Health Benefits of Cucumber | Healthy Food Master

Health Benefits of Cucumber

Health Benefits of Cucumbers

This vegetable belong to the Cucurbitaceae family such as pumpkin, and watermelon. Cucumbers are vegetable with high water content (around 95% water), they are naturally low in calories also low in fat, sodium and cholesterol. There is nothing better than good salad with Cucumbers in hot summer days because it will help you to stay hydrated. Not just in hot summer days you may eat cucumbers all year round because it’s loaded with nutrients, vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, Vitamin K, copper, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. So it can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies in your body. Let’s see the health benefits of this cool vegetable.

Antioxidant Properties. Antioxidant properties comes by containing of numerous antioxidants one of them is Vitamin C who is well-known and also beta-carotene. Antioxidant flavonoids are also contained in Cucumbers apigenin, quercetin, luteolin, and kaempferol,6 which provide more benefits. As instance quercetin many believe prevents histamine release. Kaempferol in other hand may help fight cancer and lower your risk of chronic diseases including heart disease.

Bone Health. low intakes of vitamin K in your diet may be associated with a higher risk for bone fracture. By eating a proper intake of fruits or vegetables you can provide vitamin K for example one cup of this vegetable provides 11% of your daily needs. Vitamin K is important mineral that can improve calcium absorption in the bones which is essential for optimal bone health.

Weight Loss and Digestion. Because Cucumber is high water content and low in calories makes it good diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The dietary fiber and high water content in this vegetable are excellent team to ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, also aiding digestion. As a remedy for chronic constipation may be effective daily consumption of cucumbers.

Reduce bad breath. Bacteria in the mouth usually can cause bad breath, Fiber and water-rich vegetables such as cucumbers can boost your mouth’s saliva production, saliva in the mouth helps for washing the bacteria which cause the odor in the mouth.

Lowering Blood Pressure. Cucumbers contain potassium known mineral who is associated with lower blood pressure levels. For your body to function properly is crucial a proper balance of potassium inside and also outside your cells.

Reduces cholesterol. Because of compound called sterols who is contained in cucumber it helps to reduce bad cholesterol.

What Else Are Cucumbers Good For? helps in revitalizing the skin, drink cucumber juice daily can control hair fall, effective remedy for fight different kinds of cancer, good for dental health. Well Cucumbers are really powerhouse vegetable and adding them into your daily diet is no mistake.

Labor Day Chickpea Veggie Salad Recipe- www.celebrations.com

There’s nothing quite like a satisfying side dish to accompany any traditional Labor Day picnic. Not only is this chickpea veggie salad delicious, but it’s also packed with loads of healthy ingredients.

Beyond it’s nutritional value, the best part are the festive colors that will pop on your dinner table!

Ingredients:

1 can garbanzo beans

4 ears of fresh corn cut off of the cob (or 1 can of corn)

4 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 cups grape or cherry tomatoes

1 cucumber

1/2 cup fresh basil

1/2 cup parsley

Salt and/or fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

Rinse and drain garbanzo beans and corn. Pour into a large bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar and fresh lemon juice.

Chop tomatoes and cucumber into mini pieces, then add to bowl.

Wash basil and parsley; dry completely. Finely chop herbs and add into bowl with other salad ingredients.

Put 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive in a small bowl; whisk together until combined. Pour dressing onto salad and gently mix together and add salt and/or pepper to taste.

Allow salad to marinate for about an hour before serving.

How to Buy, Store, and Cook with Cucumbers, In Season in July: BA Daily: Bon Appétit

Summertime, and the growing is easy. This week, we’ll be taking you through the seasonal ingredients you should be cooking with in July. Today: cucumbers.

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Fun fact: Cucumbers are actually fruits. But like tomatoes, they’re prepared and eaten as vegetables. Their juicy, almost thirst-quenching texture is a staple in summery Mediterranean-leaning salads, but you’d be surprised how good they are when they’re roasted or sauteed. And of course, there’s almost nothing more refreshing than a cucumber cocktail on a hot summer day. Check out our tips for storing and buying these cool fruits, and read on for recipe suggestions.

HOW TO BUY
Although cucumbers are available year-round, summer is when you’ll see the best choice of varieties at the market. Look for cucumbers that are firm, not shriveled, with bright-looking skin. Pass on any with soft spots or cuts in the flesh. Because they lose moisture quickly, cucumbers are often bred with thick skins and sealed with wax to extend their shelf life. Special, thin-skinned varieties are worth seeking out because they’re more slender and flavorful, and have smaller seeds. To protect the skins, these types of cucumbers are often sealed in plastic.

HOW TO STORE
Stash cucumbers unwashed in a sealed plastic bag in the warmest part of the fridge. Use them within a few days.

HOW TO COOK

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Food Styling: Picture-Perfect Sushi Salad – CookKosher.com

We’re back with another food styling special. These posts are here to help you plate a food item to perfection. Just like the pro’s do it. Don’t forget to check out out our Picture-Perfect Soup.

Sushi is a trend that’s here to stay. But there is no need to always serve it the conventual way. For you next brunch, shabbos or seudah shlishit, make Sushi Trifle Salad.

You can choose to make this in a large bowl or serve it in individual glasses. No need to have matching glasses, as assorted ones add a fun twist.

Start by layering cooked sushi rice.

Crumble or cut Nori sheets over the rice.

Add some cubed avacodo for color.

Add some cucumber. The original poster suggested cubed cucumbers. Our food stylist used a peeled to create ribbons out of the cucumber for a prettier affect.

Top with pieces of salmon. Sprinkle with dressing.

And garlish with sesame seeds.

Easy, Elegant and Delicous.