We’ve all heard how drinking eight glasses or more of water per day is the best bet for good health. However, not many of us are able to achieve that target. This issue can be resolved though — and the best way to do that is to try and eat foods, especially fruits and vegetables that contain your daily requirement of H2O.
However, there is no debate on whether anything can replace water. Remember, nothing beats drinking plenty of water, more so when you are exercising. At other times, you can try to include these hydrating foods in your diet which help you get more liquid for the body.
Water-enriched foods contain necessary nutrients, such as oleic acid, polyphenols and Vitamin C which keep your body hydrated. If eating raw fruits and vegetables, is not your scene, try making smoothies, soups, juices or shakes out of these. Mix some strawberries in your yogurt, add pomegranate to your bowl of oatmeal, snack on celery sticks… the things you can do with the fruits and veggies is endless as this will surely help you stay hydrated.
Cucumber – Water content: 96.7%
While cucumbers are best during the summer, they are available in the market all-year-round, so make the best out of this veggie which has the highest water content amongst all vegetables. Just cut them into slices, sprinkle some chaat masala and serve or add them in salads. Cucumber sticks also make for excellent accompaniments with dips. To maximise the benefit out of the cucumber’s hydrating power, you can blend it with yogurt, mint, and ice cubes to make a chilled cucumber soup, which makes for a refreshing drink and a delicious treat at the same time.
Radishes – Water content: 95.3%
These root vegetables are a refreshing addition to your regular diet. With their mix of slightly spicy yet sweet flavour, they come filled with antioxidants such as catechin. Whether white or red, they have a crunchy texture making them perfect to eat as it is sliced or shredded and mixed with cabbage and carrots. Toss in some flax seeds powder, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and you have a superb side dish.
Tomatoes – Water content: 94.5%
Tomatoes make for an excellent hydrating snack. Just slice them and serve with a dash of salt and pepper or dice them, add peanut powder, yogurt, salt and cumin seeds powder to make a raita. You will find a variety of tomatoes in the supermarket. Try the sweet cherry and grape varieties, which are great to just pop in the mouth, along with some nuts or low-fat cheese. You can also make a basic tomato chutney with tomatoes, basil leaves, green chillies, salt and lime juice. This tastes best with dosas or you can use this as a dip.
Cauliflower – Water content: 92.1%
They might look pale, dry and solid, but cauliflower florets are packed with water content along with vitamins and phytonutrients that hep lower cholesterol and fight cancer. Boil them and add them to salads or grate raw cauliflower florets into atta, to roll out yummy parathas. Make some cauliflower soup or add the florets to your regular tomato soup to up the nutrition quotient. You can even pickle the florets to get the best out of them.
Watermelon – Water content: 91.5% water
know that watermelon is full of water and can keep you hydrated for a long time. This juicy melon is 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, as compared to 3 milligrams per a medium-sized tomato. Just slice it and have it as it is or make a juice out of it. You can also keep a water pitcher in the fridge with watermelon cubes in the bottom to get that refreshing flavour which can motivate you to drink more water.
Strawberries – Water content: 91.0%
Berries are good for hydration, and amongst all of them, juicy red strawberries are easily the best. While raspberries and blueberries have around 85% water, blackberries have 88.2%, which clearly has strawberries winning the race with 91%. Blended in a smoothie or mixed with plain non-fat yogurt, strawberries add natural sweetness to anything they are mixed with. The combination of water, carbohydrates, fibre, and protein make them a great post-workout recovery snack too.
Green Pepper – Water content: 94%
While all shades of bell peppers have a high water content, green peppers lead as compared to the red and yellow varieties (which have about 92% water). They also contain just as many antioxidants as the coloured and slightly sweeter varieties. Add them to your salad and you get a colourful dish in no time at all.