My son is attending Cub Scout Twilight camp all week and we are experiencing 105+ degree weather. Today is expected to be 105 with at least 30% humidity. We all eat a meal with protein, leafy greens, and fat prior to going and drink lots of water. Do you have any suggestions to keep everyone healthy and hydrated in this mess? Hubby really wants to have Gatorade at the ready, which I am opposed to, but don't have any idea what to use instead. I have been making saltier meals so we retain some of that water.
Lots of water and melons. Melons are loved by kids and give useful amounts of magnesium, potassium and sodium to beat mineral loss. Cantaloupe and honeydew are highest, but kids will pack away an awful lot of watermelon. With how cheap giant melons are and their kid appeal, that would be my first choice.
Water with lemon and lime are also helpful sans sugar, but not as popular as melons. Worth trying some anyway to see how it goes. Pretty slices in the water add color and appeal.
Drink when thirsty, and don't drink when not thirsty. Your body is highly effective at regulating itself if given the proper tools. don't make the mistake of drinking just to prevent dehydration if you are not thirsty.
We love lemonade with Nu Naturals powdered stevia about 4 lemons to 2 qts water and stevia to taste. It's very refreshing and not sickeningly sweet like regular lemonade. Also kids need the fruit much more than the adults for growing etc. A blended watermelon drink would be awesome too!