We often talk about proper hydration when it comes to exercise, but what about days we aren’t hitting the gym or going for a run? Hydrating properly may not always be at the front of our minds on these days, but it’s still important! Water is an important beverage when it comes to staying hydrated, but did you know that the food we eat can also play a role in keeping us hydrated? Check out these nutrient-rich foods below that also happen to be high in water content:
Even though milk is technically a drink, I would be remiss to not mention it when talking about hydration. Not only is it recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans because it contributes nutrients that most Americans are lacking in their diet, but a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed milk hydrated better than other beverages tested. Chocolate milk, which has an optimal ratio of carbohydrates to protein, is even a popular recovery beverage for athletes after workouts.
Fruits and Veggies
Water content will vary, but fruits like cantaloupe, strawberries, and watermelon, along with veggies, like lettuce and squash, have over 90% water content. Including these in your diet may help keep you hydrated and boost your plant intake.
You may be surprised to know that water makes up 80-89% of yogurt. Stock your fridge with yogurt to pair with fruit for a refreshing summer snack. Not only will the fruit boost the hydrating potential of your snack, but it can also be used to sweeten plain yogurt without added sugars.
In case you needed one more reason to choose more of these nutrient-dense foods, you can now add supporting your hydration status to the list! Smoothies like this Refreshingly Raspberry Smoothie made with real milk, frozen raspberries, and creamy yogurt are a simple way to combine all three this summer.