It’s often the simplest things which are the most ingenious! I must admit that my creativity with food is rather lacklustre since becoming a parent. Increasingly I turn to the web for food ideas and that how I found this little gem of an idea.
I have a whole lot of respect for Jamie Oliver in his crusade to make children healthier. I watch his programs in awe, all the while wondering about the personal sacrifices he must make to travel the world with his important messages about nutrition and food. With baby number four on the way for Jamie and wife Jools, it’s little wonder that children have become his focus.
The idea of flavoured water is one I’m going to employ at my three-year-old son’s birthday party in October. According to Jamie, it only takes a second to turn a plain jug of water into something much more exciting. Add ice, then try a few of these easy ideas:
- Add a few slices of fresh lemon or lime
- Quarter an orange, squeeze in all of the juice, then toss in the squeezed quarters for colour and extra flavour
- Mash up a handful of strawberries or raspberries with a fork then add to the jug and stir through
- Scrunch a handful of fresh mint in your hands to get the flavour going then add that to the jug with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, add a few slices of cucumber too. It might sound strange but it is seriously refreshing.
Love it – thanks Jamie! These ideas should catch the eye of all those reluctant water drinkers, both little and grown, and will go down a treat on those scorching weekends we have coming up. Looking for children’s party ideas? See our feature post on creating a super-special occasion!