Drinking enough water is something that everyone should be conscious of. As water is the main component of the human body (over 60%), keeping your body hydrated is very important to ensure that your body can function in tip-top condition.
Apart from drinking water though, there are other healthy ways you can stay hydrated. Some of you may find water boring so perhaps the idea of chomping your way to hydration will interest you more!
Here’s a list of six foods that have high water content, low in calories and full of goodness - some of them may already be on your favourites list. Keeping hydrated need not be such a difficult task after all.
Watermelon, as its name suggests, is made up of mostly water – about 92%. This delicious fruit is refreshing and can be a treat on a super hot day. It’s also a rich source of lycopene which is a cancer-fighting antioxidant, the same one found in tomatoes. Keep some slices of watermelon in your fridge for a quick go-to snack or keep them in the freezer for an icy treat. You can also pop them into a pitcher of water for a yummy cool drink.
These yummy berries are good sources of water, consisting of 91% water. They’re also a good source of vitamin C and other vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. And they taste delicious too. Snacking on strawberries on its own is a treat in itself but amp up your snack with some yoghurt, or add strawberries into your salad for a pop of colour and a scrumptious addition, or make yourself a strawberry smoothie – use your imagination! We hear they're must-haves in infused waters too!
The grapefruit seems to always be linked to weight-loss diets and is a popular fruit for those who want to shed a few pounds. Although research have shown that the grapefruit does offer weight-loss benefits, it also contains properties that offer other health benefits such as benefiting heart health and also helping with blood pressure. With 90.5% water content, you can reap the health benefits of the grapefruit while also keeping yourself hydrated! Have it on its own as a refreshing citrusy snack, pop it in your drink of water or juice it up.
This crunchy vegetable is made up of 95.4% water! It also provides you with vitamins A, C and K and folate. Chomping on celery will not only hydrate you but will also keep you full for longer on account of the fibre. Keep some celery sticks in your fridge for easy access or carry them around in a baggie for a convenient snack anytime, anywhere. It’s also great to have with dips and to put into your salads.
Cucumbers have a high water content of 96% and are also full of important electrolytes which makes it a great fruit to have on hand to quench your thirst. This popular fruit is inexpensive and is great on its own, to have with dips, sliced up to have in your water, blended and made into ice cubes to put in your drinks, to make cold soup, the possibilities are plenty! Research have shown that cucumber may also contain cancer-fighting properties.
The tomato is a popular fruit that is well-known for its health benefits as it is chock full of vitamins and minerals. It also contains lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant. This fruit consists of 94.5% water and is a great one to incorporate into your meals. Have it in your salad, juice it up, make a tomato soup, put it in your sandwiches or just simply have it on its own. Keeping a bag of cherry tomatoes on you is an easy way to make sure you have a healthy and hydrating snack handy!