8 Hydrating Foods to Eat While Training in Hot Weather
Melons1 of 9
Made up of 90 percent water, melon is an ideal recovery snack. "It replaces glycogen stores quickly," says David Grotto, RDN, author of The Best Things You Can Eat.
Berries2 of 9
These gems contain up to 92 percent water and are rich in anthocyanins, which give them their deep hues and reduce postworkout inflammation and joint pain.
Soup3 of 9
It contains sodium, the most important electrolyte to replace. Choose brothy varieties or one with vegetables, which offer nutrients to round out the electrolyte mix.
Grains4 of 9
As they cook, grains such as quinoa, rice, and oatmeal soak up water, which your body absorbs during digestion. Oatmeal's soluble fiber also sucks up cholesterol.
Sweet Peppers5 of 9
At 92 percent water, these are among the most hydrating of all vegetables. They're also packed with vitamins C (one red bell pepper has 253 percent of your daily value) and A.
Lettuce6 of 9
Iceberg leads the pack at 96 percent water, but other varieties, such as romaine, are more nutritious and nearly as aqueous.
Cucumber7 of 9
A cuke is as water-rich as lettuce, and its peel contains silica, which promotes elasticity in joints, skin and fingernails.
Celery8 of 9
At 95 percent water, it's low in calories and high in fiber, both of which can aid in calorie management.