Fitness & Nutrition
Ways to Eat Cucumbers
- Toss fresh sliced or diced cucumbers into salads.
- Cucumbers are great as a snack. Just slice them enjoy! They are good with fresh hummus too.
- Add cucumber slices and mint to water for a refreshing beverage.
- Kirby and Gherkin cucumbers are great for pickling.
Selcting & Storing Cucumbers
- Cucumbers are very sensitive to heat. Be sure to choose cucumbers that are being held in the refrigerated section.
- Choose cucumbers that are bright or dark green and firm. Avoid cucumbers that are yellow, spongy or have wrinkled tips.
- Store cucumbers in the refrigerator and try to eat them within a few days of purchase.
- If you do not use a whole cucumber in a recipe, be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.
Cucumbers and Nutrition
- One cup of cucmber slices contains eight calories.
- Cucumbers are a good souce of fiber and water.
- Cucumbers contain a range of viatmins and minerals; including Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium.
- Cucumbers contain the trace mineral silica which strengthens connective tissue in your muscles and joints.
Did you know??
- Though their flavor is mor savory than sweet, the cucumber is a fruit.
- There are many topical applications for cucumbers. Cucumber slices can be used to alleviate the pain of sunburn. They can also be placed on closed eye lids to decrease puffiness.
- The phytochemicals in cucumbers can minimize the look of wrinkles and cellulite. Just rub cucumber slices on problem areas for a few minutes.
- Cucumbers are 96% water, so can help maintain proper hydration.
- Cucumbers contain lignin, which may help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer.