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I’m ashamed to admit that for years I gave my kids juice whenever they asked for a drink. They loved it and soon got to the point to where they wouldn’t drink anything else. I learned from a survey recently conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life® that kids who drink less than 4 glasses of water a day are more likely to request soda, juice, and sports drinks (76%). Things were starting to make sense. When we moved to Southern Utah I was lucky enough to get some neighbors/friends whose kids only drink water. That’s what they wanted. They would come into my house and ask for a drink of water ……WHAT? This was literally unheard of in my house. I was so surprised when my kids started following suit and doing the same thing. And the day that William asked for a water bottle in his lunch, I thought I was going to pass out! I was so excited that the power of peer pressure had done good, and corrected my poor mommy choice from years ago.
PS – I was happy to find out that I wasn’t the only one who struggled with this. Did you know that in the Nestlé® Pure Life® survey they also found drinking water is one of the biggest “healthy habit” struggles moms have with their kids (38%), even more than struggles like “eat your fruit” (29%), “get enough exercise” (23%), and “eat your breakfast” (19%).*
This year I have loved packing lunches together with my kiddlettes whether it be for school, the park or a picnic in the front yard. And my favorite part about it is that they have learned how to pick healthy choices for themselves.
I’m excited to share one of their favorite lunches that the kids can make and pack themselves. Besides, isn’t all food more fun on a toothpick?!
I love to get some good meat cut from the deli, and my kids’ favorite is a roasted chicken breast. I get it thinly cut like for sandwiches, but instead of sticking it on some bread I cut the slice into 1/2 inch strips, and had the kids roll or fanfold it up and stick it on a toothpick. Then I cube up some cheese and let the kids slide them onto the toothpick next. To finish off the sticks I sliced some cucumber and then cut them in half to create a flat surface for each stick to stand up on. Slide the cucumber onto the remaining part of the toothpick and place in the container for the lunchbox.
My kids love to have these served with some other veggies or even some sliced up apples. It’s a perfect lunch for the warm days we have been having, or after your child has been running around at lunch recess at school.
One thing I love to do for their lunches is leave little notes, and a creative way to do that is with water bottle labels. So I created some fun school themed ones that your kids will love to read when they see it in their lunchbox.
Just click here to download the file. Print and cut then use a double sided adhesive to adhere it to the bottle.
Super crazy week? Nestlé® Pure Life® “Juniors” now have new Share a Smile versions that come with cute and funny labels already on them so be sure to pick up some of those to keep handy as well!
In a survey recently conducted for Nestlé® Pure Life®, 29% of moms surveyed* say that “fun tactics” would get their kids to drink more water. What’s a fun tactic? Try storing a disposable cup or water bottle on a low shelf or in the side door of the refrigerator and label it with your child’s initials. Nutrition expert Robin Plotkin, suggests using their favorite character stickers or trinkets or even designate a special space in the fridge just for your child’s water!
As a proud supporter of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up initiative, Nestlé® Pure Life® is committed to helping families make healthier choices, starting with hydration. We know that establishing healthy habits in early childhood has lifelong benefits. We call this The Ripple Effect, and we’re encouraging moms and their kids to reach for water first. To ignite The Ripple Effect movement and encourage kids to get the water they need throughout their day, Nestlé Pure Life is providing water to kids this school year through After School All-Stars, an organization that strives to keep children safe and healthy through after school programming. To inspire other moms to join the Ripple Effect movement, we’ve enlisted mom ambassadors across America to share their tips for making healthy changes in their lives and the lives of their children. At PureLifeRippleEffect.com, moms can share tips and tricks that they use to teach their kids about the importance of staying healthy and hydrated. With this movement, moms will be empowered to send their kids off to school each day fueled and hydrated. Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year through After-School All-Stars. Information source – At over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country
What have you done to make your child want to drink more water? I would love to know because even though my kids enjoy it more now…sometimes they still need incentives!!
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* © 2015 Nestlé® Waters North America Inc. Survey conducted online survey in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12.
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