I interviewed a bunch of Olympic athletes that tasted the gold. I teach about how water gets the gold when it comes to “better beverages“.
I give out gold medal awards to kids that try new fruits and veggies! (See picture).
But yes, I finally got to receive my OWN gold medal. It was from the E-lit Book awards run by the Jenkins Group in Traverse City, Michigan.
No way, it won first place! I was so excited about this coup, I just had to share it with you. Here is the screen shot:
Here is an excerpt from Mountain Mantras where I talk about how water is the Gold Winner when it comes to beverages:
Rethink Your Drink
Our country is on a sugar-driven runaway train headed for disaster, and sugary drinks are greasing the rails. The average teenager consumes an estimated 34 teaspoons of added sugar every single day. Sugar consumption is linked to such maladies as tooth decay, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, a suppressed immune system, and stunted growth due to too little vitamin and mineral intake. When Nurture teaches kids about beverages, we first start by reminding them that we all need to drink enough liquids to stay hydrated. Dehydration causes headaches, hunger, upset stomach, crabbiness, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. Our bodies are comprised of more than 60 percent water; proper hydration regulates body temperature, trans- ports nutrients to our cells, and protects organs and tissues. Water also removes waste. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things we can do for our health.
Once we’ve convinced the students how important it is to drink enough fluids, we move on to reviewing options. We com- pare beverage choices and ask students to give each one a prize. Just like the Olympics, we have bronze, silver, and gold medals.
First, we look at soda. We see that soda provides no nutritional value. It is loaded with sugar and sometimes caffeine. It is estimated that the average American consumes 592 cans of soda per year —and the 32-plus pounds of sugar that go with it! While diet sodas don’t contain sugar, they also provide no nutritional value and contain many artificial ingredients that can be harmful to bodies and brains. It is best to limit soda to a sometimes or, better yet, never beverage. Soda doesn’t get any medal at all.
Sports and energy drinks don’t make it to the podium either. Many people think that sports drinks are healthy, but they con- tain a lot of sugar, artificial ingredients, and dyes. The electrolytes found in sports drinks are only needed when people are being so active that they sweat for an hour or more. If your kids need to replace electrolytes, then I recommend drinking water and taking an electrolyte replacement tablet*. That way, they can stay hydrated and replenish their electrolytes without the artificial ingredients, sugars, and dyes found in sports drinks. You can also offer your kids water with a squeeze of fruit or veg- gie juice and maybe a pinch of salt, if they’ve really had a sweat fest. All fruits and veggies provide potassium, a key electrolyte; bananas are standouts when it comes to this mineral, and coco- nut water is an even better source.
When we get to fruit juice, we are now on the podium, but juice only comes in as the bronze medal winner of what we call the better beverages. Real, 100 percent juice contains vitamins and minerals but also a lot of natural sugar. Keep an eye out for juice look-alikes that are not 100 percent juice. Look past the marketing and read the ingredient list to make sure the drink is not a fruit or veggie wannabe.
Milk (but not chocolate milk) is our silver-medal winner for better beverages. Milk contains calcium and vitamin D, which help build strong bones and teeth. Not everyone tolerates milk well, so kids should listen to their bodies and tummies to make sure that milk agrees with them.
* For electrolyte tablets/capsules, visit www.healthysolutionsofsv.com and click on “Recommended Products” on the green navigation bar.
The gold medal goes to water! Water gives you a long-lasting hydration boost and contains no sugar, dyes, or artificial ingredients. The best part about water is that it is usually available and free. If students realize that water is the number-one choice but still want something special to dazzle the taste buds, I recommend wuice. Wuice is water with a little bit of juice added from any fruit or veggie. For a flavorful refresher, add cucumber rounds, citrus slices, watermelon cubes, or berries.
When thirsty, reach for H2O
the gold medal way to go.