Ohhh the struggle is very real. So real that there are days I’ve found myself reaching for my first sip of water at dinner time. I like to say that I’ve followed in my father’s footsteps. He is just the same excpet that he now has suffered through several kidney stones due to his lack of water consumption.
The rules around how much water we should all consume changes so often that I simply follow the rule of thumb of drinking my body weight in ounces. So for me, I currently am weighing in at 160 lbs (6 months pregnant) which means I should be drinking at least 80 ounces of water.
Low in behold I’m always trying to find ways to stay hydrates without having to force water down the hatch. I created my top ten foods that contain over 90% water. Eat these foods and you’re helping yourself stay hydrated.
Cucumbers are one of my favorite foods of all time! There are so many ways in which you can eat this food and it’s made up of just about all water. Who woulda thought?! Some of my favorites are just plain cucumber with a little bit of himalayan sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, tomato and cucumber sandwich or of course in a salad.
Iceberg lettuce gets a bad rep for having no nutritional value but mark it on top of the foods that contain mostly water and your working towards something :) Iceberg lettuce is good for a quick and easy salad or as a sandwich topper.
Celery – love the crunch of celery. I eat it as a snack with a side of nut butter but it’s also delicious in soups, salads and mixed in with tuna or chicken salad as well. Celery is easy to grab and go if you wash, cut and store for easy access.
Radishes taste very earthy! I love them in my salads or in the morning with scrambled eggs (as a side of crunch). I don’t have very many ways to eat these and would be open for any recommendations you may have to offer.
Tomatoes are so versatile. You can cook them in sauces, roast them, add to salads or sandwiches. They are also great for using as dippers with things like hummus. Tomatoes also come is many different forms. Cherry tomatoes are sweet and juicy which is typically what I grab for.
Green peppers (have more water than the red, yellow and orange) are also a vegetable that can be used many different ways. I love them cut up raw as a snack, on sinful dishes like homemade pizza, or in sauteed in omelets or with homefries. Green peppers are the right hand to the onion. They are like PB and J. Would you agree?
Cauliflower roasted to a crisp is one of my favorite ways to eat it. However, you gain the most nutritional value from cauliflower in its rawest form. Chomp on it as a snack or throw in a salad to preserve it’s value. Cauliflower is the vegetable that can be used in place of many “comfort” foods. Try having mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes or cauliflower pizza crust instead of regular dough. It’s may just surprise you!
Watermelon – Mmmmm … just a great treat when it’s hot! I love to cut up my melon and put in in the fridge for a fast grab and go snack. It’s especially yummy on a hot day. Watermelon salad is supposed to be really good with a bit of feta cheese and some mint. It’s on my list of things to try.
Spinach – use it as a base for a salad or saute it for a side. Throw it in a stir fry or soup. You can add this leafy vegetable in just about any manner. I also know of people who add this to their morning shakes or eggs to provide some additional nutritional value.
Strawberries… with chocolate? Just kidding even though it’s totally ok to dip in dark chocolate here and there! Strawberries can be eaten in many different ways just like most of the above mentioned foods. I’m sure you have a favorite way to eat your strawberries and I’d love for you to share yours in the comments.
Do you have a different view on water after this? I know I did. These are foods that you’re already eating but adding them in more often will help you with your water intake as well. Until the next time, stay hydrated!