The Cool Cucumber! Yes indeed, the cucumber is certainly cool . . . at least, in the cooling sense. Made up of 95% water, one clearly realizes that they are indeed super hydrating. And who doesn’t need some extra hydrating in the heat of summertime? Add a few slices to all your meals . . . extra slices atop your sandwiches, a diced handful scattered in your salad. Hey, add slices into glasses of cold water . . . adding hydration to hydration! Or make a deliciously, cool Cucumber Mint & Dill Salad!
So why are cucumbers often over looked . . . never really in the spotlight? With all their amazing health benefits, it’s time for the cucumber to jump on center stage. I guess it’s true . . . the cucumber is so cool it simply can chill out!
Cucumbers are a widely cultivated plant within the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine with cylindrical fruits but considered a culinary vegetable. The two main varieties include slicing and pickling cucumbers. Grown most everywhere, they originated in Southern Asia.
But let me tout some of the Benefits of Cucumbers . . .
*Good source of B vitamins . . . translation: quick pick me-up!
*Rehydrates & Replenishes . . . high water content means hydration while also removing toxins.
*Vitamin C. . . buy organic because it is found in the skin.
*Skin & Hair Care . . . reduce your puffy eyes with it’s anti-inflammatory properties and stimulate your hair growth with it’s abundance of sulfur & silicon.
*Fight Cancer . . . lignans found in Cucumbers (lariciresinol, pinoresinol & seciosolariciresinol) reduce the risk of several cancers.
*Relieves bad breath . . . forgot your toothbrush? Press a cucumber slice to the roof of your mouth so the phytochemicals will kill that nasty bacteria!
*Headache cure . . . as it replenishes essential nutrients, the intensity reduces.
*Digestive & Weight Loss Aid . . . combine high water content with dietary fiber and you begin to rid your body of toxins and cure chronic constipation.
*Reduce cholesterol & control blood pressure . . . thanks to compounds called sterols your cholesterol stays in check while the combination of potassium, magnesium & fiber control both high & low blood pressure.
*Promotes joint health . . . because it is an excellent source of silica.
Is that enough reasons to start eating cucumbers? Need more? Well, this Cucumber Mint & Dill Salad is reason enough for Me!
Cucumber Mint & Dill Salad
10 mini or 3 medium cucumbers
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
Coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon lime juice
Cut cucumbers into bite-sized pieces. Place in bowl with onion, dill & mint.
Whisk together oil, maple syrup & lime juice. Drizzle over cucumbers and season with salt.
Serve . . . enjoy the coolness of cucumbers!
To staying cool this summer with . . . one Cucumber Mint & Dill Salad at a time! Hugs, M.