10 Summer time favorites to keep you hydrated
Everyone knows that drinking plenty of water is important, especially when you’re out in the summer sun. Water helps digest our food so it can provide us with energy, it helps to transport waste out of the body, and it is important in controlling body temperature. But if you’re one of those people who find it difficult to drink water, it’s good to know that up to 20 percent of our bodies total water needs comes from food. Many fruits and vegetables are comprised mostly of water. Here are 10 summer time favorites that will help keep you hydrated this summer, and because of their high water content, they’re also low in calories.
• Watermelon — 92 percent water. Nothing tastes better than cool, juicy watermelon on a hot day. Its very name suggests thirst quenching capability. A single large wedge contains 1 cup of water, providing all of the juice doesn’t drip down your elbows! Enjoy watermelon straight off the rind, or in a big bowl of fruit salad. For a refreshing flavor add chopped mint and squeeze of fresh lime juice to cut up watermelon.
• Strawberries — 90 percent water. While local berries aren’t available this time of year, strawberries are still plentiful in the grocery store. Add them to cereal or yogurt. Strawberries also make a great snack or a refreshing sweet treat at the end of a meal.
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