It's hot out there, people! As promised, for another week or two we are going to keep our approach to healthy eating simple lest we anger the blood with too much exertion. So when I was thinking how best to keep my cool during these dog days, I immediately thought of cucumbers. Cucumbers don't get much respect in the nutrition world but they are a deliciously cooling vegetable and at their best right now as the heat produces some gorgeous field cucumbers.
That gorgeous dark green skin is chock full of anti-oxidant pigments and its high water content is perfect for these dehydrating days. Rich in anti-inflammatory flavonols and a unique source of anti-cancer lignans, cucumbers deserve a regular place in your diet. So this week, try and have some cucumber everyday.
Here are some easy ways to enjoy cukes...
If you juice, add a bit of cucumber to a green juice (goes well with lemon, apple and kale)
Make a tzatziki or raita...the ultimate cooling blend of yogurt and cukes!
Chop cucumbers with tomatoes, olives, red onion and feta for a classic greek salad.
Top cucumbers with hummus for a quick snack.
Stay cool, cucumbers!