13 Summer Recipes to Help You Stay Hydrated

These recipes are packed with healthy ingredients (and water) to keep you refreshed and feeling your best.

These 13 Summer Recipes to Help You Stay Hydrated are just as delicious as they are hydrating!

Proper hydration is important every day of the year, but when the temperature rises, it becomes even more vital. With this in mind, we’ve put together 13 summer recipes to help you stay hydrated during the warmer months. From delicious spritzers to fruity popsicles, these recipes are packed with healthy ingredients (and water) to keep you refreshed and feeling your best.

Hydration 101

It's super important to stay hydrated all year long, but particularly in the warmer months!

Staying hydrated is always an important health goal to keep, but it’s especially important during the summertime, when the days get warmer and longer! When we get dehydrated, it can cause us to feel fatigued, agitated, moody, dizzy, and nauseaus. Overtime, dehydration can also lead to poor skin and hair health, digestive issues, and even longterm diseases. A good tip to know if your dehydrated or not is to be mindful of your thirst. If you are feeling thristy, you’re already dehydrated!

How to Stay Hydrated

This yummy fresh lime and basil fruit salad is so easy to prepare!

There are a few things you can do to make sure you stay on top of your water intake on hot days, and it’s more than just drinking water! While keeping your water bottle with you throughout the day is important, you can also stay hydrated by eating food that has a high water content. These include things like juicy fruits and crisp vegetables. In fact, even frozen foods (like popsicles) can help cool you off and keep you from sweating out.

Hydrating Summer Recipes

watermelon spritzer

Plain old water isn’t the only way to boost hydration! Try some of these family-friendly recipes to help you stay hydrated and healthy this summer! Not only do they taste amazing, but they’re good for you, too! 

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

watermelon and cucumber salad

The watermelon and cucumber in this recipe are both hydrating foods. In fact, cucumbers are a high water content vegetable coming in at 96% water! And, as for watermelon, well– it’s in the name! But still, watermelon is 92% water. It’s hard to believe with all of that sweet flavor!

Try it: Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

Healthy Fruit Popsicles

Learn how to make healthy fruit popsicles and never buy them at the store again!

This recipe for healthy fruit popsicles is a great frozen treat that will boost your water intake. And, in addition to being a great way to hydrate, these popsicles will be a treat for your tastebuds, as well!

Make them: Healthy Fruit Popsicles

Pineapple Mint Spritzer

pineapple mint spritzer

Mint is known for its cooling, refreshing effects while pineapple is a juicy fruit that also contains a lot of water. Between these two ingredients, you can get hydrated with this tasty and refreshing spritzer.

Try it: Pineapple Mint Spritzer

Super C Salad

Super C salad

Citrus fruits are majorly refreshing and high in water content. They also contain important electrolytes that help restore hydration when you are dehydrated. Try this citrus-packed, super C salad, for a delicious and thirst-quenching side!

Make it: Super C Salad

Mango Chia Smoothie Bowl

mango chia breakfast bowl

Fun fact: chia seeds are excellent at holding moisture. If you’ve ever put chia seeds in water, you’ll notice how they soak it right up. This means they’re great at keeping you full and hydrated for hours! Between the chia seeds and juicy mango in this refreshing smoothie bowl, you can be sure you will hit your hydration goals!

Try it: Mango Chia Smoothie Bowl

Cantaloupe Granita

Cantaloupe Granita

Melons are made up of more than 90% water, so any melon-containing dish will keep you from getting parched. However, this Cantaloupe Granita is also chilled to perfection to keep you cool and refreshed.

Make it: Cantaloupe Granita

Citrus Spritz Mocktail

Our tasty citrus spritz mocktail is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day!

This mocktail’s main ingredient is soda water, which is already going to be hydrating, but it also includes things like refreshing citrus and juicy raspberries. Altogether, this alcohol-free spritzer will give you a nice hydrating boost!

Try it: Citrus Spritz Mocktail

Fresh Lime and Basil Fruit Salad

This fruit salad is super tasty and incredibly good for you! It's a great way to stay hydrated!

The melon and berries in this salad are perfectly juicy to keep you well-hydrated. This dish should also be served chilled to give it an even more refreshing feel!

Dig in: Fresh Lime and Basil Fruit Salad

Classic Cucumber and Tomato Salad

ways to eat your water

Fresh, crisp veggies like cucumber and tomato pack in the water content to give you maximum hydration. Pair this salad with any summer dish for a refreshing and delicious boost!

Give it a try: Classic Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Watermelon Spritzer

This watermelon spritzer is a great way to get hydrated.

This thirst-quenching spritzer is made with juicy watermelon and lots of club soda. All together, this tasty drink will give you the hydration you need!

Here’s the recipe: Watermelon Spritzer

Skinny Strawberry Sorbet

This is a sweet and hydrating summer time treat.

Looking for a sweet and fresh sorbet to chill you out on a hot day? Check out our skinny strawberry sorbet! Strawberries tie with watermelon as far as water content goes, both of which come in at 92% water! Strawberries also contain important hydrating electrolytes that will help you restore any lost fluid.

Whip it up: Skinny Strawberry Sorbet

Melon Ball Cooler

Try our melon ball cooler to hydrate this summer!

Parched? This melon ball cooler is a fantastic option when you’re looking for something other than water. It’s sweet and fruity flavors will do you and your body good!

Try it: Melon Ball Cooler

Lemon-Lime Popsicles


The perfect frozen treat, these Lemon-Lime Popsicles will offer all the zingy, citrus flavors while also providing tons of hydration! Try them out on your next hot summer day! The kids will love them as much as you do.

Make them: Lemon-Lime Popsicles

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Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian and recipe developer. From a young age, Kelsey found a love for creating delicious recipes. Now, with a Master's in Nutritional Sciences, Kelsey uses her culinary skills to create healthy and unique recipes for many different diets. She is passionate about creating a healthy relationship with all foods and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Kelsey has a passion for cooking, but she also enjoys the outdoors, staying active, and traveling. She is currently living with her partner in New Zealand.

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