I have a coworker, who shall remain nameless (*achoo* Emily Goulet *achoo*), who doesn’t drink nearly enough water. She knows it. We all know it. Her camel-like ways are kind of a joke around the office.
On a scorcher week like this, I feel it is my duty, in solemn seriousness, to remind her to drink more water. But since I know she won’t no matter how much I plead, I came up with this list of nine non-water ways to she (and you!) can hydrate without water—recipes included. Now, my dear Emily, you have no excuse.
A 2009 study found that eating watermelon is a pretty killer way to refuel your water supplies. The fruit is 92 percent water and its chemicals lutein and zeaxanthin—also found in papaya—help you hydrate even more.
They’re made of mostly water—and there’s nothing wrong with that. Leave the skin on, and you get a good dose of vitamin C to boot.
Eat it up: Quick Kimchi Cucumbers
Peppers in all colors are made of over 90 percent water, but green ones win out by a hair (if you’re counting). Bonus: They’re also loaded up with antioxidants.
Eat it up: Greek Orzo-Stuffed Peppers
These guys clock in at 89 percent agua, so you’ll get a wallop of water along with vitamins A and C. And with only 50 calories in a cup, you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth for a song.
Eat it up: Chilled Cantaloupe Soup
Not that you need another excuse to put away a pint of strawberries, but these guys contain 92 percent water and they help keep your arteries clear. Woo!
Eat it up: Strawberry-Avocado Salsa
Did you know broccoli is made of 90 percent water? It is! It also has a ton of vitamins C and A.
Eat it up: Grilled Broccoli and Lemons
The water content here is high (92 percent!), as are the fiber, manganese and B vitamin counts.
It might make your face pucker, but a grapefruit is made up of 91 percent water. Plus: hello, vitamin C.
Eat it up: Spiced Grapefruit with Mango Sorbet
Red or green, you’ve got over 90 percent water content. Mix them with carrots and cauliflower for a hydration triple threat.
Eat it up: Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Flatbread Pizza