I saw one the other day where you put frozen pineapple and orange juice and it looked amazing!

. And on that note, keep bags of frozen fruits in your freezer and let the kids go at it. My daughter loves to make smoothie concoctions with her friends and they have a lot of fun doing it. Frozen fruits make it really easy.

. Lemon water is a GREAT way to hydrate the body. In the morning juice a half of a lemon, add hot water and a bit of honey in a large cup or tea pot and let it sit for a minute. This is the BEST way to start the day. It wakes up and energizes the liver, provides micro-nutrients like vitamins and minerals, and hydrates the body big time! It is a great source of Vitamin C too. Anytime you can add lemons or the juice of lemons to your child’s diet, it’s a big win! Squeeze lemons on salads and even vegetables and other foods. Lemon helps to kill bacteria and also enhances the flavors in food. You can’t go wrong with lemons ever!

Lemon and honey water

As a side note, as a Nutritionist who is also a forever learner and education seeker, I can say with complete confidence that I NEVER worry about the sugar in fruit, if that is something that comes to mind. The natural sugars in fruit are necessary for the brain and the liver to function properly. People are suffering out there because a lack of this natural sugar!!!! And let’s face it, it is almost impossible to have our kids overeat the healthy stuff, so I just work at ‘more’… getting in more of the good stuff.

I hope you found this post on hydration helpful and happy fruit chopping! πŸ™‚

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, and Certified Life Coach who loves being a Mom to her daughter Sivanna Roses… as a side note Sivanna is working on a presentation for school called “Healthy Eating” and her mom is quite proud of this. πŸ™‚ Oh ya!