Fruits and veggies that will help keep you hydrated
It’s no secret that staying hydrated is key to staying healthy. Your body is made up of 60 percent water and every system in your body depends on water to function properly. Water rids the body of toxins, carries nutrients to cells, and prevents dehydration—especially when it’s warm.
Did you know that drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated? About 20 percent of your daily water intake comes from fruits and vegetables. Eating foods high in water content also provide our bodies with a well-needed dose of fibre, electrolytes, and vitamins.
No matter how healthy you are, and what you are up too, it’s important to drink enough water throughout the day to keep your body functioning optimally.
While water is the king of hydration, these fruits and vegetables will help you keep your body hydrated and healthy.
Fruits and vegetables that help keep your body hydrated
Colourful, uncooked red, yellow, and green bell peppers contain about 93 percent water.
Firm peppers can be sliced into salad, added to a stir-fry, or stuffed with your favourite protein or whole grain. They also taste great on their own.
Broccoli contains 91 percent water and is a good source of both vitamin A and vitamin K.
Broccoli is a great addition to any meal whether you sauté, steam or grill it. Try adding finely chopped pieces of broccoli toad some crunch to any salad.
Celery contains 96 percent water and provides your body with sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc.
Celery makes a quick, crunchy snack and is a great addition to any soup or stir fry.
Cucumber contains 95 percent water. It also provides your body with calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium.
Eat cucumber as a quick, refreshing snack, with any picnic spread, or add slices to your favourite salad.
Cantaloupe contains about 90 percent water are great sources of vitamin A and C.
Add slices to any salad, blend cubes into your morning shake, or fill the centre with your favourite yogurt and granola and eat as it.
Grapefruit is tangy and juicy. Besides being a great source of water, it is also loaded with vitamin C that will help boost your immune system.
Try adding half a grapefruit as part of your breakfast or lunch. You can also peel and add segments to any salad for a burst of flavour.
Lettuce contains 96 percent water and is high in fibre.
Use in any type of salad, or as a substitute for any burger bun or wrap.
Oranges contain 87 percent water and are high in vitamin C.
They are a wonderful addition to any sporting event and make an excellent snack. They are also great when peeled and cut in to segments, then added to leafy greens.
Spinach contains nearly 91 percent water.
Stock up on this leafy green that is the perfect addition to any meal. It’s wonderful plated beside eggs, tossed in a salad, or charred to pair with your favourite grilled meat.
Fresh strawberries contain nearly 91 percent water, and frozen, unsweetened strawberries contain nearly 90 percent water.
Top your granola, oatmeal, or muesli with fresh strawberries, and add them to any salad for a sweet addition. Fresh (or frozen) strawberries are also a fabulous addition to any smoothie.
Raw green, yellow, and red tomatoes contain about 94 percent water.
Add fresh tomatoes to any salad, grill them whole, or simply snack on them throughout the day.
As one bite will confirm, watermelon contains 92 percent water and is 100 percent delicious. It is also an excellent sources of vitamins A, C, and B6.
Watermelon is best served ice cold. For a double hydrating dose, toss cut watermelon with tomatoes and fresh mint for a refreshing, summer salad.
Summer squash and zucchini contain 94 percent water.
Both are great substitutes for traditional pasta, can be added to any salad, and make a great veggie to toss on the grill.