Food+Thought: Eat Your Water

Posted by Edith Clogg on 8/19/19

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It’s hot outside. And this means we all need to stay hydrated. Dehydration isn’t just uncomfortable, it can be dangerous, too. We’ve been hearing all summer that we need to drink more water when it’s hot out. That’s true, but it’s also a little bit boring. So, let’s think of other, tastier ways to stay hydrated!

 

Here are our top 5 fruits and vegetables that will help you beat the heat in August.

Watermelon: Just like the name suggests, this juicy refreshing melon is mostly water, plus some other key nutrients and lycopene, which is thought to reduce the risk of cancer.

 

Tomatoes: Another lycopene-rich garden fruit, tomatoes are about 94% water. This time of year, look for fresh garden varieties and enjoy them raw with just a little salt, or in an easy caprese salad.

Zucchini: In some part of the country, people will give away their abundance of zucchini! At only 20 calories per cup, zucchini is more than 90% water.

 

Lettuce: There’s a reason why crisp, cool lettuce sounds so appealing on a hot day- all that water! If you choose a darker green lettuce, you’ll also benefit from vitamins A and K, plus folate.

 

Peaches: At their best when eaten fresh, whole, and dripping with juice, peaches boast vitamins A, C, and B, plus potassium that can help replenish your electrolytes. They’re also almost 90% water!

 

Check out this easy caprese salad recipe. 

Serves 8

Ingredients:

2 pints of cherry or grape tomatoes, whole or halved 

1 8-oz container of small "cherry sized" fresh mozzarella balls (1/3 oz each)

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn or sliced into ribbons

2 Tbsp good extra virgin olive oil 

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions:

Wash tomatoes and set aside

Drain mozzarella and halve each ball (optional)

Mix together tomatoes and mozzarella, sprinkle with basil and drizzle with oil and vinegar 

Add salt and pepper to taste 

Nutrition per serving (before seasoning):

130 cals, 10g fat, 4g sat far, 180mg sodium, 4g CHO, 1g fiber, 7g protein 

 

Topics: Nutrition (Food), Health & Human Performance (Holistic), guckenheimer, Nutrition, Recipe, Registered Dietitian, food+thought

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