The old rule of thumb suggests drinking at least eight glasses of water every day. For most of us, this is quite a daunting task. If you are also someone who finds drinking this amount of water a battle, here’s the catch. As per the researches, approximately 20% of our water intake comes directly from solid foods, particularly fruits and vegetables.
Quench your thirst this summer with below listed 15 hydrating foods, most of which are 90% water by weight.
Need not say, this summer veggie has the highest water content. You can have it in salads or slice up and serve with hummus. To pump up the hydrating power even more, blend it with mint, yogurt and ice cubes to prepare cucumber soup.
2. Iceberg lettuce
Pile iceberg lettuce onto sandwiches or use it as a bed when making chicken salad. Anytime you feel treating yourself with hamburger bun or tortillas, use iceberg leaves as a wrap for burgers and tacos.
Its one-two punch of fiber and water will fill you up; thereby, curbing your appetite. Rich in water, it neutralizes stomach acid and is also considered a natural remedy for heartburn and acid reflux.
Radishes are a perfect addition to healthy summer coleslaw. You can slice them up with sliced snow peas, shredded cabbage & carrots and chopped parsley & hazelnuts followed by tossing with lemon juice, poppy seeds, salt, olive oil and pepper.
Diced and sliced tomatoes are the mainstay of sauces, salads and sandwiches. However, grape and sweet cherry varieties make an excellent hydrating snack. Pop them in your mouth with low-sodium cheese and nuts.
6. Green peppers
Green peppers have a high water content. They are great to slice up when you are back home from work and making or waiting for dinner.
You may be surprised but cauliflower contains lots of water. Break them up and add them to a salad not only to meet body’s water need but also to satisfy your hunger.
Besides being rich with water, watermelon is counted among the richest sources of lycopene. Keep a water pitcher in the refrigerator with watermelon cubes in the bottom. No other way could be better than this to have fill the fluid requirement of the body. Also, it is a wonderful incentive to drink more water.
Pile raw spinach leaves on your sandwich or salad to get built-in hydration along with an added nutritional punch. One cup of raw leaves has 15% of daily intake of vitamin E.
10. Star fruit
It has an eye-catching shape that looks great in fruit salad or like an edible garnish on the rim of a summer cocktail. The only note of caution it comes with is, star fruit should be avoided with people suffering from kidney problems as it has high levels of oxalic acid.
They are excellent for hydration. Blend them in a smoothie or mix with plain nonfat yogurt. Strawberries bring natural sweetness to the yogurt and the combo of fiber, protein and carbohydrate makes a great post-workout recovery snack.
Broccoli adds a satisfying crunch to salads. It has a significant amount of sulforaphane that boosts body’s protective enzymes and excretes out cancer-causing chemicals.
Add this juicy and tangy citrus fruit in your routine and it will lower your cholesterol and shrink your waistline. Compounds present in the fruit stabilize blood sugar and fuel fat burn; reduce cravings.
14. Baby carrots
Baby-sized carrots contain more water as compared to full-size carrots. You can snack them out of your bag, dip then in guacamole or hummus and chop them up to add in salads or salsas.
One six-ounce serving of cantaloupe delivers 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamins A and C. For people with sweet tooth, it is the ultimate choice to go for. Blend it with yogurt and freeze into sherbet. You can also puree it with orange juice and mint to make a refreshing soup.
Buckle up and keep yourself hydrated every minute with these wonderful food items.