As the sun shines, days have become longer and nights shorter, holidays have set in, summer is just around the corner and as kids play in the scorching heat, it can make them more prone to dehydration than adults.
It’s always better to offer children water and hydrating foods before they even ask because when they ask for water they are already at least 3% dehydrated.
To our surprise, approximately 20% of hydration comes from foods that are rich in water, thus we don’t need to pump our kids with only water and electrolyte powders, you can feed water with food too.
Fruits & vegetables such as watermelon, muskmelon, orange, kiwi, tomatoes, cucumber are hydrating foods. So, there is no need to daunt your kids with just plain water, liquids like coconut water, homemade lemonade, kokum shebat can also be given instead of water as they provide a perfect electrolyte balance for children.
As children need variety, Dhvani Shah, a nutritionist shares with us some yummy recipes such as kiwi slush, fruit sorbet, popsicles etc which will help your child BEAT THE HEAT.
Kiwi Malai Slush
- 1 cup kiwi, chopped
- 200ml coconut water
- 1 cup malai
- 1-2 ice cubes, optional
- Blenderize all the ingredients on high for 2 minutes till creamy.
- Pour in a tall glass & serve
- 1 glass lemonade
- 1/2 cup fruits, chopped (berries/orange/grapes)
- Ice pop molds and sticks
- Pour Lemonade into ice pop mold.
- Add 2-3pieces of your favorite fruits.
- Freeze & enjoy
- 2-3 watermelon slices
- 1-2 tbsp feta cheese
- 1/2 tbsp mixed nuts, chopped (almonds, walnuts, pecans)
- 1/2 cup mixed fruits, chopped
- Cut a large round slice of the watermelon and them cut the watermelon into pizza-like slices.
- Sprinkle with the feta, fruits & nuts
- Add a light sprinkling of kosher salt, if desired.
- 1 muskmelon, chopped
- 1-2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp water
- Freeze the cubed muskmelon overnight or for 4-6 hrs in a freezer.
- In a food processor pulse the frozen muskmelon till it becomes crumbly.
- Add the lemon juice, honey, and water at this time and then pulse again. You may need to add more water until the mixture becomes more fluid, but not slushy.
- Remove the sorbet in a bowl and freeze for 1 hr if needed.
- Scoop out and serve.
About Dhvani Shah
(RD, ND, PG (Dietetics), BSc, C.D.E).
Dhvani Shah is a practitioner of the “FIMS theory” that represents Food as Medicine & Supplement. She has extensively researched in traditional Indian, Chinese and Tibetan food therapies and amalgamates it with Modern nutrition. She uses the power of food as medicine to design unique nutrition programs for children, women, sportsmen & illnesses.
Dhvani Shah has conducted 150+ workshops, authored over 7+ books, developed 5000+ health recipes, is a nutrition consultant for 45+ health products, catering services and corporate kitchens and is a regular columnist with leading newspapers, magazines and blogs. She is a columnist with leading newspapers and magazines. She is a panelist for leading parenting blogs, health websites & mobile apps. She is successfully running two clinics in Mumbai and an online clinic (www.dhvanishah.com) for patients from over 15 countries.