Monday, August 1, 2016
This is turning out to be a pretty hot summer in New Hampshire. Normally, that’s not such a bad thing, but with the excessive rains, the humidity is looming high, too!
We sweat more in humid weather, which means we dehydrate faster and need to replenish our water intake! Since statistics show most people are already lacking in water-drinking, perhaps we need to find other ways to stay hydrated this summer.
Fresh produce is overflowing with the H2O factor! Many vegetables and fruits can help us reach hydration goals, and have additional vitamin benefits!
Here is the top 10 list for succulent, hydrating foods! Number one was no surprise to me; cucumbers are often used in natural spa methods to offer nutrients and hydration to skin. I immediately pictured cucumber slices refreshing a relaxed set of eyes during a facial.
1. Cucumber-97% water
2. Celery-96% water
3. Lettuce-95% water
4. Tomatoes-94% water
5. Watermelon-92% water
6. Strawberries-92% water
7. Cantaloupe-92% water
8. Raw Brocoli-89% water
9. Peaches-89% water
10. Yogurt-88% water
It is also worth noting that many of these delicious fruits and veggies are grown locally, here in New Hampshire! Visit a NH Pick-Your-Own Farm (page sponsored by Brookdale Fruit Farm) or a NH Farmer’s Market to hydrate with fresh, local flavors!
Cucumbers are both delicious and healthy! They are primarily composed of water, so are great sources for hydration. They are a great source of potassium and Vitamin C and are very low in sodium and Carbohydrates. Additionally, WebMD notes, “A half cup of sliced cucumbers has 8 calories and contains more than 10% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K.”
I love cucumber! Tasty cucumber slices were one of my staple childhood treats, and will be for my kids, too! Cucumber can also add a fun twist to refreshing beverages! Check out the delicious Cucumber Drinking Water recipe, and a few other great combos below, and share your hydrating food recipes in the comment section or on our Facebook fan page!
1. Wash and slice cucumbers into small chunks.
2. Cover in cold water and chill in fridge over night.
3. Serve over ice in a pitcher with a grated spout to hold back the chunks.
TIP: Add fresh, rinsed, raspberries and/or mint to the mixture before setting overnight for an even more delicious fruity-chill!