When temperatures soar in the Las Vegas Valley, staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Not only is hydration essential for fending off heat stroke, but it can help you avoid unhealthy habits like unnecessary snacking, as thirst is often mistaken for hunger. If you are seeking ways to improve your hydration beyond drinking water, you might eat more of the hydrating foods listed below. Particularly for patients recovering from lap band surgery and other bariatric procedures, it is important to eat foods that can offer the hydration and nutrition you need, so that you make the most of every meal as explained in this video.
The availability of fresh and flavorful produce peaks in summer, so you should take advantage by eating an array of whole fruits. Many fruits, such as strawberries, watermelon, and tomatoes, are more than 90% water, and they still boast a wide range of other vital nutrients to keep you well-fueled.
Salads are the perfect meal for warm weather because they require no cooking and can be packed with all types of healthy foods. Lettuce is the base of any good salad, and it is mostly comprised of water. To add some quality protein to the salad so that you stay full, try a handful of nuts, chopped tofu, or cooked beans.
Whether you are recovering from gastric banding or you simply don’t feel hungry enough for a full meal, a smoothie can be a great way to hydrate with some added nutrition. Just remember to watch the sugar content, though. Using water or unsweetened soy milk instead of juice can limit how much sugar you are consuming.
If you are in search of a great snack, reach for a serving of low-fat yogurt. With a dose of calcium and vitamin D along with live cultures to assist in healthy digestion, yogurt is a summer diet staple to keep on hand.
Are you considering taking control of your weight with bariatric surgery ? MountainView Hospital can help you make an informed decision with classes and information sessions offered in Las Vegas. To learn more about our weight loss surgery program and other hospital services, visit our website or give us a call at (702) 233-5300.