Some people find it difficult to reach for water during the day. By incorporating these foods into your diet, you’ll secretly be satisfying your thirst and hunger at the same time!
Here’s a list of quintessential fruits and vegetables to keep your body hydrated throughout the day.
- Sailing in with 96.7 percent water content, cucumbers are at the top of everyone’s food list to stay hydrated. Because it has the highest water content of any solid food, its crunchiness is perfect in salads, sandwiches or served with dip. To make cucumber infused water, simply add cucumber slices to a pitcher of water for a refreshing treat.
- This refreshing root veggie has a spicy, yet sweet flavor. Radishes have a water content of 95.3 percent, and are filled with antioxidants that help you get the nutrients your body needs. Toss it into your regular coleslaw recipe or add it to your dinner salad to stay hydrated. You can also use thin slices of radishes as a garnish or in soups!
- The king of summer fruit has water right in its name, and 91.5 percent of this delicious fruit is water. Along with a sweet, delectable taste, it contains high amounts of lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant. Not only is watermelon terrific on its own, try adding it to a salad topped with feta cheese this fall. Be adventurous and try grilling it too!
- Although iceberg lettuce has higher water content, spinach contains more nutrients for your body. With 91.4 percent water content, spinach is rich in lutein, potassium, fiber and folate. Try substituting iceberg lettuce for spinach. As a rule of thumb– the greener the lettuce, the better it is for you.
- Strawberries go great with just about anything and come in with 91 percent water content. Juicy, red strawberries contain more water than other berries. Toss together with spinach, walnuts and poppy seed dressing for a nutrient-packed dish.
- Baby Carrots
- Bigger isn’t always better. Baby-sized carrots have higher water content then full-sized carrots. At 90.4 percent water content, baby carrots are a great snack to keep around the house, or office. Pair them with a dip, eat them right out of the bag or add to a fresh salad. Blend carrots and pineapple together for a nutritious and refreshing juice!
- This tangy, citrus fruit is a great alternative to oranges. Compounds in this fruit, and a 90.5 percent water content, help fuel fat burn and stabilize blood sugar to reduce cravings. It’s an ideal treat for brunch, breakfast or as a dessert!
- With one of the higher water contents at 95.4 percent, celery is low in calories, and high in fiber to help curb your appetite. It also contains folate, vitamins A, C and K to provide your body with most of the essential nutrients your body needs.
- Another melon to make this list is cantaloupe with a water content at 90.2 percent. Fun fact: if you eat one-quarter of a melon you will get your entire daily serving of vitamins A and C. Blend this sweet fruit with yogurt, or if you prefer salty foods, try pairing it with prosciutto.
- Fall’s favorite vegetable contains 94.5 percent water, and will always be a staple in sandwiches, salads and sauces. With a large variety of sizes, use this fruit to whip up a batch of salsa or make bruschetta to impress your guests at cookouts.
Not only are all of these foods great on their own, they accompany each other to make savory dishes, and keep you hydrated. What recipes do you make that use one or more of the above?