The first thing you hear as it starts to heat up in June and July is “drink, drink, drink.” Keeping hydrated is key to overall performance, cognition and even attitude, however, drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water everyday may seem like a daunting task.
But relax, because water exists in more fruits and vegetables than you probably ever considered before.
- Cucumbers: 96.7% water—the highest water-content of any solid food. Cucumbers are the perfect summer veggie and extremely versatile. Try throwing a few slices into your water or cutting them into sticks to dip into you favorite hummus as an afternoon snack.
- Iceberg lettuce: 95.6% water. While this type of lettuce gets beat out by leafy greens, now-a-days, it’s proven to have some nutritional value—its water content. Try replacing the hamburger or hot-dog bun with a few iceberg leaves to cut calories and dehydration all at once.
- Celery: 95.4% water. At just 6 calories per stick, how can you go wrong with amping up your diet with this veggie?
- Tomatoes: 94.5% water. There are tons of varieties to choose from at the grocery store and even more easy ways to incorporate these guys in your diet. Next time you have guests over, try serving a mini caprese salad to kickoff the meal.
- Watermelon: 91.5% water. This was probably an easy one to guess. But did you know that this fruit is loaded with even more lycopene than raw tomatoes? Don’t forget that watermelon can even be added to your water just like lemon or cucumber slices.
- Strawberries: 91% water. All berries are full of powerful antioxidants and a lot of water, but strawberries lead the pack. Blueberries and raspberries pack 85% water while blackberries come in at 88.2% water. Bottom line is whichever berry you choose to add to your yogurt, smoothies or oatmeal, you can’t go wrong in the hydration department.
- Baby carrots: 90.4% water. The babies are more hydrating than their full-sized counterparts and they are also much easier and quicker to consume. However, whether you choose baby or full-sized carrots, they are equally nutritious with their high vitamin content.
These are just a few water-filled fruits and veggies to add to your diet that can help keep you hydrated all season long. Share your summer, hydrating recipes with us on Facebook, Instagram, or in a comment here.