10 Quick Ways to Eat Your Water – What Foods Can You Eat that Contain a lot of Water?
It’s super-important to drink lots of water every day for good health, but did you know that fruits and vegetables also contain tons of water that can add to your daily water intake?
You can find delicious and filling ways to add to your daily water dose that will not only leave you feeling fuller, but will keep you a bit fuller longer!
Besides getting that extra boost of H20, you are also getting additional important nutrients because we eat most of these foods raw. Raw foods contain micronutrients that helps keep your body feeling amazing throughout the day.
Eating your water comes in handy during the summer months when it’s very hot outside and we need more liquids to keep going. Keeping well hydrated makes your feel better and have more energy
AND WHO DOESN’T WANT HAVE MORE ENERGY?
Find out what fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water –
1. Cucumbers – 96%
Cucumbers are made up of a whopping 96% water. One cup of sliced cucumbers is a little under 20 calories and has a high amount of vitamin K. The cucumber peel contains fiber so scrub the cucumber but leave the peel on.
2. Lettuce – 95%
Lettuce is made up of 95% water and is also very low in calories. Lettuce has high amounts of vitamin A which is important for our eyes. The darker the lettuce the higher the nutritional value it has.
The most common types of lettuce are iceberg, romaine, butterhead and green leaf. They all contain fiber but romaine lettuce is double the fiber of the other types.
3. Celery – 95%
Celery is made up of 95% water and comes in at about 15 calories per cup. Celery leaves are a source of calcium so never toss them! Chop them up and use them in your salad or other dishes.
4. Radishes – 95%
Radishes are also in the 95% group. Radishes are high in vitamin C and one thing that everyone loves is Vitamin C! They provide nearly 25% of our daily requirement of vitamin C per half a cup.
5. Zucchini – 95%
1 medium zucchini has only 35 calories and 58% of our daily requirements of vitamin C. Skip the fried zucchini and steam this tasty squash to reap the most nutritional benefits.
6. Tomatoes – 94%
When you cut into a juicy ripe tomato you can actually see the water. Tomatoes are well known for having large amounts of Lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant that you can’t seem to have enough of, and tomatoes are brimming with them. Another great benefit of the tomato is that one cup of tomato juice contains over 500 milligrams of potassium!
7. Bell Peppers – 92%
Just one cup of red peppers gives you a staggering 157% of your daily vitamin C which is TWICE the amount found in an orange. One cup of chopped peppers is about 35 calories so this makes a great addition to salads, soups, salsa, or just about any recipe that you can sneak in some extra veggies. Don’t overcook the pepper, eat raw or lightly cooked for best nutritional value.
8. Spinach – 92%
The great and mighty spinach has so many health benefits that it is included in every diet throughout the world. A little over a half a cup of fresh spinach contains about 25% of our daily intake of iron. Spinach should be bought organic when at all possible. Dirt and pesticides can easily cling to the leaves, making it difficult to wash properly.
After reading through the top 8 foods,
doesn’t it just make you want to throw together
a big healthy salad?
9. Watermelon – 92%
One of the many benefits of watermelon is that it’s a great source of vitamin B. Watermelon is also high in vitamin C and potassium.
I would stay away from seedless watermelon. It seems to be a “genetically modified” version of our good old sweet & juicy watermelon. Besides, half the fun is spitting out the seeds at the picnic table! Seedless watermelon tastes dry and crunchy so hunt down that imperfect watermelon with lots of seeds.
10. Strawberries – 92%
Strawberries are another power house of nutrients. Strawberries contain water and plenty of fiber which helps keep the digestive track, well, on track. One serving of strawberries contains half our daily requirements of vitamin C. Strawberries are also a wise choice for diabetics, as they have a lower glycemic index (40) than many other fruits do.
To reduce the chance of fungus growing on your strawberries, store strawberries in the refrigerator and wash them just before eating. Eat fresh strawberries a few days after purchase.
Balsamic Roasted Strawberries
1 pound fresh strawberries
1 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove tops and bottoms from strawberries. Clean strawberries and cut in quarters. Place in a casserole dish and lightly Sprinkle with sugar and a little bit of pepper. Drizzle vinegar on top and stir.
Bake for about 40 minutes, stirring once.