Water Ideas...

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Drinking Water is so important. I cannot get my 14 year old to drink anything without sugar or dye in it. She cant stand the taste of just plain water, bottled or faucet. She doesn't even like water with a splash of lemon.

I would love to hear any ideas on how to get her fluid intake healthy!!

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  • blueakama
    blueakama Posts: 399 Member
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    I squeeze an orange and then top the rest up with water.
  • SnuggleSmacks
    SnuggleSmacks Posts: 3,732 Member
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    I use Mio and other flavor enhancers in my water. You can find some that are sweetened with sugar or honey, but since you use so little, it's only about 5 calories or so.
  • coffeetox
    coffeetox Posts: 34 Member
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    blueakama wrote: »
    I squeeze an orange and then top the rest up with water.

    Never thought of trying an Orange. I'm going to try this tomorrow. Thank you!
  • coffeetox
    coffeetox Posts: 34 Member
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    I use Mio and other flavor enhancers in my water. You can find some that are sweetened with sugar or honey, but since you use so little, it's only about 5 calories or so.

    Ya, she does like the Mio. Trying to get her away from dyes and such but then it is true you don't need much. Definitely better than pop and some of her other choices. Thanks!
  • uconnwinsnc1
    uconnwinsnc1 Posts: 902 Member
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    Hmm, knowing teenagers, good luck getting them to do anything you ask. Don't worry though, once they are in their 20's they'll start listening to you like they used to when they were little.
  • teagirlmedium
    teagirlmedium Posts: 679 Member
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    Are the drinks made at home or do you buy them from a store? I like sugar, but I do not use it as much as I did when I bought most of my drinks from the store. If she likes tea and has and interest in changing her diet then have her make something at home and compare it to what she gets in the store. Tea would probably be the easiest to try this with. Get her the one from the store that she likes the most. Have her make it at home and see how much sugar she has to put into it to make it as sweet as she likes it. She might decided herself that she wants to cut back once she has to measure the sugar out herself.
  • myheartsabattleground
    myheartsabattleground Posts: 2,040 Member
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  • Christine_72
    Christine_72 Posts: 16,049 Member
    edited December 2014
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    Cranberry juice makes water taste nice and refreshing. Not too sure how healthy cranberry juice is tho.
  • CarrieCans
    CarrieCans Posts: 381 Member
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    I buy mixes and add extra water. So far my 10 year old daughter hasn't noticed the drinks in the fridge are getting weaker. I also water down drinks that come in jugs, like orange juice and fruit punch. It's saving me some money too!
  • luv_lea
    luv_lea Posts: 1,094 Member
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    Mio is much better than soda. I use an orange, or I also buy sparkling waters. It is similar to soda's so my son really likes it!
  • crystalflame
    crystalflame Posts: 1,049 Member
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    I find water pretty disgusting too. I get most of my fluid from tea (usually something herbal). I used to make a lot of weak Crystal Light using twice the amount of water per packet. I do like sparkling water - the carbonation changes the taste - so I got an iSi Soda Siphon. That's increased my water-drinking a lot.
  • in4nomz
    in4nomz Posts: 230
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  • Curleycue0314
    Curleycue0314 Posts: 245 Member
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    Make the only thing available plain water. Eventually she will need to drink, and the only thing there will be water. I know it sounds harsh, but why cater to her need to flavor. I don't with my 5 year old, and that's why i don't have a picky child. He eats what is put in front of him, asks for carrots, broccoli and apples as snacks AND asks for water! You are raising an adult, not raising a child.
  • goddessofawesome
    goddessofawesome Posts: 563 Member
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    Try putting different fruits in the water like pineapple, oranges, or even cucumber.

    I am not a fan of the "flavor" stuff that you can add to water. IMO it tastes fake and it's too sweet.
  • coffeetox
    coffeetox Posts: 34 Member
    edited December 2014
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    Make the only thing available plain water. Eventually she will need to drink, and the only thing there will be water. I know it sounds harsh, but why cater to her need to flavor. I don't with my 5 year old, and that's why i don't have a picky child. He eats what is put in front of him, asks for carrots, broccoli and apples as snacks AND asks for water! You are raising an adult, not raising a child.

    Yes, I am raising a beautiful young lady who is very reliable and independent! She is not 5 anymore and is in Highschool. Seems we live in a community where most of the after school programs serves unhealthy sugar snacks and drinks. Her decision to say "Hey Mom, I'm having a hard time drinking water and have been consuming all these sugar drinks at school. Lets find something healthy to put in my water bottle." Show's me she is making great decisions on health! Cannot say she is picky, just having a hard time with plain water :)
  • coffeetox
    coffeetox Posts: 34 Member
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    Thank you all for all these ideas! I am going to share them with her and we will start experimenting! I add a splash of Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar to Mine but she is not willing to try that one....lol

    If anyone has any other ideas I would love to hear what helps you drink water!
  • segacs
    segacs Posts: 4,599 Member
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    coffeetox wrote: »
    Yes, I am raising a beautiful young lady who is very reliable and independent! She is not 5 anymore and is in Highschool. Seems we live in a community where most of the after school programs serves unhealthy sugar snacks and drinks. Her decision to say "Hey Mom, I'm having a hard time drinking water and have been consuming all these sugar drinks at school. Lets find something healthy to put in my water bottle." Show's me she is making great decisions on health! Cannot say she is picky, just having a hard time with plain water :)

    Your daughter sounds terrific!

    Tastes change over time, so often teenagers who dislike plain water end up liking it as an adult.

    A thought: Does she like sodas? Maybe try sparkling water? Some people like it better than flat.
  • coffeetox
    coffeetox Posts: 34 Member
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    I find water pretty disgusting too. I get most of my fluid from tea (usually something herbal). I used to make a lot of weak Crystal Light using twice the amount of water per packet. I do like sparkling water - the carbonation changes the taste - so I got an iSi Soda Siphon. That's increased my water-drinking a lot.

    I always make my mixes weak also. What is a iSi Soda Siphon, I have never heard of it? Does it change the quality of the water? I'm going to have to look into this :)
  • TopazCutie
    TopazCutie Posts: 386 Member
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    add lemon and cranberry juice ! soo refeshing