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4 fruits and veggies to keep you hydrated


We always hear how important it is to drink lots of water throughout the day - frequent water intake helps our bodies optimally function, flushes out toxins, gives our skin a glow and can help us resist cravings for junk food, among many other important benefits.

But while there are some people who seem to always have a water bottle at their hip, there are others of us who have to be constantly reminded to get our daily intake. A sneakily clever way to improve your water consumption throughout the day is by munching on fruits and veggies packed with the life-saving liquid. This way, snack time can also become hydration time.

Here are four fruits and veggies with high water contents:

1. Watermelon

No surprise here - the name gives it away - but watermelon is one of the best foods you can eat in terms of hydration. Watermelon is about 91 percent water, and also contains a wealth of free radical-fighting antioxidants. Enjoy watermelon sliced as a simple dessert that recalls summertime, or try it chopped in a salad with prosciutto, goat cheese and red onion.

2. Star fruit

Star fruit isn't the most popular of produce, but it should be - it has a delightfully light and refreshing flavor, is 91 percent water, but unlike watermelon, slices into a super-fun star shape. To enjoy starfruit, cafefully remove the skin with a knife and then slice into small pieces, removing the seeds from each piece.

3. Cucumber

Cucumbers are the reigning champ when it comes to water content - they're a staggering 96 percent water! Sure, they're mildly flavored and don't exactly make a statement, but there's nothing like the pure refreshment of biting into a crisp cucumber on a warm day. Try topping round cucumber spears with light tuna salad for a tasty lunch, or dip some spears in hummus for a yummy snack that won't weigh you down.

4. Tomatoes

Whether they're technically a fruit or a vegetable is up for debate, but what isn't negotiable is that tomatoes are surefire superstars when it comes to water content. With 95 percent of the stuff, they're a juicy and delectable treat to bite into, whether served in Mediterranean-inspired Caprese salads or added to a simple turkey sandwich. Tomatoes are also rich in lycopene, an important antioxidant that helps defend skin against UV rays.

Frequently consume the four fruits and veggies above to boost your water intake during the day.