Hydrating with Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Did you know that many fruits and vegetables are largely made up of water?

That means that you can enjoy these foods in dishes or on their own as snacks and satisfy your hunger while also boosting your hydration. Older adults should aim to eat around two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables every day.

Some examples of fruits and veggies with high water content include:

  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Pineapple
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini

Source: www.ncoa.org

 

Staying Hydrated for Better Health

Water is essential to almost all bodily functions, from lubricating our joints to pumping blood to our heart. Staying hydrated is a key part of maintaining good health.

Older adults are more prone to becoming dehydrated for a number of reasons, including a diminished sense of thirst.

Finding simple ways to increase your water intake can help you avoid the complications of dehydration and stay healthy. Getting enough water each day is an easy yet vitally important way to stay healthy and active as an older adult.

Keep water with you, always – Having hydration at your fingertips can make it easier to get the right amount of fluids.

Change it up – Try jazzing up your H2O by adding slices of fresh lemon, apple, cucumber or berries.

Build hydration into your routine – Making it a point to drink water at certain times each day can help transform it into a healthy habit. For example, consume a glass of water when you wake up in the morning, after every meal, and before and after exercise or activity.

Source: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/drink-up-dehydration-is-an-often-overlooked-health-risk-for-seniors

 

Sun-sational Healthy Snacks for Summer

Watermelon slices

A classic picnic staple, watermelon slices are best enjoyed outdoors on a sunny day. But no matter where you eat your watermelon, you’ll be getting lots of nutrients and minerals in this low-calorie, fat-free, hydrating snack.

Smoothies

Made with yogurt, fruit and other healthy ingredients, a smoothie offers a great way to pack extra fiber and protein into your diet. Add berries for antioxidants, or blend in almond milk for extra Vitamin E.

Ice pops

Hydrating and low in fat and cholesterol, ice pops are a great way to satisfy your thirst and stay cool. Try freezing fruit juices with pieces of real fruit for extra nutrients and fiber. You can even get ice pop or Popsicle molds in a variety of fun shapes.

Fruit salad

Made fresh and chilled to perfection, fruit salad hits the spot while making memories during the summer. Grapes, strawberries, and melon are classic ingredients; try adding blueberries, banana, or even more exotic fruits such as starfruit, mango or papaya.

Grilled fruit

In-season fruit can be served countless ways over the summer. Try grilled peaches or pineapple as a side dish or even as a dessert — it intensifies the flavor without adding fat or cholesterol.

Source: www.nia.nih.gov