Plain old water is your best bet. Plus, it's a smart idea -- and a great behaviour to model for your little ones -- to get used to the taste of plain water, and to train your tastebuds to enjoy it without flavouring or sweeteners.
When you feel like something tasty, add fresh fruit or herbs to the bottom of your glass -- try a couple of watermelon chunks, a few mint leaves, a slice of orange or a few blackberries -- and muddle lightly with a spoon to release the flavour. Then top with ice & fresh water!
Or try these other great ways to get water into you without, you know, drinking water.
make a big pitcher of herbal tea, refrigerate & pour over ice when you want a cold drink
make a pot of herbal tea for evening sipping (also a great way to keep your hands & mouth busy and prevent mindless snacking)
plan soups and stocks as part of your regular diet (see next week for your own homemade bone broth!)
buy & pre-chop delicious watery vegetables & fruits like melon, cucumber, tomatoes, lettuces, citrus, etc. so they're ready to grab when you need a snack
keep cans or bottles of carbonated water you can pour with a slice of lemon or lime for something special at dinner
make smoothies -- and add ice -- for breakfasts and afternoon snacks!
Check out the FIVE hydrating recipes below!
Also important to feeling hydrated is trying not to overdue caffeine, alcohol, starch/sugar or salt. No one is telling you not to drink coffee, have a glass of wine or sprinkle salt on your pasta. Just consider that these behaviours create more need for water in order to balance your hydration.
For you mamas with pelvic floor dysfunction, keep in mind also that over-consumption of caffeine may aggravate your symptoms.
So. Ready? Go get yourself a glass of water, mama!