My recent post about hydration stations got me thinking. Water is great, water is essential... but sometimes you want to drink something other than water.
Plus, I don't know about you, but sleep deprivation tends to send me on sugar binges. Which cause wild mood swings for me, and just bad times in general.
I got to thinking: what would be a simple but tasty drink that mamas could knock together quickly and enjoy? And this is what I came up with:
Simple & tasty mama tea
You can sip this nourishing and delicious tea throughout the day. I've found that it's also helpful for keeping me hydrated enough for breastfeeding:
In a quart jar (such as a canning/mason jar), add one quart boiling water to:
Strain into a mug and enjoy!
Since becoming a mom, it has been more challenging than ever to stay hydrated. Between nursing a baby and playing with (or chasing after) a toddler, I can easily find myself forgetting to drink enough water.
You know as well as I do that staying hydrated is essential to wellness. That's especially important during the summertime, when lots of sunlight and higher temperatures make our bodies need hydration more than ever.
How am I reminding myself to stop and get something to drink? A while back, I started a new strategy that is helping me win the hydration game.
I started leaving jars of water around the house in a few locations. You can use water bottles, canning jars, whatever you have that closes securely). Leave them wherever works for you: a bathroom shelf, on your bedroom dresser, the kitchen table, by your desk, etc.
Breastfeeding a newborn, (sometimes) a toddler, and also pumping milk to donate to a newborn in need of milk takes a lot of hydration. With my hydration stations, by the end of the day this thirsty mama has been downing 3–4 quarts of water. I've been feeling a lot better—and I bet you will too.
Bonus: My hydration stations have also inspired me to make "movement stations" around the house! In addition to stashing a jar of water, I'll tape up a Mama Moves Card. While I'm getting a drink, I'll take a moment and do some movement too.