Summertime is a wonderful time of year when school is on break and people take vacations. It is also the time when temperatures soar and it can be easy to become dehydrated. Most people know it is very important to drink plenty of water all the time and especially in the summer. What some people may not be aware of is that there are also certain summer foods to keep you hydrated. There is one food in particular that may not really shock anyone, but the rest might be a pleasant surprise.
Summer Foods To Keep You Hydrated
Watermelon is a fabulous food to keep you hydrated that many people enjoy throughout the summer. What cookout or picnic would be complete without the juicy watermelon? Watermelon is surprisingly healthy because is high in fiber and vitamins and of course, water (91%). This fruit is aptly named since it contains so much water.
The greatest thing about watermelon is that most kids and adults enjoy eating it. There is a good chance you will not have to fight to find a good watermelon because most grocery stores and farmers’ markets carry them all summer long. This is good news because no matter where you and your family go during the summer, you will probably be able to find a watermelon or two.
Milk and yogurt
Milk supplies calcium and vitamin D and is good for healthy bones and teeth. Milk is also great for hydration because it is over 80% water. The best part about milk is that most kids like it. Milk can be enjoyed plain or with flavour additives like chocolate, banana, and strawberry. If additives are used, be aware that the carbohydrate count increases.
Yogurt is another pleasant surprise to the hydrating foods family. Yogurt contains almost as much water as certain fruits. A real upside to eating yogurt is that it is available in so many wonderful flavours. You can get it at any grocery store and even some convenience stores. Instead of packing sweet unhealthy snacks, pack yogurt (remember to pack in the cooler with ice).
Grapefruit is another wonderfully juicy fruit to keep you hydrated during the summer months. Grapefruit is over 90% water and contains vitamins. Just like watermelon, grapefruit is easy to find and easy to pack for a trip or an event.
Some people may not care for the “zing” that grapefruit has, but that tartness can be tamed with a tiny sprinkling of sugar or low calorie sweetener.
This is good news for people who enjoy a good salad. Lettuce is made up of over 90% water and packed with goodness. People use lettuce as a garnish and as part of the main course in all types of salads. Lettuce is naturally low in calories and helps you feel full longer.
The variety that offers the most water content is iceberg lettuce. There are so many ways to enjoy iceberg lettuce other than salad: on burgers, as the foundation for chicken and taco salads and that is just the tip of the…iceberg.
When the temperatures start to climb, it is nice to know that there are options when it comes to staying hydrated. It is always a good idea to drink plenty of water, but sometimes water seems kind of plain. Some people just do not like the taste of water at all. If water is not your “go to” for hydration, then consider some of these wonderful and healthy food alternatives to keep you hydrated.
Fruits like watermelon and grapefruit are excellent sources of water and taste really good. Milk and yogurt lend a hand to healthy teeth and bones as well as helping keep you hydrated. Water is important, but it is nice that there are other choices when it comes to hydration. These are delicious summer foods to keep you hydrated while travelling or having fun outdoors with the family!
I just love watermelon and can do pink grapefruit. I’m dairy free so skip the milk and yogurt, usually have a salad a day but not usually iceberg as it is mostly water but now I guess I should be adding this. Never though about it for the water content as tried to make salads that are nutrient high as spinach and kale.
Watermelon is my favorite!
I usually drink a lot of diet coke and now I’m trying to drink water, I know it’s much better for me so I need to let my taste buds get used to it.
This is great information.
I love Watermelon, never can get enough of it!