See the recipes below and stay cool with cucumbers. Watch the videos with different salad recipes and a smoothie,
Enjoy and stay cool with cucumbers
Cucumbers to Cool and Nourish Your Body
Though cucumbers are made up of 95 percent water, they pack quite a nutritional punch. Cucumbers are high in vitamin K, which helps us absorb calcium and keeps our bones strong, and Vitamin C, which boosts our immunity and gives us the energy to thrive in our daily lives. They’re also full of minerals like potassium, which aids in maintaining healthy blood pressure. Additionally, cucumbers contain lignans, which may decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer.
And remember that high water content? Consuming cucumbers on warmer days or any time you’re feeling overheated can help fend off dehydration.
But one of the greatest things about cucumbers is that, because of their mild taste, they’re incredibly easy to eat. They don’t need to be cooked or prepared in any particular way. They’re crisp, refreshing, and delicious just as they are. Your four-legged friends love them, too. They’re a low-calorie, all-natural treat that can help your dogs stay cool and hydrated.
Try These Refreshing Recipes
1. Cucumber Water
Despite having such a mild taste, cucumbers add a pleasant burst of flavor to water without adding many calories. If you love the taste of your beverage, you’re more likely to consume more of it. Drinking plenty of water not only helps us stay well-hydrated on those warm summer days, but it also flushes toxins from our bodies.
The recipe for cucumber water is very simple—toss 2 to 3 slices of cucumber into your glass of water or water bottle and drink up! Feel free to get creative and mix up this recipe with fresh citrus fruit slices, berries, mint, or other herbs. Having a summer gathering? Cucumber water with fresh lemon is a wonderful, low-sugar alternative to the ubiquitous lemonade.
2. Asian Cucumber Salad
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced, 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
In a medium bowl, whisk the soy sauce, vinegar, oil, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Stir in the cucumbers and red bell pepper. Chill before serving.
3. Cucumber-mint Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cucumber, cut into chunks, 2 tablespoons fresh mint, 3 teaspoons honey, Juice of 1 lime, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup ice
Directions: Toss all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
4. Spicy Mango and Cucumber Frozen Pops
Ingredients: 2 cucumbers, cut into chunks, 1 mango, cut into chunks, Juice of 1 lemon, Dash of salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Directions: Toss all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into frozen pop molds and freeze overnight. Enjoy! These popsicles are a true crowd-pleaser, so be prepared to make more.