While it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated, it’s especially important when the summer temperatures start rising. Try these creative ideas to sneak more water into your day:
Jazz it up with flavoring: If you’re having a hard time getting enough water, jazz it up with flavorings, slices of lemon, lime, oranges or cucumber.
Eat your water: Eating more water-filled fruit like watermelon, oranges, cantaloupe, kiwi and honeydew is an easy and refreshing way to keep hydrated. Try eating more water-filled veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, radishes and lettuce. Homemade soups are also a good way to sneak in the hydration; just beware of the sodium content from canned varieties.
Make it special: Try making a smoothie, milkshake or a slushy using ice cream, yogurt, protein powder, fruit juice or crushed fruits and vegetables. Store bought tomato juice, carrot juice and V8 or V8 Splash are also options.
Swap soda for sparkling water: If you’re trying to kick a soda habit, sparkling water is a healthy, but still fizzy, alternative. They come in multiple flavors too.
Play a game with yourself: Before you have another cup of coffee, drink a glass of water. Before you watch another sitcom episode, take a drink. Take a drink at every commercial break.
Follow the ten swallows rule: Every time you pick up your glass, take ten swallows before you put it down.
Drink water before meals: By drinking water before meals, not only will you stay hydrated, but you’re less likely to overeat.
Hydrate before exercising: Be sure to drink water before walking, shopping or volunteering.
Take water with you: When you’re spending the day outside the house, it’s important to bring enough water to last the trip. Keep a reusable bottle with you while running errands, going to the doctor or getting your hair cut.
Keep track of your daily water intake: Try putting 6-8 pieces of your favorite dried fruit, nuts or berries in a bowl to keep track of your H20 intake. Every time you drink a glass of water, eat the snacks.