This post, and fruit ice cubes recipe was inspired as part of a sponsored campaign with Tervis. Opinions are my own.
Whenever we go out to eat, my niece orders water with her meal. My kids always want soda or chocolate milk or some other sugar-filled, unhealthy beverage. My niece will turn down all that stuff and choose water.
What makes her do that and how do I reprogram my kids?
If only it were that easy. Getting some kids to drink water is like trying to push a rope. You can try and try and try, but the reality is that a rope isn’t designed to be pushed. And neither are kids. Nope. You have to trick them. Or bribe them, or otherwise offer them something that makes the water more appealing. Because most kids aren’t like my niece. She’s just weird. But in a totally good way.
So what’s a parent to do?
The end game with this should be to establish healthy habits, not just set you up for having to offer something in exchange for them choosing water. Ideally they choose the water because they want to. Tricks and bribes really don’t do anything except teach them to not trust you and that they should always expect something in return for doing the right thing.
But you can get kids to drink more water because they want to, not because you wouldn’t let them, or because there is an incentive to do so. So I put together a few tips to help.
How to Get Kids to Drink More Water
1. Don’t use drinks as a reward
Adults do it all the time – reward themselves with food. It’s a bad idea for anyone to use food as a reward, and is very counter intuitive to developing healthy habits. It not only justifies making poor choices, it makes you feel guilty if you indulge otherwise.
Ideally if you can avoid unhealthy drink choices altogether, kids will grow up with the habit of water being their first choice. But if you haven’t already established these habits, it’s going to be more of a challenge. Using unhealthy drinks as a reward sends the message that they are ok so long as you do something good first.
Now, there is the argument that complete restriction may make kids rebel when they are older. One way to avoid that is by associating treat beverages with a specific day or holiday. For example, maybe on their birthday they get a frozen ice drink, or on vacation each summer they get a soda. This prevents complete deprivation while establishing a routine of moderation.
2. Establish a routine
If you include water as part of their daily routine, it will become a habit. If you only serve water with meals (and make them finish it before they leave the table), then they will come to associate meals with a glass of water. Hopefully they will then choose water at restaurants or friend’s houses when you aren’t there.
3. Set an example
Kids tend to mimic their parent’s behavior, both intentionally and just as a natural part of their behavior. By increasing your own water intake, and practicing what you preach, you have a much better chance of getting your kids to drink more water.
4. Make it fun
My daughter is obsessed with water bottles with fun colors or characters on them. So I get them for her. With one stipulation – she is only allowed to put water in them. She takes her water with her everywhere when she has a cool and fun bottle.
Her new favorite is her ladybug water bottle from Tervis. We are big fans of Tervis around here. She loves it because she adores ladybugs. Plus, I got myself and my son a similar bottle, which falls into the “set an example” tip above.
About Tervis water bottles
Tervis water bottles are double walled and insulated. They keep your cold drinks cold (will also keep hot beverages hot), minimize “sweating” and they have a lifetime guarantee. They hold 24 oz of liquid and are bpa free. They come in a ton of styles and designs, and you can even customize them with your own photos, texts or logos.
Tervis water bottles have great lids.
They are easy to clean but also close securely and have a handle to make them easy to carry. The bottles themselves also fit in the cupholders in my car, which is a huge convenience for me.
The wide mouth makes them easy to clean and add ice cubes.
Look how cute the embroidery is on the ladybug design!
5. Make it taste good
Water doesn’t have to be plain or boring. You can jazz up their water with a bit of fruit. I like to put cut fruit into my water for fruit infused water, but my daughter does not go for that. She likes when I make pureed fruit ice cubes and let the fruit slowly melt into the water.
How to make pureed fruit ice cubes
You can use just about any fruit that you want for fruit ice cubes. I happened to have some apples and blueberries and it sounded delicious.
I used a blender with a smoothie cup but you can use a regular blender.
Blend the fruit together until smooth and pour into ice cube trays and silicone liners and freeze overnight.
Add a couple of cubes to your water, and enjoy.
It keeps the water cool and slowly infuses the fruit into the water.
She likes it!
Berry Apple Cinnamon Pureed Fruit Ice Cubes
Berry Apple Cinnamon Pureed Fruit Ice Cubes
- 2 Gala apples
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
- Core apples (leave skin on) and cut into about 8 pieces.
- Add all of the ingredients to a high powered blender.
- Blend until pureed and smooth.
- Pour into ice cube trays or silicone cupcake liners.
- Freeze overnight.
- Serve in water.
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