Stay Hydrated This Summer

Istanbul has seen some really hot days over the past week and although drinking lots of water is the key to staying hydrated, some amazing foods can also help us with the challenge.

Cucumber is pretty much water in solid form—its water content is around 96%. Add it to your salad or chop it up into yogurt as a snack.

Iceberg lettuce is pretty close to cucumber in terms of its water content, with roughly 95%. Although darker greens are great nutrition-wise, iceberg lettuce tops the list of greens in terms of water content.

Zucchini is one of the most hydrating vegetables, with around 95% water content. Grill it, roast it, or have it raw as zucchini pasta.

Radishes are not the sexiest of vegetables, but they are high in antioxidants and come with a very high water content. Add some to your salad for a burst of spiciness.

Tomatoes are very easy to incorporate to your diet, whether you’re having a sandwich, salad, or a casserole.

Green peppers have the highest water content of all bell peppers and come packed with antioxidants. Add them to your stir-fry, salad, sandwich or have it as a snack.

Watermelon has a high water content, unsurprisingly. Have it as a snack any time of day to feel refreshed.

At 91% spinach may not have as much water content as iceberg lettuce but it comes with the added bonus of vitamin E, potassium, and folate. Just mix the two and reap the benefits of both.

Strawberries have the highest water content of all berries and we all know they are great antioxidants. Have it as is, dip it in some chocolate to create a healthy dessert, or chop some in yogurt for breakfast.

Cantaloupe is perfect for those who have a sweet tooth. Take in the flavor without the refined sugar, and pack in lots of water as well as vitamins A and C.