It’s happened to me this summer already. I get all 3 kids in swimsuits, lather them up with sunscreen, grab their water bottles, snacks, towels, and pool toys and lug it all to the pool like a pack mule. A half hour of sun later, as they take a shade and water break, the lightheadedness and headache set in. I’ve forgotten to stay hydrated myself!
Stay Hydrated in the Heat
Everyone knows you are supposed to drink plenty of water daily… 2-3 liters a day actually. Add the heat of summer and exercise, and you need an additional liter for every hour of activity. Going to the pool with 3 kids under 5 is pretty much the equivalent of a trip to the gym. Getting them all ready, packing up all their stuff, carrying it all along with a 20 pound 9 month old in a baby carrier is actually probably even more strenuous than a gym session. And since I’m still breastfeeding, I need another liter of fluid each day. To stay hydrated, given all of the above, I need to drink about 5 liters of water a day. It can feel like I’m trying to drink a whole swimming pool!
Keep Count, Jazz It Up with Vintage Seltzer
Drinking 5 liters of plain water every day can get old quick. Good news is that your fluid consumption can be from drinking any fluids, as well as eating water-rich foods, like fruit and vegetables. One easy way I’ve found to keep track of my fluid consumption and stay hydrated this summer, is with Vintage Seltzer, the #1 seltzer in the New York metro area. Unlike juice or soda, it contains zero calories, no artificial sweeteners, color, sugar, or fat. I pair my favorite flavors of Vintage Seltzer with frozen fresh fruit to meet my hydration needs. The frozen fruit keeps my drink ice cold and refreshing, and the Vintage Seltzer is easily portable and measurable in liter bottles. You can find a wide variety of flavors, at your local Shop Rite.
How to Flash Freeze Fresh Fruit
This summer, Vintage Seltzer has released three awesome new flavors just for July: Peach-Mango, Blueberry and Pineapple! Each week, I stock up on my flavors of choice, grab fresh fruit to match, then cut up the fruit for flash freezing in preparation for our trips to the pool for the week. To flash freeze your fruit, you’ll need a cookie sheet, parchment paper, and freezer bags. Berries and grapes can remain whole, or cut in half. Other fruit should be cut into 1/4-1/2 inch slices or cubes. Lay fruit on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Be sure fruit is spread out so each piece freezes individually, and not in a big clump. Place tray in freezer, and freeze overnight. Once fruit is frozen, you can bag it in freezer bags for storage.
Now, when I pack for the pool, I throw a liter or two of Vintage Seltzer into my insulated tote bag, along with a bag of frozen fruit. I add the frozen fruit to my insulated plastic tumbler, top it with Vintage Seltzer and no more dehydration as I chase my little fish around the pool.
What are your tricks to stay hydrated in the summer heat? Check out more Vintage Seltzer flavors and Find Vintage at a store near you! Discover their latest flavors by following Vintage Facebook and Vintage Twitter, or share a #VintageSeltzie with them on Instagram! If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out more tips for staying hydrated this summer, and how I protect my family from the summer sun. You can find all of these on my Summer and Health and Safety for Kids boards on Pinterest too.
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