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HUMP DAYYYYYY!!! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!!
This morning began with a giant bowl of Snickerdoodle Oatmeal, adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe. SO GOOD.
So much cinnamon-y goodness!
After eating this, I was incredibly thirsty! This rarely happens, even though I’m not one of those people who follows the “8 glasses a day” rule. I probably do end up having 8 glasses or more from the water I consume in my food, which is A LOT.
According to the Mayo Clinic, water comprises about 60 percent of our body weight and our brains are nearly 75 percent water. You lose water every day through respiration, perspiration, and waste removal, so proper hydration is crucial. Fortunately, you don’t have to sit there and force yourself to chug 8 glasses when you’re not even thirsty. Both fruits and vegetables contain a large amount of water relative to their weight. When you eat fruits and veggies, your body absorbs the water!
Here’s a list of some fruits and veggies that I eat to help you stay hydrated and stay regular, if you know what I mean…;)
- Watermelon – The water content of watermelon ranks among the highest for fruits. While watermelon is available year-round, summer is the best time to enjoy the fruit at its juiciest and sweetest. Eat it by the slice or enjoy it as part of a salad to get the benefits of its high water content.
- Strawberries – Strawberries also contain water content as high as watermelon, at 92 percent. These juicy red berries are my favorite fruit EVER! You can freeze them and enjoy them in a smoothie after they’ve gone out of season.
- Grapefruit – This citrus fruit is actually one of my least favorites because I find it too sour and bitter, but once you get past the white skin, you’ll find that the pink and red varieties boast 91 percent water!
- Tomatoes – I was surprised that red tomatoes have higher water content than watermelons, at 94 percent. Green tomatoes contain almost as much water at 93 percent. Try lightly seasoning a tomato with salt and pepper for a juicy and hydrating snack.
- Lettuce and Cabbage – Iceberg lettuce has the highest percentage at 96 percent, but even cabbage contains a lot of water—93 percent for green and 92 percent for red. If you really want to up your water intake, try a mixed greens salad. Remember, the darker the leaves, the richer its nutrient content! 🙂
- Cucumbers These babies have a water content of 96 percent. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can enjoy them in a green smoothie with spinach or kale.
Wow, now I have to pee!!
Just kidding. 😉
If you can, make the foods listed above a part of your live-it to provide your body with the amount of water it needs. Many of these options are in season during the summer, when good hydration is incredibly important. Sadly, summer is slowly coming to a close.
Cue Lana Del Ray’s “Summertime Sadness”…..
I hope everyone has a wondrous Wednesday!!! 🙂
Question of the Day:
Are you a water-drinker or a water-eater? Or both?