A few weeks ago we discussed how much water we should be drinking a day. It’s not easy walking around with a water jug trying to finish a large amount of water. We broke down hydration into water with every meal, as well as before, during and after workouts. Let’s make it even easier!
Did you know that you can hydrate with foods to help avoid dehydration? The foods we eat on a daily basis play a large role in keeping us hydrated. Good news! If you are still struggling with water intake throughout the day, let’s begin adding fruits and vegetables to your plate. REMINDER…when you cook fruits or vegetables they lose water, therefore even though your eating broccoli, zucchini, asparagus with meals their water content has slightly depleted because they have been cooked. Consuming RAW fruits and vegetables are the most beneficial providing the most water and nutrients.
Here is a list of some of the best fruits and veggies with the highest water content:
- Watermelon – 96% water
- Cucumbers – 95% water
- Pineapples – 95% water
- Celery – 95% water
- Lettuces – 95% water. If you eat salads go with a spring mix, not iceberg or romaine. (We’ll talk about this another day)
- Cantaloupe – 95% water. Also has a high amount of potassium, which is an electrolyte.
- Tomatoes – 94% water
- Bell peppers – 94% water
- Strawberries – 92% water
- Grapefruit – 91% water.
The list can continue, but now we don’t have to get hung up on the idea that we have to drink all the water. We can also eat it and get roughly 20-30% of our daily water intake from the foods. While we don’t want you to put the water bottle away, this just may lessen the stress of having to drink ALL the water.
Start planning how you will add the additional foods into your daily routine if you do not already!