When was your last glass of water? Our bodies are about 60 percent water, and when we don’t drink enough, we essentially start to dry out. When dehydration sets in we can become confused, dizzy, and tired.
But while some folks don’t have a problem getting in their recommended half-gallon per day, others struggle. Cancer patients, people with diabetes, and dementia patients all have to work a little harder to stay hydrated. But just chugging down a water bottle is often not an option: nausea, difficulty swallowing, memory loss, and even frequent urination can make it hard to stay properly hydrated.
We recommend doubling up: hydrate while you eat by choosing these high-water foods. These foods offer both high water content and nutritional benefits. Plus, for anyone who struggles with swallowing liquids or just doesn’t like the taste of water, these 20 foods will make staying hydrated easier and tastier!
Prepare yourself for a lot of fruits and vegetables on this list! Cucumbers—that most refreshing of snacks—are made of 95 percent water. Plus, they offer potassium and only about 16 calories per cup, so enjoy the crunch!
Adults don’t often think of applesauce, but it’s just as good now as it was when you were a kid. Watch out for the kind with added sugar and just sprinkle in some cinnamon if you need more flavor. Applesauce is 88 percent water, and it can even substitute for butter in some baking recipes, but we like it best straight out of the jar.
Carrots are a surprising one because they seem so solid, but at 90 percent water, they’re like a crunchable drinking fountain. And, of course, carrots are extremely good for us: in addition to fiber and vitamins, carrots help keep our eyes healthy by supporting the moisture membranes that make our eyes glisten. Nice!
4. Cottage Cheese
It’s not only fruits and vegetables that can help you stay hydrated. Cottage cheese is 80 percent water and has a whopping 25 grams of protein per cup—about half of your daily protein needs. Throw in some chopped tomatoes or berries and you pretty much have a meal!
Celery doesn’t get enough credit. At 95 percent water, it’s the perfect snack for anyone who doesn’t like water but loves something crunchy. Celery is a great source of fiber and potassium, and (more importantly) makes a perfect scoop for your cottage cheese.
Jicama isn’t exactly on the A-list when it comes to tubers, but it should be: it’s subtly sweet and satisfyingly crunchy flesh makes it perfect for eating alone or, as they do in Mexico, sprinkling with chili and lime. It’s usually near the chilies in the grocery story, and at 90 percent water, it’s definitely worth adding to your basket.
Okay, popsicles aren’t exactly a superfood, but they are super delicious and refreshing. For people who struggle with dry mouth, have difficulty swallowing, or can’t be convinced to drink water, popsicles are an especially nostalgic option. You can pick up the ones made with 100% fruit juice or make your own at home to keep the sugar content in check. Popsicles count toward your daily fluid intake since they’re liquid at room temperature.
You knew that watermelon would make the list, right? It’s right there in the name: watermelons are an excellent hydrating food at 92 percent water. They also contain vitamins A, B6, and C as well antioxidants. You don’t have to wait for a barbecue to grab watermelon: purée some seedless watermelon and then freeze to make your own popsicles.
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Katie Taylor started writing in 5th grade and hasn't stopped since. Her favorite place to pen a phrase is in front of her fireplace with a cup of tea, but she's been known to write in parking lots on the backs of old receipts if necessary. She and her husband live cozily in the Pacific Northwest enjoying rainy days and Netflix.