Poor little Carter was sick the other week, and since I knew I didn't want him to get dehydrated I went to the store and picked up some Pedialyte. I was double checking the ingredients for any traces of soy or dairy (though the dairy was doubtful) like I always do and I was so angry at the horrible ingredients! I chose the unflavored one since it seemed the least putrid (none of those terrible red dyes). I was in "get Carter hydrated mode" so like a robot, I went, bought the Pedialyte (like every mom knows to do) and gave it to him as soon as I got home. He hated it. We tried to coax him to drink it, and got a flavored version the next morning when our attempts failed. He did drink more of the flavored one, but after he did, I felt like I had poisoned him.
Here are the ingredients in the strawberry flavor: Water, dextrose, citric acid, potassium citrate, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, natural flavor, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, zinc gluconate, RED 40, BLUE 1
Dextrose is usually made from corn starch: This brings to mind GMOs, pesticides and other nasty thangs.
Sucralose...Do I even have to say anything about this ingredient? I would rather this not touch my child with a ten foot pole.
and Dyes...NO THANK YOU!
Once I got out of "must hydrate my child" mode and let my brain actually work for a second, I thought of the answer: coconut water! It was staring at me from the shelves of my fridge all along. For my job I read about lots of health food store products on a daily basis and coconut water is one of them. It's touted for its electrolyte content and rehydrating properties. It's also pretty delicious.
Carter is in love with it. We stick to plain water in his sippy usually, but on hot days and those times he falls a bit ill, we'll be sticking with the coconut water for sure! He's quite a sweaty little baby and I think it could do him some good.
We've been really into this coconut water lately
chocolate! Carter obviously gets the plain version, but Tom and I love this one! We were a little skeptical at first, but rest assured, it will blow your mind. It's chocolate, but water, but better than chocolate milk. And only 110 calories in 14oz! Seriously, you say? Seriously.