Cucumbers

(tiny emerald savory watermelon snack)

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      What is it about the cucumber that makes it so perfect for the summer? It is the non-sweet tooth version of the watermelon.  Providing a cool refreshing burst of hydration with a crunch, and its harvest season in California is from August to Mid-October.  We use these emerald veggies in our chia bowls, by combining the cucumber puree with the almond milk you get an extra flavor a boost of vitamins and it reduces the calories of the bowl (see previous post for recipe).   These little guys are great to cool you down when the weather becomes unbearable and to top it off they pack a punch of nutrition to keep that spring in your step. With the combo pack of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Magnesium, Copper and Potassium adding cucumbers into your daily diet has great health benefits.

1.      Weight Management: you can replace higher calorie snacks such as chips or crackers with cucumbers to keep you feeling satisfied. Rather than chips and dip have cucumbers and dip.  Replacing chips with cucumbers will also lower your sodium intake.

2.      Cardiovascular Health: Both potassium and magnesium; you can keeping your blood pressure under control & improve your body’s neurological function. Cucumbers also contain an anti-inflammatory, lignin, helping to boost your immunity and reducing the occurrence of all the risks associated with cardiovascular disease.

3.      Promotes Detoxification: Cucumbers help the liver to remove impurities, waste, and also helps completely eliminate accumulated toxins from your blood stream and gut. Drinking cucumber beverages speed up the detoxification process.

4.      Stronger Bones, Nails and Teeth: Cucumber contains ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, both important for strengthen your body’s ligaments, cartilage, tendons and bones. Also containing silica, which helps in the formation of connective tissue, eating cucumbers help to strengthen weakened bones; with a bonus of protein, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B5, folic acid and silicon – all good for your bone health.

5.       Repair Hair: If dry and rough hair is your problem than try making some cucumber paste might be just the trick. Check out this page for the recipe and how to utilize the paste http://tohairwithlove.com/will-you-make-this-cool-mask-with-cucumber-for-hair-growth/

6.      Regulates Blood Pressure: The rich amount of magnesium, fiber and potassium makes cucumbers useful in maintaining the right blood pressure. It also helps lowers the pressure in arteries and keeps them hydrated, one of the main reasons why cucumbers are recommended to people battling hypertension.

7.      Good for Your Eye Health: It moisturizes all the skin around your eyes as it contains 95% water. Eating cucumbers on a regular basis helps enhance your vision containing several anti-inflammatory and antioxidants that can reduce the possibility of cataracts. Hyperpigmentation forms dark circles around the skin of your eyes, cucumbers are a great option to reduce the inflammation and pigmentation. The antioxidant present in the cucumber reduce skin irritation. As you know vitamin C in cucumbers lighten your skin tone, so you should incorporate cucumbers in your beauty routine as well.

Here is a couple of easy recipes you can try at home for your eyes https://helloglow.co/eye-masks

Additional Links

Additional Cucumber Recipe Link https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/cucumber-recipes

California Cucumbers https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8050.pdf

Hollywood Farmers Market https://seela.org/

Altadena Farmers Market http://altadenafarmersmarket.com/

More on Benefits https://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-ricci/health-benefits-of-cucumbers_b_8231704.html