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, switch it up by eating your water instead of drinking it. There are several foods that have a high water content that can 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 the highest water content, which is 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.
Cucumbers (95 percent water content) aren’t just great for the spa but also for your plate. For a healthy snack, pair your sliced cucumbers with hummus for a great way to pack your water with some protein to help you feel fuller for longer.
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 food such as spinach.
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 when paired with 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.
Thirst is the first sign of dehydration so make sure to consistently hydrate through the season by eating or drinking water.
Written by: Brianna Ballard, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern. Learn more about Wellness Workdays and our wellness program offerings by downloading our brochure.