10 Foods That Will Keep You Hydrated and Healthy

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We all know that our bodies are about 75% water, so staying hydrated is extremely important. The standard recommendation is to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but some days that can be a pretty tall order to fill. If you don’t feel like chugging water at your desk all day, you can try getting some much-needed H2O through what you eat. It turns out that we get 20% of our daily water intake through our food, which means that you don’t have to feel guilty about that afternoon snack!

Check out this list of 15 foods that are each 90% water, courtesy of health.com .

 

1. Cucumber, Water Content 96.7%

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This veggie has the highest water content of any solid food, and is a great addition to soups, salads, and stir-fries. Health.com recommends blending cucumbers with nonfat yogurt, mint, and ice cubes to make a cool, refreshing summertime soup.

 

2. Iceberg Lettuce, Water Content 95.6%

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Although iceberg lettuce isn’t as nutritious as spinach or other dark, leafy greens, it is the best option when it comes to keeping you hydrated. Stack thee juicy leaves on your sandwiches or use it as a base for a refreshing salad. You can even cut your carbs and use it instead of tortillas to make yummy grilled taco wraps.

 

3. Celery, Water Content 95.4%

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Celery is well-known for having next to no calories, but it also pack a punch of fiber and water that will fill you up to reduce your appetite. Despite its low calorie count, it also contains vitamins A, C, and K, making it  great healthy snack option.

 

4. Radishes, Water content 95.3%

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The bright, beautiful color and spicy flavor of radishes make them an ideal ingredient for salads, coleslaws, and tacos.

 

5. Tomatoes, Water Content 94.5%

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Cooked tomatoes are delicious when cooked into sauces or baked into pasta dishes, but eating them raw as a snack is an excellent way to stay hydrated and healthy. The smaller grape or cherry varieties mix well with cheese and basil for a delicious and dainty hot-weather appetizer.

 

6. Green peppers, Water Content 93.9%

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Bored with carrots and celery? Slice up some green peppers with salt and pepper and you have a new snack to curb between-meal snacking. They also have a good amount of antioxidants, just like their red and yellow siblings.

 

7. Cauliflower, Water Content 92.1%

Cauliflower

Cauliflower’s lack of color may make it seem like not much in the way of vitamins, but don’t be fooled! This veggie contains vitamins shown to help lower cholesterol and fight cancer, and its mild flavor makes it versatile enough to be added to a million different meals.

 

8. Watermelon, Water Content 91.5%

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This fruit calls to mind fond summer memories and seed-spitting contests, as well as giving you a burst of lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant. Mix watermelon slices in a pitcher of ice water for a sweet way to stay cool.

 

9. Spinach, Water Content 91.4%

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There’a reason why Popeye (and your parents) were always trying to convince you to eat more spinach. Spinach leaves are rich in lutein, potassium, fiber, and folate, and Vitamin E.

 

10. Strawberries, Water Content 91%

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Delicious, nutritious, and fun to eat–what more could you want? Whether you eat them plain, sliced  in salad, or blended in a smoothie, strawberries are always a great choice.