NOT A FAN OF WATER? HERE ARE SOME HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO KEEP YOU HYDRATED
We are always advised to keep our bodies hydrated. Health professionals highly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 litres, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember.
However, not everyone finds it that easy to drink water, let alone take up to half a gallon a day. Fortunately for us, there are some alternative ways to satisfy the fluid quota of our bodies each day and that is via fruits. Yes, fruits.
We can always include these unique fruits in our meal plan to keep healthy and hydrated at the same time.
1. GRAPEFRUIT FOR BREAKFAST
Grapefruit is a great addition to breakfast. They not only taste great but are packed with vitamin C, supporting a healthy immune system. It contains about 90 percent water, making it a great choice for augmenting your fluid intake. Having grapefruit for breakfast helps you begin your day right, keeping you rehydrated after a long night of sleep.
Cucumbers are a great addition, especially to my lunch. They are even filling alone too. Another interesting thing is they are just as crunchy as potato chips so they can be a healthier substitute. With about 97 percent water, cucumbers definitely keep the body hydrated when you are not a fan of water. To get creative, you can try adding some slices of cucumber to your water to give it a unique flavour.
Apart from adding tomatoes to a salad or a sandwich, they are also great to eat on their own especially with some salt and pepper. Tomatoes are about 94 percent water so they can be counted as another good source of water to make up the fluid intake for the day. It is better eaten raw than cooked because some of the water or moisture evaporates with heat.
Watermelon is a great fruit to snack on. As the name implies, watermelon is mostly water, at about 92 percent water and would help you fulfil your daily fluid quota. It also tastes really good and you would find it really interesting to include in your meal plan.
5.HAVE A SPINACH SALAD FOR LUNCH TODAY
Spinach contains fiber, vitamin E, antioxidants and is almost 92 percent water. As a salad, it serves as a plate load of nutrition which keeps the body healthy and also hydrated at the same time. Imagine having spinach with tomatoes and cucumbers? Isn’t that a great amount of fluid intake? Awesome!
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