‘Cool as a Cucumber’ – Your Next Superfood

Think about this, in India for than 3,000 years people have been consuming cucumbers and have not even realized that they are an excellent super food. Cucumbers are known for many benefits You’ve probably seen pictures of people at a spa relaxing with cucumber slices over their eyes; well there’s science behind this pampering ritual. Cucumbers are good for tired, puffy eyes, because of they have a cooling and soothing effect that decreases swelling, irritation, and inflammation.

Cucumbers are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae, along with honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon. 95% water , cucumber are naturally low in calories, fat , cholesteroland sodium. They have also been recognized as a refreshing additional to salads and even smoothies. They are low in calories only about 3 to the ounce and this makes them a sought after super food for your daily diet.

Cucumbers your next superfood, also have a fair amount of tryptophans which may aid in a good night’s sleep because they help in the production of some substances that may relax brain activity.

The best thing about this superfood is that you can easily grow them in your outdoor garden or even in pots indoors!

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Your Next Superfood Cucumbers - Health Benefits:

1. Protect Your Brain

Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in brain health. In addition to improving your memory and protecting your nerve cells from age-related decline.

2. Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans (pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol), which may help to lower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.

3. Fight Inflammation

Cucumbers may help to "cool" the inflammatory response in your body, and animal studies suggest that cucumber extract helps reduce unwanted inflammation.

4. Antioxidant Properties

Cucumbers contain numerous antioxidants, including the well-known vitamin C and beta-carotene. They also contain antioxidant flavonoids, such as quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol,6 which provide additional benefits.

5. Freshen Your Breath

Placing a cucumber slice on the roof of your mouth may help to rid your mouth of odor-causing bacteria.

6. Manage Stress

Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 (biotin). B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress.

7. Support Your Digestive Health

Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber.

8. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Cucumbers are very low in calories, yet they make a filling snack (one cup of sliced cucumber contains just 16 calories).

9. Support Heart Health

Cucumbers contain potassium, which is associated with lower blood pressure levels. A proper balance of potassium both inside and outside your cells is crucial for your body to function properly.

 

How To Pick The Right Cucumber

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Since cucumbers can be very sensitive to heat, you’ll be on safer grounds if you choose those that are displayed in refrigerated cases in the market. They should be firm, rounded at their edges, and their color should be a bright medium to dark green. Avoid cucumbers that are yellow, puffy, have sunken water-soaked areas, or are wrinkled at their tips.

Cucumbers are an excellent addition to your daily shake and give your smoothie a light and airy taste. Also, can be added to salads or eaten as a quick snack with hummus or tzatziki. It is ideal as a weight loss tool that is both filling and satisfying.



Here's a couple delicious ideas on how you can incorporate Cucumbers in your diet

Cucumber and Celery Salad with Tuna Recipe

Cucumber and Celery Salad with Tuna

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cucumbers, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch half-moons (6 cups)
  • 3 celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch pieces, inner leaves reserved
  • 2 cans (5 ounces each) solid white tuna in water, drained and flaked
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together poppy seeds, vinegar, sugar, and oil. Add cucumbers, celery, and tuna; season with salt and pepper. Toss well to coat. Sprinkle with celery leaves and serve immediately.

Cucumber Mint Quinoa Salad Recipe

Cucumber Mint Quinoa Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled if thick-skinned, unpeeled if thin-skinned (about 3/4 pound cucumber)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced mint
  • 1 Tbsp thinly sliced green onion or chopped chives
  • 3-4 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped (optional)

Directions

1. Check your package of quinoa. If it says to rinse it, then rinse it. If not, then skip. Place the quinoa in a 1 1/2 to 2 quart sized saucepan. Add the water. Add half a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, until the quinoa is cooked. Remove from heat.

2 .Let the cooked quinoa cool to room temperature. You can help cool down the quinoa quickly by spreading it out on a sheet pan.

3. Cut the cucumber in half in the middle. Then cut each half lengthwise into quarters. Scoop out most of the seeds and discard. Cut the cucumber pieces again, this time crosswise in 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick slices.

4. When the quinoa has cooled, place it in a large bowl and gently with the cucumber chunks, the mint, and green onion. Sprinkle with seasoned rice vinegar and toss again. Sprinkle with olive oil and gently toss. Add more salt or seasoned rice vinegar to taste. Gently fold in chopped avocado if using.

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References:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/23/health-benefits-cucumbers.aspx
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283006.php
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cucumber_mint_quinoa_salad/
http://www.marthastewart.com/355328/cucumber-and-celery-salad-tuna
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