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Super Food of the Week: Cucumbers

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Slices of fresh cucumberLiving in Florida we’re used to afternoon showers and really hot temperatures. Sticking by some sort of water -- either pool or beach -- is a must in order to beat the heat. Another great way to keep cool and stay healthy this summer is by eating cucumbers, and because I want to stay “cool as a cucumber,” this crunchy and refreshing vegetable is my super food of the week!

With tons of health and skin benefits, cucumbers are one of the world’s most popular vegetables. Cucumbers are very low in calories (about 16 calories per 1 cup) and have a variety of vitamins and minerals that help fight cancer and keep your skin healthy. They are also made up of more than 90% water, so it keeps you hydrated and helps to flush toxins out of your body.

So how can you incorporate cucumbers into your daily meals? Here are 8 creative ways to get more cucumbers in your diet today:

  • Cucumber Juice: Juicing is a great way to maximize nutrients by vegetables.
  • Cucumber Salad: This is a perfect accompaniment to any lunch or dinner meal.
  • Cucumber Sandwich: Perfect snack for you and your kids after playing by the pool or at the beach all day.
  • Cucumber Relish: Liven up your burgers or hotdogs with a sweet and savory cucumber relish!
  • Tzatziki Sauce: This is a great and healthy dip for meats, veggies or pita bread and is a great addition to any backyard BBQ this summer.
  • Cucumber Soup: Served cold, this soup can be a great starter to an afternoon lunch!
  • Cucumber Smoothies: If you prefer smoothies to juice, this can be another easy way to get some extra vitamins and minerals during the day. Smoothies are also a great way to hydrate and replenish some of those electrolytes lost in sweat.
  • Cucumber Tabouleh: Add cucumbers to tabouleh for a new spin on a side dish.
  • Cucumber Popcicles: Your kids will go crazy for these popcicles this summer. Easy to make and easy to clean up!

 

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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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