Ways to Stay Hydrated Aside from Drinking Water

As the warmer months approach, our fluid needs go up. Staying hydrated is vital for our health. It keeps our body temperature consistent and moves nutrients throughout our body. Here are some ways to stay hydrated aside from drinking water.

1. Eat your vegetables. Aim for vegetables high in water content like cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, and celery. Each of these vegetables are packed with 95% water

2. Take advantage of summer fruitWatermelon and strawberries are both 92% water. Some other great sources are cantaloupe, peaches, and pineapple

3. Grab an iced coffee. Yes, we all thought coffee was dehydrating. Even though it causes a mild diuretic effect, your morning cup of joe contains 98% water! It is still not wise to over do it. Too much coffee can lead to insomnia, jitters, and headaches.

4. Make a cold soup. Aim for broth based soups. Soups typically have a decent amount of salt, which will help retain the water. Gazpacho is a cold summer soup favorite.

5. Start your day with a bowl of oatmeal. The oats absorb the water or milk used in cooking. Adding strawberries or blueberries to oatmeal has the same water content as a cucumber!
Mango Coconut Smoothie 
Servings: 4
2 cups fresh or frozen mango, sliced
1 cup fresh orange, cubed
2 frozen bananas
2 cups coconut water
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 Tablespoon agave nectar 

1. Throw all the ingredients into a blender and puree until mixture is smooth and creamy in texture. 
Serving Size: 1 cup 

Nutrition Information per Serving: 180 calories, 3 grams total fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 27 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 2 grams protein, 50 milligrams sodium, 602 milligrams potassium, 20 grams sugar
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