7 Cool Ways to Enjoy Cucumber

“Be cool as a cucumber”, a common phrase derived from the  cucumber’s ability to cool the temperature of the blood. When applied topically, cucumber really does cool the blood and reduces facial swelling, which is why cucumbers are so popular in facial regimens.

This crunchy, low calorie vegetable (or fruit?) has a lot to offer than just plain water and electrolytes.  Cucumbers are rich in unique anti-oxidants, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin K, magnesium, iron and a lot more minerals.These low-calorie veggies contain many nutritional benefits, including hydrating properties and valuable nutrients.

Cucumbers may be enjoyed in many different ways. Here are some suggestions:

Cucumber SandwichCucumbers - 5Simple, light and refreshing and easy to prepare, cucumber sandwiches are often served for a snack or a light lunch, or packed for a picnic. Because of cucumber’s cooling nature, cucumber sandwiches are often eaten in the summer months.

Cucumber JuiceCucumbers - 1A healthy and uplifting drink with high content of water that acts as cleansing agent that detoxifies your body and provides a range of health benefits.

Cucumber SaladCucumbers - 2Chill out on hot summer days with the fresh flavors of a cool, crunchy cucumber salad marinated in a sweet vinegar dill dressing makes a tasty and refreshing side dish.

Cucumber DipCucumbers - 4Creamy and full of fresh cucumber flavor, a summer favorite goes great with cucumber slices, crackers or chips.  Kids love it!

Cucumber RollCucumbers - 3Easy and fun to make. A delightfully refreshing break from the traditional sushi theme roll. You can add tuna or avocado or red peppers with a creamy spread of your choice.

Pickled Cucumber

Cucumbers - 7A cucumber or gherkin that has been soaked in a brine, or vinegar. Pickles can have a sour taste and are often served as a “side” to lunches in the form of a “pickle spear,” which is a pickled cucumber cut length-wise. The pickle may be used as a condiment on a sandwich (usually in slice form), or to a sausage or hot dog in chopped form as pickle relish.

Soothes the eyesCucumbers - 6Cucumbers have 90% water content and caffeic acid that  helps relieve puffiness in your eyes while moistening and cooling them. They are widely used on your eyes at the spa!