Most experts recommend consuming at least 8 glasses of water per day. What you may not know is that approximately 20 percent of your daily water intake can actually come from solid foods, especially your fruits and veggies. This doesn’t mean you should skip out on the water — especially when the weather is warm. However, you can increase your water intake by consuming these highly hydrating foods — most of which contain at least 90 percent water according to weight.
- Celery. With about 6 calories per stalk, celery is a great way to get your fiber and quench your thirst. Additionally, the water helps to keep you feeling satisfied. This is great for weight loss. Celery also contains vitamins A, C, and K as well as folate. If you are in need of fiber on the go, check out HealthSmart FIBERight in great flavors such as a tropical punch.
- Radishes. If radishes are not already a staple in your salads this spring and summer, they should be. This root vegetable is packed full of antioxidants.
- Tomatoes. Tomatoes contain almost 95 percent water. They can help to keep you hydrated as well provide you with a source of Vitamin A and C. Tomatoes are also powerful antioxidants that can easily help you to increase your water intake by simply adding them to your next salad, wrap or sandwich.
- Green Peppers. Green peppers contain the highest water content of all peppers (about 93 percent) and are a rich source of antioxidants. To help curb your appetite, enjoy sliced green peppers as an afternoon snack or a bedtime snack.
- Watermelon. Watermelon may seem like a no-brainer when it comes to hydrating foods. Be sure to enjoy it this summer! However, watermelon does contain more than just water. This melon is one of the richest sources of lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful, cancer-fighting antioxidant that is found in a large number of red fruits and veggies.5
Hydration can come from more than just a bottle of water. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the flavors of spring and summer while curbing your appetite and enjoying the benefits of a large number of nutrients and antioxidants.