Here at HealthBarn USA, worried moms have been approaching us all week with one thing on their minds: how do I keep my children hydrated during this crazy summer heat?! Plenty of kids find water too boring, so most parents immediately think of Gatorade as a good alternative. And they’re right – Gatorade and similar sports drinks have the potassium and electrolytes that help keep us hydrated. But any drink the color of a tennis ball probably has some not-so-natural ingredients.
So, what’s the natural, HealthBarn-approved solution? Coconut water! Unlike the creamy coconut milk that goes into curries and piña coladas, coconut water comes from young coconuts, which produce a “milk” that is much lighter, thinner, and fat and cholesterol free. One serving of coconut water has as much potassium as a banana and is naturally loaded with 5 important electrolytes: sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus. And the best part is that it’s kid-approved! Much more flavorful than plain water, coconut water has just enough sweetness and mild coconut flavor to appeal to kids’ taste buds–which means moms can relax, knowing that their kids are staying hydrated with a healthy, natural beverage.
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