How to Stay Hydrated (Besides Drinking Water)

A few weeks ago we gave you some tips on how much water to drink to stay adequately hydrated. Today, we have some tips on one of our other favorite ways to stay hydrated, and guess what? It tastes delicious too!

One of the best ways to stay hydrated (and healthy) is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Those with the highest water content are fruits and veggies like strawberries, watermelon, peaches, cantaloupe, cucumbers, lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, and bell peppers, to name a few. Not only will these foods help keep you hydrated, they are also loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Below are some ways you can sneak some more of these hydrating fruits and veggies into your daily life.

Start the day with a smoothie.

Blend up your favorite fruits or vegetables to make a refreshing on-the-go breakfast or fun after-school snack. Remember to pack these smoothies with lots of fruits and veggies that are high in water content to really reap the hydrating benefits. Try one of our favorites:

  1. Peaches n’ Cream Smoothie by Smart Nutrition
  2. Cherry Gar-Chia Smoothie by Jessi Haggerty, RD
  3. Blueberry Peach Smoothie by Homemade Nutrition
  4. Green Lettuce Smoothie by Smart Nutrition

try a Salad for lunch or dinner.

Say buh-bye to the “house” salad. These bountiful bowls of vegetables don’t have to be boring! Jazz up your salads by using a variety of colors, textures, and flavors. Try one of our favorites, they will keep you full, hydrated, and full of energy.

  1. Triple Berry Quinoa Salad by Healthy Ideas Place
  2. Kachumber Salad by Shaw’s Simple Swaps
  3. Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad by Homemade Nutrition
  4. Lunchbox Chickpea Salad by Food, Pleasure, and Health

fill up on hearty soups.

Need something a little heartier than a salad? Soups are a nutritious and delicious way to pack in more veggies and more water. They are also a super easy to make ahead of time so you always have a healthy lunch or dinner ready to go in minutes. Just make a big batch of your favorite soup, portion it out into storage containers and keep them in the freezer. Then, thaw them out and heat them up when you’re ready to eat! Try one of our favorites:

  1. French Onion Soup by Jenny Shea Rawn
  2. Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho by Abbey’s Kitchen
  3. Beef and Vegetable Soup by Living Well Kitchen
  4. Freekeh Chicken and Cabbage Soup by Emily Kyle Nutrition

What recipe will you try to stay hydrated? Let us know in the comments below!