9 Healthy Foods to Increase Your Water Intake

Getting eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day (that’s 230 mL per glass, or about two litres in total) isn’t as hard as it seems when you consider that some foods are practically overflowing with water content. (And, of course, beverages such as milk, juice and tea count, too.) Here’s our roundup of foods that keep you hydrated. The bonus? Water-heavy foods also help keep you feeling full, so you won’t be as tempted by the less-healthful, higher-calorie snacks.

Zucchini

One cup (250 mL) of cooked frozen zucchini contains 211 mL water. Bonus: High in fibre.

Pineapple

One cup of pineapple canned in water has 223 mL water (fresh pineapple has 142 mL). Bonus: Either one is only about 80 calories!

Pumpkin

A one-cup serving of boiled and mashed pumpkin contains 230 mL water. Bonus: Lots of vitamin B6.

Citrus fruits

A large orange has 160 mL water. Half a grapefruit (pink, red or white) contains 151 mL. Bonus: Vitamin C, of course!

Cucumber

A cup of sliced cucumber contains 100 mL water. Bonus: Loads of vitamin C. Who knew?

Cherries

A cup of pitted cherries contains 127 mL water. Bonus: High in fibre and a great source of antioxidants.

Cooked oatmeal

A one-cup serving of oatmeal has 197 mL water. Bonus: Helps lower cholesterol.

Apples

One large apple has 191 mL water. Bonus: A great source of fibre and the antioxidant, quercetin.

Mung beans

A one-cup serving of cooked mung beans has 116 mL water. Bonus: Good source of protein.

 

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