As the temperature rises, it’s easy to get dehydrated. Don’t put your body at risk. Dehydration can lead to increased thirst, low energy, headaches, dry skin & dizziness.
That’s why it’s very important to take extra care of your body during the summer season. While many health experts recommend drinking several glasses of water per day, the water content of foods is often overlooked.
You can consume a significant amount of water by including a variety of water-rich fruits & vegetables in your diet.
Here are our top 5 cooling foods that will keep you hydrated during the summer season:
1. WatermelonWater content: 92%
Watermelon is very healthy and is one of the most hydrating foods you can eat. They are also rich in powerful antioxidants, including lycopene. Try making a delicious & refreshing watermelon salad by adding it to sliced cucumbers, crumbled feta cheese & thinly slices of mint tossed in olive oil, lime juice, salt & pepper.
2. CucumbersWater content: 95%
Loaded with fiber, cucumbers are made up almost entirely of water & contain nutrients such as vitamin K, potassium & magnesium. Cucumbers can be added to salads & sandwiches.
3. LettuceWater content: 96%
Lettuce contains a high amount of water, plus it contains fiber, folate, vitamins A & K. Lettuce comes in a few varieties including romaine, green leaf, butterhead, red leaf & iceberg. In addition to adding it to salads, lettuce can be used as a “bun” for burgers. You can also replace tortillas with lettuce when making burritos, tacos, or wraps.
4. CeleryWater content: 95%
Not only does celery have a high water content, it contains fiber & nutrients like iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus & zinc. Celery can be eaten raw along with healthy dips like hummus & Greek yogurt. It can also be added to soups & salads.
5. ZucchiniWater content: 94%
In addition to its high water content, zucchini is highly nutritious. It contains significant amounts of vitamins B6, C, K, riboflavin & folate as well as minerals like potassium & manganese. You can add zucchini to soups, salads & stir fry dishes. We love to cut zucchini in strips to create zucchini “noodles”, a delicious & crunchier alternative to regular pasta.