MHLbannersmall As part of your monthly My Healthy Lifestyle newsletter, you'll have a chance to take advantage of some healthy tips from fellow employees.

Here's a tip for you

Fruits and veggies with a high water
content can help supplement fluid intake for children as wells as adults. After raising three very active boys into young adulthood I can finally look back at some of the small victories I had over the years. One of them was making sure they were getting enough to drink while playing sports and being active during the summer vacation. I made sure there was always water available but after they complained about my "boring" choices I looked to fruit for a little variety.

I did some research and was pretty surprised to find out that fruits like kiwis, oranges, grapes and some berries are made up of about 80 percent water. Watermelon and tomatoes have a water content of over 90 percent. And cucumbers, which all of the kids liked in salads or even sliced as a snack with some corn chips and salsa, have the highest water content of any solid food.

cucumberWhen they were younger I made sure everything was cut up and put in zip locks so they could get to them easily. I also put berries and cucumber slices, as well as lemon and lime slices into their water which seemed to hold their interest a little more than straight ice water. Along with being a good source of hydration, the fruit and veggies also added a lot of vitamins and nutrients so it was a good deal all around.


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