Do you have a hard time getting the recommended amount of water everyday? It’s important to stay hydrated, especially while working out, so here’s a few foods that’ll help you eat your water!
Spinach is 91.4% water. Piling raw spinach leaves on your sandwich or salad provides great hydration, with an added nutritional punch. Spinach is rich in lutein, potassium, fiber, and brain-boosting folate, and just one cup of raw leaves contains 15% of your daily intake of vitamin E—an important antioxidant for fighting off the damaging molecules known as free radicals.
It’s fairly obvious that watermelon is full of water, but this juicy melon is also among the richest sources of lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant found in red fruits and vegetables.
Carrots contain about 87 percent water and more of the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene than any other vegetable or fruit. Studies have found that compounds in carrots help protect again skin, lung and oral cavity cancers.
Like all foods that are high in water, celery has very few calories—just 6 calories per stalk. And its one-two punch of fiber and water helps to fill you up and curb your appetite. This lightweight veggie isn’t short on nutrition, however. Celery contains folate and vitamins A, C, and K.
Tomatoes are composed of about 95 percent water. That means that along with signature sweetness comes enough moisture to cut back on (or take the place of) higher-calorie condiments on your sandwich.
All berries are good foods for hydration, but juicy red strawberries are easily the best of the bunch.
7. Green Bell Peppers
Bell peppers of all shades have a high water content, but green peppers lead the pack, just edging out the red and yellow varieties (which are about 92% water). And contrary to popular belief, green peppers contain just as many antioxidants as their slightly sweeter siblings.
This veggie has the highest water content of any solid food and is perfect in salads, or sliced up and served with some hummus.