Hydrating Foods to Eat

Last week, we looked at the importance of staying hydrated and learned about different strategies to help you drink enough fluids throughout the day. Here in Portland, we continue to have temperatures much higher than normal. This past Friday, it was 100 degrees in some places. It is important to drink lots of fluids in the heat, but there are foods you can choose that can help prevent dehydration. These fruits and vegetables provide important vitamins and minerals to improve ADHD symptoms.  These 15 hydrating foods all contain at least 85% water to help you stay hydrated with food.

15  Hydrating Foods

  1. Cucumbers: These delicious vegetable are the most hydrating food with 97% water.
  2. Celery: This crunchy vegetable is a source of folate, vitamin A, C, and K and also contains 96% water. Try adding it to a salad or eating it with peanut butter for a snack.
  3. Tomatoes are a great source of the antioxidant lycopene and contain 95% water.  When tomatoes are in season during the summer, they taste great and go well with so many dishes. Try making a caprese salad for lunch. Its easy to put together and it tastes great!
  4. Radishes contain high levels of antioxidants and are 95% water.
  5. Cantaloupe is a delicious orange melon that is in season that contains 92% water.
  6. Watermelon:92% water. Try making a smoothie with watermelon, like this Watermelon Turmeric Smoothie.
  7. Cauliflower is not only a cruciferous vegetable, it also contains 92% water.
  8. Strawberries contain the most water compared to other berries at 91% water while most other berries fall somewhere in the 80th percentile for water content. Try adding strawberry to overnight oats (recipe coming soon).
  9. Broccoli: This cruciferous vegetable contains Vitamin A, C,  B-6 and calcium. Broccoli provides your body with cancer fighting nutrients and consists of 91% water.
  10. Spinach: This dark leafy green is full of ADHD fighting nutrients and helps you stay hydrated. At 91% water, spinach is a great choice when you are trying to eat to stay hydrated.
  11. Salad Greens contain 90% water.
  12. Bell Peppers: Red, Green, and Yellow bell peppers contain 90% water.
  13. Grapefruit: This citrus fruit contains 90% water and is a great source of vitamin c. Please note that grapefruit and grapefruit juice can cause medication interactions.
  14. Butternut Squash: can be used in so many ways and contains 88% water. Try using a spiralizer to create squash noodles.
  15. Yogurt contains 85-88% water. Higher fat content=higher water content so choose 2% over fat free to get more water from your yogurt. Add yogurt to a smoothie to increase the water content and add protein.

I hope you this list helps you stay hydrated this weekend and during the summer months. Just remember that drinking water is the best way to prevent dehydration.  By adding these fruits and vegetables, you will meet your daily fluid needs more easily.

I would love to hear from you. What is your favorite summer dish with fresh fruits and vegetables? Leave a comment and share. Be sure to check back this week for more seasonal recipes. Thanks for reading!

Until Next Time,

The Distracted Dietitian


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