How to hydrate properly? Do you remember the classic recommendation that we hear everywhere with the summer?
Drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables, and don’t go out during the hottest hours .
Ok, maybe the last recommendation is not for everyone but for those who are elderly or suffer from the heat, however we understand each other.
We’ve heard this stuff hundreds of times on TV.
But if, like me, you are “allergic to water”, here’s how to hydrate yourself with 10 summer foods that can help you stay fit in the summer: but why, you may say, resort to food to stay hydrated?
If drinking water is an effort for you, there is good, indeed, very good news.
Foods with higher water content can hydrate us even better than water itself!
These summer foods are perfect because in addition to containing water they contain mineral salts and vitamins, especially potassium: the micronutrients balance the water content, allowing us to maintain a good electrolyte balance.
So here are 10 foods to quench your thirst at the table according to dietitian Rachel Swanson .
HOW TO HYDRATE WITH 10 SUMMER FOODS
- Cucumber, celery and lettuce: they contain over 95% and up to 97% water.
They are perfect chopped raw and used to make salads, including pasta or brown rice, or chicken or tuna or with a mix of legumes and corn. Cucumber and celery are also perfect as snacks for those who want to lose weight.
- Tomatoes, courgettes and rhubarb : they contain 94 to 96% water.
We can eat courgettes even raw, or make the so-called zoodles , which are courgette noodles to be blanched in a pan and used instead of pasta for a decidedly low-calorie dish.
They are obtained with a particular vegetable peeler that you find on the internet with the name of spiralizer . Even as soon as they are grilled, they do not lose much water.
And the tomatoes? Yellow and red datterini tomatoes are my favorite snack. If you suffer from nervous hunger or are snacking in front of the TV, try them.
250 grams is a full cup and provides just 50 calories.
An alternative with a similar water content is also found in radishes. Finally, rhubarb has laxative functions and rebalances our intestines. It also has very few carbohydrates. We all know sweet cakes and rhubarb jams, but it can also be enjoyed in combination with cheeses, meat or fish as a side dish. Perfect in sweet and sour.
- Watermelon, melon, grapefruit and strawberries: and let’s get to fruit.
Bread watermelon and melon contain 91 and 92% water.
Strawberries 90 and grapefruit 91%. Blueberries and pineapples also contain over 90% water.
Grapefruit, pineapple, blueberries and strawberries are perfect after a protein meal, while watermelon and melon can be eaten mid-morning on their own, just to make the most of their hydration, or as a snack. They work very well as a hunger breaker.
Insights: Dr. Sorrentino’s water diet, 4-5 kilos a month away.