When you think of hydration, you probably think of drinking water. But did you know that around 20 percent of our water comes from the food we eat? Not all foods are hydrating, but some — especially fruits and veggies — definitely are.
Fruits and vegetables that are high in water content include:
- Melons such as watermelon, honeydew or cantaloupe
- Bell peppers
You can get all the benefits of fresh fruits and veggies just by eating them plain, but here are some other ideas:
- Combine a mix of fresh or frozen chopped fruit for a fruit salad
- Add a twist to your fruit salad with lime juice, balsamic vinegar or some fresh herbs like mint or basil
- Make fruit kebabs with fresh cut mixed fruit
- Put just about any veggie — or fruits like peaches or pineapple — on the grill
- Make a tropical green smoothie with mango, pineapple, banana and spinach
- Use sliced cucumber, carrots or bell peppers for dips or salsas instead of chips
- Make a refreshing summer salad topped with fresh berries or peaches
- Substitute rice with grated or finely chopped cauliflower
- Puree frozen bananas to make a very simple "ice cream"
Even if you’re loading up on fruits and veggies, however, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water or other low-calorie beverages is still important, especially in hot weather, if you’re exercising or when you’re sick.
Not a fan of plain water? Add some sugar-free flavor drops, or some fresh fruit or cucumber slices to give it a little flavor.