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How do you keep your tag-playing, tree-climbing, cartwheeling little monkey hydrated on hot days if she's not keen on water? Offer her these foods, says Houston dietitian Roberta Anding, R.D.:
Fruits and veggies
They contain 70 to 95 percent water. Try watermelon, strawberries, lettuce, and cucumbers.
Make it fun: Freeze cups of applesauce for an icy summer treat.
Whether plain or fruity, it's 80 percent water.
Make it fun: Blend some frozen berries with plain yogurt for ten seconds in a processor for a sorbetlike snack.
Oatmeal, beans, couscous, & pasta
These foods absorb more than 50 percent of their weight in water as they cook.
Make it fun: Serve cute pasta shapes -- bow ties, wagon wheels, shells.