Phew — it’s a scorcher out there! There’s no denying that summers are getting hotter and hotter, and the 2022 season is already shaping up to be one of the hottest. With ongoing heat waves and droughts in most of the country, it’s important to stay hydrated to keep yourself in good health. Here are eight hydrating fruits and vegetables with high water content to snack on when the temperatures are soaring.
It’s perfect timing that watermelon is in season come summertime. This tasty, refreshing fruit has an impressive water content of around 90% which makes it a great treat to enjoy during this time of year. Watermelon is great on its own as a snack, but there are many other ways to eat (or drink!) this hydrating fruit. See full article for more details
Cucumbers are one of the most hydrating foods available. With about 96% water content, you’ll want to munch on these as often as you can. Fortunately, this fruit (yes, cucumbers are botanically a fruit), has a subtle flavor that makes it versatile. Like watermelon, cucumber is tasty on its own or in a salad. Because of the high water content, cucumber is also a good candidate for juicing and pairs well with other freshly juiced fruits.
Are you getting enough jícama in your diet? This all-star root veggie (technically, it’s a bean, but often considered a root veggie) is made up of 85% water. It’s a nutritious food that works well for those who need to monitor blood sugar levels and insulin, and it is a great source of fiber. Jícama can be used in a variety of ways.
Many different types of lettuce are high in water content, typically around 95%, although it can vary based on the type of lettuce you’re eating. Leafy greens like spinach are also hydrating. You probably already know the drill with lettuce — use it as a base for salads, add it to sandwiches and burgers, or chop it up to stuff inside wraps or tacos.
With about 95% water content, celery is another hydrating veggie to add to your plate. This vegetable also has a decent amount of fiber, potassium, and calcium. You can munch on celery on its own, although the slightly bitter taste isn’t for everyone. Go for “ants on a log” by adding peanut butter and raisins for a sweet and slightly salty flavor combination.