7 Recipes to Help You Stay Hydrated

updated May 1, 2019
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We all know how important it is to stay hydrated — it’s crucial if we’re active, if the weather is hot, or even if it’s just an average day and we want to be feeling our best. While it’s important to drink plenty of water every day, you don’t solely have to rely on it to keep you well-hydrated.

There are a whole slew of water-rich foods that can refresh you and work alongside your usual glasses of water to keep you hydrated. These seven recipes are crisp, cool, and sure to give you that extra dose of water you crave.

Cucumbers have the highest water content of any solid foods — almost 97% — so they are no doubt refreshing. These thin, crisp noodles are dressed in a tangy vinaigrette and make a refreshing side dish or a bed for a piece of seared salmon.

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Sweet, juicy cantaloupe is 90% water and when blended into a cold smoothie with Greek yogurt, honey, fresh ginger, and lime zest, it’s sure to have you feeling refreshed.

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It’s hard to go wrong with melt-in-your mouth granita — especially since it can be made with just about any fruit you have in your kitchen. Watermelon, strawberries, or peaches are especially nice here.

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This refreshing, crunchy salad gets its inspiration from pad Thai and is a unique mix of cabbage, carrots, zucchini, bell peppers, and grapefruit, all of which are water-rich.

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While just about any fruit will work for this fast-and-fancy dessert, a mix of citrus and tropical fruits, like pineapple and mango, is especially juicy and satisfying.

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Super-crisp radishes are 95% water and can be much more than simply an extra topping on a salad. Here they become an irresistible snack when dipped in a blend of tahini and brown butter and rolled in sesame seeds.

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It might surprising you to know that despite their bulky appearance, cauliflower and broccoli are actually over 90% water. When enjoyed raw, in this ultra-crunchy riff on coleslaw, you’ll get all their hydrating benefits.