So, I usually tell my clients to try and drink about 8 cups of water a day—-adding a few cups depending on physical activity levels. But, sometimes…..you just don’t want to drink anymore water. I mean, I love infused water and switching it up with all different fruits and herbs, but it’s nice to know there are ALSO foods that are made of over 90% water and we can supplement some of our water intake with scrumptious, juicy seasonal fruits and veggies too. It’s still important to drink plenty of water—especially in the summertime—but you can also quench your thirst with these 10 hugely hydrating foods, all of which are at least 90% water by weight.
WATERMELON. Water Content 91.5%. It’s kind of obvious this juicy melon is loaded with water, but it’s also among the richest sources of lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant found in red fruits and vegetables. In fact, watermelon contains more lycopene than raw tomatoes—about 12 milligrams per wedge, versus 3 milligrams per medium-sized tomato. Not to mention it is insanely delicious.
GREEN PEPPERS. Water content: 93.9%. Red and yellow are have a good water content too….around 92% so pick your fav. I like to dip mine in hummus! I recommend having these ready and pre cut in your fridge so when you come in from work STARVING you have something to munch on.
SPINACH. Water content: 91.4% water. Buy the big organic container and you don’t ever have to have waste it. You can FREEZE it and use it for your smoothies. I would also stick about 4 or more cups in a sauté pan with a little EVOO on medium heat and put two over easy eggs on top. Cheap, nutritious, easy, and tastes awesome. Spinach is rich in lutein, potassium, fiber, and brain-boosting folate, and just one cup of raw leaves contains 15% of your daily intake of vitamin E—an important antioxidant for fighting off the damaging molecules known as free radicals.
CANTALOUPE. Water content: 90.2%. They are in season now so eat them up while you can! One-quarter of a melon delivers 100% of the RDA of vitamins A and C and there is only 50 calories in a 1/4 of the melon. This burst of juicy melon provides a big nutritional payoff for very few calories.
BROCCOLI. Water content: 90.7%. Now this actually shocked me. Lots of water in broccoli? What? My favorite is roasting this with a little EVOO at 350 degrees with a touch of REAL salt and bake until crunchy. Your kids will like it, eat it, and want more. Just make it and see. It’s also loaded with fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and Vitamin C.
STRAWBERRIES. Water content: 91.0% All berries are good foods for hydration, but juicy red strawberries are easily the best of the bunch. Raspberries and blueberries hold tight around 85% water and blackberries are only slightly better at 88.2%. GUYS…not only are berries hydrating they are loaded with fiber.
CAULIFLOWER. Water content: 92.1%. ANOTHER surprise for me! These unassuming florets are packed with vitamins and phytonutrients that have been shown to help lower cholesterol and fight cancer, including breast cancer. Roast these babies just like I recommended the broccoli and fall in love. Make sure you chop them small so they get crispy. Say goodbye to potato chips.
CELERY. Water content: 95.4%. It is impossible to overeat on celery because it comes in at about 6 calories a stalk. And because of it’s fiber content it will help fill you up. So on your way home from work take a bunch of stalks to munch on so you don’t walk in the door and eat out the entire snack cabinet! This low cal veggie isn’t short on nutrition. Celery contains folate and vitamins A, C, and K. And because of the high water content, celery can also help neutralize stomach acid and is often recommended as a natural remedy for heartburn and acid reflux. Worth a try.
CUCUMBERS. Water content: 96.7%. The summer veggie has the highest water content of any solid food. Mary introduced me to a killer cucumber sandwich. Take half an Ezekial english muffin and toast it. Put a little organic mayo or veganaise, chopped dill, and load on the cukes! Sprinkle with a little pink salt and cumin and oh my gosh!!!
TOMATOES. Water content: 94.5%. When a tomato is in season there is nothing like it. If you have a farmers market by you take a trip a pick some up. My favorite match to a juicy tomato is some fresh basil, a touch of EVOO, some pink salt and a thin piece of fresh mozzarella.
So, drink your water and eat your water. Buy what’s in season if you can and enjoy!