It's no big surprise that staying hydrated (especially during summer months) is super important -- but if you're not one of those people who loves chugging water throughout the day, there is another rather easy way to do it. The key actually lies in what you eat!
"For hydrating, about 80 percent of fluid comes from what we actually drink and about 20 percent comes from what we eat."
Katie Lambert, Clinical Dietitian, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
While it may seem difficult to figure out which foods contain enough water, the truth is several foods you're already eating on a daily basis may actually be the right ones you need to stay calm, cool and hydrated as can be. We're here to help you eat your way to better hydration with a few key foods that will help you feeling great all throughout the day.
Check them out below and get to eating!
One of the juiciest fruits to date with tons of great vitamins! With just half a cup you'll get all the vitamin A and C you need for the day.
Filled with cancer-fighting antioxidants such as lycopene, and maintaining 93 percent water -- this fruit just can't be beat when it comes to staying hydrated.
Being the most juicy veggie at 96 percent water, you can snack on these babies throughout the day and keep yourself nice and full.
Filled with water and fiber galore, it works as a great weight loss tool and helps to get rid of heart burn.
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This twist on chicken noodle soup is another way to boost your protein. Plus, swapping noodles for quinoa allows you to eliminate gluten. To make this dish taste extra good: Dish about half a cup of quinoa into your bowl and pour the soup right over the top, rather than mixing it together, to maintain that delicious flavor.
Our culinary team couldn't stop raving about these cookies -- and for good reason. This recipe calls for a number of items you can feel good about serving to your family -- everything from coconut, to oats and peanut butter. For an even healthier option: Try swapping the chocolate chips for raisins. Either way, this will be a recipe you'll be making for years to come.
Want to up your amount of protein intake? This recipe will allow you to do just that, as it combines pork with quinoa to make even the pickiest of eaters happy. Kelsey recommends serving the meatballs with egg noodles, parsley and parmesan cheese -- a combination that is as winning as it is affordable.
A roasted vegetable sandwich?! Talk about a great way to save money at lunchtime! If you don't have a panini press at home, you can make this in a cast-iron skillet and just put another heavy pan on top and weigh it down with a couple of tin cans.
This is a perfect hearty, comfort food-type dish that is still jam-packed with nutritional value. It looks as good as it taste, plus it allows for the roasted vegetables to be the shining star. Your kids will love this dish, and so will anyone else who takes a bite.