The Importance of Hydration – Part 5
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15 Hydrating Recipes (for when you just don’t want to drink water)
In this hydration series, we’ve been talking a lot about the importance of staying hydrated and drinking enough water each day. But I get it.. it’s not everyone’s favorite thing to do!
When you’re looking at 64+ ounces of water each day, it can seem a little daunting. I hear from people all the time how hard it is to drink that much water because 1) they don’t like the taste and/or 2) it’s too boring.
And let’s get real, there’s nothing exciting about plain old water, am I right? But who says you have to be a “Plain Jane” and just chug water? Check out some the 15 recipes below to try out or to give you inspiration on how to give your water some bold flavors and to shake things up completely by eating your water – because we actually do get a lot of water from the foods we eat.
Punch Up Your Water
If plain water isn’t your thing, no problem, I’ve got you covered. Besides water, you do have other options without opting for sugary sodas and sports drinks.
- If you’re trying to drink less soda and miss the fizz, opt for sparkling water, soda water or seltzer.
- Go for an unsweet or herbal tea. If you’re used to sweet tea, try backing off the sugar gradually by adding less and less each time you have it until you are completely sugar-free so you can get used to the taste.
- Flavor up your water. You can go as simple as squeezing some lemon or lime juice into your glass. Or why not try adding some herbs like mint or basil. Or go out all and infuse your water with different fruit and herb combinations. Below are a few recipes to get started, but the options are endless!
Add Flavor to your Water with these 5 Recipes:
Eat Your Water
Certain types of foods can count towards your daily water intake in a big way. Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet can help you reach your water goal without having to drink as much water!
Some fruits that are particularly high on water content include watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, pineapple, cranberries, orange and raspberries. Veggies with a high percentage of water volume include lettuce, cabbage, spinach, celery, cucumbers, and broccoli.
If you’re curious, check out this chart to see where different types of foods fall within the water content spectrum.
Try “Eating your Water” with these 5 fruit dishes:
With summer right around the corner, why not treat yo’self? Not only are these popsicles delicious, but they’re all natural! Which is always a win-win in my book! They may look like they would be high in calories, but they’re made mostly from fresh fruits and water, so by default you know they’re going to help up your water game.
5 Refreshing Popsicle Ideas:
So as you can see, you don’t have to just stick to water. If it’s not your favorite thing, get creative, but just make sure you are staying hydrated in some way!
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And in case you missed any parts of the series, you can find them below:
Part 1 – How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day?
Part 2 – Reasons to Stay Hydrated
Part 3 – Signs of Dehydration
Part 4 – 5 Tips to Drink More Water