Keep your children well hydrated

The temperatures are rising and kids are gearing up for summer activities. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for children to stay properly hydrated, whether they’re going to day camp, visiting the zoo or are active in sports.

Because our bodies are 70% water, it’s imperative that we all replenish with water. Water regulates body temperature, helps with digestion and supports the removal of waste. All of us lose water when we sweat, urinate … even breathe! Signs of dehydration include fatigue, headaches, lack of concentration, reduced mental performance, even dry skin.2

Children’s daily water needs vary depending on their age, gender, physical activity level, the temperature outside and their health. Parents should make sure kids drink water before, during and after each activity; 4-6 glasses of water a day for children up to 8 years old and 6-8 glasses for children 8 years and older.1

Quench their thirst with products by PURE

PURE has three products that will ensure children are happy and well hydrated.

ENERGY drink mix (all flavors) is safe for children ages 12 and older. They can have one ½ serving, being careful not to exceed 1 serving per day because of the caffeine content (120mg per serving). Make ice cubes with ENERGY and add them to water bottles for a little flavor. Or make refreshing popsicles.

GPS Hydrate is safe for children ages 12 and older. GPS Hydrate, a product in the sports performance line, helps replenish vital fluids, electrolytes and nutrients lost during exercise. It quenches thirst while supplying a blend of amino acids, carbohydrates and B vitamins. Make ice cubes or popsicles. The kids will love the fruit punch flavor.

Goyin balancing blend tastes delicious and is safe for kids 6 years old and older. Kids ages 6 to 12 should take half a serving, whereas kids ages 12 and older can enjoy the recommended daily dosage. These GoYin Pops make a tasty treat.

GoYin Pops

Ingredients: GoYin, crushed fruit (optional) and toothpicks or popsicle sticks.

Directions:

  1. Pour GoYin into ice cube trays.
  2. Add a small amount of fresh fruit (optional)
  3. Place a toothpick or popsicle stick into each cube.
  4. Place in the freezer until frozen.

Smart and fun ways to hydrate:

  • Give them small amounts of fluid throughout the day, rather than large amounts at one time.
  • Use colorful glasses and curly straws.
  • Add flavor to water with a lemon wedge or fresh watermelon. Let your kids experiment with recipes for infused water by adding cucumbers, strawberries, and citrus fruits.
  • Create a hydration station in your home. Put together a water dispenser and cups and encourage your family to drink regularly whenever they pass by.
  • Have an ENERGY stand, the PURE equivalent to the lemonade stand. While they serve delicious lemon-flavored ENERGY, they can enjoy it themselves, and make some summer spending money.

Always remember that the nutritional needs of children during growth and maturation are different from those of adults. Please consult your healthcare provider about appropriate supplements for children.

 

1 https://healthy-kids.com.au/parents/children-hydration/

2 http://www.naturalhydrationcouncil.org.uk/hydration-facts/hydration-and-water-facts-for-kids-2/

PURE Ask the Expert Questions and Answers

At PURE: People United Reaching Everyone, we have an expert team that is dedicated to answering your product and nutrition questions.

Below are the most popular questions from the previous week. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: How many ENERGY can you drink daily?

A: The Mayo Clinic defines moderate daily caffeine intake as 400 mg among healthy adults. This is approximately three servings of ENERGY daily. If you experience irritability, restlessness, anxiety, sleep issues, or irregular heart rhythms, be sure to speak with your doctor about healthy caffeine intake.

Q: What is the purpose of using xanthan gum in GoYin and other products?

A: Xanthan gum is a plant-based material created by mixing simple carbohydrates with bacteria. It is used to help thicken, emulsify, and increase viscosity of liquids. It also helps create a more creamy texture. Typically corn or sugar beets are used to create xanthan gum.

Q: Can you give me a list of your products that provide high protein/low carbohydrate nutrition?

A: Generally speaking, a low-carbohydrate diet (not ketogenic diet 20-50g) consists of less than 130g of carbohydrate (CHO) a day. As a meal replacement shake, 360 Complete Shake incorporates whey and pea proteins (20g per serving – high protein), as well as a unique potato extract and fiber blend that helps the body control feelings of hunger. 360 Complete Shake offers a combination of vitamins and minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber. One serving provides 19g of CHO, which includes 11g of fiber for a total of 8g of net carbs. Every serving of Mila packs three grams of protein-rich, heart-healthy omega-3s. In comparison, one half a fillet of salmon contains 4g of omega-3s. Mila is high in calcium and magnesium which contribute to bone health.

Q: Do you have any recommendations on how to travel by plane with the Superfruit juices and/or CalciuMK+?

A: Since these are liquids, they still adhere to the 3-1-1 rule: containers must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less; stored in a 1 quart/liter zip-top bag; 1 zip-top bag per person, and placed in the screening bin. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow these items on the plane.

Q: What products do you suggest are nutritionally good for young children to take?

A: Mila is a great product for the whole family, including kids. It offers plant-based protein and fiber, with no gluten, trans fats, or sugar. Overall, use of our dietary supplements is recommended for anyone over the age of 18 years. The nutritional needs of children during growth and maturation are different from those of adults. Please consult your doctor about appropriate supplements for people younger than 18 years of age.

Kids in the kitchen with Mila

mila_kids-recipes_0916Calling all Super Chefs, get out your capes (or aprons) and get ready to cook up a storm with Genesis PURE’s Mila, a Super Food!

Today, September 13, is National Kids Take over the Kitchen Day, so we thought it would be fun to share some Mila recipes that kids can easily make, and have a taste kids will love! As a parent, you can help educate your children on the importance of nutrition as you cook by their side. Pint-sized bodies need a chock-full of nutrients, and Mila provides that nutrition in a small package.

Genesis PURE™ Mila is so versatile, even children can cook with it. And because Mila has an incredibly mild, nutty flavor, children will enjoy adding it to their favorite foods. The calcium, protein, and healthy fats in Mila also give young growing bodies the nutrition they need.

Facts about Mila:

  • Is a whole, raw super food and a natural source of omega-3s, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
  • Is a blend of different crops of chia seed to help maximize nutrient density.
  • Contains 3 grams of protein.
  • Contains a good source of magnesium and phosphorous — both important nutrients for bone health.
  • Contains 3 grams of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in normal growth and development and brain function.
  • Is a great vegetarian substitute for fish oil.
  • According to the USDA, chia seeds contain a significantly higher percentage of fiber than corn, rice, oats, wheat, or barley. Fiber helps promote satiety and relief from occasional constipation.
  • Mila can provide your diet with plant-based fiber and protein.

Kid-approved recipes: 

Mila-licious trail mix parfaits

  • ½ – 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon Mila
  • ½ cup large cashew pieces

Directions: Divide the yogurt between two small bowls or cups of choice. Top the yogurt with half of the strawberries, sprinkle with half of the Mila and half of the cashew pieces. Repeat the layers with the second half of each ingredient. Enjoy these as an after-dinner dessert, or a weekend snack.

 

Mighty Mila energy balls

  • ¼ cup creamy almond butter
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut flour
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

Directions: Stir together the almond butter, honey, and coconut flour. Stir in the coconut. Roll dough into small balls. Place almonds pieces in a small bowl, and roll balls in it. Enjoy! These are a great snack to put into their lunch boxes.

 

Powerhouse popcorn

  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon Mila
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • 3 Tablespoons melted coconut oil

Directions: Finely ground the yeast, Mila, salt, paprika, and garlic. Drizzle popcorn with oil and sprinkle with the spice mix to coat. Movie night is never complete without a big bowl of popcorn!

Get creative with Mila. Add it to brownie mix. Mix it into tuna or chicken salad. Sprinkle it on cereal. Cooking time with your children is quality time. While you are teaching them basic skills, you will also be educating them on the importance of nutrition.

Do you have a favorite Mila recipe you’d like to share? Put it into the Comments section. To learn more about Mila and other Genesis PURE products, visit www.genesispure.com today.

Healthy meals in disguise

VeggiesDisguise_0416If there’s one thing I struggle with, it’s making sure my children are getting their daily dose of vegetables without any grimaces, groans or gasps. Just in time for Healthy Kids week, we have creative ways to hide vegetables in the meals you fix so you can be assured they are getting their recommended daily nutrients.

  • Drink them – Who doesn’t like a delicious smoothie? It’s easy to hide vegetables in a drink. Having a juicer makes it that much easier. Use raw vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and kale. Mix them with sweet, juicy fruits to mask their taste. Pour them into fun glasses and add silly straws. Genesis PURE Greens is also a great addition to a smoothie or shake, and you’ll be giving your children antioxidant-rich fruits and greens.
  • Shred them – Mix shredded carrots, zucchini, onions and peppers in meatloaf, meatballs, burgers and other ground meat dishes. The pickiest eater will never know they’re in there.
  • Mix them – Think about flavors that go together when preparing meals. For instance, cauliflower mixes well with mashed potatoes. Pureed squash or carrots can be mixed into macaroni-and-cheese sauce. Try pureeing spinach and stir it into spaghetti or pizza sauce.
  • Sweeten them – Make veggie popsicles and smoothies. Make zucchini bread with chocolate. Pumpkin muffins, carrot cake and sweet potato pie are all delicious ways to hide vegetables in meals for kids.

If you don’t want to hide the vegetables, these are great ideas to get your kids to experiment. Teaching your kids early on to love their veggies will make a big difference. “Junk” food is aptly named for a reason.

  • Let your child pick them – Take your child with you the next time you go to the grocery store or farmer’s market. Let them pick out a favorite, or new, vegetable. When you are home, get them involved. Let them wash, peel, slice and flavor the vegetable however they want to.
  • Humorize them – If your children are younger, let them play with their food. Create art using cut up vegetables. Carve a silly face into an eggplant. Make a tree using broccoli florets. Make it entertaining.
  • Dip them – Experiment with different dips, from ranch to hummus. You never know what your kids will find delicious.
  • Let your child add their favorite vegetable to a pizza. Let them be the cook and host a pizza night. Cut up veggies for them and place into bowls for them to choose.

I love serving spaghetti squash as a substitute for pasta. It’s easy to cook and looks just like spaghetti. Top with sauce and parmesan cheese.

Growing bodies and brains require fiber and omega-3s!

Make their meal even more nutritious by sprinkling on the Mila. Genesis PURE uses three regional varieties of Salvia hispanica L. for Mila, and the result is a diverse nutritional foundation that yields one of the richest whole-food sources of dietary fiber and alpha-linoleic omega-3 fatty acids (ALA). The chia is harvested while carefully blended, thoroughly filtered, micro sliced and then meticulously tested. Because of Mila’s mild flavor, you can use it in a variety of dishes, recipes and shakes.  It’s also gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and is a superior plant-based source of protein.

If they still won’t eat their vegetables, it’s not the end of the world. The last thing you want to do is become frustrated. They will eventually eat a vegetable. Just give it time, and don’t give up. Be an example by eating vegetables yourself during most meals.

Jennifer Evans is the marketing copywriter at Genesis PURE who enjoys inspiring and empowering others to achieve their best health possible. She has two young children who keep her busy with sports and church activities. She enjoys reading, cycling, playing piano and traveling.