Three ways to use cucumber in your diet
Posted on 11 June 2015
If you are looking for something that is low in calories and low in fat yet still filling, then you should start adding cucumber to your diet. Cucumbers have numerous health benefits and are especially important during the summer when it’s boiling hot because they are made up of mostly water and important nutrients. This will keep your body and skin hydrated. Cucumber “meat” is rich in vitamins A and C, while the skin contains lots of fiber, magnesium, and potassium. Cucumbers also contain Silica which contributes to the growth and maintenance of connective tissues throughout your body, which can also help your muscles maintain its strength. Often you’ll see cucumbers on a vegetable tray so you may be wondering how you can creatively add cucumbers to your diet. Here are three ways to use cucumber in your diet:
Add Cucumber to your Beverages: Cucumber Water is probably the easiest way to incorporate cucumbers in your diet, aside from just eating straight up cucumber. Cucumber water will help keep you hydrated more than plain water, as the added cucumber nutrients will help your body detox and give you more energy. Adding cucumber to you water can also help you curb your appetite. Our bodies often mistake hunger for thirst, so the next time you’re feeling a little hungry drink a glass of cucumber water and you may notice that you’re appetite has gone away.
Add Cucumber to your Salads: Cucumbers are a great vegetable to add to your salad. They’re easy because you don’t have to peel the skin on the cucumbers. The skin will give you dietary fiber benefits which will keep you feeling full longer. This is convenient for those of you that want to go on a vegan diet and want to keep it light, yet still want to feel satisfied after eating a low calorie meal.
Add Cucumber in Sauces: Whether you cut cucumbers up in chunks, slices or puree it, you can add it to sauces that you serve over pasta and meats. Cucumbers have a low key flavor so they can easily blend in with a variety of potent flavors without being too overwhelming. Tzatziki sauce is a delicious and healthy sauce that includes cucumber as well as garlic, yogurt, and lemon juice. It is so simple, light, and versatile. You can enjoy it with a salad, chicken, or even as a dip.
It is evident that cucumbers aid in weight loss due to its low calorie and high water content. However, cucumbers have many other healthy benefits aside from helping you stay hydrated. It is said to help prevent cancer and promotes healthy joints and arthritis pain. Cucumbers reduce the puffiness of swollen eyes and soothe skin conditions as well, since it replenishes your skin with moisture.
Try to add cucumber to your diet as much as possible, even if it means, literally just taking a bite out of a cucumber.