When the heat turns up a notch, you want to ensure you stay hydrated. Drinking water is a must, but you can increase your water intake by reaching for foods that are packed with H2O. Here are some of the hottest – or coolest! – water-rich foods that make a splash.
Not just great because they contain antioxidants to keep you healthy, these berries are made up of approximately 85 percent water. So, add blueberries to various foods, such as yogurt, cereal, pancakes and more. A delicious idea is to eat blueberries covered in frozen yogurt, for a healthy snack that’ll cool you down. Here’s a quick recipe.
What’s more delicious than watermelon? Just biting into it can feel like a tall glass of water. This fruit contains 91 percent water and it’s also a great source of lycopene, an antioxidant that fights cancer. For a fun spin on watermelon, place chunks of its fleshy fruit in a pitcher of water and set it in the fridge. Now you have a healthy, energising drink on hand when you need it.
If you love dairy, make the switch to low-fat varieties. Low-fat milk contains approximately 89 percent water, while yogurt has 85 percent. You can use dairy in the warmer months to make delicious smoothies and milkshakes.
Have you ever noticed how just the smell of cucumber can make you feel refreshed? This fruit is a must on really hot days, so pop slices of it into your salads, sandwiches, or a refreshing summer soup that contains yogurt, mint and ice cubes for even greater hydration. Cucumbers have the highest water content of any food, containing a whopping 96 percent water! Drink up!
When you’re in need of a snack during a busy day, reach for grapefruit. It’s approximately 90 percent water while being really low in calories, so it won’t pack on the pounds. Grapefruit contains compounds that help burn fat and keep your blood sugar levels stable, so it deserves to be invited to the breakfast table every morning.
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