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Hydrating Foods

posted Jul 8, 2016, 2:05 PM by
It’s week 2 of our Cool Foods for Hot Days blog series, and are talking about foods that are hydrating. That’s right; some foods can actually be hydrating. Drinking water, and in some cases, sports drinks are the best ways to stay hydrated, however, in special cases (like hot, humid summer weather), our hydration needs are elevated and it can seem impossible to consume all of the recommended fluid. Next week, we’ll dive deeper into beverage options, but this week, we’re focusing on foods.

You may be familiar with foods like cucumbers and melon being called hydrating, but have you considered celery, lettuces, radishes, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, spinach, star fruit, strawberries, broccoli, citrus fruits, and carrots? All of these foods have a water content of at least 90% by weight. This means that these foods will provide you with some of that extra fluid that you need to replace what you’re losing when you sweat just walking to your car. Bonus: most of those listed are in season (Mother Nature knows what she’s doing!) and their high water content makes them low in calories (however, they are still mostly high in micronutrients!).

Stop by your ILC Café’s housemade salad bar or peruse our vast collection of recipes to find unique and delicious ways to incorporate these hydrating foods into your meals and snacks every day!