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Top Hydrating Fruits & Vegetables for Summer

Renewed Living

Top Hydrating Fruits & Vegetables for Summer

Summer is a time for enjoying delicious fruits and vegetables that are not always available year round.  A healthy summer diet consists of seasonal produce that not only tastes great, but also helps to keep us hydrated during the warmer months.

Choose one or a few of these hydrating summer foods, and prepare a decadent salad, smoothie, or raw food entrée that will feed your body and your spirit!

Cucumbers – Cucumbers taste great raw, sliced thin and dipped in vegan ranch dressing or hummus.  They are made of mostly water and are one of the best foods to hydrate the body.  You can even float them in some filtered water for a unique, refreshing drink.

Watermelon – Again, this fruit is mostly water.  I love a huge slice of watermelon, but it’s also fun to blend it with ice and a little  sugar, and make a frozen granita for a light dessert. Watermelons contain essential hydrating salts, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Cabbage – Cabbage has tons of Vitamin C, and is packed with fiber.  This summer vegetable is rich in natural probiotics, which help to keep the digestive system working efficiently.

Tomatoes – Heirloom tomatoes are those that are cultivated for more than 50 years. Growers save the top-quality seeds, which then produce incredibly colorful tomatoes of all shapes and sizes.  Tomatoes ripen on the vine, so be sure to purchase those that flourish locally.

Berries – Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are at their peak during the summer.  These super fruits are chock full of antioxidants and Vitamin C, and are great for detoxing the entire body. One of my favorite ways to eat berries is for breakfast or dessert, as a parfait with a little yogurt.

Carrots – Many people don’t realize that carrots are almost all water.  Summer offers some the tastiest carrots, surprisingly grown in more colors than just orange, such as yellow and green.  Carrots are natural sources of beta-carotene.

For more information on hydrating vegetables and the benefits of buying seasonal vegetables, read the full article HERE.