Stay Hydrated with Fruits and Veggies

Although summer may be winding down, it’s likely that there will be at least one more very hot day before the year is through.  Even if there isn’t, the odds are good that there will be days when you will need to consume more than the recommended 64 ounces of water – humid days, days when you’re very active, or days that involve a trip on an airplane (as airplanes can be very dehydrating).  When those days occur, it’s easier than you think to stay adequately hydrated with the help of fruits and vegetables.

As the More Matters Challenge attests, the benefits of fruits and vegetables are numerous – and it’s not difficult to meet your Recommended Daily Intake of both types of produce with a little effort.  Why not use a serving of fruit or vegetables to get you one step closer to meeting your Recommended Daily Intake and keep you hydrated?  Many fruits and vegetables have a high water content, which means that not only do they keep you hydrated, but they help you feel full without consuming too many calories.  The next time hunger – and thirst – strike, reach for one of the following fruits or vegetables:

  • Cucumber – 96% water
  • Lettuce – 95% water
  • Celery – 95% water
  • Zucchini- 95% water
  • Tomato – 94% water
  • Spinach – 92% water
  • Watermelon – 92% water
  • Strawberries – 92% water
  • Broccoli – 91% water
  • Grapefruit – 91% water
  • Cantaloupe – 90% water
  • Peach – 88% water
  • Carrots – 87% water
  • Pineapple – 87% water
  • Raspberries- 87% water
  • Apricot – 86% water
  • Blueberries- 85% water
  • Apple – 84% water
  • Cherries – 81% water
  • Banana – 74% water

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