Foods That Will Keep You Hydrated This Summer

We know it’s vital to stay hydrated every day, and even more so when the temperature rises. Drinking lots of water is essential, but you can also eat your way to better hydration.

Many foods are dense with water, which will make meeting your daily needs easier, and tastier. Here’s a list of five water-rich foods from the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  1. Lettuce
    Doesn’t a green, leafy salad sound deliciously refreshing on a hot, summer day? Lettuce is 96 percent water, so gobbling it up will meet some of your daily water needs. Crips lettuce is also rich in potassium and antioxidants.

  2. Watermelon
    No summer picnic is complete without this delicious fruit. Watermelon is 91 percent water. It is called “water” melon after all! This summer treat is very refreshing and kids love it. Watermelon will also give you a shot of vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber and lycopene.

  3. Grapefruit
    Grapefruit is bursting with flavor and is 90 percent water. The citrus is loaded with vitamins A and C, phytonutrients and lycopene. Many people enjoy grapefruit with their morning breakfast, giving them an energizing boost to start the day.

  4. Broccoli
    It seems strange, but this veggie is 89 percent water. Add it to your summer grocery list to keep your body’s H2O supply stocked. Broccoli is also rich in vitamin C, calcium, fiber, beta carotene, and iron making it a healthy choice. Dip it in hummus or plain yogurt for a snack or steam it for a savory side dish.

  5. Milk and Yogurt
    Who knew that milk and yogurt are incredibly hydrating? Milk is 89 percent water and yogurt is 85 percent, making both choices good ones to keep your body functioning as it should. Also rich in calcium, protein, potassium, phosphorous, vitamins A and D, low-fat dairy can be a great addition to your diet.

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Liz Hayes
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