Burgers, Pudding, and Other Surprisingly Hydrating Foods
Some people walk the earth with a certain glow about them. We think those are the ones who drink a lot of water. Unfortunately, hectic schedules and a general lack of acknowledgement about the powerful impact of staying hydrated prevent a lot of us from consuming enough of the life source. The truth is even mild dehydration can drain your energy resources enormously. Every single system in your body requires water to function, and when you skimp on your water intake, your body reacts—in a very negative way. Studies show that fluid loss can impair both your mood and concentration. Life is draining enough! Who wants to waste a precious weekend feeling too fatigued to function… because of dehydration?!
The trick to never feeling dehydrated again? Eat your water! We’ve rounded up a list of 12 surprisingly hydrating foods that will help you reach your water quota (at least eight eight-ounce glasses) every day.
Bite into a delicious burger. Ground beef (85% lean) is packed full of water. Nutritionists state that your patty is composed of 64% water when raw and a shocking 60% water when cooked. If you skip the fries and opt for a lettuce wrap as opposed to a brioche bun, then this becomes a rather delicious and mega-hydrating meal.
Yes, according to experts, the red sauce is composed of 90% water, zero fat, and only 50 calories per half-cup serving. When dining out at an Italian restaurant or cooking spaghetti on a Sunday evening, opt for tomato sauce instead of a creamy alfredo.
Eggplant, while utterly comforting and absurdly delicious, is also extremely high in water and fiber content. Turn to London-based, Jerusalem born restaurateur and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi for eggplant advice. The veggie connoisseur’s cookbooks Plenty and Jerusalem are filled with an endless collection of heavenly eggplant dishes. The master of vegetable grilling has a recipe for every style of the legume: grilled, pureed into babaganoush, baked—you name it, Ottloenghi has it!
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Make a mango smoothie and enjoy the creamy, tropical taste of the water-packed fruit for only 135 calories. Scientists state that this superfood is also chock-full of vitamins A, B6, and C. Go on—indulge guilt-free!
Not only are chia seeds superfoods, but when soaked in water (or milk), they are also extremely hydrating. Throw some almond milk and chia seeds into your fridge overnight and enjoy a delicious and satisfying morning meal. Our favorite chia seed pudding includes berries and vanilla extract.
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