With summer around the corner, it’s a good time to remember the importance of staying hydrated. In addition to drinking six to eight glasses of water each day, you can get a lot of water from fresh summer fruits and vegetables.
Incorporate some of these into your diet and you’ll keep hydrated all summer long!
Cucumbers are more than 90% water and help flush out toxins. Try adding a simple cucumber, tomato, and feta salad to your next picnic or chop them up with hummus or dip.
Celery hydrates while also fighting inflammation and packs a healthy antioxidant punch. Top with natural peanut butter for an afternoon snack.
Tomatoes are full of beta-carotene, which helps protect your skin from sun damage. Add them to salads, sandwiches, or make a simple homemade pasta sauce.
4. Green peppers
Another antioxidant and hydration super veggie, try stuffed peppers for a break from burgers this summer.
Cauliflower is a great cruciferous vegetable that’s full of fiber and vitamins. Shred it in a food processor and use instead of rice for healthier burritos, cassaroles, and stir fry dinners.
Nothing says summer like a juicy, fresh watermelon. An excellent sources of vitamins A, C, and B6, serve them cold—seed spitting contest optional!
Another crunchy cruciferous that makes the list is broccoli. It’s a great source of both vitamin A and vitamin K, fiber, and magnesium. Add it to salads or lightly steam and serve as a side with some lemon juice.
Get your vitamin C from a sweet ruby red grapefruit, and you’ll be hydrated as well. Add to smoothies, greek yogurt or chia seed pudding, or even salads.
Don’t let watermelon have all the fun! Cantaloupes are 90% water and are great sources of vitamin A and C. Add to fruit salads or get creative and make colorful fruit kebabs to dip in greek yogurt.
It’s important to make sure you’re drinking enough water, but adding these fruits and veggies into your diet can help keep you hydrated all summer long.