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holiday health tip: hydration

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There are many reasons to eat, drink, and be merry during the holidays; but, are you getting enough water? Adequate hydration is important for numerous body functions like blood pressure, body temperature, and proper digestion. Some side effects of dehydration can include dizziness, headaches, and difficulty processing information. That’s not how you want to celebrate the season, right?

How much water do you need? The answer is subjective based on physical activity, age, and certain medical conditions and/or medications. If you are vacationing to a different climate for the holidays, particularly somewhere with extremely warm temperatures or at higher altitudes, your fluid needs may also increase. If you’re looking for a good starting point, however, consume half of your body weight in fluid ounces. For example, a 150 lb. woman should try to consume 75 fluid ounces of water daily.

Water isn’t the only way to hydrate, though. Fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, strawberries, celery, and cucumbers are more than 90 percent water by weight. Additionally, dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese – which all go great with Kodiak Cakes – also count towards your daily fluid intake.

When it comes to fueling our bodies, we are all mindful of our food intake, but don’t neglect hydration!

Thanksgiving Turkey Waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 Frozen Kodiak Cakes Power Waffles - any flavor
  • 6 wooden skewers (6”)
  • Strawberries, halved
  • Cantaloupe - one piece cut into a triangular shape, the rest cut with a melon baller
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Pineapple, cubed

Directions

  1. Toast two Kodiak Cakes Power Waffles.
  2. Set one waffle aside. Cut a smaller circle out of the second waffle.
  3. Place the small waffle on top of the large one. It will serve as the turkey’s head.
  4. Use blueberries to give the turkey eyes, and the triangle-shaped cantaloupe piece for the turkey’s beak.
  5. Thread the remaining fruit on the six wooden skewers in any pattern desired.
  6. Once the fruit skewers are assembled, place them in a fan shape behind the large waffle to serve as the turkey’s feathers.
  7. Dig in!

Dietitian Tip: Consider pairing with cottage cheese or a yogurt-based dip!

About the Author

Stacey Barta RD, LD is an H-E-B retail dietitian in Houston, Texas. She is dedicated to improving the lives and health of Texans by helping us all eat better, move more and live well. She loves being able to help individuals make healthful choices right where they start: in grocery aisles.  Stacey joined H-E-B after spending a little over two years as a full-time Clinical Dietitian in the Texas Medical Center where she cared for oncology and organ transplant patients.

Stacey lives in the West University area of Houston with her husband, Kade. Away from work, you can find Stacey taking any kind of group exercise class, improving her culinary skills, cheering for the Texas Longhorns and continuing her quest for the best Mexican food in Houston.

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