Water and other liquids aren’t the only methods to getting and staying hydrated. There are several foods that are packed with water and, when partnered with water and other hydrating liquids, can help you stay hydrated and healthy on a daily basis.
Foods that are hydrating are those that hold the most water, however these foods can lose the water they are made up of when cooked, so keep that in mind.
When water isn’t enough, or if you’re just looking for new ways to increase your hydration, try these 5 water-rich foods, or even try replacing what you’re currently eating with these options!
Unsurprisingly, watermelon is made up of mostly water—92% to be exact. The refreshing fruit is also relatively low in calories and packed with other nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A and magnesium. Next time you’re looking for a satisfying but hydrating snack, reach for the watermelon!
Craving something crunchy but want something that will feel good putting into your body? Cucumbers are made up with 95% water and are easy to incorporate into your diet. Toss them in a salad or include them in your next stir fry. Say goodbye to salty and unhealthy chips and dip and replace them with cucumbers, also great for dipping!
This one probably also does not come as a surprise to many: lettuce is made up of 96% water. Lettuce is also high in vitamins A and K and fiber. There are a lot of ways to incorporate more lettuce into your diet. For example, instead of ordering a burger with a bun, replace it with a lettuce wrap. Not only will this lower the calories but it will also increase your water intake and keep you hydrated!
Broths and soups
Keep it cozy by adding in more broths and soups to your diet. One cup of chicken broth is made up almost entirely of water. Want to double up on the water intake (and also make it nutritious in other ways)? Load in the veggies to your soup, like broccoli, onions, carrots and mushrooms!
Made up of 88% water, plain yogurt is a great option for breakfast or a midday snack. However, make sure you’re not getting the flavored yogurt with the added sugar. To make it more sweet while adding more hydrating options, add in some fruit that are also high in water like strawberries (91%) peaches (89%) or grapefruit (88%).
By adding these foods to your diet, not only will you notice an increase in overall hydration, but you’ll also reap the nutritional benefits that come with it.
Ready to start taking your hydration more seriously?