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Staying hydrated can mean more than just drinking water. Here are a few options to keep you hydrated—some just might be more interesting than water.

Infographic illustrating how you can eat and drink foods to help you stay hydrated besides water

Staying hydrated can mean more than just drinking water. Here are a few options to keep you hydrated—some just might be more interesting than water!


1. Watermelon – 92%*

a. Very healthy and one of the most hydrating foods you can eat. Because of their water content, watermelons have a very low-calorie density, which promotes weight loss and reduces appetite.1

2. Strawberries – 91%

a. Strawberries provide lots of fiber, disease-fighting antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate, and manganese. Eating strawberries on a regular basis has been shown to reduce inflammation.2

3. Cantaloupe – 90%

a. Cantaloupe contains immense amounts of vitamins and minerals while also providing a significant amount of water. It’s rich in vitamin A, providing 120% of your daily needs in one cup.

4. Skim milk – 91%

a. Milk has considerable amounts of vitamins and minerals and helps maintain proper hydration, especially after a workout (even better than sports drinks or plain water).

5. Broths and soups – 92%

a. These are known to be hydrating because they’re water based. Studies have shown that those who consume soup before the main course of a meal tend to eat fewer calories in one sitting.1

*Note: Percentages are the amount of water content

Related: Eating the Rainbow

1. Elliot, Brianna. “19 Water-Rich Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated.” HealthLine, 2017, healthline.com/nutrition/19-hydrating-foods.
2. NCBI. “Promising Health Benefits of the Strawberry.” 2016, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27172913

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