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Keeping Kids Hydrated

  • 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.

  • Yogurt

    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.

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