6 Healthy and Hydrating Foods That Quench Thirst
Nothing against water, but sometimes the drink can be a little bland — healthy, but bland. The summer heat will be here before we know it, and everyone will be reminding you that you need to drink plenty of good ol’ H2O to quench your thirst, but that isn’t the only solution. Food can also help keep you hydrated, especially fruits and vegetables. The University of Kentucky explains that when consumed, the water content of the foods can then be absorbed by the body. Using a chart created by the school, we’ve rounded up six of the most hydrating choices, with recipes for each.
1. Cucumbers, 96 percent water
Make: Green beans, cucumbers, and spring peas with lemon-ginger dressing and mint
The high water content isn’t the only health factor the cucumber has going for it. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, cucumbers are also a good source of vitamin K and have anti-inflammatory properties. Phytonutrients, like cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids, are responsible for the inflammation-reducing powers of the cucumber, as well its antioxidants. Chow down on slices of cucumber, or use this recipe (which serves four) from So Hungry Blog to combine them with beans and a lemon-mint dressing.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups green beans, trimmed and chopped into 2-inch pieces
- 1 cup thinly sliced cucumber crescents
- 1 cup frozen peas, cooked
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup torn fresh mint
Directions: In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, ginger, honey, salt, and pepper. Add the green beans, cucumbers, peas, scallions, and mint. Toss to combine. Serve chilled or at room temperature.