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Foods That Will Help You Stay Cool and Hydrated for Summer

Posted on 7/17/2012 by Patricia Bannan // Filed in Community, lifestyle leaders, Nutrition, Snacks // Leave a Comment

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It’s hoooot! Scorching temps, high humidity, and lazy days in the sun are all too common this time of year in many parts of the U.S., making proper hydration all the more important for your safety and health.  Drinking plenty of water is super important, and other favorite summer beverages – like iced tea and lemonade – contribute to your water intake, too. But don’t just limit yourself to beverages, many foods are packed with water and can help you stay hydrated and energized when the sun in beating down with its powerful rays. Here are a few top water-packed foods you can enjoy for taste and nutrition.

Salads: There’s something about the summer that makes me want a big salad packed with cool, crisp summer produce. Veggies are not only packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, but also tons of water.  Lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots—the list goes on and on—are made up of at least 85 percent water. Salads are also a great summer option because you don’t have to heat up your house to make one, and the produce is especially tasty and cheap in these months.  Add some protein to your salad with grilled chicken, light canned tuna, a handful of nuts, or a sliced Mini Babybel cheese to give your salad some staying power.

Fruits: Watermelon seems the obvious choice, but fruits are all packed with high amounts of water.  Mangos, plums, berries, cherries and pineapple are all sweet and juicy options that are tasty enough to serve at the end of a meal for a no-bake dessert option. If you’re eating them as a snack, try topping with some lime juice and chili powder for a little extra kick!

Slow-cooker soups: Soups probably make you think of heating up during the winter months, but classics like chili and BBQ baked beans are all a hit at summer BBQs.  The benefit of a slow-cooker is that you can have these dishes simmering for hours, but typically with less heat than if you used the stove. Plus, soups contain a good amount of water, and all the veggies you add will contribute even more. Try shredding a Mini Babybel Light in for a little bit of melted goodness to take the chill off a summer night at the beach.

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