I need some good compact ideas for adding more fluid to my husband's lunchbox diet. The temperatures are soaring here and he just is not getting enough liquids. I've been sending stuff like watermelon and canned fruit, to eat along with his sandwiches. The sandwiches are coming back uneaten, but the fruit and watermelon are disappearing.
Read's makes a three bean salad and german potato salad that has some fluid. Gatorade, fruit drink, ice tea, ice to suck on in the heat. A juicy peach, canned pineapple and cottage cheese if kept cold, a tomato, and a whole dill pickle are a few more ideas.
My daughter and her husband own a pool service business in Florida. Every day before she leaves for work, she fills a 52oz. insulated commuter mug with lots of ice and water. She makes sure she drinks it all before her work day is finished.
There was a tip earlier about freezing plastic bottles with tea, juice, or water. I've done this as well. It lasts a long time. If it is really hot your husband probably needs more liquid than he can get in fruit etc. Send him with 2 or 3 frozen bottles of his favorite liquid.
A big thermos would help. Fill it with his favorite beverage, preferably something like Gatorade, and that should do the trick.
Would he drink the little juice boxes that are usually packed in kids' lunch boxes? For a temporary solution, that might work. Good luck.
Gelatin is one way to get fluids into those who don't, can't or won't drink enough. If the box is insulated, pack a nice fruit and jello dessert. If the meal gets too warm, jigglers will stand up to the heat. To make jigglers, just double the gelatin in the same amount of water.
The one thing about dehydration, is the water isn't the only thing getting sweated out. We tend to replace water because we feel thirsty, but sodium and potassium are very important. Don't take table salt, use sea salt. You can get potassium at any vitamin store. Celtic sea salt is amazing, if you give him a little bit more than he needs, it will slow the rate at which he sweats it out. Sodium deficiency is more common than people think. Without enough of it, you cannot think and feel very fatigued.
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