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One of the great things about living in Arizona is that you can be outside 97% of the year. Sure it gets hot in the summer, but you adapt and go and do your activities early in the day. There are so many mountains to hike and trails to discover that keep the family busy during the spring and early summer. Since it is so dry and hot here, I find that I really have emphasize two important aspects of sun safety with the family, wearing sunscreen to protect their sensitive skin and the importance of staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water.
Plain water can be boring and it can be hard to get the kids to drink enough of it. My kiddos always want the high sugar “juices” and drinks. Although those can be fun on occasion, they aren’t for everyday. So to encourage the consumption of water on our hikes, we had to get creative and decided to start infusing the waters with fruit and herbs. It is fun to try different combinations of fruit to add a hint of flavor to our drinks, and we definitely like to experiment.
Here are our three favorite infused water flavors…
- Strawberry basil ~ This is one of the best flavors we have come up with yet. The fresh berries add a hint of summer sweetness and the basil leaves compliment that flavor. Plus it looks really pretty. All you need to do is wash and slice the strawberries, and either cut up the fresh basil leaves or just crinkle it up to release the flavor. If you think ahead, freeze the fruit first to turn them into fruit ice cubes to help cool the drink.
- Watermelon cucumber~ The combination of watermelon and cucumber is so refreshing! I often make a salad with this combo and it just screams summer! I like to slice the cucumbers very thinly, because I find they can easily overpower the watermelon. This tastes great with the addition of a couple of mint sprigs too!
- Citrus Jalapeño ~ There is something surprisingly great about adding jalapeño slices to water. The capsaicin released from the peppers is in the water and it’s detectable. I wouldn’t say the water is hot like hot sauce, but there a definite tingle on the tongue. The citrus and the jalapeños taste great together too! Make sure to rinse out all the jalapeño seeds…otherwise ouch!
Getting the family to drink water can be a challenge sometimes, but getting them to protect their skin from the sun is not a challenge at all. Everyone knows to apply Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen to their skin prior to getting dressed. The sun in the desert is very intense, so everyday starts with sun protection, even if we are out hiking in the early morning.
We use the Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen Sensitive which is perfect for my sensitive skin. It contains 10% zinc oxide and 5% titanium oxide. One of the cool things about Blue Lizard® is that the bottle changes color from white to blue when it is exposed to UV rays. The kids think this is cool and it’s a great reminder to reapply the sunscreen!
Blue Lizard® has been around for 15 years and is well trusted my dermatologists and by moms. It can be found at Walmart. I found it on a sunscreen display towards the font of the store.