We all know that water is essential for keeping our bodies functioning properly.
Yet, most of us don't drink enough of it. With the weather cooling down, we're more likely to be sitting next to heaters, feeling less thirsty and not reaching for the water bottle as often. So ensuring hydration levels are achieved can be a little trickier, but there is a solution! In addition to drinking water, why not add water-rich fruit and veggies to your diet?
Check out this list of ten fruits and vegetables to boost your hydration levels:
Consisting of 95% water, this veggie is considered cool for a reason! Cucumbers have one of the highest water content ratios out there. Eat as a snack, on its own or add to salads. Check out this mouth-watering Cucumber Kachumber Salad
Sweet and delicious, this nutrient-dense fruit has a water content of 90% - the perfect addition to breakfasts or a pick-me up snack.
Easy to add to your diet throughout the week, tomatoes are great in salads, baking or eating raw - and they have a water content of 94%.
Spinach, lettuce, kale, swiss chard, bok choy, and other leafy greens all have high water content and are perfect for staying hydrated throughout the day. Why not try this leafy green soup: Baby Bok Choy Noodles - a great way to warm a chilly day
With 91% water content, strawberries are a delicious way to stay hydrated and pack in essential nutrients like vitamin C and other antioxidants!
Top tip: Strawberries contain the tooth-whitening enzyme - malic acid - so you’ll be brightening your smile at the same time
Zucchinis retain most of its water in raw form - 94% to be exact. For an easy hydrating snack, enjoy zucchini raw or add it to a range of meals, including Plant-Powered Spaghetti Bolognese
Peaches are nutrient-dense, rich in vitamins A, B, C and potassium, and highly hydrating with a water content of 89%. What can we say?…they’re just peachy!
Low in calories, cauliflower is a great replacement for less-hydrating grains. Simply chop finely into small pieces to make “rice” or why not turn your cauliflower rice into a pizza base, then top with your favourite veggies.
Top tip: When eaten raw, cauliflower retains its highest water content at 92%.
One of the most hydrating foods you can eat, watermelons have a whopping water content of 92%. It’s a perfect side dish or addition to your salad.
Celery will supercharge juices, salads and is great on its own. Packed with antioxidant compounds, vitamin C, magnesium and a high water content, what more could you want?
BONUS - If you’re after more fruit and vegetables to quench your thirst, try grapefruit, oranges, cabbage, and bell peppers!
Many of these hydrating powerhouses can be found in Good & Fugly’s weekly boxes. Choose the box that is right for your household and have it delivered straight to your door. Easy peasy! For more ways to add these beauties to your recipes, check the Good & Fugly recipe library.