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5 Of The Best Hydrating Foods

3 MIN READ • 4th December 2022

Pile your plate with these foods to quench your thirst...

  • 5 Of The Best Hydrating FoodsCUCUMBER
    Cucumber is a wonderful body cleanser. “Like most fruit and vegetables, cucumber is made up of mostly water, at around 96 percent,” explains Boots nutritionist Vicky Pennington (boots.co.uk). “It’s a very low calorie vegetable, with just 10 cals per 100 grams. And, the refreshing veg is great for your skin, as it also contains an antioxidant called caffeic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory and can help give you an energy boost.”

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    Why not add a few slices in a glass of cold water with ice, for a refreshing drink?

  • 5 Of The Best Hydrating FoodsTOMATO
    Tomato is a low GI food. “The red fruit is best eaten raw for its water-rich content, which accounts for 93 percent of its weight,” says Vicky. “Packed with essential vitamin C, the tomato also contains the important antioxidants, lycopene and carotene, which are beneficial for inflammatory conditions. The fruit, hydrates your digestive system and improves its function – a welcoming addition to your juices and smoothies.”
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    Try lightly seasoning chopped tomato with black pepper for a juicy and hydrating snack.

  • 5 Of The Best Hydrating FoodsWATERMELON
    Watermelon is virtually fat-free. “It’s name suggests it’s one of the most hydrating fruits out there,” Vicky says. “It’s made up of more than 90 percent water, and it also provides the essential electrolyte potassium. One of the most favoured summer foods, with a little input from natural sugars, a slice of watermelon makes a refreshing treat.”
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    Toss watermelon into a bowl with feta cheese, cucumber and mint for a summery salad.

  • 5 Of The Best Hydrating FoodsCABBAGE
    Cabbage is a powerful detox food. “The allotment essential is a surprising source of essential vitamin C, and foliate, which are all fantastic at supporting your immune system and keeping you healthy,” Vicky explains. “And, cabbage is full of water, with 93 percent for green cabbage and 92 percent for red. But, remember not to overcook the leafy green veg, as this intensifies the odour and loses the goodness.”
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    Cabbage goes well with apples, blue cheese, bacon, caraway seeds, coriander, garlic and walnuts.

  • 5 Of The Best Hydrating FoodsCARROTS
    Carrots are the perfect detox food. “You may not realise it, but the carrot is almost all water, with summer offering some of the tastiest varieties,” Vicky explains. “And, surprisingly grown in more colours than just orange, such as yellow and green. The root vegetable is a natural source of betacarotene and a powerful cleanser for your whole system.”
    TIP
    They can be served halved or whole as crudités with other vegetables. And, mash with cumin, garlic and olive oil for a healthy dip.

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