5 Water-rich Foods to Keep You Hydrated
Jul 10, 2012
Crisp lettuce tops the list: it's 96 percent water. In addition to assisting in hydration needs, lettuce is also a source of potassium, folate, antioxidants and smaller amounts of vitamins C and K. So load up! A nice big salad sounds mighty refreshing for a hot day.
There's a reason watermelon is a staple at picnics and cookouts. It's tasty and refreshing! But it's also made up of about 91 percent water and is a source of vitamins A and C and contains lycopene, fiber and potassium. So basically, it's a win-win summer food.
Cool down with grapefruit. This tropical fruit is about 90 percent water. Grapefruit is also low in calories and a good source of phytonutrients and vitamin C. Pink and red varieties also provide vitamin A and lycopene. Try it chilled for an energizing and hydrating addition to breakfast.
Broccoli might not be the obvious choice, but this cruciferous veggie packs a wallop of H2O, coming in at about 89 percent water. In addition, it includes vitamin C, calcium, fiber, iron and beta carotene (which is converted to vitamin A by the body). Try it tossed with Greek yogurt, nuts and raisins for a simple, tangy treat.
Low-Fat Milk and Yogurt
Low-fat dairy can add protein, phosphorus, potassium and vitamins A and D to your diet, but guess what? It's also a source of water! Low-fat milk and yogurt rank high on the list of water-rich foods, at 89 percent and 85 percent water, respectively. So eat your recommended three cups today!
Source: Eat Right