When it comes to clean eating, cucumbers can’t be beat. They’re high water content makes them a perfect summer elixir whether juiced, eaten raw in salad, or made into a cold soup. They’re perfect for those hot summer days when you need to give your body a break and since it’s still warm out, now is the perfect time to get in a cucumber groove.
Even better, you can get fresh, locally grown cucumbers at local your farmers’ market and farm stand that are full of flavor. I bought some recently and used them to make the delicious cucumber salad that you’ll see in the following video – easy, healthy and delicious.
Do you also know that cucumbers have some great healing properties? They’re great for reducing eye puffiness– just slice a few and put them over your eyes for a few minutes. But they’ve also been found helpful for patients with arthritis and eczema because of their anti-inflammatory qualities. I love to juice a cucumber, along with some other fresh veggies, for a refreshing beverage chock full of nutrients. Cucumbers are low fat, low in cholesterol and low sodium, and a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin K and magnesium.
Here’s the recipe for the salad you saw me making:
Cool Cucumber Salad
4 medium cucumbers
1 cup radish
1/2 cup fresh dill
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup Sherry vinegar
Kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste
1. Peel cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds, making a boat, then shop into smaller pieces. Place in a large mixing bowl.
2. Coarsely chop radish and add to bowl.
3. Chop dill and shallots and add along with salt.
4. Mix ingredients for vinaigrette, pour over cucumber mixture and mix well.
What’s your favorite way to prepare cucumbers? How do you make them appealing for your family to enjoy? Do tell!
And don’t forget to check out my upcoming teleclass on September 15, Kids Love Healthy Food Too! I’ll share some simple ways to make cucumbers and a whole lot of other veggies more appealing for kids. Check out the details here: http://budurl.com/md6k