July 12 2018
“Salty” doesn’t necessarily mean “unhealthy” for hard-working athletes.
When it comes to hydration, we all know that it is important to drink water and that alternatives include electrolyte drinks. But, have you ever considered upping your water intake through your food? Here are 5 fruits and vegetables that will give you an added dose of water in your next meal or snack.
According to the USDA Food Composition Databases, cucumbers (with the peel) are over 95 percent water! This makes it the perfect snack for getting a little extra hydration. Of course, you can combine it with your water for a refreshing beverage for after your long run. Try this Cool Cucumber Alkaline Smoothie recipe to reap the benefits of the vegetable.
There is nothing better than taking a bite of a big, juicy apple. Though they don’t offer a lot of essential nutrients, apples are 85 percent water. If you aren’t into eating them whole, pick up some applesauce to get in some extra hydration. Just make sure to check the label so it doesn’t include a lot of extra sugar. If you are looking for even more ways to use apples, try this Healthy Apple Pie recipe.
Ah, the fruit that screams “Summer!” This one is kind of obvious, as it does have ‘water’ in its name, but watermelon are made up of 91 percent water. Even better? It has been found that watermelon can relieve post-exercise soreness.
Not only will carrots give you a big dose of Vitamin K, it turns out they are 88 percent water. They last in the refrigerator for several months, meaning it is easy to always have some on hand. The hydration benefits of carrots is just one reason they are found in this Carrot Raisin Cookie Bite recipe, perfect as mid-run fuel.
Tomatoes are so beloved, they are actually the state fruit of New Jersey, state fruit and vegetable of Arkansas and tomato juice is the official beverage of Ohio. Tomatoes are made up of 94 percent water, making it a great option to throw on a salad for a little bit of extra water. Tomato sauce is another great way to get in some added hydration (and you can use this Simple Tomato Sauce recipe the next time you make pasta).