Do you hate chugging litres of water?  You’re not alone.  The good news is, there are other ways to boost your water intake other than drinking straight water.

Does water from food count?

Many people are under the impression that water only hydrates you if you consume it straight. But the body doesn’t mind where water comes from.  When we consume water in any form, it is absorbed into the body via the small intestine. So as long as you are chewing your food before you swallow it, your body can absorb it from foods.

Keeping hydrated can reduce fatigue, help you to lose weight, improve skin health and enhance concentration and mood.

Let’s have a look at some plant foods that contain plenty of water as well as other vital nutrients.

Hydrating fruits

As the summer kicks in, so does a variety of seasonal and tropical fruits. The good news is that many summer fruits are full of water, with many containing 80% or more water.

  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe and other melons
  • Grapefruit
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Plums

Hydrating vegetables

  • Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Radishes
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Red cabbage
  • Capsicum
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Celery

Try my Peanut Butter Jelly smoothie recipe for a hydrating icy refreshment:

200ml coconut water
1 banana
1 cup frozen organic berries
1 tablespoon nut butter
½ cup ice

Blend all ingredients in a blender or Thermomix.  Enjoy!

Bonus ways to sneak in water

Looking for more ways to increase your water without a water bottle? Here are some more ideas.

  • Blitz some of the water-rich options into a smoothie. For example, you could make a watermelon and cucumber smoothie on a hot day. You can add extra ice to turn your smoothie into a slushie, which will also boost your water intake.
  • Eat soups and stews through the colder months. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even try cold soups over the summer!
  • Make your own icypoles with blended fruits and vegetables and some water.

For more easy ways to keep hydrated, check out my previous article on Easy Ways to Boost Your Water Intake.

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References
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9694418