5 Hydrating Vegetables You Should Be Eating
By Brandi Goodman
Staying hydrated is necessary for your well-being. Most people believe this means drinking tons of water each and every day. Though you should be drinking plenty of the clear, non-calorie fluid, you can get your hydration from other things as well. At least five hydrating vegetables should be on your regular menu to help your body and mind remain clear and healthy.
You'll feel plenty hydrated with cabbage in your diet. The vegetable is made up of roughly 92 percent water. If you're looking to improve your fiber and nutrients as well, then this veggie meets all your needs. Fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and folate are just some of the vitamins and minerals cabbage provides.
Cucumbers contain 95 percent water. The hydrating snack is great plain or added to salad. Some people even enjoy a cucumber salad with the veggies mixed into some vinegar, pepper, and onion. This low-calorie food offers Vitamin K and magnesium.
Another 94 percent water option, zucchini is also a wise choice. Get hydrated well with this veggie added to your dishes. Benefit from the fiber and Vitamin C the vegetable provides as well. Many people have begun carefully cutting zucchini into strips and turning it into an alternative dish to pasta. The low-calorie content makes it ideal to eat without the worry.
Celery contains 95 percent water. Enjoy the crunchy veggie plain, with a dip, or with peanut butter. A popular snack known to many as "ants on a log" is made using a celery stick, peanut butter, and raisins. You'll get plenty of fiber, potassium, and Vitamin K from the snack, helping you to stay full and satisfied.
Though the green version is bitter in taste, the other colors actually have a hint of sweetness. Whether you're adding green peppers to a dish or munching on yellow, red, or orange peppers plain, you'll stay plenty hydrated. Bell peppers are made of roughly 92 percent water. You'll also be getting B vitamins, potassium, and antioxidants -- especially from the red version that's the most nutritious.
Add vegetables to your rotation of foods and improve your hydration with ease. You don't have to drown yourself in water to get the hydration your body requires. Drink some water here and there, munch on these veggies, and add some hydrating fruits to the mix as well and you will be properly hydrated and feeling good in no time.
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