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Keep hydrated with these healthy foods

It’s hot out there and during these dog days of summer, it’s important to keep our body replenishing the water we’re losing through sweat. Tired of guzzling down water? Here are the hydrating fruits and veggies that are packed with H2O:

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Watermelon. There’s nothing better than a refreshing, juicy, sweet slice of watermelon on a hot summer day. The melon contains almost 92% of water. An added bonus? It’s filled with cancer-fighting Lycopene as well.

Cucumbers. There’s no secret as to why we use the phrase “cool as a cucumber.” The vegetable has the highest content of water for any other vegetable or fruit.  Double up on your intake with cucumber-infused water for an extra-refreshing, healthy treat.

Celery. Often overlooked as just a vessel for dipping or accompaniment to another dish, this main staple of the crudité platter is comprised of 96% water. While low in calories, a single stalk contains is filled with vitamins and fiber.

Tomatoes. This might not be the first thing you think of when considering hydrating foods, but the vegetable is packed with 95% water. I think that’s reason enough to order that BLT for lunch today.

Iceberg Lettuce. The salad base is composed of 95% water, so it’s no wonder the lettuce is juicier than its sisters Romaine and Kale. Wedge salads are a great option when you’re looking to have a salad, and so easy to make too!

Radishes. These vegetables aren’t for everyone, but they do have a lot offer when it comes to water/vegetable ratio.  Not sure how to incorporate them into your meals? We found a few tasty recipes here.

Strawberries. There’s no time to indulge in strawberries like the summer. The juicy, sweet fruit are the stars of many a summer popsicle, fruit salad, cake or cocktail. At 91% water, there’s no time like now to indulge in the healthy treat. While we’re talking about berries, raspberries and blueberries are filled with water too.

Red, yellow and green peppers. These crunchy veggies are made up of 93% water. When you’re packing up your snacks for the beach or a picnic, cut up a few peppers for a refreshing, flavor-filled snack.

Pineapple. This fruit practically oozes water with every bite. Packed with 87% water, the fruit also contains anti-inflammatory properties, which is great for the unwelcome swelling that can sometimes, unfortunately, accommodate an extra-humid, sweltering day.

Broccoli and Cauliflower. These heads of cabbage are also a great option when it comes to hydrating with your vegetables. Cooked or raw, they carry a hefty weight of 92% water.

Other fruits and veggies that also have a great H2O presence? Carrots, zucchini, oranges, grapefruits, cantaloupe, pears, peaches and apples also make for some great hydrating options at the produce aisle.

 

Liz HazardBy: Liz Hazard