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Invasion of the Cucumbers: Health Benefits and Recipes to Make You Love Cukes More (Part 3)

cucumber slice

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This is a great time of year to experiment with cucumbers: they’re fresh, they’re numerous, and if you stop by local roadside veggie stands or markets, they can even be cheap! For those of you just joining us (or with poor memories), we’re exploring Natural News’ list of cucumber benefits.

WHY WE LOVE THEM

  1. Home care– Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.

Shh! Hear that? Me neither. I want to try this, but nothing is squeaking in my house. Just speaking or squawking. No noisy hinges, but there’s plenty of noise from the sons department. I wonder if rubbing a slice of cucumber on children has a similar effect.

6. Relieves bad breath – Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

Come closer and tell me if it worked!

 

2015 Aug 2 001HOW WE EAT THEM

Cucumber Piña Colada Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 small or ½ large cucumber (peeled and de-seeded)

½ cup coconut milk

½ cup pineapple (fresh or canned in pineapple juice)

1 packet Truvia or other sweetener (optional)

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

 

Natural News article: http://www.naturalnews.com/036769_cucumbers_health_benefits_rehydration.html#ixzz3i5YLJT64

Cucumber slice picture courtesy of http://healthylatineating.com/

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Invasion of the Cucumbers: Health Benefits and Recipes to Make You Love Cukes More (Part 1)

2013 Summer 607Cucumbers are cooler than you think. Honestly, I’ve always thought of them as a salad afterthought – a white-ish space filler that you can take or leave. Turns out they’re pretty potent nutrient bombs and are even useful outside of the kitchen.

Why talk about cucumbers now? Because for some reason, this has been a bumper year for cucumbers in my garden; I’ve been picking 6-8 cucumbers every couple days and my fridge and counter are full. Invasion of the Cucumbers! Over the next few weeks we’ll explore new ways to eat them and reasons why we want to.

 

WHY WE LOVE THEM

Natural News.com had a great list of cucumber benefits. Let’s look at the first two:

P10803911.Quick pick me-up – Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.

I haven’t tried this yet. The thought of not having coffee in the afternoon makes me sad. Perhaps if I fill a coffee mug with cucumber slices

2. Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins – Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.

At 95% water, cucumbers are like portable, spoon-free soup. This also explains why I’ve been peeing so often this summer. They’re like water you can chew.

 

P1080394HOW WE EAT THEM

Cucumber Peach Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 small or ½ large peach

½ banana (frozen if you’d like a cooler smoothie)

1 small or ½ large cucumber (taste the peel – if it’s bitter, peel the cucumber. If the seeds are large, remove them.)

1 Tb lemon juice

1 packet Truvia (or sugar, honey, etc)

½ cup water

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

 

Natural News article: http://www.naturalnews.com/036769_cucumbers_health_benefits_rehydration.html#ixzz3i5YLJT64