As Mother Earth turns up the heat our time for outdoor activities and fun in the sun is upon us. Your body begins to work in overdrive to stay cool and it is important to make sure you are hydrated. In addition to drinking plenty of water, there are a number of high water-content foods you can enjoy to keep your thirst quenched and have you feeling as cool as a…
1. Cucumber (96% Water)
This veggie has the highest water content of any solid food. Toss it in salads, infuse in water or make your own chilled cucumber soup. Simply mix a peeled cucumber with water, avocado, basil and garlic in a blender then puree the ingredients until smooth .
2. Celery (95% Water)
Full of vitamins A, C and K, celery is also calming on the digestive system and nervous system. It makes the perfect snack on a hot summer day: dip it in hummus, spread with almond butter or add to any of your dishes for a little crunch.
3. Radishes (95% Water)
This root veggie has a kick of spicy-yet-sweet flavor and is also a beautifying food! Radishes not only hydrate the skin but are rich in Vitamin C and other compounds that work together to build collagen. Add a burst of color and antioxidants by slicing into summer salads or slaws.
4. Tomatoes (94% Water)
Vine, cherry, grape— they are all equally delicious, hydrating and full of the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene. They make great additions to salads, sandwiches, and salsas. And, of course, no summer barbecue is complete without a tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil platter.
5. Watermelon (92% Water)
Nothing says summer like biting into a juicy slice of watermelon. Besides quenching your thirst you get your daily dose of vitamin A and C. These amino acids are beneficial for pre-workout fuel because they help improve circulation and reduce next-day muscle soreness. Blend with yogurt and mint for a tasty gazpacho or freeze for a refreshing sherbet.
6. Cauliflower- (92% Water)
Don’t let this hard exterior of this veggie fool you. Cauliflower is the unsung hero of hydrating foods and is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals that offer detoxification support.. Throw this wonder food in a food processor to make cauliflower “rice”. Crumble and toss with spices and herbs to make a delicious crouton substitute in your favorite summer salad.
7. Spinach (92% Water)
Iceberg lettuce may have a higher water content but spinach is going to give you more nutritional value while still keeping you hydrated. Spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein and vitamins A, C & E. In other word, it’s loaded with good things for every part of your body! Layer on sandwiches, create a homemade pesto or throw into smoothies.
8. Bell Pepper (92% Water)
Full of antioxidants and color these hydrating veggies are delicious and add a rainbow of color to any healthy dish. Bell peppers have high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. They contain more than twice the vitamin C of an orange! Sauté with onions or stuff with spices and breadcrumbs for your next barbeque.
9. Grapefruit (90% Water)
This tangy and juicy citrus is great in the summertime. It helps reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol, burns fat and stabilizes your blood sugar. Try starting your morning with half of a grapefruit.
10. Berries (87% to 92% Water)
Who doesn’t love ripe delicious berries in the summer? Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries- they are all hydrating and full of antioxidants and vitamins. Eat them by the handful, add them to smoothies or sprinkle some with cinnamon as a healthy dessert option!