While you should always try to stay hydrated throughout the day, you don't necessarily have to keep refilling your water bottle to meet the recommended 64 ounces. There are a ton of foods that keep you hydrated, and you probably consume them on the reg without even knowing how much H2O they pack per serving. In fact, according to Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise, co-founders of the plant-based meal delivery service Sakara Life, eating your H2O might just be more important than drinking it.
The two women tell Elite Daily,
Your body is over 60 percent water, so hydrating is essential to keep your system functioning properly. Our bodies need almost two liters of water daily, and most of us don't drink near that much. Eating plenty of fruits, plants, and leafy greens hydrates the cells from within, and gives the skin a radiant glow.
So the next time you're worried about whether or not you're drinking enough water, snack on one (or all!) of the following for a flavor-packed boost of hydration.
Rather than forcing yourself to sip a glass before breakfast, swap your water bottle for a container of yogurt instead.
Aside from being an excellent source of probiotics, plain yogurt is made up of 85 to 88 percent water. Granted, plain yogurt can taste a little bland, but it's easy to dress up with fruit, honey, and granola to spruce up the taste and squeeze in a few extra health benefits.
Is it just me, or are radishes underrated?
These little red bulbs are 95 percent water, and you can eat them raw. Plus, the slightly spicy flavoring alleviates excess heat in the body, so you'll cool down while you snack.
The radish contains many nutrients, such as B vitamins, zinc, phosphorus and vitamin C, which can help the skin heal. Additionally, radish nutrition contains water, providing much-needed hydration for the skin. Part of what makes the radish a good choice for the skin is the antibacterial properties that help heal dry, cracked skin and prevent infection.
Who knew, right?
3. Leafy Greens
It's always in your best interest to load up on leafy greens.
If you're looking to up your water intake, veggies like spinach, iceberg lettuce, kale, and broccoli are all rich sources of H2O.
4. Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is one of those foods that is technically a fruit, but everyone treats it like a vegetable.
One of my favorites, butternut squash is on the sweeter side taste-wise and, surprisingly, is comprised of roughly 88 percent water, in addition to being rich in vitamins A and C, as well as manganese.
5. Garbanzo Beans
Otherwise known as chickpeas, one cooked cup of these pale legumes equals half a cup of water.
Add them to dips, or mash them to make a sandwich spread. Either way, you're getting a significant source of hydration, fiber, and protein all in one.
I have always loathed celery because it always just tasted like straight-up water to me but, apparently, that's the whole point.
Each stick is roughly 95 percent water, and in addition to being super hydrating, celery also fights cancer.
Not into it? Dip 'em in peanut butter -- total game-changer.
Believe it or not, cucumbers can do more for your body than reduce swollen under-eyes.
If you'd rather chew than sip, this is definitely a solid substitution. Like celery, cucumbers are basically water in veggie form, and one cup of sliced cucumber nearly equals a tall glass of water.
Here's an easy solution to sneaking in extra hydration throughout the day. Carrots can be paired with lunch or dinner dishes, and can even be added to oatmeal.
With an impressive 87 percent water content to boast about, one serving of sticks also provides our bodies with a significant amount of beta-carotene.
I learned just how saturated zucchinis are when I first started adding shreds of this stuff to my overnight oats.
Noodle lovers can swap zoodles for traditional pasta for an extra hydration boost, or the vegetable can also be roasted, grilled, or, better yet, consumed raw.
Swap a side of grains for cauliflower rice at dinner if you don't plan on pairing a glass of water with your meal.
This veggie is 92 percent water, so drink, I mean, eat up!
Potatoes can contain a ton of water, but not every spud will suffice.
Red-skinned and new potatoes are generally higher in water content, and when boiled or baked with the skin on, moisture and potassium is retained.