We all know the importance of staying hydrated, particularly when we’re working hard, but sometimes it can be difficult to keep drinking the amount of water we need every single day. Not to mention that sometimes, the work environment isn’t conducive to having liquids within easy reach. Luckily, water – and other drinks – are not the only way that we can take in water. Certain foods (some more than others) have a very high water content, and so can be eaten in place of drinking water.*
It’s probably best to start with the obvious candidate in the form of the lowly cucumber. Most often seen as part of a salad, or as a garnish on soups or sandwiches, cucumber is often dismissed because of its general lack of taste.
Simply put, it has next to no taste because it is mostly water – this means that while it isn’t the most palatable of vegetables (or is it a fruit?) without something else to give it substance, it will go a long way in providing you with your needed water.
Much like cucumber, most people don’t like this vegetable very much. It’s known among dieters as something which has negative calories (the act of eating it apparently consumes more calories than the actual food itself gives), but everyone who doesn’t diet knows it mainly as a garnish, again much like a cucumber.
However, celery contains a lot of water, which is good if you are looking to hydrate. It is also more satisfying than cucumber to eat. If you are looking for a crunch to your food or like to eat celery with cottage cheese or peanut butter (just don’t overdo the extras) – they don’t block out the hydrating effects of the celery, but that doesn’t mean they are automatically good additions if hydration is the goal.
The quintessential salad vegetable, we are all familiar with at least one type of lettuce. Iceberg lettuce is a lot like cucumber in that it is best used as a garnish, rather than as a vegetable by itself – in part due to the high water content it has.
It isn’t the most nutritious vegetable no, but it is full of water and tastes good so long as you pair it with another food.
Other salad greens
Fortunately, iceberg lettuce isn’t the only type of salad green which has a high water content. Other types of lettuce, such as romaine lettuce, have almost as much water content and are high in a variety of vitamins and nutrients which are essential for your health.
This one should be obvious from the name! All melon has a significant amount of water content, but watermelon is almost ninety-two percent water, a much higher percentage than other melons. While I wouldn’t recommend putting it on a sandwich, it is very similar to cucumber in that regard. What makes watermelon special regarding hydration is the vitamins and minerals it possesses – it has salt, calcium and magnesium, all of which are vital components when it comes to rehydration (and why people drink fizzy drinks that have gone flat).
It also tastes good.
This one does seem like an odd choice – wouldn’t yoghurt clog your throat up? But depending on what brand you choose, yoghurt is 85-88% water (with the higher percentage of water, ironically, being present in the full fat yoghurt versions). Much like watermelon and salad greens, yoghurt also offers a number of vitamins on the side, including calcium and various B-vitamins.
Yoghurt is also filling, making it a good choice for a snack!
*Though obviously, drink water! It’s good for you!