Did you know that you can stay hydrated by eating food?Yup – this watermelon avocado salad delivers a one-two punch when you’re feeling parched, let me tell you why.
We know that drinking water and staying hydrated has a slew of benefits, but sometimes we need some extra hydration in the form of high water content foods. Why? Because eating foods high in water content helps us absorb more water consistently throughout the day, so you can literally stay hydrated by eating food. So for those of you that carry a 1L water bottle around with you daily, and make about 10 trips to the bathroom every hour, this one’s for you!
Stay Hydrated By Eating Food, REAL Food:
According to the Institute of Medicine, we should eat at least 20 percent of our daily water intake. Why? Because water is released into our system at a slower rate when absorbed via foods. This means we get to make less trips to the bathroom, and have a better chance at staying hydrated throughout the entire day.
When we are dehydrated, our digestion can come to a halt (which can result in a chronic food baby). It is also what makes us feel fatigued and hungrier than we need to be.
When you stay hydrated by eating food, you’re consistently releasing hydration into your body all day. Even better? You’re also getting extra nutrients that water cannot deliver. So while you should still drink water throughout the entire day as I recommended in the link above, eating foods high in H2O will help you out even more. Add foods to your diet that are high in water content like vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds.
My Number One Favorite Hydrating Food: Watermelon!
Watermelon is 92 percent water. So you’re pretty much eating flavored water – holler! I love eating watermelon for hydration not only because of its water content but because it delivers vitamins and minerals that also support a healthy hydrated body.
If you work out regularly, or you’re outside sweating, you’re losing electrolytes. Sometimes drinking plain old water won’t infuse electrolytes and healthy sodium levels back into your system, but watermelon will!
According to a 2009 study at the University of Aberdeen Medical School, watermelon contains rehydration salts calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.
Not only are you getting some major hydration from watermelon, it’s also high in lycopene (which is one of my favorite antioxidants for beauty boosting skin defense & cancer defense), Vitamin A – another glowing skin vitamin, and Vitamin C – for boosting your immune system.
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Hydrating Tex-Mex Watermelon Avocado Salad
So cut open a watermelon and get an extra dose of hydration by creating this watermelon salad!
Ingredients: (serves 2)
- 1/2 watermelon diced
- 1 cucumber (optional)
- 2 cups (or handfuls) of spinach or baby kale
- 1 avocado
- 1 lime
- drizzle of olive oil
- 4-5 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tbsp of peach salsa (I found a low sodium low sugar salsa here)
- Dice your watermelon
- Scoop out, de-pit, and dice an avocado
- In a large bowl, add the avocado and drizzle olive oil on top if it. Add the peach salsa and lime – toss together.
- Add the diced watermelon and cucumber, toss again.
- Place the spinach or baby kale on serving plates, top with your watermelon concoction, and serve!