We all know the importance of healthy eating habits, but sometimes we forget how vital staying hydrated is to our diets as well. If the recommended eight-ounce glasses of water a day seems a little intimidating, don’t worry because it’s also in the food we consume. Believe it or not staying hydrated won’t be an issue if you include the proper fruits and vegetables in your diet.
If the beginning of its name isn’t any indication of how beneficial this fruit is to staying hydrated then I don’t know what is. Watermelon is ranked among the highest fruits for water content, being made up of 92% H20. Although summer is the best time to eat Watermelon, it is available throughout all seasons.
Strawberries have a high-water content as well and are very sweet and juicy. They are ripest between the months of May through August but don’t let that discourage you; put them in the freezer and use them once they are out of season to add to a smoothie.
Surprisingly, Red Tomatoes have a higher water content than Watermelons, coming in at 94%. Green Tomatoes also contain a high volume of water. For a healthy snack, try seasoning tomatoes lightly with salt and pepper.
When is the last time you’ve had a salad? Iceberg lettuce and Cabbage; both red and green, are easy ways to up your water intake. Have a salad for lunch and don’t forget to add tomatoes for a super hydrating meal.
Another healthy and hydrating food that you should include into your meal plans are Cucumbers. Cucumbers can be transformed and used uniquely so be creative. For a green smoothly include Cucumbers with Spinach or Kale and if that doesn’t appeal to your taste buds then enjoy them pickled.
If you have difficulty staying hydrated or drinking water, remember that you can always adjust your dietary habits to your needs.