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Lunchbox additions: Water & Sunshine

We don’t feel as thirsty in the cold winter months, but water is just as important now as it was in July.

When we get dehydrated, we feel sluggish and have a hard time concentrating.  Our body also doesn’t have the needed fluids for its processes and we are more likely to get sick.

If your child isn’t a fan of drinking water, you can add high-water content foods to their lunchbox.  Look for your fruits, particularly your melons.  Watermelon is a great kid-friendly choice.  Some kids prefer cantaloupe or honeydew melon as well.

Safety tip – Wash the outside of the melon with soap before you cut into it.  You’ll prevent any dirt from the rind being pushed into the fruit by the knife.

download (6)The next thing I want you to add to their day doesn’t technically go into the lunchbox.  It’s sunshine.  This natural form of Vitamin D is also hugely important to keeping us well.  In the winter months, we hide indoors and miss out on this rich nutrient.  At the warmest points of the day, get outside and soak up some rays.  Not too long as to get burned, but enough to feel some warmth on your face.

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