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Surprise After School Snack Basket

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My favorite time of the day is school pick up time. I think it might be Emmy's too! 

Seeing her face after a day at school puts a smile on my face. I miss that kid when she is at school. I like to think that seeing me makes her happy too, and I'm sure it does, but what really makes her happy after school is the snacks I have with me. Emmy is constantly on the move and needs a good supply of snacks and hydration to keep her going!

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When I really want to make her happy I pack a huge basket of her favorite fruits and bottles of water. The fruits I choose are ones I know she loves and that are currently in season. They are fresher and taste better that way. For the water, I choose NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® 8oz “Share-a-Smile™” Kid Designed Edition bottles because they are available in 8 different designs created by kids. The bottles are a great way to make healthy hydration fun for not only kids, but the entire family. I knew that Emmy would take one look these bottles and love them. I was totally right!

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Aren't these bottle designs the cutest?! As a family, we drink water as our beverage of choice. We feel it is the healthiest option for us, especially knowing that replacing a single 12-ounce, 140 calorie sugar-sweetened beverage with water each day for a year can cut more than 65 cups of sugar from one’s diet. I can't even wrap my mind around what 65 cups of sugar even looks like!

As we all know, kids have many choices when it comes to beverages and, unfortunately, research suggests that water is not always top of mind. One recent study found that more than half of US kids are inadequately hydrated(1). Other findings highlight that up to 75 percent of kids report not drinking any water before school(2) and that roughly 25 percent of kids report not drinking any water on two consecutive days(3). This is shocking to me. 

In a 2015 survey conducted by NESTLÉ PURE LIFE, moms and kids revealed many surprising insights about their hydration habits(4). One thing was that 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%), “eat your breakfast” (19%), and “drink your milk” (18%). But the good news is that kids who drink 4+ glasses of water per day are more likely to frequently exhibit healthy habits, such as, eating fruits and vegetables at meal times without reminders, and requesting healthy food and beverage options for school lunches. That is great news for us parents!

after school snacks

Encouraging Emmy to make healthy choices like choosing water over sugar and seeing her do so happily makes me smile. Do you know what makes Emmy smile? The great outdoors, books, and stuffed animals.  So, we went all out and had an outdoor picnic with her snacks, book and stuffed animal. She declared it the best day ever. I love when she does that. She sipped her “fun water” as she called it, enjoyed her fruit and read a book under the afternoon sun. It really was a great day.

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You can learn more about NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® and find the limited edition “Share-A- Smile™” bottles at a store near you, visit here on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Be sure to share how NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE®Share-a-Smile™” bottles will help to keep your family's healthy hydration on track with the hashtag #NestleShareaSmile on social media.

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I shared what makes Emmy and I smile. I'd love to hear what makes you smile too!

(1) Kenney EL, et al. Prevalence of Inadequate Hydration Among US Children and Disparities by Gender and Race/Ethnicity: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009-2012. Am J Public Health. 2015 Aug;105(8):e113-8.
(2) Stookey JD. What is the cell hydration status of healthy children in the USA? Preliminary data on urine osmolality and water intake. Public Health Nutr. 2012 Nov;15(11):2148-56.

(3) Drewnowski A, et al. Water and beverage consumption among children age 4-13y in the United States: analyses of 2005–2010 NHANES data Nutr J. 2013; 12: 85.
(4) http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nestle-pure-life-kicks-off-the-ripple-effect-movement-to-encourage-healthy-hydration-habits-among-kids-300143584.html

 

Heather
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Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.

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