I hate [all vegetables], even though I’m vegetarian. I basically eat pasta every day. How can something taste good that’s green? ~ Miley Cyrus
Eating veggies as a food may not sound appealing, but eating them for their hydration properties will likely give you a big boost when it comes to physical fitness performance.
As the temperatures are hitting over 100 every day in Utah, I’m finding it difficult to drink enough water. But with many neighbor’s gardens starting to produce squash, tomatoes, and zucchini -hydration through eating veggies is starting to sound more appealing.
Staying properly hydrated offers numerous benefits when it comes to exercising harder, faster, and longer. And this includes a strategy which includes more than just drinking when you are thirsty. Thirst is not a good indicator – especially during exercise – as it comes a bit too late.
During exercise, body temperature rises and the body sweats. Your body loses water and electrolytes. Dehydration can cause blood volume to drop, which lowers the body’s ability to transfer heat and forces the heart to beat faster, making it difficult for the body to meet aerobic demands. ~ Active.com
But loading up on 1-2 fruits and vegetables per meal along with plenty of clear liquids will ensure that when you start pushing your body it will have what it needs to deal with the heat and be willing to let go of fat and build muscle.
- Strawberries are in season! I’m cutting them up and eating with just about anything – or by themselves
- V-8: I only drink one a day because of the sodium, but compared to a Diet Coke, I think it is a better choice. It tastes better cold and only while eating my lunch followed up with 8 oz. of water.
- BBQ your veggies. I am not a huge fan of steamed veggies, but I love to put them on a skewer. During the winter I also like to stir fry.
- Smoothies: Throw a handful of your favorite fruits into a blender with a bit of water or a cup of plain nonfat yogurt.
Another favorite way to eat corn for me is to soak the corn still in the cob, peel back and lightly coat with olive oil and a sampling of herbs with a touch of salt. I then put the husks back on and wrap in tin foil, cook over medium heat 5 minutes per side, set aside and cook the rest of the meal.
What’s your hydration plan?
- Eat your water! 4 fresh foods to keep you hydrated (healthbeauty4426.wordpress.com)
- Boot Camp (LearnActShare.com)
- Choosing Life … or Death with Every Bite (3DLivingNutrition)
- 9 Ways to Sneak in Veggies (confidentingrace.wordpress.com)
- Stay Hydrated With High Water Content Foods (Active.com)