Sunday, May 19, 2013

Power food: Cucumbers!

Cucumbers have always been one of my favourite vegetables. I remember growing up and LOVVVVVIIIIINNNNGGG THEM! My family always used to buy the really small Kirby cucumbers from the market. We’d have them in salads or we’d just peel them and eat them like that! The entire basket would disappear in less than 2 days! So many memories of eating these at my grandparents. I always wanted to eat them just like my Ota did!! hehe. Maybe that’s the reason I’m so good with a knife nowadays because I peel these tiny cucumbers like a badass!! They’re just so tasty and refreshing! One thing we always had around when I was growing up was “cucumber salad”. I love it!

Cucumbers are REALLY good for you and are said to be the best vegetable for your body’s overall health. They’re a great source of vitamin B and C (the skin contains about 10% of your recommended daily value), they rehydrate your body (as they’re 95% water), and are great for both your skin and hair. I’m sure most ladies have tried to put cucumbers over their eyes to reduce puffiness .. but did you know that you can use the skin to act in a similar way that aloe would for sunburns and skin irritations?

There are also a bunch of other uses I never knew about! It reduces bad breath (if you hold it on the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds), can be used as a lubricant for a squeaky door hinge, fights cancers, treats both high AND low blood pressure, promotes joint health, is a remedy for constipation and is apparently a GREAT hangover cure!

Who woulda thunk it?! Anyways.. Here’s the recipe that's been in my family for many, many years:

So I don’t actually have a “recipe” as I just do a splash of this and a splash of that.

English cucumbers (or kirby), sliced using a mandolin
onion, chopped
canola oil (i’m sure other oils would work)

1. Put cucumbers and onion in a bowl.
2. Add a tiny splash of oil and about 2 x’s as much vinegar.
3. Top with some sugar, salt and pepper.

Taste test this while you’re making it so that it can suit your tastebuds!



I never liked cucumbers as a child but now I absolutely love them and can enjoy them plain as a snack. I typically have them with my salad, but recently found a love for mixing cucumbers and mango together with a little lime juice. It’s absolutely delicious! This is a zero point snack option, and very refreshing. I encourage you to try this simple snack, I bet you’ll have it again!  


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