5 Ways to Stay Hydrated (That Aren’t Water)

1. Watermelon

As it name would suggest, Watermelon packs quite a lot of, well, water. In fact roughly 92% of what makes up a Watermelon, is water. But this thirst quenching fruit also contains hydrating nutrients, each 200g slice is just 60 calories, with vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and zinc to name a few. While these nutrients may be fairly low on your RDA, the fact watermelon is virtually fat free makes it a really tasty alternative to water.

2. Celery

Per 100g celery stalks contain a whopping 95% water, and provides you with 1.6g of dietary fibre. Celery is also a great source of vitamin A, C, B-6 and calcium. Not just great with chicken wings, but also a great on the go snack during your working day.

3. Cucumbers

Whether sliced in a salad, or chopped into sticks for dipping, at 96 % water, with no saturated fat or cholesterol cucumbers are just about as perfect a food you could eat. High in vitamin K, vitamin B6 and iron, cucumbers can and should be high on your list of lunch box snacks.

4. Strawberries

If you can avoid dipping in chocolate, or enjoying with a bottle of champagne, strawberries perfect for staying hydrated. They are 92 % water (the most of any berry) One 100g serving of strawberries contains approximately 33 calories, is an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of magnesium, and provides several other vitamins and dietary minerals in smaller amounts.

5. Coconut water

There’s a reason people go nuts for this tropical drink. Unlike sports beverages, coconut water is low in carbohydrates, while still rich in potassium. And its unsweetened varieties can be very hydrating (assuming you like its unique taste). But be aware, some branded coconut water can be loaded with extra sugar, so always check the label.