During the summer months, it is especially important to stay hydrated. If you are someone who dislikes the taste of water or just gets tired of the same old, same old, there is good news. You can switch it up by eating your water instead of drinking it! There are several foods with high water content that can actually help you achieve your hydration goals. Below are five hydrating fruits and vegetables, as well as ideas about how to incorporate them into your diet.
Lettuce (96 percent water content) has a high water content, which makes it refreshing, however, it is low in other nutrients. For a more nutrient-rich meal, pair your salad or lettuce wraps with fruits and vegetables high in nutrients for a balanced option.
Summer Squash (94 percent water content) is a great source of fiber, potassium, and other nutrients in addition to water. Whether you eat it raw or cooked, the water content remains the same so try it on the grill in vegetable tofu kabobs or as a summer side dish.
Bell Peppers (92 percent water content) come in a variety of colors, which means each color offers a different variety of nutrients. The yellow bell pepper is very high in vitamin C and helps to absorb iron-rich foods such as spinach. Enjoy with hummus to add some protein and help you feel fuller longer.
Watermelon (92 percent water content) – the name of this fruit is a giveaway. It is yet another great way to meet your fluid needs and is tasty on a hot summer day. This hydrating fruit can be used as a palate cleanser between courses. It also pairs well in a salad with fresh basil and feta cheese.
Strawberries (91 percent water content) are in season all summer long and are a great addition to any meal. Dip your strawberries in your favorite nut butter or a chocolate hummus to make a more balanced snack.
Written by: Brianna Ballard, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern
2. UCLA Health