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We’ve all heard it’s important to drink eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day but unless we lug around a half-gallon jug all day it can be quite a task. Thankfully it’s easier to fill in the hydration gaps with water-rich foods.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database, these foods are made up of more than 90 percent water: watermelon, strawberries, lettuce, cantaloupe, cabbage, celery, and spinach. Of course there are several other fruits and veggies that we can derive significant hydration from such as cucumbers, grapes, pears, and pineapple.

The goal in this heat is to keep adequately hydrated to stay healthy and at your best. Drinking plenty of water is great but sometimes even our best efforts fall short. Pack in those extra fruits and veggies to help with hydration and reap the benefits of a delicious snack. Getting down those 64 ounces will be a breeze.

Recipe: Watermelon Summer Salad with Arugula and Feta

1/2 small seedless watermelon, cubed

1 cup arugula, torn into pieces

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Note: This recipe is adjustable so use however much of each ingredient you prefer.

For the dressing mix equal parts balsamic vinegar and oil. I use about two tablespoons of each.

Season lightly with salt and black pepper.

Optional ingredients: Add thinly sliced red onions or pine nuts to bulk up the salad.


Lauren Wacaser is the founder of “Let’s Eat Well,” featuring recipes, preparation, and discussion as she and her family create wholesome and innovative meals. She has a cookbook in the works and enjoys growing her own food, and teaching cooking and gardening classes. Her goals include inspiring others to cook at home, connect with their families and friends, and grow their own produce. See more on her “Let’s Eat Well” site.

 

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