TEMPLE, Texas — Summer is almost here and as the temperatures heat up, it’s important to make sure you and your family stay well hydrated. In this week’s “Your Best Life” Leslie Draffin talks with a registered nurse about some sneaky ways to get hydrated this time of year.

Lisa Kelly is a registered nurse and owns several Grabbagreen locations in Central Texas. She said if you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already on your way to becoming dehydrated. 

“If you’re feeling thirsty, it’s too late.” Kelly said. When it comes to hydration, Kelly said, you have to stay ahead of the game.

Fortunately, you can do much more than just chug water to stay hydrated. Kelly said many fruits and vegetables are rich in water. She suggests eating melons, cucumbers and even leafy greens, which are almost 90% water. 

To encourage kids to drink more of water, try infusing it with their favorite fruits. Kelly suggests strawberry, cucumbers, limes and even herbs like mint and basil.

To kick things up a notch, you can also create hydrating summer ice pops, which Kelly said no kid can ignore. Her kid-friendly recipes are below.

Healthy Fresh Fruit Ice Pops:

  1. Fill ice pop mold ¾ of the way full with coconut water
  2. Add fresh fruit of choice
  3. For a sweeter take, add a bit of honey or natural sweetener
  4. Freeze

Homemade Electrolyte Pops:

  1. One cup coconut water
  2. ½ cup milk
  3. One banana
  4. Two tablespoons of raw honey
  5. Juice from one lemon
  6. ½ teaspoon sea salt
  7. Combine all ingredients in ice pop, mold and freeze.

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