As we enter the Spring time, most of my clients are in a heightened anticipation that they will be in bathing suites within the next few months. All that time spent by the pool, soaking up the sun, or having a bbq can really leave one feeling spent and dehydrated. As a society in general we are in chronic dehydration, summer being the most challenging season. As a fitness professional i work to educate my clients in eating foods that pack a hydrating punch!
Articles written about suggested summer foods mostly mention cucumber, mint and citrus fruits. Those are all great adds, but here are my top seven foods to add to your Spring/Summer grocery list to ensure that you feel good and look great!
- Watermelon – Contains 92% water. One of the most hydrating fruits that we commonly see in the summer.
- Strawberries – Contains 92% water. This fruit is low in fructose and high in fiber. This is a great add to any breakfast, snack or dessert.
- Papaya – Contains 88% water. This fruit has papain, a proteolytic enzyme that has an anti-inflammatory effect. Delicious summer additive that is great for the GI track!
- Butternut squash – Contains 88% water. This vegetable has 400% of daily value for vitamin A which is beneficial for our eyesight, bone growth and immune system.
- rugula – Contains 91 grams of water in a cup. This peppery leafy green only has 25 calories in a cup. This is an optimal lettuce for your salad!
- Pinnapple – Contains 87% water. This savory snack has a compound called bromelain which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.
- Radishes – Contains 95% water. This root is high in riboflavin, fiber, calcium and magnesium.