Stay Hydrated for Hot Yoga - With Food!
Things are heating up - well, a little anyways. But as things heat up with the slight change in weather, you'll find our hot yoga classes a little bit hotter, therefore it's important to stay hydrated. You know the rule, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day...but some days that feels impossible, right? That's why I want share other ways to get our water by focusing on foods that are just as hydrating as drinking a glass of water.
You guessed it, cucumbers. This veggie is about 95% water, it has the highest water content of any solid food. Consider yourself well informed :-) This veggie is great in salads, but if you're looking for a quick snack that is really filling, why not cut some up and dip into a yummy hummus? It's a weekly go-to snack that leaves you satisfied and hydrated!
Celery. I know not everybody loves celery, its loud and pretty taste-less, but it allows you to each a lot of peanut butter and what's better than that? This hydrating veggie is also great with hummus, most veggies are. But get creative and stay hydrated by adding it to a chicken salad, coleslaw or your garden salad, it will another layer of crunch and yes, allow you to stay hydrated.
Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes. Yes, these too are around 95% water. So get slicing and dicing because tomatoes can be eaten with anything! A good little snack to take to work is a small tub of cherry tomatoes and a few cubes of cheese, they complement each other perfectly and you'll stay hydrated and full, boomshakalaka.
Green peppers, spinach, cauliflower, you name a veg, it's hydrating. But let's get to watermelon, because everyone loves watermelon. It's like all water, well 91%, but more than that, it has lycopene which is cancer-fighting, so go on then. Have you gotten into adding fruit in your water? I've tried adding chunks of watermelon to my water and it's not earth shattering, but it does add some flavour and it's a nice change to a regular glass of water. Try strawberries and blueberries, too, they add a nice flavour to water.
Ok, I think you get it by now, veg and fruit are equally as hydrating as water, so eat more of it, add it to everything to healthy and hydrated. Especially if you plan on attending a yoga class! If you know you're attending a class, say tonight, then eat as many fruits and veg as possible or you'll have to drink those dreaded 8 glasses of water.
For those of you asking 'does tea count?', yes it does add to your daily tally of H20 intake, but too much of a good thing can be bad. So watch your caffeine intake and of course if you add the beloved sugar and milk to your tea, well then limit your cuppas to 45, kidding....5, no, 2. Ahh, the struggle is real.