The Watery Seven
By Donna Stark
The importance of drinking water and staying hydrated is something that most of us will agree upon, but it isn't always the easiest thing to accomplish, is it? And although we all know that drinking the proper amount of water is vital to optimal health, and that we have to drink more during strenuous activities or days spent under the hot sun, who wants to carry gallons of water to the weekend soccer fields or to the family's afternoon beach excursion? The good news is that you can leave those extra heavy gallons at home and pack some water-rich fruit and veggies instead.
The Watery Seven
We've all heard about the dirty dozen, but have you heard about the watery seven? Probably not, because I just made that up, but the point is this. Yes, you are still going to need to pack some water, but you can supplement your water intake with foods that will keep you hydrated as well. Here are my top seven.
- Cucumbers - The water content of cucumbers can be as high as 96 percent. Cucumbers can be sliced and eaten alone, mixed into a salad, or incorporated into juices.
- Celery - Celery is a super-easy, wash-and-go snack that can be carried anywhere. With a water content around 95 percent, it's perfect for those hot days at the beach.
- Strawberries - At nearly 92 percent water, strawberries are one of the most flavorful, water-rich foods you can choose. Eat them whole or add them to your smoothies and salads.
- Watermelon - You can't have a picnic or a day at the beach without having watermelon on the menu, and at 92 percent water, it's the perfect choice!
- Mango - Spend the day imagining you are in the tropics by eating this delicious water-rich fruit. One cup will provide you and your loved ones with nearly half a cup of water, so cut some up and pass it around!
- Bell peppers - In addition to being super-hydrating at 92 percent, bell peppers also provide more Vitamin C than oranges. They make the perfect snack when watching sports or sunbathing.
- Cauliflower - Cauliflower may not be everyone's first choice for a snack, but it's 92 percent water content is a perfect reason to give it some consideration when packing snacks or lunches.
Hydrating With Food
The seven fruits and vegetables above are only a few of the hydrating foods you can add to your diet that will help you get the proper amount of water needed. They won't replace the water that you need to drink every day, but they will certainly enhance the amount you consume. So head to the store, stock your cart, and have some fun snacking on them!
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