Stay hydrated during summers – does not mean I need to literally drink 12 glasses of water? Talking about me, I just can’t do that. I can drink just about 6-7 glasses of liquid that too may include tea, milk, lassi or juice. I am sure not many of you would be able to do drink more than that.
But, we need to stay hydrated during summers is no secret. So, to make up for rest of the few glasses of water, I opt for some fruits and vegetables which have high water content. They make me feel fuller and keeps me healthy too. Some of my favourite foods to stay hydrated during summers are:
Cucumbers are 95 per cent water. Their flesh is primarily composed of water and they also contain vitamin C and caffeic acid. Eat them raw or make Raita.
Zucchini has 90 per cent water and is rich in vitamin A and low on calories. An extremely good source of potassium; it also has moderate amounts of folates that are important in cell division and DNA synthesis. Eat it raw or cook like a vegetable. I personally love eating poori with this.
Carrots contain about 87 per cent water and antioxidant beta-carotene which helps in strengthening eyesight and preventing cancer. Again eat raw or cook as a vegetable. You can even make gajar wale chaawal.
Broccoli is 91 per cent water, full of important vitamins and minerals. Eat it steamed or boiled or even sprout which is healthier.
Watermelon is made up of 92 per cent water and comprises important electrolytes that contribute to the prevention of dehydration. It provides a high amount of vitamins and minerals with few calories. Avoid topping up with the salt.
Pineapple is a brilliant summer fruit. Along with the hydration attributes, this exceptionally juicy fruit is packed with bromelain, a mixture of compounds with potent anti-inflammatory powers that help even in digesting.
Apple is a juicy fruit, good for weight loss and preventing a host of chronic health woes—cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes and even certain cancers. Green apples are lower in sugar than red apples but they are not as sweet as the red apples. So eat whichever you like.
Yoghurt is 88 per cent water and has potassium and sodium which help replace the lost electrolytes and re-energize your body. It also has Calcium and vitamin D, protein and probiotics. So, eat it from theDabbaa, make lassi or raita with vegetables or fruits. I enjoy it in all forms.
Let’s beat the summer with these amazing foods and stay healthy and hydrated.