Not a big water drinker?
You’re in luck—studies show that eating some fruits and vegetables can hydrate the body twice as well compared to drinking a glass of water. Turns out that the electrolytes, nutrients, and minerals in produce help the body retain and utilize water—kind of like drinking a sports drink or coconut water.
Keep on scrolling to learn about the most hydrating fruits and veggies you should be keep in your fridge this summer.
Cauliflower used to broccoli’s weird, pale cousin. Now, the low-carb veggie has become the healthy foodie’s favorite ingredient—add it in frozen to a smoothie to add density, or dice it and blend with an egg to make gluten-free “pizza dough.” It has such a mild taste, so it’s easily camouflaged by stronger flavors. But cauliflower is a nutrient-dense cruciferous vegetable that contains a surprising amount of H2O. Try adding 1 cup a day into your diet to pump up the hydration.
I mean, c’mon, it’s in the name! Watermelon is nearly 92 percent water, and contains electrolytes like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Juicy, sweet, and oh-so-hydrating, watermelon is loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lycopene.
Bitter, slightly sweet grapefruit is a perfect choice for a summer bite if you’re following an Ayurvedic dosha diet. (Cool that internal fire, Pitta people!) Because it contains so much water and fiber, nourishing grapefruit makes for a great low-calorie snack in between meals.
Chilled cucumber water is the ultimate thirst-quencher—the fresh, green taste combined with the anti-inflammatory compound caffeic acid that’s found in cukes help sooth and hydrate from the inside out.
Juicy red strawberries are emblematic of the height of summer—they’re everywhere! Baked into pies, muddled into lemonade, or fresh off the vine, they’re always a welcome sight at the dinner table. At nearly 92 percent water, they’re also incredibly hydrating and contain a plethora of antioxidants that are excellent for your skin! No guilt about going overboard on the ruby berries here.